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How to support blind and
partially sighted people
to find or stay in work
Alex Saunders, Evidence and Service Impact
Tea...
How many people are living with sight loss in the
UK?
• It is estimated that more then 2 million people in the UK
have sig...
RNIB - our principles
• We are the leading charity for blind and partially sighted
people in the UK.
• Our work is build o...
What kind of organisation is RNIB?
• Through RNIB Connect we have created a network of
over 27,000 people who are blind, p...
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Purpose of this presentation
• Highlight the key issues facing people with sight loss
looking to find or stay in work
• ...
Background
• Just over 84,000 people registered blind and partially
sighted people of working age in the UK
• Only 1 in 4 ...
What jobs can blind and partially sighted people
do?
People with sight loss succeed in a wide variety of jobs
across all e...
What does good employment support look like?
People looking for work:
• Specialist support on their journey towards employ...
What does good employment support look like?
People in work:
• Key message: sight loss should not equal job loss
• Support...
How to provide effective support blind and
partially sighted people
Ensure you know how to signpost blind and partially
si...
How to provide effective support blind and
partially sighted people
• Pre-employment training programmes to meet the
compl...
RNIB services
• RNIB and Action for Blind People provide specialist
support and advice to employers, employment
profession...
RNIB resources
RNIB produce lots of resources for employers,
employment professionals and blind and partially
sighted peop...
Lots of information can be found here:
For blind and partially sighted people:
• www.rnib.org.uk/employment
For employers:...
RNIB’s Employment Practice and Research Network
• Established to support employers, researchers and
employment professiona...
Evidence and Service Impact team
Email: andy.white@rnib.org.uk
Employment and Working Age Manager
Email: alex.saunders@rni...
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  1. 1. 1 How to support blind and partially sighted people to find or stay in work Alex Saunders, Evidence and Service Impact Team, Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) RI World Congress 27 October 2016
  2. 2. How many people are living with sight loss in the UK? • It is estimated that more then 2 million people in the UK have sight loss that is severe enough to have a significant impact on their daily lives. Of this population: • 270,000 people are 'blind' (ie registered severely sight impaired) • 450,000 people are 'partially sighted' (ie registered sight impaired) 2
  3. 3. RNIB - our principles • We are the leading charity for blind and partially sighted people in the UK. • Our work is build on 4 key principles: • 1. Being there - people losing their sight can rebuild their lives • 2. Independence - blind and partially sighted people can make the most of their lives • 3. Inclusion - society includes blind and partially sighted people as equal citizens and consumers • 4. Prevention - fewer people lose their sight 3
  4. 4. What kind of organisation is RNIB? • Through RNIB Connect we have created a network of over 27,000 people who are blind, partially sighted, and their friends and family. Employment • We deliver direct support and employment services to blind and partially sighted people looking to find, or stay, in work. • Delivered in partnership with other sight loss charities that form part of the RNIB Group: eg our sister charity Action For Blind People. 4
  5. 5. 5 Purpose of this presentation • Highlight the key issues facing people with sight loss looking to find or stay in work • Share our resources that will help equip you with the knowledge, skills and confidence to support working age people with sight loss to find or stay in work • Encourage you to promote specialist provision for all blind and partially sighted people on any employment support programme
  6. 6. Background • Just over 84,000 people registered blind and partially sighted people of working age in the UK • Only 1 in 4 is in paid employment (compared to 1 in 3 a decade ago) • Only around 1 in 10 people with poor functional vision (registered severely sight impaired) are in work • 47% of disabled people in work • 80% of people without a disability 6
  7. 7. What jobs can blind and partially sighted people do? People with sight loss succeed in a wide variety of jobs across all employment sectors • Key: just like any worker, they need the right tools for the job. In this case, additional tools enable someone to complete tasks with little or no sight RNIB report - the jobs blind and partially sighted people do: www.rnib.org.uk/employmentresearch This IS Working series: www.rnib.org.uk/employmentstories 7
  8. 8. What does good employment support look like? People looking for work: • Specialist support on their journey towards employment • Common barriers but... • Specific needs related to their sight loss • Most are a long way from the labour market • And most will require a specialist, resource intensive model of support 8
  9. 9. What does good employment support look like? People in work: • Key message: sight loss should not equal job loss • Supported and encouraged to stay in work, whenever possible • Provided with the right information, advice, equipment and support to help them retain work 9
  10. 10. How to provide effective support blind and partially sighted people Ensure you know how to signpost blind and partially sighted people to specialist services, as necessary Key areas typically include: • Training to develop assistive technology skills • Development of mobility skills • Making the most of residual vision • Developing the confidence to communicate sight-specific needs and ‘reasonable adjustments’ to employers • Accessing peer support 10
  11. 11. How to provide effective support blind and partially sighted people • Pre-employment training programmes to meet the complex needs of blind and partially sighted people • A work-based assessment that is holistic and person- centred • Clear, practical advice on reasonable adjustments at work • Promoting awareness of the Access to Work scheme • Knowledge of the business benefit of employing and/or retaining disabled employers • One to one case management – critical when referring to other organisations offering specialist support services 11
  12. 12. RNIB services • RNIB and Action for Blind People provide specialist support and advice to employers, employment professionals and blind and partially sighted people in work • RNIB helpline: • 0303 123 9999 • helpline@rnib.org.uk • Action Employment Line • 0800 440 2255 • employmentline@actionforblindpeople.org.uk 12
  13. 13. RNIB resources RNIB produce lots of resources for employers, employment professionals and blind and partially sighted people. For example: Employing someone with sight loss: a guide for employers - www.rnib.org.uk/services-we-offer-advice- professionals/employment-professionals Supporting someone with sight loss to find or stay in work: a guide for employment professionals - www.rnib.org.uk/employingsomeone 13
  14. 14. Lots of information can be found here: For blind and partially sighted people: • www.rnib.org.uk/employment For employers: • www.rnib.org.uk/employingsomeone For intermediaries and professionals: • www.rnib.org.uk/employmentservices 14 RNIB resources
  15. 15. RNIB’s Employment Practice and Research Network • Established to support employers, researchers and employment professionals including disability management staff, in improving services for blind and partially sighted people wishing to obtain, and remain in, employment. • www.rnib.org.uk/eprn 15 Further information
  16. 16. Evidence and Service Impact team Email: andy.white@rnib.org.uk Employment and Working Age Manager Email: alex.saunders@rnib.org.uk Employment Impact Officer Website: www.rnib.org.uk/employment http://actionforblindpeople.org.uk/support-and-information- page/information/everyday-life/employment 16 Further information

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