Circumstances of people with sight loss: secondary analysis of Understanding Society and the Life Opportunities

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McManus, Sally; Lord, Chris
NatCen Social Research
Date of publication
1 July 2012
Disabled people
Social welfare
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This report presents indicators derived from two key large national survey datasets, which allow for the circumstances of people with visual impairment to be described and for comparisons with the rest of the population to be made. While self-report definitions of visual impairment may be less accurate than objective measures, survey data can provide an excellent resource for comparing the circumstances of people affected by sight loss in their day-to-day lives with those of the rest of the British population. People with sight loss tend to be older, to report less subjective well being, to be unemployed and looking for work, to experience difficulties with access to health and other services, to be on low incomes, and to experience discrimination and hate crime

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