Human behavioural sciences completed projects
Understanding the effects of COVID-19 isolation and social distancing on people with vision impairment
Working in collaboration with the University of Nottingham, Guide Dogs carried out an online survey to assess the impact of COVID-19 restrictions, on people with vision impairment. Over 900 people with vision impairment completed the survey.
The findings evidence the difficulties faced by people with vision impairment during COVID-19. Respondents tended to agree that they are making use of technologies and making the most of the situation. However, respondents strongly agreed that they were more concerned about their loved ones and tended to agree about being concerned about the implications of their own actions as well as those of others. They also tended to agree about being more reliant on others for assistance. While respondents rated delivery services and medical services, respectively, as fairly or very good, they were indifferent about the support they have received from transport services and the government.
Finally, confidence with the 2-metre social distancing was low; especially regarding the extent to which services have considered vision impairment when setting up their 2-metre markings. A full report on the findings of this study is available via the University of Nottingham Business School.