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HSB's work with visually impaired people is extended through education and campaigning to raise awareness of the needs of visually impaired people:

  • Awareness training for people who work or come into contact with visually impaired people.
  • Providing courses on computer studies, braille and cookery.
  • Working with schools (5 to 18 year olds) to increase awareness of health and well-being vis a vis.
  • Campaigning to relevant bodies on a variety of issues so that "barriers" to the independence of visually impaired people are understood and removed.

Blind and visually impaired people are by definition a hard to reach group and can be descriminated against in the employment market. The Department of Work and Pensions estimate that 67% of blind and visually impaired people of working age are out of work, whilst 92% of employers believe that it is "difficult" or "impossible" to employ a person with impaired vision.

 

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