Online Today – helping people with sensory loss to get online

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Thanks to Online Today, over 80,000 people with sensory loss have been given the information and practical assistance they need to help them get and stay online.

Since its beginning over three years ago, Online Today led by RNIB and our delivery partners, Action on Hearing Loss, Guide Dogs for the Blind and Sense, has worked with over 600 individual organisations to deliver a range of innovative initiatives.

These programmes have helped thousands of people to develop the confidence and skills they need to stay connected to others, gain access to online information more easily, save money and enjoy all the benefits that being online brings.

Online Today was developed in response to the UK Government’s Digital Inclusion Strategy which identified older people, those with a disability or low income (which includes a high percentage of people with sensory loss) as being at risk of digital exclusion.

Through the work of Online Today, we have been able to raise the profile of the accessibility of modern, mainstream technology and educate thousands of people that sensory loss is not a barrier to being online.

"With help from the Online Today programme, we have also been upskilling our staff and 'techy' buddies to keep the momentum going within the visually impaired community" - Sandwell Visually impaired

The investment from the Big Lottery continues to deliver benefits as we develop and implement new ways of working with community partners to build their own confidence, skills and knowledge to continue delivering support to people with sensory loss to get online.

We are committed to breaking down the barriers that blind and partially sighted people face when it comes to getting online. This vital project has allowed us to develop and refine the services we offer and the ways we work with community partners to make sure we offer the right support at the right time, to help people get online today, tomorrow and for many years to come.

To find out more about Online Today delivery methods, key findings, case studies, outcomes and recommendations, download the summary or full report: 

The individual briefing papers referenced in the report are available on request via RNIB's Technology for Life team by calling 0303 123 9999.