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Perspectives

We once thought the world was flat. Then we looked at it from a different viewpoint.

We can only move forward by challenging assumptions, overcoming limitations and seeing things from someone else’s perspective.

A pile of yellow Braille Bricks, which feature braille characters on the top to help children learn braille.

It’s thought that one in seven people around the world has some form of disability, while many others contend with specific learning difficulties.

This could affect their vision, hearing, movement, memory or thinking. Yet they still have a right to enjoy the same opportunities in life as everyone else and to participate fully in society. This means we must intentionally design the world to include everyone, regardless of their ability, and make sure no one is excluded.

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Make your work accessible for all

Ensuring your work can be enjoyed by everyone, including people with disabilities, should be an essential part of every project. Here’s how to do it.

Braille in the spotlight

Nearly 200 years after it was invented, Louis Braille’s tactile code is holding its own against modern technology, and is inspiring designers and artists to get creative.

A close-up of two people holding hands.

A history of inclusion

From the Old Testament to the Paralympics and beyond, we track the evolution and progress of disability rights, social inclusion and accessibility from ancient times to the present day.

Our inclusive exhibit at the D&AD design festival

Sightsavers at D&AD

A commitment to inclusion

At Sightsavers, we want to make sure inclusion and diversity are at the heart of our organisation. To achieve this, we established a social inclusion group dedicated to ensuring we are as inclusive as possible. The group has members from across the organisation, and aims to:

  • Promote and encourage inclusion among our staff
  • Monitor our inclusion efforts and identify any gaps
  • Enable Sightsavers to become an employer of choice for people with disabilities.

On our journey to learn more about social inclusion, we’ve hosted a series of talks from guests working in the fields of diversity and inclusion. We have also achieved Disability Confident employment accreditation.

Fighting for equality around the world

We work in 30 countries worldwide. Our programmes aim to champion disability rights and ensure everyone has a chance to participate equally in society.

Our work on inclusion

Our guest speakers

Hector Minto.

How Microsoft is championing inclusive technology

Microsoft’s Hector Minto shares groundbreaking accessibility features that aren’t just aimed at people with disabilities.

Paralympian Georgie Bullen holds a yellow sign containing the words: 'Join us at www.sightsavers.org/campaign, #inthepicture'.

Paralympian Georgie Bullen shares her story

Georgie visited Sightsavers to discuss competing in London in 2012, and how the challenges of visual impairment inspired her to start her own business.

Emma at Sightsavers.

The hidden topic: why do we struggle to discuss mental health?

Emma Mamo, from mental health charity Mind, reveals how employers can help staff to improve their mental health.

Our approach to digital accessibility

Sightsavers and accessibility

What we do

Sightsavers works in 30 countries worldwide to protect sight and fight for the rights of people with disabilities. Our vision is of a world where no one is blind from avoidable causes, and where people with disabilities participate equally in society.

  • We aim to prevent avoidable blindness and restore sight in some of the poorest parts of the world by diagnosing and treating conditions such as cataracts.
  • We’re fighting to eliminate neglected tropical diseases such as river blindness and trachoma, which affect more than a billion people around the world.
  • We empower people with disabilities so they can go to school, get a job and access healthcare, and we campaign to reduce discrimination and stigma.

Protecting sight

Every year, we support our partners to carry out millions of eye examinations and refer people for treatment to prevent blindness and restore vision.

Our work to save sight

Help us change lives for the better

I would like to make a donation

Could provide training for a teacher to help children with disabilities.

Could treat or protect two entire communities against blinding trachoma.

Could provide screening to an entire community for a range of eye conditions.

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Could provide two folding white canes to help people with visual impairments.

Could provide treatment to 150 families to protect them from river blindness.

Could pay towards a sight-restoring cataract operation to give a child back their vision.

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