Staff at blind charity in Carlisle set to lose their jobs
Last updated at 17:04, Thursday, 07 February 2013
A charity which has been a lifeline for blind and visually impaired Cumbrians is to lose the jobs of all but one of its staff in Carlisle.
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'Action For Blind People', along with other charities, dedicated to the needs for the blind and partially-sighted members of our community (of which there are many) provide an invaluable and necessary service.
I work as an Optometrist in Cumbria and have many patients with visual disabilty for whom a pair of 'stronger glasses' is not necessarily the best option.
A majority of such patients are elderly and have a degenerative condition called macular degeneration in which everyday tasks such as reading, watching television, setting the cooker to the correct temperature, making a cup of tea, etc., etc., are greatly impaired to the extent that a person in this awful situation would likely lose their independence. (To anyone young enough to enjoy good eyesight at the moment and who also thinks such charities are unnecessary, think again, and expect macular degeneration as a highly-likely condition that can occur to you, along with wrinkles, poor hearing and grey hair.)
The reason I refer such patients to 'Action For Blind People' is that this organisation endeavours to show visually-disabled individual techniques that will allow them to perform simple, everday tasks for which the average person takes for granted, with the aim of the patient keeping their independence.
I have regularly advised my elderly patients to seek out the excellent advice that is given by the wonderful staff at 'Action For Blind People' because they are often the difference between someone retaining their independence or ending-up in a very lonely position.
This is such a shame. I know people who are involved with this charity and they are all in shock.
Hopefully something can be done.
Some people really need to think things through before typing the first thing that comes into their heads! How would the Disability Discrimination Act have anything to do with this?In any case, the Disability Discrimination Act no longer exists; it has been replaced by the Equality Act 2010.