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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

The next meeting will be announced after the General Election

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

Stuart McMillan


Party: Scottish National Party

MSP for: Greenock and Inverclyde (Constituency)

Neil Bibby

Deputy Convener

Party: Scottish Labour

MSP for: West Scotland (Region)

Party: Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

MSP for: Lothian (Region)

Miles Briggs


Party: Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

MSP for: Lothian (Region)

Colin Smyth


Party: Scottish Labour

MSP for: South Scotland (Region)

Non MSP Individuals

Jordon Anderson
Matthew Clark
Amanda Foster
Tom Heald
Thelma Ingram
Joan Kerr
Anne MacLean
Maureen McAllister
David McKerral
Terry Moody
Councillor Robert Mooney
Rod Murchison
Hussein Patwa
Mary Rasmussen
Ken Reid
Terry Robinson
Kirin Saeed
Alan Stewart
Steven Sutherland
Colette Walker
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
NHS Tayside Disability Equality Network 
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 Visibility
Vision PK
Vision Support Service Aberdeen City Council