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Housing Guide for People with Sight Loss

July 2017 Imogen Blood from Imogen Blood & Associates, Ian Copeman from Housing & Support Partnership and Dianne Theakstone. The Housing Guide for People with Sight Loss provides information and advice for visually impaired people who are looking for a new home, seeking to live independently for the first time or experiencing problems in their current accommodation. It covers everything from student housing and tips for living in a shared house to the moving process, assistive technology and support for living independently and more. The guide was co-produced with people with sight loss and shares personal experiences of visually...

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Evaluation of a Housing Brokerage Scheme for Younger Adults with Visual Impairment

March 2017 Ian Copeman from Housing & Support Partnership and Imogen Blood from Imogen Blood & Associates The Evaluation of a Housing Brokerage Scheme for Younger Adults with Visual Impairment report presents the evaluation of an innovative pilot housing brokerage service that was run by Housing Options Scotland (HOS). HOS provided a person-centred brokerage service to 22 clients with a diverse range of circumstances and housing requirements. The evaluation found that housing brokerage is an effective method for assisting younger adults with visual impairment to find a new home, with the majority of the 22 younger adults who used the pilot service...

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Experiences of Personal Independence Payment (PIP) for People with Sensory Loss

March 2017 Conducted by NatCen Social Research. Jointly commissioned by Thomas Pocklington Trust, Royal National Institute of Blind people (RNIB) and Sense. The Personal Independence Payment (PIP) process is overwhelmingly negative for people with sensory loss, despite participants interviewed as part of the Experiences of PIP for People with Sensory Loss study eventually receiving a ‘positive’ financial outcome. The report is based on interviews with 53 people with sensory impairments transitioning from Disability Living Allowance (DLA) to PIP. The study found the application process was hindered by accessibility issues, confusing forms and troublesome face-to-face assessment experiences. Links: Research Findings: Experiences...

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Changing ideas: Perspectives on disability and visual impairment

This Research Discussion Paper, commissioned by Thomas Pocklington Trust and written by James Austin and Lynn Watson, summarises the various ideas, concepts and views that inform different perspectives on disability, and promotes thinking and discussion about how these perspectives relate to and affect the various activities carried out by organisations and groups in the UK sight loss sector. The review examines four perspectives or models of disability – the individual or medical model, the social model, the cultural model and the interactional model – which highlight different ways in which disability and visual impairment can be defined, explained and...

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Access to Psychological Therapies for People with Sight Loss and Depression

June 2016 Dr Ian Petch, South West London and St George’s NHS Mental Health Trust People with vision impairment have an increased risk of depression, new research suggests. Research commissioned by Thomas Pocklington Trust and undertaken by South West London and St George’s NHS Mental Health Trust and South West London Academic, Health and Social Care System found more training for support staff is needed to ensure signs of depression are recognised and treatment is accessed. Key Facts: There is a clear association between visual impairment and increased risk of depression. National data available from the Health and Social Care...

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