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 behaviour and
- 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.
NCBI Pre-budget submission 2019
NCBI works to create a country where people who are blind and vision impaired can thrive and are valued. Our Pre-budget submission to the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection shows how we are striving to achieve this goal, through the issues we highlight and the recommendations we put forward to the Department.
Minimum essential standard of living for single person with a vision impairment (MESL) report in partnership with The Vincentian Partnership for Social Justice
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. Listen here.
Spirit Radio, Elaine Howley: Listen here.