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About NCBI

Our mission is to enable people who are blind and vision impaired to overcome the barriers that impede their independence and participation in society.

Our Vision

NCBI’s aim is to enable people who are blind and vision-impaired have the same opportunities, rights and choices as others to fully participate in society.

Our Values

NCBI’s core values gives effect to our vision and permeates our mission and informs all of our actions to ensure that we achieve the highest standards in everything we do.

We help people to live independently.

The overall aim of NCBI services is to enable people to live an independent life of their choice. As the impact of vision loss for each individual varies, depending on what it is they wish to achieve as well as the type and degree of vision loss they experience, the service offered to each individual will differ.

We help people to rediscover, or continue to enjoy reading.

We offer four specific services:

  1. Braille transcription
  2. Audio recording
  3. Clear print advisory service and Clear Print Mark
  4. Braille advisory and proof-reading service

Learn more about NCBI’s service offerings ranging from counselling to planned activities.

What We Do

We provide a service to over 8,000 people every year. 2,000 of whom we are seeing for the first time.

Almost 95% of the people who access our services every year have some degree of useful vision while less than 5% are blind.

With an ageing population, the number of people needing to access our services is increasing by 12 per cent each year.


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