Kimberley Burrows, 26, who is blind, is travelling to the European Parliament on 11 November to meet a number of MEPs as part of an event organised by the European Blind Union and the Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB).
The event will give blind and partially sighted campaigners the chance to talk to MEPs about the key issues which impact on them. In particular, campaigners will show MEPs examples of the everyday barriers that people with sight loss face in accessing ticket machines, websites and apps, and household goods such as microwave ovens or washing machines.
The hope is that the MEPS will then back the EBU’s calls for strong and prompt legislation to remove these barriers.
Kimberley, from Irlam, said: “I’m really looking forward to going to Brussels and visiting the European Parliament. It will be a good opportunity to speak to some MEPs and get across the challenges that blind and partially sighted people face. Campaigning and making your voice heard is important if you want to change things and make life better.”
Kimberley is part of ENVISION, RNIB’s campaigning group for young blind and partially sighted people.
More information about the EBU event can be found at www.euroblind.org/news/nr/2382
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