2 August 2016
By 31 July 2016 all providers of NHS and publicly funded adult social care services must have fully implemented NHS England’s Accessible Information Standard. Its aim is to make sure that disabled people have access to information that they understand and communication support they need.
This includes making information available in easy read, which is helpful for many people with learning disabilities and affects opticians and hospital eye clinics across the country.
SeeAbility has a wealth of easy read resources which are free to view and download and can help eye care services to be compliant with the Accessible Information Standard. Factsheets like ‘feedback from my optometrist’ give easy read information about common situations faced by people with learning disabilities.
The resources are available on SeeAbility’s website and Gordon Ilett, optometrist, has endorsed their value: “The well designed resources available from SeeAbility are very helpful in allowing those in the optical sector to meet the Accessible Information Standard.”
“Patient information in easy read format is essential in enabling patients with learning disabilities to participate in decisions about their own eye care.”
For more information go to https://www.seeability.org/Accessible-Information-Standard