29.10.2009

Blindness charity condemns postal strike

Blindness charity condemns postal strike

By Alexa Kaczka

Blind people have been hit especially hard by the postal strikes, a charity has said.

The National Federation of the Blind pointed out that while sighted people can still go out and buy newspapers or borrow books, blind people have been left without.

Many of them need to have their talking books and newspapers delivered to them.

In addition, some have not received their Braille bank statements.

The charity pointed out that many blind people are confined to their homes and need their talking books and publications to keep them occupied.

Furthermore, as many are elderly and do not own computers, they are extremely reliant on the postal service.

Earlier this month, the charity called for greater awareness of the need for urban planners to take visually impaired people"s needs into account.

Silent engines on buses and cars can be dangerous for people who rely more on hearing to cross a road and pedestrians need safe spaces.

by Adrian Galbreth


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