Project Skill: accessible

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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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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