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4.13 Registers of Sight Impaired Adults and Disabled Adults


The Act requires the local authority to continue to establish and maintain register of sight impaired people. It also enables the local authority to establish and maintain a similar register of those who need care and support, or are likely to do so in future.


Manchester City Council’s Guidance on Registration as Partially Sighted (Sight Impaired) or Blind (Severely Sight Impaired)  

1. Introduction

The local authority must establish and maintain a register of sight impaired and severely sight impaired adults who are ordinarily resident in its area.

Whilst there is no legal definition of impairment, clinical guidelines indicate that someone is “substantially and permanently handicapped by defective vision caused by congenital defect or illness or injury”.

The local authority may establish and maintain one or more registers of adults who are ordinarily resident in the local authority’s area, and who:

  1. have a disability;
  2. have a physical or mental impairment which is not a disability but which gives rise, or which the authority considers may in the future give rise, to needs for care and support; or
  3. come within any other category of people the authority considers appropriate to include in a register of those who have, or may in the future have, needs for care and support.

Whilst there is no legal requirement to establish a disability register, the purposes of such a register would be:

  1. planning service provision by the authority to meet needs for care and support; and
  2. monitoring changes over time in the number of adults in the local area with needs for care and support, and those types of needs.

2. Process of Registration

For those who meet the local authority’s criteria for sight impairment / severe sight impairment or and / or disability, responsibility for registration assessment lies with the Adults Disability Team.

Once a referral has been received by the Adults Disability Team, a worker should be allocated to the applicant to conduct a registration assessment.

Following assessment, if the person is eligible the registration log should be completed, a number should be allocated and the electronic social care record commenced or updated.

A registration card should be sent to the person. This states their registration category along with information about concessions that they might be eligible for and how to apply.

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