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London Vision advises Zesty on Accessibility standards

January 17, 2020

 

The Zesty team is looking forward to a workshop on Monday 27th January 2020 in our London Bridge office with London Vision to discuss and review the Accessible Information Standard. We are keen to learn from members of the public and patients of the NHS how our products can better support their needs.

About London Vision

Our objectives:

Ensure sight loss is not a defining factor for equality of access and opportunity in London.

Increased awareness and a raised profile of the challenges faced by blind and partially sighted people in everyday life so as to drive change and deliver improvements for all. Blind and partially sighted people in London are better networked and have greater access to peer support that encourages, inspires and informs.

To improve understanding about the impact of sight loss and change the conversation about blind and partially sighted people’s everyday lives in London.

Technology:

There are increasing amounts of accessible and assistive technology on the market that can make a massive difference to blind and partially sighted people living in London. Assistive technology enables visually impaired people to participate fully in life. Based on up-to-date evidence on the latest advances in digital technologies, London Vision provides advice so that members can more easily manage around home, use their mobile phones more effectively and improve their computer skills.

Our vision:

Our vision is that blind and partially sighted people are an equal part of the London community.

About the Accessible Information Standard

From 1st August 2016 onwards, all organisations that provide NHS care and / or publicly-funded adult social care are legally required to follow the Accessible Information Standard. The Standard sets out a specific, consistent approach to identifying, recording, flagging, sharing and meeting the information and communication support needs of patients, service users, carers and parents with a disability, impairment or sensory loss.

DCB1605 Accessible Information (formerly SCCI1605 Accessible Information) – the ‘Accessible Information Standard’ – directs and defines a specific, consistent approach to identifying, recording, flagging, sharing and meeting the information and communication support needs of patients, service users, carers and parents, where those needs relate to a disability, impairment or sensory loss.

The Standard applies to service providers across the NHS and adult social care system, and effective implementation will require such organisations to make changes to policy, procedure, human behaviour and, where applicable, electronic systems. Commissioners of NHS care and publicly-funded adult social care must also have regard to this standard, in so much as they must ensure that contracts, frameworks and performance-management arrangements with provider bodies enable and promote the Standard’s requirements.

Successful implementation will lead to improved outcomes and experiences, and the provision of safer and more personalised care and services to those individuals who come within the Standard’s scope. The scope of the Standard is significant and so is its intended impact. It is unashamedly ambitious in seeking to set the framework and provide clear direction for a dramatic improvement in the ability of the NHS and adult social care system to meet the information and communication support needs of disabled people.

Applicable organisations have a legal duty to follow this Standard; however, the moral and ethical imperative in this case is also compelling. Significant support to enable effective, efficient implementation has been made available to organisations, as outlined in the Implementation Plan, along with detailed Implementation Guidance. The Standard allows for flexibility in implementation approaches, subject to successful achievement of the stated requirements and outcomes.

 

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