In this section we start with the basics of visual impairment - what is it , how many visually impaired people are there and what , broadly , are people's typical needs . From this section you also get an overview of what we do and find useful links and starter information.
What is Visual Impairment ?
Definition from the former Sensory Support Team in Newcastle
A visual impairment is permanent sight loss which cannot be corrected by spectacles or contact lenses. People are usually referred to as Blind or Partially Sighted, depending on the extent of their sight loss. Only 4% of Blind people have no sight at all, most have some useful vision.
We would also add it is important to remember that
Please click here for a link to the RNIB website
The RNIB website has a useful page on what happens if you decide to be registered .Please click here
In Newcastle, we are fortunate to have a dedicated Eye Clinic Liaison service. Please click here for more information
At the NSBP we run our very well regarded SAFE course for people who have been recently diagnosed. Please click here for more details
The RNIB website has a useful page also. Please click here for the page
Please click here for a national and Newcastle overview