Sight Scotland and Sight Scotland Veterans engage in policy development and research to take forward our aim to secure positive change for people with vision impairment.

We believe it is vital that decision-makers at every level of government are aware of the needs and experiences of people who are 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 Scotland in which blind and partially sighted people, including those who have other disabilities, are fully included and live fulfilling lives.

Below are Sight Scotland and Sight Scotland Veterans' responses to government and parliamentary consultations, as well as information on policy campaigns the charities are taking forward.

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Consultation Documents

Response to Equality & Human Rights Committee: Covid-19 inquiry

11 June 2020 - People living with visual impairment have been significantly and disproportionately affected by the virus and the response to it.

Response to Covid-19 Committee Inquiry

22 May 2020 - Our submission focuses on three questions the Committee set out in its call for evidence.

Response to consultation on Scotland's AI Strategy

8 May 2020 - The Scottish Government ran a consultation on its Articial Intelligence Strategy. Eye health is an area where AI has particular potential to deliver ground-breaking progress, and the benefits are already being realised.

Response to Education & Skills Committee inquiry into the wellbeing of vulnerable children

24 April - Royal Blind welcomes the decision of the Education and Skills Committee to prioritise the wellbing of vulnerable children and young people during the Coronavirus outbreak as one immediate focus for its work.

Response to Health & Sport Committee inquiry into Social Care

20 February 2020 - The Health & Sport Committee carried out an inquiry into social care for adults over 18 years. It is important that person-centred social care is guided by an inclusive, human rights-based approach.

Response to Social Security - Draft Mainstreaming Equality Outcomes

31 January 2020 - As part of the development of the first Equality Strategy, Social Security Scotland asked for views on its draft mainstreaming equality outcomes.

Response to proposed Disabled Children and Young People (Transitions) (Scotland) Bill

23 January 2020 - Sight Scotland welcomes the proposal for a Transitions Bill. Managing transitions is consistently one of the biggest challenges for the children and young people we work with.

Response to Transport Strategy Consultation

23 October 2019 - The Scottish Government launched a consultation on its vision for the future of transport for the next 20 years. We took the opportunity to highlight a number of issues of concern for people with visual impairment.

What should primary care look like for the next generation?

28 August 2019 - The Health & Sport Committee sought views on its inquiry into primary care.

Disclosure (Scotland) Bill

20 August 2019 - Sight Scotland and Sight Scotland Veterans welcome the opportunity to respond to the call for evidence from the Education & Skills Committee to inform Stage 1 consideration of the Disclosure (Scotland) Bill.