15 August 2016
Source: VISION 2020 UK
ADASS updates position statement on vision rehabilitation in collaboration with VISION 2020 UK and RNIB
The Association of Directors of Adult Social Services, a charity that promotes high standards of social care services and influences social care legislation and policy, has updated its position statement on vision rehabilitation.
The statement, produced in collaboration with VISION 2020 UK and RNIB (Royal National Institute of Blind People), was first issued in 2011 and reissued in December 2014. The updated statement reflects new evidence and changes in legislation.
The statement puts blind and partially sighted people at the centre to ensure that they receive the outcomes they need to lead independent lives.
The statement sets out how the Care Act relates to vision rehabilitation and draws from the ‘Seeing it my way’ framework, and the Adult UK eye health and sight loss pathway, which are both central to VISION 2020 UK. It also addresses RNIB concerns that not enough blind and partially sighted people are referred for vision rehabilitation support.
Pete Fahy, ADASS Policy lead for Physical and Sensory Impairment, commented, “The ADASS position statement still has vital role to play in setting out key components of service and what local authorities should be providing. However, the policy context had moved on since the last version and needed to reflect current legislation and practice guidance.”
Tara Chattaway, RNIB’s Policy and Campaigns Officer Social Care and member of the VISION 2020 UK Rehabilitation and Low Vision Committee, said “The current statement has been really valuable, and has helped to ensure that the key principles are reflected in Care Act regulations and guidance. I was delighted be involved in updating this vital statement.”
This updated statement by ADASS Physical and Sensory Impairment and HIV/AIDS network has been developed by ADASS, VISION 2020 UK and the RNIB. Please find full statement below.