Our Perspectives initiative promotes the importance of accessibility in design and communications, and is run by Sightsavers’ design and digital teams.

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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 design the world to include everyone, regardless of their ability, and make sure no one is excluded.

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How we make our work inclusive

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

Braille in the spotlight

More than 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.

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It ain’t easy seeing green

Sightsavers’ digital designer Matt Roberts explains how his colour blindness has shaped his career – and how it helps him to look at things differently.

Our inclusive exhibit at the D&AD design festival

Sightsavers at D&AD

Our 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: read more about our guest speakers below.

We have also achieved Disability Confident employment accreditation, and strive to improve our organisation as a place to work for people with disabilities.

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A history of inclusion

From the Old Testament to the Paralympics and beyond, we track the evolution and progress of disability rights and accessibility.

Read the article

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.

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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.

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Sightsavers hosts accessibility workshop to promote inclusive design

Staff from Sightsavers’ online and design team recently hosted a workshop for graphic designers and other creative professionals to share knowledge about inclusive design and accessibility.

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 build a more inclusive world