Sight Loss Councils (SLCs) have launched a new website highlighting the UK-wide challenges for blind and partially sighted people accessing goods and services. SLCs are volunteer-led groups, advocating for change and inclusion for blind and partially sighted people. The website is aimed at organisations who wish to improve their accessibility, sector professionals and people with sight loss who want to get involved in making a change. With the website, they hope to reach a wider audience of people and influence decision-makers to be more inclusive.
There are almost 2 million people with some form of sight loss in the UK. Through consultation, we have identified that there is a real lack of awareness of the challenges people living with sight loss face every day. Many blind and partially sighted people feel that they are underrepresented when decisions are being made. SLCs focus on key issues that fall into their priority areas: Education, Employment, Transport, Technology, Health & Social Care, and Sports & Leisure. The website will display current projects and successes, working with organisations such as West Midlands Combined Authority and Microsoft Soundscape.
The SLC website gives blind and partially sighted people the opportunity to inform us about what is happening in their local community, supporting and empowering them to drive real change. The website is also a source of information for organisations wishing to collaborate and improve their inclusive practices.
Andrew Billingham, who has led on the SLCs project from the start said:
“It’s been an amazing journey to see the project grow nationally. With the edition of our new website, we will be giving more blind and partially sighted people a voice.”
SLCs website can be found at www.sightlosscouncils.org.uk
Contact info: firstname.lastname@example.org
Organisation: Sight Loss Councils
Address: Thomas Pocklington Trust, Tavistock House South, Tavistock Square, London, WC1H 9LG
Phone: 0208 995 0880
The SLCs are supported by the Thomas Pocklington Trust.