According to Access Economics, almost 2 million people in the UK have a problem with their eyesight, which has a significant impact on their daily lives.
The figure, which is equal to about one in thirty people, includes the 360,000 people who are registered blind and partially sighted as well as those whose visual impairment has an effect on their daily lives.
As well as the effect on daily life, being visually impaired can also prevent people from enjoying certain experiences that many take for granted, such as driving.
How is one charity addressing this issue?
The Value of Enablement
Speed of Sight was founded by ‘Super Human’ Mike Newman. The charity gives blind and disabled people of all ages the chance to drive specially-designed cars on famous race tracks such as Silverstone.
Born completely blind, Mike had always dreamed of being a race car driver. Despite the difficulties he’s faced, he holds nine World Records and is the world’s fastest blind man on land & sea – which goes to show being disabled doesn’t make you unable.
Speed of Sight is not only dedicated to providing these unique experiences to disabled people but also aims to raise awareness of the challenges that come with being blind
In order to do this, Mike and his team offer corporate activity days, where able-bodied people and those with vision can drive blindfolded.
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