Sight Support West of England launch campaign to help break barriers blind and partially sighted people face

Two people sitting on a sofa with the strapline "See it my Way" underneath

Saturday the 3rd of December 2022 was the United Nations International Day of Persons with Disabilities. First launched thirty years ago the day helps to raise awareness of people living with disabilities and to give them a greater voice within society. The theme for this year is transformational solutions for inclusive development.

Blind and partially sighted people face many challenges including exclusion, discrimination, and the effects of ableism. There are also practical challenges that people with sight loss face daily. For example, everyday settings and situations such as blocked or cluttered pavements, things being moved around the house, and ambiguous or inaccessible communications can all cause difficulties.

Sight Support West of England and Wiltshire Sight are taking the opportunity to invite everyone to give some thought to how simple, small day-to-day actions can be transformative to people living with sight loss and can help break down some of the barriers they face. Over the coming weeks you will be able to find out about the experiences and recommendations of others, and to add your own thoughts and experiences to their new ‘See It My Way’ campaign.

On their See It My Way website page you can read examples of challenges and solutions and hear other people’s experiences and recommendations for helping us all develop a more inclusive world. They are also inviting everyone to join the campaign – you can help Sight Support West of England spread the word, by sending them your posts and videos, or make suggestions on what others can do to be helpful to you if you are living with sight loss. They would like everyone to see it our way so please do get involved.

To contribute and add your ideas of ways in which people can help be more inclusive, please get in touch. You can call 01380 723682 or email Sight Support West of England.

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