MP learns first-hand challenges facing blind people

June 22, 2010 11:11 AM
Huppert and RNIB head of campaigns, Steve Winyard

Julian Huppert joins Steve Winyard to experience the challenges facing blind and partially sighted people.

MP Julian Huppert has been given the chance to find out first-hand the everyday challenges faced by blind and partially sighted people.

Julian met with RNIB representatives at a parliamentary reception and was asked to wear a blindfold to carry out some everyday tasks, like making a cup of tea and using a cash machine within kitchen and bank areas that had been set up in the House of Commons.

"It was a real challenge to carry out these simple everyday tasks without the use of sight," said Julian. "It made me aware of the need for support to be in place when someone loses their sight and is struggling to adjust, trying to remain independent in their own local area and home."

There are nearly two million people living in the UK with sight loss, and every day another 100 people start to lose their sight

Steve Winyard, Head of Campaigns at RNIB, said "A year after losing their sight only about a quarter of people will be offered mobility training to get out and about independently. RNIB is campaigning to ensure that everyone diagnosed with sight loss gets the practical and emotional support that they need to rebuild their lives."

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