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Visual Impairment

This Cross-party group's purpose:

The Cross-Party Group on Visual Impairment draws together the blind and partially sighted sector in Scotland to identify issues competent to the Scottish Parliament and seeks, in a reasonable fashion, to influence policy, legislation and decision makers to better reflect the needs of blind and partially sighted people. 

Next meeting

Wednesday, October 5, 2022

The next meeting of the CPG on Visual Impairment - Wednesday 5 October 2022, 12.45 - 14.00, Committee Room 3, Scottish Parliament, and via Teams. This will include the AGM.

Get in touch

If you want to get in touch, you can contact Catriona Burness


Involved in the group

MSPs, individuals and organisations who participate in and support this group.

Current Members

McMillan, Stuart

Stuart McMillan


Party: Scottish National Party

MSP for: Greenock and Inverclyde (Constituency)

Bibby, Neil

Neil Bibby

Deputy Convener

Party: Scottish Labour

MSP for: West Scotland (Region)

Balfour, Jeremy

Party: Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

MSP for: Lothian (Region)

Grant, Rhoda

Rhoda Grant


Party: Scottish Labour

MSP for: Highlands and Islands (Region)

O'Kane, Paul

Paul O'Kane


Party: Scottish Labour

MSP for: West Scotland (Region)

Smyth, Colin

Colin Smyth


Party: Scottish Labour

MSP for: South Scotland (Region)

Non MSP Individuals

Matthew Clark

Amanda Foster

Tom Heald

Thelma Ingram

Joan Kerr

Anne MacLean

Maureen McAllister

David McKerral

Moira McMurchie

Terry Moody

Councillor Robert Mooney

Rod Murchison

Hussein Patwa

Mary Rasmussen

Ken Reid

Terry Robinson

Kirin Saeed

Alan Stewart

Steven Sutherland

Colette Walker

Steven White

Sandra Wilson


RNIB Scotland – Secretary and treasurer


Angus Council

Association of British Dispensing Opticians (ASDO)

Associated Optical

Blind Veterans UK

Dundee Blind & Partially Sighted Society

Eyecare Scotland

Family Fund

Glaucoma UK

Guide Dogs Scotland


Linking Education and Disability (LEAD) Scotland

Macular Society

Microphthalmia, Anophthalmia & Coloboma Support (MACS)


NHS Education for Scotland

NHS Forth Valley

NHS Lothian Princess Alexandra Eye Pavilion

North East Sensory Services (NESS)

North Ayrshire Council

Optelec UK

Optometry Scotland

Police Scotland

RNIB Connect Radio

Scottish Association for Visual Impairment Education (SAVIE)

Scottish Government

Scottish Sensory Hub (ALLIANCE)


Sight Action

Sight Scotland

Sight Scotland Veterans

The Royal Blind School Sight Scotland

University of Edinburgh, Moray House School of Education and Sport

University of Edinburgh, Scottish Sensory Centre

VI Charity Sector Partnership Mental Health Committee



Vision PK

Vision Support Service Aberdeen City Council