Every Blind Child CensusWide Survey Results

Q1. What do you think has the most negative impact on a blind/visually impaired young person’s life?

  • 19% don’t know what impact being blind or VI will have on a young person’s life.

  • Almost one fifth of the population, don’t know what negative impact being blind or visually impaired will have on a young person’s life
  • Only 17% believe it will impact their chances of finding employment
  • Only 20% (one fifth) believe it will impact negatively upon their mental health
  • 16% believe there is no one thing it will most impact

Other ‘specified’ answers:

  • Assistance when shopping and traveling. Is hardest. As I was a volunteer shopping helper
  • everything
  • I am totally blind myself and a lot of things are challenging including travelling, finding friends, feeling lonely, mental health issues etc.
  • Lack of independence
  • Living a normal life in general; it must impact upon all aspects of their life.
  • No computer screens and tv/ cinema
  • not seeing everything that is happening to them and around them
  • Not seeing rainbows
  • other people's attitudes towards them
  • society's decisions over what a blind person can or cannot do
  • the way others treat them
  • Their inability to carry on with some previous pastimes
  • Tripping and falling due to the state of paths and roads. Criminal behaviour also puts them at risk.

Q2. Do you think children and young people with visual impairments find it more or less difficult than sighted children to make friends/ form relationships?

  • Over one fifth (22%) don’t know that a child or young person will find it difficult to form a relationship / make friends
  • 5% of the population believe that VI children and young people will find it easier to form relationships/friendships - than their fully sighted peers.
  • 36% (over a third) of people believe that VI children and young people only find it somewhat difficult to form relationships/friendships – than their fully sighted peers.

Q3. Would you go on a date with a blind or partially sighted person?

  • 31% (almost a third) of the population don’t know if they would go on a date with VI/blind person
  • 1 in 10 (11%) people would refuse to go on a date with a blind or partially sighted person.
  • Over 68% of the population would go on a date with a VI/blind person // Only two thirds of the population would go on a date with a VI/blind person

Q4. Do you think the aspirations and dreams of children and young people with visual impairments, or those who are blind, are more or less different to those who are sighted?

  • Almost a quarter (24%) of the population don’t know if their dreams are different to those who are sighted
  • Over a quarter (28%) of the population believe VI/blind children and young people have different aspirations and dreams to those who are sighted.

Q5. Have you ever come across a blind or visually impaired person in your place of work?

Stats including those who don’t have a workplace

  • 47% of the population have never come across a blind or VI person in their workplace.

Stats excluding those who don’t have a workplace

  • 60% (over half) of the population have never come across a blind or VI person in their workplace.

Q6. Do you think your workplace is accessible for someone with a visual impairment?

  • Over 60% of the pop. have told us that their workplace is not accessible or that they do not know.

Q7. What do you think the biggest barrier is to a child [who has a vision impairment] achieving their dream job?

  • 44% of the population believe that VI/blind people will face prejudice when trying to achieve their dream job. (pre judgements made (30%) and prejudice at interviews (14%)
  • 15% of the population don’t think there are any barriers to VI/blind children/YPs achieving their dream jobs.

Q8. Do you think blind young people can live independently (live, cook, clean, budget and travel alone)?

  • 37% of the population believe that Vi/Blind young people will not be able to live independently
  • 48% believe they will be able to be completely independent

The research was conducted by Censuswide, with 2,084 respondents aged 16+ in the UK, between 19.01.18 and 22.01.18. The survey was conducted from a random sample of UK adults. Censuswide abide by and employ members of the Market Research Society which is based on the ESOMAR principles.


For a copy of the full survey please contact Mel Vessey on mel.vessey@rsbc.org.uk or 07939 504646

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