15 July 2019
The ADASS physical & sensory impairment & HIV/AIDS network, the Rehab Workers professional network, Visionary and Vision UK have worked together to achieve the Endorsement of ADASS for a Professional Register for Vision Rehabilitation Workers.
The professional body for Vision Rehabilitation Workers, the Rehabilitation Workers Professional Network (RWPN), has established a professional register which requires all members to undertake a programme of continuing professional development to ensure that they are up to date with all aspects of professional practice.
Safeguarding blind and partially sighted service users
All professional Vision Rehabilitation Workers who are members of the Professional Network have appropriate professional qualifications that enable them to offer the specialist service people need after losing their sight. These skills help people to navigate the built environment, use public transport, maintain a safe and habitable home and retain the ability to prepare and cook food. All these activities can be risky for people with visual impairment, and professional Vision Rehabilitation Workers are essential to enable people to cope with activities that could otherwise put them in danger and allow people with sight loss to live the lives they choose.
The full statement is attached below