Resources for rehabilitation workers

Rehabilitation Work (Visual Impairment) is usually carried out by a specialist trained in the practical aspects of sight loss, working on behalf of a local authority social services team.

Low vision and rehabilitation services are delivered in the community and are tailored to an individual’s needs. The aim is to support people with sight loss to be as independent as possible.

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.

See, Plan and Provide

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.
Read the See, Plan and Provide report and find out more.

RNIB services supporting your community rehabilitation work

We have developed a number of national and regional services that support you as a Rehabilitation Worker. You can refer people to these services directly, or your service users can refer themselves.

Emotional support

RNIB's Emotional Support Service provides confidential telephone support to help people come to terms with feelings about sight loss.

Talk and Support

RNIB Talk and Support run telephone social groups for adults with sight loss. Tele-befriending allows people to socialise in small groups over the phone, and Telephone book clubs bring blind and partially sighted people together over the phone to discuss books and reading.

RNIB Talking books

We can help people who are struggling to read print to discover a new way of reading with our audio book service.

Eye Clinic Liaison Officers

Eye Clinic Liaison Officers (ECLOs) work closely with medical and nursing staff in the eye clinic, as well as the sensory team in social services, to connect newly-diagnosed blind and partially sighted people with the practical and emotional support they need to understand their diagnosis, deal with their sight loss and maintain their independence.

NB Magazine

NB magazine for professionals, brings you the latest news, views, and developments in the eye health and sight loss sectors.

Finding Your Feet

Finding Your Feet is a support programme designed to help blind and partially sighted people deal with both the practical and emotional challenges of coming to terms with sight loss.


Our Sightline Directory is an online searchable directory for services aimed at helping blind or partially sighted people. It also lists your local sight loss charities, associations and societies that provide services.

Sightline directory

Find local services and organisations that help blind and partially sighted people in the UK. 

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