Our impact in 2021/22

We believe that with the right support, people with learning disabilities, autism and sight loss can achieve things they never thought possible. 

In 2021/22, we reached thousands with our wide-ranging work. We supported people to live in their own homes for the first time, find their first paid employment, and get access to vital, life-changing eye care. And that’s just a fraction of everything we achieved.  

Supported people
258

258 people directly supported across 41 supported living, residential and outreach services this year.

Programmes
14,000+

people reached through our programmes this year.

Download
11,868

downloads of our free resources on eye care, supported employment and digital inclusion this year.

Skills
84%

84% of people we support say we’re helping them develop their skills.

“The kindness, the gentleness, the compassion, the love that he met was something that he hadn’t met before”   

Parent of someone we support
Beatrix

Ambitious and creative support 

In 2021/22, we supported more people to live ambitious lives. Our specialist Clinical Assessment and Intervention Team, comprising Behaviour Consultants and Vision Rehabilitation Workers, was central to this, ensuring each person got the expert support they needed, when they needed it. 

Our person-centred Positive Behaviour Support approach saw huge success in supporting more people to make the life-changing move from secure hospitals into places they’re proud to call home. Our high standards have meant that every one of our homes is rated as Good by CQC.

Beatrix
James having an eye test

Benefitting from preventative services 

Working in a proactive and preventative way is central to our eye care work. In June 2021 we scooped the Overall Award for Excellence at the Charity Awards, where our eye care team was praised by the judges for convincing the NHS to roll out sight testing for children with learning disabilities in all English special schools. 

Our community eye care team secured funding for an ambitious project to commission specialist eye care services for people with learning disabilities and autism across London. They’ve also continued to provide expert peer to peer advice to support access to quality eye care.

James having an eye test
Chris with his new smart phone

Participating in society

At SeeAbility we’re determined to create opportunities for people with learning disabilities autism and sight loss. Our digital inclusion programme, Creating Connections, supported 2,375 people with learning disabilities to learn new digital skills, while our Ready, Willing and Able supported employment programme grew at pace, kickstarting the career journeys of over 60 people.

We also focused on amplifying the voices of people with disabilities. Our team of self-advocates spoke up on a wide range of inquiries, consultations and research projects, ensuring people with disabilities are not forgotten in national conversations.

Chris with his new smart phone

We won’t settle for a future without change

2022 saw us reach the end of our previous five year strategy, but we’ve got exciting plans for the future. 

Our ambitious new strategy was co-produced with people we support and their families, as well as colleagues from across the charity. 

Discover our new strategy 

Read the full report report

You can find alternative formats of our impact report below, but if you need a copy in an additional alternative format please get in touch by emailing media@seeability.org.