Circumstances of people with sight loss: secondary analysis of Understanding Society and the Life Opportunities Survey - prepared for RNIB

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Sally McManus and Chris Lord

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About the study
This report describes the circumstances of adults with visual impairment and makes comparisons with the rest of the British population. As highlighted by the UK Vision Strategy, people with sight loss experience a range of inequalities across many different aspects of their lives.
We found that:- Subjective wellbeing was low among people with visual impairment.- People with sight loss were less likely to be in employment than their fully sighted counterparts.- Not just inequality, but also discrimination and hate crime affects the lives of some people with sight loss.
With the proportion of visually impaired people continuing to increase, analyses such as these help policy-makers to target resources to improve the circumstances of people with sight loss.
This report used two of Britain's largest longitudinal datasets - Understanding Society and the Life Opportunities Survey - to describe the nature and extent of inequalities among adults in Britain in 2010.


Disability, Labour Market and Well Being