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Promoting equality and opportunity for people affected by sight loss across Scotland President Graham Findlay Formally Scottish National Federation for the Welfare of the Blind
Where Did We Come From? Where Are We Going?
Where Did We Come From? Our History Set up in June 1917 as: The Scottish National Federation of Institutes & Societies for the Blind. With the remit to: ‘Bring together the organisations for the ‘out door’ blind (local societies) and the ‘indoor blind (the workshops) 13 member organisations
Our History • Original Objectives included: • The Promotion & Protection of the interests of ‘the blind’…..by co-operation & mutual assistance of the various members • Act as a medium for expressing the views of member organisations…. Not interfere with the internal affairs of member organisations • Hold an Annual Conference for the consideration & discussion of matters relating to ‘the blind’.
Our History Continued: Key Dates • Implementation of the 1920 Blind Person’s Act which then introduced a pension for registered blind people aged 50 or over (later abolished!) • 1933 Blind People allowed to vote with a companion • 1955 Local Authorities were allowed to join, with 24 taking up the offer • By 1994 Federation was providing activity holidays for Blind & PS children • 1999 the Scotland Wide Concessionary Travel Scheme introduced
History (Key Dates) • 2001 Launch of the Cross Party Group of Visual Impairment • 2011 Federation re-branded as SCOVI with updated Constitution • To date we have 35 Members (17 Local Authorities & 18 Organisations)
Where Are We Going?Challenges & Opportunities • Changes to the Benefits System, • DLA to be replaced, • Employment Benefits to change • Implementation of the Scottish Vision Strategy • Less money around with a growing number of potential service users • Joint Sensory Agenda • New Technologies and the opportunities these can bring • Encourage more local authorities, organisations & individuals to join SCOVI
Programme for Today, Morning 10.15-11.15 Workshop 1 (Guide Dogs for people with additional disabilities) Lee Stanway- Guide Dogs Workshop 2 (Emotional Support and Visual Impairment) Mhairi Thurston University of Abertay 11.15-11.45 Coffee 11.45 -12.30 Presentation on joint provision of sensory services, Liz Scott Gibson, Deaf Action 12.30-2.00 Lunch(also blindfold demonstrations with guide dog)
Afternoon 2.00-2.30 Launch of SCOVI Robert Brown Chair of Cross Party Group on VI 2007-2011 2.30-3.30 Workshop 3 (Audio-description, the Scottish perspective) – Bridget Stevens ADA Scotland Workshop 4 (More than meets the Eye – government proposals to change disability related benefits) Andrew Kaye - RNIB 3.30-3.45 Coffee 3.45-4.30 Keynote Speech – Inclusion and Access Richard Leaman – Guide Dogs 4.30-4.40 Presidential summing up and Close
Promoting equality and opportunity for people affected by sight loss across Scotland