Benefits for Visually impaired people
People registered as visually impaired, may be entitled to some of the following benefits, depending upon the severity of their impairment:
A zero fare bus pass (with or without a companion) and a disabled parking permit. For more information apply to:
Wakefield Council Customer Services
PO Box 700
Tel: 0345 8506 506
Free Telephone Directory Enquiry Service – Contact Sensory Impairment Team for further information.
Talking Books and Newspapers – see ‘Useful Contacts’.
Free loan of Radio, Radio/Cassette or Radio/Cassette/CD Player – (only applicable if you are on certain state benefits) - contact the Sensory Impairment Team for further information.
TV Licence – a 50% reduction in the licence fee is available. Proof of registration will be required. For more information on a 50% reduced TV licence:
- call 0300 790 6071
- typetalk 0300 790 6050
- visit www.tvlicence.co.uk
Personal Independence Payment (PIP), which used to be called Disability Living Allowance and/or Disabled Persons Tax Credit. If you are aged over 65 the equivalent of PIP is called Attendance Allowance. You should apply to your local Department of Work and Pensions Office for more information or visit GOV.uk
Call – 0800 917 2222
Texttalk – 0800 917 7777
Income Tax. You could be entitled to an increased amount of personal allowance for yourself (or spouse) if you are eligible for registration as severely sight impaired. Apply to your local tax office for more information or:
Visit - www.gov.uk/blind-persons-allowance
Telephone: 0300 200 3300
Textphone: 0300 200 3319
Opening times: 8am to 8pm, Monday to Friday, 8am to 4pm Saturday
Post - Pay As You Earn, HM Revenue and Customs, BX9 1AS, UK
Big Print Britain’s only large print national weekly newspaper.
C/o RNIB Peterborough
Tel: 0845 7023153.Contact direct for complimentary copy and price details.
Action for the Blind
Action for Blind People is a national charity with local reach, providing practical help and support to blind and partially sighted people of all ages. Action can be contacted via the RNIB helpline or their own website. Wherever possible RNIB will ensure you are put in touch with your local Action team.
Helpline Tel: 0303 123 9999
Access to Work
Access to Work can help you if your health or disability affects the way you do your job. It gives you and your employer advice and support with extra costs which may arise because of your needs. Check if you qualify for Access to Work.
Alternatively, ask the Disability Employment Adviser (DEA) at your local Jobcentre Plus about Access to Work.
Provide Talking Books on standard cassette tapes/MP3. Application direct from:
Tel: 01296 432339
DIAL Wakefield - The Disability Advisory Service
DIAL Wakefield is an independent advice and information service for disabled people, their carers and their families residing within the boundary of Wakefield Metropolitan District Council. Based in Castleford, they can give help and advice on Disability Benefits and assist with completing application forms.
Opening hours: Monday-Tuesday 10:00-12:00, 13:00-16:00.
Office opening hours:
Monday-Thursday 10:00-12:00, 13:00-16:00.
Tel: 01977 723933
Guide Dogs UK
Application for Guide Dog and advice – contact Guide Dogs UK direct.
The Leeds Centre for Blind and Partially Sighted People
72 Headingley Lane
Tel: 0113 756326
The Macular Disease Society (MDS)
The Macular Disease Society can put you in touch with local groups for people who have macular disease. The MDS also offers information and training on eccentric viewing and steady eye techniques that can help people with central vision loss to use their residual vision more effectively.
The Macular Disease Society
PO Box 1870
Helpline: 0845 241 2041
National Federation of the Blind
A nationwide organisation administered by visually impaired people.
Offers guidance on problems related to loss of sight.
Sir John Wilson House
Tel: 01924 291313
Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB)
RNIB supply specialist equipment at a subsidised rate. They also provide useful guides and links to other websites for people with a visual impairment.
Applies to both sight impaired and severely sight impaired.
RNIB Emotional Support Service
Are you finding it difficult to live with your sight loss? Do you wonder how other people are dealing with similar situations? RNIB organise telephone support groups which can put you in touch with other people with sight loss.
Sense (for deafblind people)
Contact the Sensory Impairment Team at Wakefield District Council via Social Care Direct on 0345 8503 503 for the weekly publications of:
- Wakefield Express
- Normanton Express
- Pontefract and Castleford Express
- Leeds talking newspaper
Retina UK is the national charity for families living with inherited retinal dystrophies. We fund research and provide information and support to those affected by inherited sight loss and the professionals who support them. Helpline: 0300 111 4000 – Our helpline is operated by volunteers all directly affected with a genetic eye disorder, who genuinely understand the issues faced with daily living.
Wakefield District Sight Aid (WDSA)
WDSA is a voluntary society which supports residents of Wakefield Metropolitan District Council who have vision loss. It offers advice, practical help and information/training on a range of equipment, and supplies some equipment on behalf of the local authority.
Wakefield Visually Impaired Group
Social gathering, but with a wider agenda to promote the best interests of visually impaired people in the Wakefield District. Membership Free
C/o Mr A Rayner
8 Speak Close
Tel: 01924 365357
Wakefield City and District Society for Deaf People
Provides social and sport activities/clubs, direct input into a range of strategic initiatives and partnerships; providing an equipment service to reduce risk, maximising independence and well-being.
7 South Parade
WF1 1LR Tel: 01924 375958
Minicom: 01924 371106 SMS: 07760482372
Sense (for deafblind people)
Further information on eye conditions can be found here:Last reviewed: 02/04/2015