Supporting blind and partially sighted people
Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) is the UK’s leading charity offering information, support and advice to almost two million people with sight loss.
Their pioneering work helps anyone with a sight problem – not only with braille and Talking Books, but with imaginative and practical solutions to everyday challenges. They also provide information on eye conditions and support and advice for people living with sight loss.
You may be surprised to learn that people in the UK are still losing their sight unnecessarily. So RNIB also campaigns to eliminate avoidable sight loss and supports research into sight loss and eye health issues.
Some things that you may not know about RNIB:
1. It was originally formed in 1868 by a doctor who had himself got sight problems. The original objective was to develop a way to teach blind and partially sighted people to read and write.
2. Even today around two-thirds of blind and partially sighted people of working age are unemployed.
3. As the UK population ages it is anticipated that by 2050 around 4 million people will have issues with their sight.