8 January 2019
To kick off our 220th anniversary year, SeeAbility are proud to be official charity partner of 100% Optical, the largest optical event in the UK which will take place on 12–14 January 2019 at London ExCel.
The partnership comes at an exciting time, as the newly published Long Term NHS plan commits to investing and working with partners to ensure children with learning disabilities and autism have their eyesight needs met.
SeeAbility is the only UK charity dedicating to addressing this situation. Lisa Hopkins, SeeAbility’s CEO said:
“Our research clearly shows that thousands of children with learning disabilities are not getting the basic eye care they need and which they have a right to access. Many are living life in a total blur, unable to see clearly for want of a simple pair of glasses.
We’re delighted with the pledge to support the eye care of children in special schools and we look forward to working in partnership with individuals and companies across the eye care sector to deliver this and other exciting programmes.”
SeeAbility’s work empowers people with learning disabilities to manage their eye health by providing educational training sessions to help people understand how to look after their eyes and what happens at an eye test.
Thanks to partners like 100% Optical, SeeAbility is able to create opportunities for optical professionals to increase and improve accessibility within the sector. At this year’s show, SeeAbility will be offering expert advice on how to make optical practices accessible and how best to support patients with learning disabilities. At their stand, attendees can learn more about the charity’s searchable database of accessible optometrists, pick up helpful guides and accessible resources for patients. SeeAbility will also be running a CET workshop around eye care for people with learning disabilities.
It’s all part of SeeAbility’s mission to transform eye care for the people who need it most.
If you are going to 100% Optical, you can visit us at stand B65 and get involved in their Rockaoke evening in support of the charity on Saturday, 12th January from 9pm-late.