Accessible home tests
Thomas Pocklington Trust and Sight Loss Councils are set to make the case to Government for a new working group to ensure ‘at-home’ tests are accessible for blind and partially sighted people. And we need your help.
We believe blind and partially sighted people should have the same level of control over timely results, treatment and privacy that most people just take for granted.
During lockdown, Thomas Pocklington Trust and other sight loss charities formed a working group with the Department for Health and Social Care (DHSC) to make tests for Covid-19 accessible to blind and partially sighted people.
This collaboration brought about kit instructions tailored for users with low or no vision. It also introduced specialist remote support for registering and using devices via the Be My Eyes app. Many Sight Loss Council volunteers were also participants in the critical pilots which took place before these services were launched.
Despite this breakthrough in Covid tests, many other at home tests are still not accessible for blind and partially sighted people.
Thomas Pocklington Trust and Sight Loss Councils want to ensure the accessibility of Covid tests is applied to all at home tests, such as those for bowel cancer screening, diabetes and pregnancy.
The lived experience of Sight Loss Council volunteers was key in shaping the Covid testing campaign.
Your lived experiences are a powerful tool, helping us to show the government what they need to do differently. That is why we’re asking you to complete our online survey to help make the case to Government. Your feedback will allow us to demonstrate how important this issue is and the level of confidence you have when it comes to such testing at home.
Real, lived experience makes our arguments infinitely more persuasive.
The survey takes just ten minutes to complete, and any stories you share will be anonymous. Click on the link below to add your evidence that the Government needs to #MakeHealthAccessible.