RNIB launches online services directory

Blind and partially sighted people can now search for key services and support in their local area using a new online directory launched by the Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB).

Sightline Directory lists people, organisations and services that can support people with sight loss all in one place online. People can read reviews from other users and add their own comments, building up a community of useful advice about the many organisations that exist to support blind and partially sighted people.

Fazilet Hadi, Group Director of Inclusive Society at RNIB said: “If you are losing or have lost your sight it can be a very anxious and emotional time, but there are services and solutions that can help you to keep your independence.

“There are many good organisations out there that provide vital support for people with sight loss. Sightline is a great way for blind and partially sighted people, and their families and friends, to find out what’s available locally.”

Designed and built by Public Zone, the directory is a great example of best practice in terms of ensuring accessibility is built in to a project right from the design phase. Each listing contains a brief description of the organisation or service, a location map, opening times and contact details.

At launch, RNIB Sightline lists details of more than 1,680 organisations and sorts them into categories. The aim is that the directory will grow through user-generated content; a special submit page allows users to suggest organisations for inclusion in the directory, which RNIB will moderate.

Sightline Directory can be found at www.sightlinedirectory.org.uk.

If you are looking for information about your eye condition or advice about living with sight loss in general, RNIB’s website has lots of practical and informative guidance, the latest news and lively discussion boards – visit www.rnib.org.uk . Alternatively call RNIB’sHelpline team on 0303 123 9999.

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