NCBI campaigns for positive and lasting change for the benefit of people with sight loss. We work with and on behalf of people who are blind or vision impaired at a local, national and international level. We seek to change legislation, policy, attitudes, inequality, injustice, and give effect to people’s rights.
Our policy and advocacy work is about giving voice to individuals and groups in order to promote and achieve positive change in relation to:
- Public policy and practice
- Public attitudes, opinion and behavior
- Resource allocation.
Our National Advocacy Network
Advocacy is speaking up on your rights and giving your opinions. NCBI wants to empower people and communities to influence the decisions that affect them and ensure the inclusion of people with sight loss in decision making processes. In order to do this effectively, we have set up a National Advocacy Network.
Join our National Advocacy Network
Membership of our National Advocacy Network is open to people who are blind and vision impaired. By joining our National Advocacy Network, NCBI will enable you to play a role in campaigning for change through a range of advocacy and engagement initiatives with the support of NCBI’s policy and advocacy team.
Membership of the National Advocacy Network might involve expressing your views to politicians and other decision makers, sharing your experiences through media outlets and participating in consultations and other events. You can pick and choose what you would like to get involved in.
Join our National Advocacy Network by emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org or calling the policy and advocacy team on Tel: 01 8307033. Please include your name, your email address, your mobile number (or landline if you don’t have a mobile number) and the county in which you live.
Out of Sight Report
This survey, entitled Out of Sight, was the first step in NCBI’s strategic commitment to a programme of advocacy and policy work. The results helped us to identify priority areas for our policy and advocacy work. Check it out here.
Research from focus group
I will ask Elaine what we want to include – maybe we will upload the research findings from the focus group on employment and public spaces which are in a PowerPoint presentation format.
NCBI Pre-budget submission 2018
As we embark on a new Disability Inclusion Strategy and we sit on the cusp of ratification and subsequently implementation of the UNCRPD, NCBI is fully committed to collaborating and working in partnership with government departments towards putting in place policies and systems that will reflect moves towards compliance and adherence to current and future legislation, directives, and the UNCRPD itself. Together we will begin to address the many ways in which people with disabilities, including those who are blind and vision impaired, are denied their rights in many aspects of life in Ireland. Our pre-budget submission for 2018 sets out NCBI’s recommendations for beginning that process by effective, efficient and targeted allocation of resources and collaboration across government departments.
Minimum Income Needs for People with a Vision Impairment
NCBI welcomes the Vincentian Partnership for Social Justice’s (VPSJ) working paper, ‘Minimum Income Needs for People with a Vision Impairment’, which is now available here.
The working paper examines the minimum income needs of single adults with vision impairment, applying the newly established MESL benchmark to assess the adequacy of income supports. The paper sets out to analyse the system as it currently stands, and the changes regarding ‘rehabilitative work’ which were recommended in the Making Work Pay for People with Disabilities report, with regards to identifying points of income adequacy, potential ‘welfare traps’, and establishing the Minimum Income Standard gross salary requirement of a person with a vision impairment.
Policy and Advocacy Media Coverage
Gerry Kelly’s interview on LMFM with Ann Johnson, Kathrina Fitzmaurice, Patricia Harlin and Elaine Howley, NCBI Director of Advocacy and Policy, starts about 24 minutes in and can be found at. https://www.lmfm.ie/on-air/shows/late-lunch/late-lunch-podcasts-(1)/the-late-lunch-31st-of-july-2017/.