Policy and Campaigns

Rjcrop previewoyal Blind and Scottish War Blinded engage in policy development and research to take forward our aim to secure positive change for vision impaired people. We believe it is vital that every level of government is aware of the needs and experiences of people affected by vision impairment when they make key decisions on issues like reform of public services or the future of healthcare. This work is part of securing our vision to see a community in which blind and partially sighted people, including those who have other disabilities, are fully included and lead 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.


Electoral Reform

14 March 2018  - Royal Blind has submitted to the Scottish Government's Government consultation on Electoral Reform.  The charity has urged for more action to be taken to ensure that a greater number of vision impaired people can particpate in future elections, both as voters and as candidates for elected office.


Excellence and Equity for All: Guidance on the Presumption of Mainstreaming

Pupils at the Royal Blind School receiving instruction form a teacher on using equipment during a lesson9 February 2018 - Royal Blind has written a submission for the Scottish Government consultation on new guidance on the presumption of mainstreaming. Royal Blind has welcomed the new guidance. The charity has made the case that guidance must be reinforced by the right support and resources for vision imapired pupils, and that too often pupils with vision impairment do not have access to the expert support they need.


Empowering Schools: A consultation on the provisions of the Education (Scotland) Bill

 Royal Blind School pupils in a lesson using tactile diagrams30 January 2018 - Royal Blind has responded to the Scottish Government's consultation on "Empowering Schools: A consultation on the provisions of the Education (Scotland) Bill." Our response highlights the need to provide more supportive school environments for pupils with vision impairment, and considers the potential for Regional Improvement Collaboratives to be drivers of improved educational provision for vision impaired children and young people. 


The impact of leaving the EU on health and social care in Scotland

Member of staff at Braeside House with a resident. 24 January 2018 - Royal Blind has submitted a response to the call for evidence from the Scottish Parliament's Health and Sport Committee Inquiry on the impact of leaving the EU on health and social care in Scotland. Our response focuses on workforce issues for the provision of health and social care as this is the key concern for Royal Blind and the charity’s services.