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Out of Sight

November 15th 2012

Poverty affects more than one in five people living in Wales today. Crucially, it affects people with a visual impairment.

Report coverThere are estimated to be at least 100,00 people in Wales with a visual impairment. It is likely that about a third of these people will live in poverty.  Disabled people in general are much more likely than others to live on a low income – without taking account of the additional cost of living associated with their impairments.

This report, produced for RNIB Cymru, investigates the links between visual impairment and poverty, and highlights possible solutions. It includes:

  • a overview of estimates of the number of blind and partially sighted people in Wales
  • an overview of the challenges faced by blind and partially sighted people in finding and keeping paid work
  • investigation of the importance of welfare benefits to visually impaired people including those of working age and those over state pension age, and the significant hurdles faces by blind and partially sighted people in the benefits process.

The report concludes that specific, targeted actions are needed to reduce poverty amongst blind and visually impaired people.


Pages:  32
Language: English and Welsh
Order: online only – PDF
Price: Free



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