Learning Disability, Dementia & Sight Loss

This committee will focus on the specific needs of children and adults who have a learning disability, autism and the needs of those with dementia. It will provide a forum for learning disability, autism, dementia and sight loss orientated professionals to share information, plans and ideas about campaigns and work, thereby providing a unified approach to issues relating to vision, learning disability, autism and dementia across the UK.

In order to achieve the above the committee will devise an annual plan of work which supports the themes, values and goals of Vision UK. It shall be specific to the needs of children and adults who have learning disabilities, autism and those with dementia and their families and carers. It will outline the objectives and outputs which the committee agrees to undertake.

Objectives of the Committee:

• To provide a forum for dementia, learning disability, autism and sight loss orientated professionals to share information, plans and ideas about campaigns and work.

• To act as an information exchange/focal point for all forthcoming events and activities across all member organisations.

• To develop and promote a better understanding of the issues facing people affected by dementia, learning disability, autism and sight loss by presenting at events and seeking publications in relevant journals.

• To develop shared experience, knowledge, systems and resources which improve our organisations ability to provide information on dementia, learning disabilities, autism and sight loss to enquirers.

• To support and influence initiatives around dementia, learning disabilities, autism and sight loss, such as through joint working on product development.

The Committee’s focus is on issues relating to the concurrence of loss of vision and dementia/learning disabilities/autism This includes issues of visual perception that may be related to dementia/learning/autism disabilities and issues related to eye conditions, such as cataracts.

The Learning Disability, Autism, Dementia & Sight Loss Committee are a National Member of the Dementia Action Alliance dementiaaction.org.uk/members

Joint Chairs:
Dr Renata Gomes, Blind Veterans UK
Bruce Gilson, LOCSU and the Optical Bodies

Member organisations:
Alzheimer’s Society
Association of British Dispensing Opticians
Association of British Neurologists
Aston University
Blind Veterans UK
The British and Irish Orthoptic Society
The College of Optometrists
Dementia Action Alliance
Down’s Syndrome Association
General Optical Council
Guide Dogs
Local Eye Health Network
LOCSU and the Optical Bodies
Macular Society
NHS England
RNIB
Royal College of General Practitioners
Royal College of Nursing
The Royal College of Ophthalmologists
Royal College of Psychiatrists, Old Age Faculty
SeeAbility
UCL
Visionary
Vision UK