If you carry out rehabilitation work to support people with sight loss to be as independent as possible, here you will find resources and information to help you in your role.
Ten good practice principles in vision rehabilitation
We want blind and partially sighted people to know what they are entitled to from their local authority and when they should expect to receive these services.
These principles set out standards of good practice from the first contact made to the local authority, to the assessment and planning process, accessing the right support, and ensuring those supporting blind and partially sighted people have ongoing professional training.
All local councils in England provide a specific service called vision rehabilitation which offers crucial training and advice to people with sight loss.
We’re extremely concerned that many blind and partially sighted people are failing to receive vital vision rehabilitation support. Our latest report, See, Plan and Provide offers a stark picture of inadequate access to assessments and support for vision rehabilitation.
Visit the See, plan and provide section to access a range of materials, tools and resources to help you take action and improve services in your local area.
We've been gathering case studies of local authority best practice when it comes to vision rehabilitation. Read how councils are delivering a quality service:
Demonstrating the impact and economic value of vision rehabilitation
Vision rehabilitation services are crucial to ensuring blind and partially sighted people remain as independent as possible. Now, new independent research commissioned by RNIB, with support from the Department of Health, has identified that the cost of providing vision rehabilitation services is dwarfed by the financial benefits. This new report 'Demonstrating the impact and economic value of vision rehabilitation' is now available for download along with a breifing.
There are a number of national and regional services available that support you as a Rehabilitation Worker. You can refer people to these services directly, or your service users can refer themselves.
These services include emotional support, audio books, sight loss support programmes, a directory of local sight loss services, and sight loss advisors. Visit the Social care professionals homepage for the full list and further details.
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