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People with learning disabilities are 10 times more likely to have a serious problem with their eyes. However, the 1.5 million people in the UK with learning disabilities and autism are far less likely to be able to access good eye care, leaving them less able to join in with their communities and at a higher risk of losing their sight.

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Our programme, Every Day in Focus, gives people with learning disabilities and autistic people the knowledge and opportunity to access the eye care they need. Getting good quality eye care as early as possible is so important to improving people’s quality of life and helping people to achieve the things they want in life.

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What our Eye Care Champions do

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Dave speaks to someone about eye careOur Eye Care Champions have the combined experience of working in eye care and also lived experience of disabilities, including learning disabilities, autism and sight loss. This makes them ideal advocates to understand the issues and to communicate effectively and accessibly with others.

They are helping to inform people with learning disabilities of what to expect from eye care services and what reasonable adjustments they are entitled to. They are also working to raise awareness and improve the skills of professionals, family members and carers so they have a better understanding of the needs of people with learning disabilities and how to support them.

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Where is Every Day in Focus happening?

Our Eye Care Champions work in local communities in London and the North West of England. We have big plans to roll out the programme to other areas in the UK.

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How to get involved

Our programme is currently on pause due to the coronavirus pandemic. Below are the contact details for when we are back up and running.

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Click here to read about who our North West Eye Care Champions are

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Click here to read about who our London Eye Care Champions are

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Click here to contact our eye care team about getting involved

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Click here to find out how you can support our work

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Click here to read more about our eye care work, including our free easy read documents

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Joanne Kennedy, Eye Care Champion:

Having my first paid job as an eye care champion has built my confidence and means I get to meet people. It’s different to all the voluntary work I have done for years as it makes me feel like everyone else looking forward to pay day and shows that people with learning disabilities can work. I have already helped so many people to be eye care aware like the lady who was frightened to have an eye test so she didn’t go – she now has 2 pairs of glasses, her headaches have gone and isn’t scared of eye tests anymore – I did that!

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