Lyttle helps launch Blind & Partially Sighted ‘Campaigners Active Network’ initiative

Alliance East Belfast MLA Chris Lyttle has helped launch the Blind and Partially Sighted ‘Campaigners Active Network’ (CAN) initiative at Stormont. CAN is an independent, user driven initiative for blind or partially sighted people, their families, friends and allies. It will operate as an independent organisation, led by a board consisting mainly of those who are blind or partially sighted, and will work closely with RNIB and Guide Dogs NI. Attached photo of Chris Lyttle MLA with CAN Development Officer Thomas Quigley.

The event, sponsored by Chris Lyttle MLA, brought together a panel consisting of CAN members, MLAs and the Health Minister, to listen and respond to concerns around access to health provision for blind and partially sighted people.

Chris Lyttle MLA, who is a member of the All Party Group on Visual Impairment, said: “The ‘Campaigners Active Network’ has been set up to provide its members with the training to enable frontline campaigning, undertaken by blind and partially sighted people, on the issues which directly affect them.

“The event raised a number of issues regarding access to information, access to buildings and staff awareness training in the NHS.

“I would like to wish everybody involved in the CAN initiative every success and look forward to working with them on these important issues.”


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