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New research project about the experiences of blind and partially sighted people

Tue, 01 Jul 2014

RNIB is conducting some new research into the experiences and opinions of blind and partially sighted people in the UK to help us monitor the success of our new strategy.

As part of this project, we are going to be interviewing over 1,000 registered blind and partially sighted adults. We are also going to be talking to an additional number of blind and partially sighted people in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland so that we can highlight the circumstances of people in each of the countries. As we want to find out how experiences change over time, this is a longitudinal study, and we will keep in touch with participants until 2019.

We are going to be asking people about a wide range of topics, including employment, early reach, transport, access to services and technology.

The last large-scale survey of registered blind and partially sighted people was Network 1000, which was conducted in 2005/06. Since then there have been a number of political, social and economic changes that will have impacted on people with sight loss. This new research will help us understand and quantify the impact of things like the global recession, welfare reform and mobile technologies. The first report will be published in April 2015, and throughout that year there will be a number of other reports and resources published.

If you have any questions about this project, please contact John Slade on 0121 665 4232 or email

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