In February, the Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) hosted a training session in parliament for MPs with the purpose of helping them to learn how to increase the accessibility of their services for people with sight loss.
Taking place at Portcullis House in Westminster, more than 100 MPs attended the event in which they received expert advice from the RNIB. A variety of topics were discussed, ranging from legal rights to eye health. Both staff and volunteers from the RNIB’s Technology for Life team, dedicated to offering both support and training relating to technology and digital services, were also present as well as the RNIB’s social media team who educated the attendees on how to make their social media more accessible.
During the event, MPs were taught the basics of guiding, by taking part in a blindfold walk with RNIB staff who are guide dog users. A mock surgery was also set up to show how activities like form filling can be inaccessible for people with sight loss. The training concluded with a quiz based on statistics around sight loss and inclusion.
RNIB CEO, Matt Stringer, said: ‘We were delighted that so many MPs took time out to attend this training session to learn how to better support their constituents with sight loss. RNIB strives to break down barriers and make the world more inclusive for blind and partially sighted people so we hope that the MPs found this training session useful and will put what they learned into practice.’
For more information on how to increase the accessibility of services for those suffering from sight loss and for more information on the campaign visit the RNIB website.