About us

At SeeAbility, we specialise in supporting people who have learning disabilities or autism, who may also have sight loss. Through our support, people live ambitious lives and achieve things they never thought possible, whether that's forming more friendships and relationships, enjoying new experiences and activities or finding employment.

We encourage people with disabilities to challenge what they expect from life, from themselves and from wider society.

The people we support overcome huge barriers to achieve exciting new things every day - they challenge us all to think about what’s possible and to rethink disability.

Our self-advocacy, influencing and supported employment programmes mean more people with disabilities can achieve their ambitions, while challenging assumptions, attitudes and policies.

We also campaign for better eye care for people with learning disabilities, who are ten times more likely to have sight loss. In 2023, we successfully convinced the NHS to provide sight tests in all special schools so the next generation can get the eye care they need. We also work with adults to provide information, advice and to build local pathways so people can find accessible sight tests at their own opticians.

Registered as The Royal School for the Blind, SeeAbility is one of the oldest disability charities in the UK and has pioneered specialist support for over 220 years.

Overall winner at the Charity Awards 2021

Respect is our starting point.


We spark imagination.


We learn together to be our best.


We believe in each other.

225 years: Seeing ability since 1799

Our 225th anniversary

This year, we're celebrating our 225th anniversary.

For 225 years, we’ve pushed towards an inclusive society, where people with learning disabilities, autism and sight loss can live, love, thrive and belong. 

225 years: Seeing ability since 1799
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Meet Emily, our first influencer with lived experience

Emily's lived experience, determination and can do attitude have helped her become SeeAbility's first influencer, helping others fight for their rights.

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