Transforming the lives of 6,921 people who are blind or vision impaired by offering tailored practical and emotional support, mobility and independent living skills training, technology advice and training as well as employment, library and recreational services.
The development of NCBI Labs investing in technology, systems and people aimed at promoting and upskilling the importance of accessibility across all assistive technology and mainstream technology for the benefit of people who are blind or vision impaired. In 2019, 5,899 individuals benefited from technology training or support from NCBI Labs.
The merger with Vision Sports Ireland guaranteeing greater availability of sports and leisure services to all those using NCBI services.
Launch of Bookshare.ie, Ireland’s largest digital accessible library specifically designed to support students with a visual impairment and print disabilities attending higher or further education by providing instantaneous access to over 500,000 academic books and other materials, in the student’s preferred format (DAISY Audio, DAISY with images, digital braille, PDF and Word). Placing these students on par with their sighted peers for the first time ever.
Commencement of Eye Clinic Liaison Officer services in acute Dublin based hospital settings. This service acts as a bridge between the hospital setting and community services for the patient from the point of diagnosis onwards. In 2019, 736 support sessions were provided across 3 Dublin hospitals – Mater, Eye and Ear Hospital and CHI at Temple Street.
Expansion of NCBI retail chain with nine new stores bringing the total to 118.