In Northern Ireland, there are 31,000 people who are blind or partially sighted and this is set to rise as the population ages.
Research shows that the majority of blind and partially sighted people cannot read the health information they are given (RNIB, 2009).
We each have the right to manage our health affairs with the same level of confidentiality. RNIB is concerned that the health information rights of people who are blind or partially sighted are being denied.
The survey of people with sight loss found that:
Of those healthcare professionals who took part in the survey:
Inaccessible health information can have serious consequences:
In July 2016, the NHS Accessible Information Standard came into force in England. It mandates that all healthcare providers must provide information in a format that their patients can read.
RNIB is calling for the introduction of such a standard in Northern Ireland to ensure a consistent and specific approach to identifying, recording, flagging and sharing accessible information needs.
NHS England has taken a major step forward in trying to resolve this and it is time for the same to happen in Northern Ireland.
To learn more about the campaign and how to get involved contact:
RNIB Northern Ireland Campaigns team on 028 9032 9373 or email firstname.lastname@example.org