I can do that! Study reveals more about life with a visual impairment – In Your Area


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INTERESTING FINDINGS : 800 people have revealed what it is like to live with a visual impairment in study by RNIB, Guide Dogs and Thomas Pocklington Trust
HUNDREDS of conversations have helped to create one the richest and most in-depth picture yet of life with a visual impairment.
More than 800 people took part in a study which reveals those things that most help – and hinder – people with sight loss. Blind charities Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB), Guide Dogs and Thomas Pocklington Trust jointly produced the V I Lives study, which found:
Matt Stringer, chief executive of RNIB, said: “We are committed to using this research to help drive change for all organisations and give them the insight they need to help shape services, products and policies that enable people affected by sight loss to participate in society and lead independent lives.”Thomas Pocklington Trust’s chief executive, Charles Colquhoun, said: “This is an invaluable resource for everyone working with blind and partially sighted people and is a real step change in understanding the people we support.”
ALL of us can read a bedtime story to children – even if you are blind.
That’s the message Liverpool’s Paralympian cyclist Lora Fachie is determined to get across. Lora, 34, who has been blind since the age of five, used braille to read The Secret Code in the TV series CBeebies Bedtime Stories.
She said: “I was over the moon to read a CBeebies Bedtime Story for the first time in braille. I have always enjoyed reading and hope this will encourage everyone to want to read whether they use their eyes, their ears, their fingers or a secret code.
David Clarke, chief operating officer at the Royal National Institute of Blind People, added: “Our in-depth research tells us the main barrier faced by blind and partially sighted people in the UK is public misconceptions.
“This is just one myth that is being busted by Lora. We want to spread the message that blind and partially sighted parents can absolutely read bedtime stories to their kids.” RNIB Helpline on 0303 123 9999 or visit https://www.rnib.org.uk/
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