11 June 2010
SeeAbility, formerly the Royal School for the Blind, recently held a reception at the Bank of England. The evening highlighted the work of SeeAbility, in particular their specialist services for people who have a visual impairment and additional disabilities.
Hosting the event was Kate Barker CBE, a member of the Monetary Policy Committee at the Bank of England and speakers included the Rt. Hon. David Blunkett, MP. Mr Blunkett, who has been blind since birth, talked about his time in public office during which he held a number of key Cabinet posts. One amusing anecdote Mr Blunkett recalled from his time in government was when he was given some notes prior to a Cabinet meeting – in Braille as always – and for some reason he couldn’t read them. It transpired that the new Braille machine had been purchased from Sweden but hadn’t been reset to English! Fortunately he managed to speak knowledgeably throughout the meeting and nobody noticed his lack of notes!
The reception focused on SeeAbility’s mission: to see beyond disability. SeeAbility’s team of professionals support each individual to achieve more from life and realise their own potential, enhancing self-esteem, confidence and independence.