Project Category: Independent living

Experiences of Living with Visual Impairment: Matching Income with Needs

June 2018 Katherine Hill, Claire Shepherd and Donald Hirsch, Centre for Research in Social Policy (CRSP), Loughborough University Research commissioned by Thomas Pocklington Trust and undertaken by the Centre for Research in Social Policy (CRSP) at Loughborough University identified the minimum income needed by visually impaired people to achieve an acceptable standard of living compared to benefit levels. The report ‘Experiences of Living with Visual Impairment: Matching Income with Needs’ investigates the experiences of visually impaired people living at or below the Minimum Income Standard and the impact on their lives. It found that those living on a low...

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Lighting in and around the home: A guide to better lighting for people with sight loss

April 2018 A Lighting Guide developed by Thomas Pocklington Trust is designed to assist visually impaired people to improve lighting in their homes, increasing their independence, comfort and safety. The guide, which has been endorsed by the Institution of Lighting Professionals, is an updated version of the popular second edition of the Lighting Guide (2015) which was directed mainly at professionals responsible for carrying out lighting assessments. This new version is also aimed at blind and partially sighted people and their families and friends, providing practical tools and information to help them improve their lighting. The updated guide takes...

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Inclusive Fitness Equipment for People with a Visual Impairment

January 2018 Eric Harris and Freddie Gregory, Research Institute for Consumer Affairs (Rica) The design of fitness equipment used in many gyms is a barrier to visually impaired people taking part in exercise. This research, carried out by Rica with the support of Thomas Pocklington Trust and Metro Blind Sport, investigates the development and provision of electronic fitness equipment for visually impaired users. There is a specific focus on the accessibility of screen based consoles, and the needs and experiences of users. Key Findings:  LED consoles that feature tactile buttons and a fixed display are moderately more accessible than...

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Low Income and Visual Impairment: Do Benefits and Wages Meet Minimum Income Standards?

September 2017 Professor Donald Hirsch, Centre for Research in Social Policy (CRSP), University of Loughborough This study considers the extent to which benefits and minimum wages can provide visually impaired people with part or all of the income they need in order to meet a minimum income standard (MIS). Key Findings: •  Additional disability cost benefits often fall short of covering the extra costs visually impaired people face. •  Receipt of PIP or Attendance Allowance can also trigger supplements to other benefits, such as ESA and Pension Credit, for those who receive them. It is therefore necessary to take...

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Transition: Empowering Visually Impaired Young People as they Move to Adulthood

The Longitudinal Transitions Study is being conducted by the Vision Impairment Centre for Teaching and Research (VICTAR) at University of Birmingham, in collaboration with RNIB. The study began in 2009. It was previously funded by RNIB (Phase 1) and the Nuffield Foundation (Phase 2), and Phase 3 has been funded by Thomas Pocklington Trust since 2015. The study is following the experiences of young people with vision impairment during the transition from school through to employment and adulthood. Whilst there is significant research evidence demonstrating poor employment outcomes for this group of young people, there is very little evidence of...

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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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Rica – Inclusive Design and Smart Appliances

New research from Rica and Thomas Pocklington Trust explores the key principles of inclusive design – and positively highlights that former students of design schools are entering the workforce with knowledge of inclusive design.

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Additional Costs of Living for People who are Sight Impaired or Severely Sight Impaired

January 2016 Katherine Hill, Lydia Marshall, Donald Hirsch and Matt Padley, Centre for Research in Social Policy – Loughborough University This publication summarises findings from research commissioned by Thomas Pocklington Trust and conducted by Katherine Hill, Lydia Marshall, Donald Hirsh and Matt Padley, at the Centre for Research in Social Policy, Loughborough University. The research used an established methodology that defines Minimum Income Standards (MIS) for different households to consider how much more it costs, as a minimum, to live with different degrees of sight loss at different times of life. It established minimum weekly budgets for: a working...

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Light for Sight

2015 Thomas Pocklington Trust and Royal College of Occupational Therapists ‘Light for Sight’ is a resource developed by Thomas Pocklington Trust and the College of Occupational Therapists which outlines the significance of improving lighting in the home to facilitate the activities of daily living and meaningful occupations of people who have visual impairments. Although the resource has been designed as a CPD module for Occupational Therapists, it contains useful information for most frontline professionals working with people with sight loss. The module can either be delivered as a one hour group session or completed as an individual. The learning...

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