Support the Youth Manifesto to inspire change for blind young people

Support the Youth Manifesto to inspire change for blind young people

    1. Petition by

      RLSB (The Royal London Society for Blind People)

The Royal London Society for Blind People’s Youth Forum are calling on you to support the country’s first ever Youth Manifesto.

We created this document because it is about time that the views of blind and partially sighted young people are given their own space.

Twenty-five per cent of people living with sight loss are dissatisfied with their life overall. The Youth Manifesto (which you can download from rlsb.org.uk/youthmanifesto) is a summary of what we believe needs to happen to change this figure.

It highlights what we as a community feel are our greatest challenges - employment, education, transport and diagnosis support. And it outlines how we propose to tackle unbelievable stats like:

- Only 8% of blind and partially sighted people say they were offered any formal counselling when they were diagnosed with sight loss.

- Only 44% of vision impaired students got 5 A*-C at GCSE compared to 70% without a special education need.

- Nine out of 10 employers rate blind and partially sighted people as either ‘difficult’ or ‘impossible’ to employ.

- Ninety per cent of those who lose their sight in youth won’t work for more than six months in their life.

The manifesto will be the basis for further action by the RLSB Youth Forum. Over the next year we will be encouraging RLSB, government and businesses to take our ideas on board and implement them.

This is a manifesto that is straight from the heart and goes straight to the heart of the challenges we face. We want serious consideration by every politician and person who can influence the solutions we are asking for.

Please back our work as we strive to make changes to improve our lives and the lives of future generations of vision impaired young people.
 
Pledge your support to our manifesto today. We can’t do it without you.

RLSB Youth Forum

I pledge my support for the Youth Manifesto created by the RLSB Youth Forum, to inspire positive change to the lives of vision impaired young people today and future generations to come.

I call on RLSB, politicians and decision makers to work with the Youth Forum to tackle the challenges facing the vision impaired community.

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    • Alan Avis EPSOM, UNITED KINGDOM
      • 11 days ago

      Because young people with a visual impairment have so much to contribute. The wider public need to be helped to understand how.

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    • Mary Jones MIDLOTHIAN, UNITED KINGDOM
      • 4 months ago

      All young people should be encouraged and supported to reach their full potential.

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    • Emy Muzzi LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM
      • 4 months ago

      Because blind people can see what all others don't.

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    • Joany Orozco HIALEAH, FL
      • 4 months ago

      I am blind.

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    • Leeanne Coyle GLASGOW, UNITED KINGDOM
      • 7 months ago

      People should be given the same opportunities in life regardless of their level of sight.

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