Presentation on theme: "President Graham Findlay Formally Scottish National Federation for the Welfare of the Blind Promoting equality and opportunity for people affected by."— Presentation transcript:
Where Did We Come From? Our History Set up in June 1917 as: The Scottish National Federation of Institutes & Societies for the Blind. With the remit to: ‘Bring together the organisations for the ‘out door’ blind (local societies) and the ‘indoor blind (the workshops) 13 member organisations
Our History Original Objectives included: (i)The Promotion & Protection of the interests of ‘the blind’…..by co-operation & mutual assistance of the various members (ii) Act as a medium for expressing the views of member organisations…. Not interfere with the internal affairs of member organisations (iii)Hold an Annual Conference for the consideration & discussion of matters relating to ‘the blind’.
Our History Continued: Key Dates Implementation of the 1920 Blind Person’s Act which then introduced a pension for registered blind people aged 50 or over (later abolished!) 1933 Blind People allowed to vote with a companion 1955 Local Authorities were allowed to join, with 24 taking up the offer By 1994 Federation was providing activity holidays for Blind & PS children 1999 the Scotland Wide Concessionary Travel Scheme introduced
History (Key Dates) 2001 Launch of the Cross Party Group of Visual Impairment 2011 Federation re-branded as SCOVI with updated Constitution To date we have 35 Members (17 Local Authorities & 18 Organisations)
Where Are We Going? Challenges & Opportunities Changes to the Benefits System, (i)DLA to be replaced, (ii)Employment Benefits to change Implementation of the Scottish Vision Strategy Less money around with a growing number of potential service users Joint Sensory Agenda New Technologies and the opportunities these can bring Encourage more local authorities, organisations & individuals to join SCOVI
Programme for Today, Morning 10.15-11.15Workshop 1 (Guide Dogs for people with additional disabilities) Lee Stanway- Guide Dogs Workshop 2 (Emotional Support and Visual Impairment) Mhairi Thurston University of Abertay 11.15-11.45 Coffee 11.45 -12.30Presentation on joint provision of sensory services, Liz Scott Gibson, Deaf Action 12.30-2.00 Lunch (also blindfold demonstrations with guide dog)
Afternoon 2.00-2.30Launch of SCOVI Robert Brown Chair of Cross Party Group on VI 2007-2011 2.30-3.30Workshop 3 (Audio-description, the Scottish perspective) – Bridget Stevens ADA Scotland Workshop 4 (More than meets the Eye – government proposals to change disability related benefits) Andrew Kaye - RNIB 3.30-3.45Coffee 3.45-4.30Keynote Speech – Inclusion and Access Richard Leaman – Guide Dogs 4.30-4.40Presidential summing up and Close
Promoting equality and opportunity for people affected by sight loss across Scotland
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