The Northern Ireland Vision Strategy Implementation Group was established in October 2008 and is chaired by RNIB.
Since the launch of the Strategy there has been considerable progress in addressing both prevention issues and meeting the needs of blind and partially sighted people.
Key achievements include:
- The provision of ECLO services to all parts of Northern Ireland
- The development of a new care pathway for glaucoma
- Investment in a new educational resource service
- An innovative approach to tackling social exclusion in the city of Lisburn.
The Northern Ireland Vision Strategy is driven forward through close partnership working between voluntary sector organisations and 7 government departments including health, education, culture arts and leisure, employment and learning and regional development.
The Department of Health in Northern Ireland chairs action groups on the prevention of sight loss and supporting independent living.
The Vision Strategy in Northern Ireland is supported politically through an All Party Group at the Northern Ireland Assembly and featured amongst party manifesto commitments for the Assembly elections in May 2011.
The Northern Ireland Vision Strategy Implementation Group
The Northern Ireland Vision Strategy Implementation Group, made up from a cross sector of statutory and voluntary organisations and professional bodies, develop a set of suggested actions in Northern Ireland based on the outcomes of the Strategy. To view who sits on this group go to the Northern Ireland Vision Strategy Steering Group page.
Northern Ireland implementation plans
The NI Vision Strategy Implementation Plan 2014-16 document is available to download in Word or PDF format at the bottom this page.