26th Oct, 2016

Vale MP learns about life without sight

Aaron Wise 27th Jul, 2015 Updated: 20th Oct, 2016

EVESHAM’s MP Nigel Huddleston experienced what life is like without sight after attending a Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) training session.

The Parliamentary event on Thursday (July 16) was an opportunity for MPs to increase their awareness of sight loss issues and focused, in particular, on meeting the communication needs of their blind and partially sighted constituents.

During the session, Mr Huddleston improved his understanding of eye conditions, learning about alternative formats such as Braille, large print and audio, and was taught how to guide.

The Vale MP came away with a better understanding on how to meet the needs of blind and partially sighted constituents at surgery appointments, through availability of public transport and accessibility of buildings.

“I am so pleased I took part in this training session. I think it is really important that everyone is aware of the difficulties that those with eye conditions experience on a day to day basis,” said Mr Huddleston.

“It is essential that Government and local authorities do everything they can to ensure that all the information they produce and the facilities they run can be assessed by those with sight loss,” he added.

Helen Dearman, Parliamentary manager at RNIB said: “We’re very pleased that the training session was such a success.

“Sight loss awareness is so important and it’s vital that MPs meet the needs of their blind and partially sighted constituents.”

Visit www.rnib.org.uk for more information on the RNIB.