The Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) has produced two guides aimed at helping healthcare professionals to ensure their services are accessible to blind and partially sighted people.
People with sight loss regularly share their concerns with RNIB about the care environment and lack of disability awareness among care staff. Research indicates that people with sight loss are a third more likely to experience difficulties in accessing care services than non-disabled people.
These ‘top tips’ for healthcare professionals aim to help all care staff improve the accessibility of their services. They offer advice on easy changes professionals can make such as; introducing themselves, asking what format a patient would like the information in, and offering to help with navigation.
The guides also touch on the importance of the physical environment and make suggestions such as considering whether greater colour contrast can be introduced and ensuring signage is bold and clear. Small changes that can make a big difference.
You can access the guides at www.rnib.org.uk/top-tips-healthcare-professionals
RNIB is the leading charity working in the UK offering practical support, advice and information for anyone with sight difficulties. If you, or someone you know, has a sight problem RNIB can help. Call the RNIB Helpline on 0303 123 9999 or visit www.rnib.org.uk