Godfrey, A. Jonathan R.; Brunning, Deborah M.
August 2009
Social Policy Journal of New Zealand;Aug2009, Issue 36, p208
Academic Journal
In 2003 the Royal New Zealand Foundation of the Blind commissioned independent research to gain a greater understanding of the costs of blindness faced by its 11,300 blind, deaf-blind and vision-impaired members. The most common cost incurred by survey respondents was that of taxi use, which is used in this paper as an example of the difference between an incurred cost and a true cost of blindness. This difference is initially discussed in a qualitative framework, and then quantified. The survey data showed that many blind and vision-impaired individuals face restrictions on their use of such services as taxis due to their limited financial resources when mitigating the effects of their vision loss. This paper demonstrates why the constraints on expenditure need to be identified in order to provide better estimates of the true costs of blindness. These findings have relevance for the planning of any future investigations into the costs of disability or other similar social research.


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