Charity SeeAbility has highlighted that its ‘easy-read’ resources, which are free to view and download online, will help eye care services ensure they comply with the new NHS Accessible Information Standard.
All providers of NHS and publicly funded adult social care services have been required to comply with the standard since its 31 July introduction deadline. This means ensuring that all disabled people have access to information that they understand and the communication support they require.
SeeAbility has a wide range of ‘easy-read’ information resources that are free to access. The charity has emphasised that the resources can be particularly beneficial in helping eye care services and optical practices be compliant with the Standard also.
Among the resources, factsheets such as 'feedback from my optometrists' provide users with ‘easy-read’ information about the common situations that are faced by people with learning disabilities.
Endorsing the value of the resources, optometrist and independent practice owner, Gordon Ilett, said: "The well-designed resources that are available through SeeAbility are very helpful in allowing those in the optical sector to meet the Accessible Information Standard.
"Patient information in ‘easy-read’ format is essential in enabling patients with learning disabilities to participate in decisions about their own eye care."
For more information, visit the SeeAbility website.