In Focus: Steps to inclusion

Yiannis Kotoulas reports on the launch of a new charity initiative for a population vulnerable to sight loss

SeeAbility has launched its Steps Count initiative for October and challenged members of the optical profession to commit to an amount of steps to fundraise for its work supporting people with learning disabilities and autism to access sight care.

The specialist optical charity, which won the Overall Award for Excellence at the Charity Awards 2021, has previously received recognition and praise from NHS England for providing eye care to children in special schools and has worked with the NHS to begin rolling out its model nationwide.

Its Steps Count initiative has built on the success of last year’s Step Up challenge with an inclusive focus, as SeeAbility public fundraising officer Sarah Namusobya explained: ‘This year we rebranded our challenge as Steps Count because we believe everyone can make a step towards inclusion by raising awareness, supporting the charity or doing anything else to make inclusion for people with learning disabilities or autism a reality.’

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