Sinn Féin MLA Sean Lynch has said that the Blind Penalty Kick competition held in Stormont highlighted some of the difficulties facing the blind and partially sighted.
Mr Lynch said,
“Being blindfolded and attempting to do something that I would have taken for granted highlighted in a small way, what blind and partially sighted people faced everyday of their lives.
“I felt totally isolated and insecure with the blindfold on yet there are people who spend their entire lives without sight but society as a whole does not make allowances for them and take it for granted they can cope.
“Whether it crossing a road, shopping or working blind people face a range of difficulties from physical obstacles to noise that disorientates them and hides dangers that have to be overcome.
“I congratulate the RNIB for organising the event for highlighting to me and others some of the problems blind people face.
I will be looking at ways in which we can help people who are blind or partially sighted by finding out what is needed so that they can participate fully in society”