Reports and consultation responses 2020

Royal Blind and Scottish War Blinded engage in policy development and research to take forward our aim to secure positive change for people with vision impairment. 

We believe it is vital that decision makers at every level of government are aware of the needs and experiences of people who are affected by vision impairment when they make key decisions on issues like reform of public services or the future of healthcare.This works is part of securing our vision to see a Scotland in which blind and partially sighted people, including those who have other disabilities, are fully included and live fulfilling lives. On this page you will find details of Royal Blind and Scottish War Blinded responses to government and parliamentary consultations, as well as information about policy campaigns the charities are taking forward.

Disabled Children and Young People (Transitions) (Scotland) Bill

Royal Blind School pupil accompanied by a teacher 23 January 2020 - Royal Blind welcomes the proposal for a Transitions Bill. Managing transitions is consistently one of the biggest challenges for the children and young people we work with. We believe too many young people with visual impairment do not have the support they need in the transition to adulthood, and this can have a lasting impact on their lives. A transitions plan would put in place clear, agreed objectives and timescales. It would help to manage expectations and better prepare the young person for moving into adulthood. A National Transitions Strategy would help ensure accountability and place transition planning on a statutory footing.