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A new report published by RNIB Cymru and Wales Council of the Blind has found that blind and partially sighted people in Wales face many challenges getting the support of the “Access to Work” scheme.
The Government’s “Access to Work” scheme is designed to provide practical support and advice to disabled people and employers to help overcome work related obstacles resulting from a disability.
· Just under a third (29 per cent) of Cardiff residents stated that they primarily read paperbacks or hardbacks on holiday
· 32 per cent of Cardiff respondents said that they prefer to read on a Kindle, smartphone or tablet
· Contrast to the UK-wide figures which found that 48 per cent primarily read paperbacks or hardbacks on holiday, with just 21per cent choosing to read on a Kindle, smartphone or tablet
Certificates of Visual Impairments could help those with sight loss to access support.
RNIB Cymru has warned that new statistics on eye care indicate that more needs to be done to ensure patients are offered certification of visual impairment.
Statistics out today (Wednesday 21 June) show that the number of people newly certified with impaired vision in Wales has decreased over the last three years.
If you are not already on the electoral roll, you need to apply to register to vote by midnight on Tuesday 7 June to vote in the EU Referendum on 23 June.
You can apply online at www.gov.uk/register-to-vote or by contacting the electoral services department at your local council.
Commenting on the news that Carwyn Jones AM has retained his position as First Minister of Wales, RNIB Cymru Director Ceri Jackson welcomed his leadership of the fifth assembly:
“Congratulations to Carwyn Jones on securing another term as First Minister.
“With five more people beginning to lose their sight every day in Wales, RNIB Cymru hopes that Carwyn holds true to his promise to tackle the failing system in our hospital eye clinics. No one should lose their sight because of cancelled or delayed appointments.