Until the last decade face blindness was virtually unknown. Awareness is now starting to grow, but with an estimated 1.2 million people in the UK affected, there is still a lot of work to be done.
Talks, Workshops and Interviews
Face Blind UK has speakers, all of whom have first-hand experience of living with face blindness, who are ready to provide talks and run workshops for groups around the country,
Face Blind UK also has members who are happy to talk to the journalists and programme producers about their experiences of living with face blindness. A media request form is available.
Individuals with face blindness, brought together through the London Faceblind Group are currently working with researchers at Bournemouth University’s Centre for Face Processing Disorders and the Brain and Behaviour Lab at Birkbeck College to promote public and professional awareness of the condition.
Campaign for formal recognition of prosopagnosia (face blindness)
In 2013/14 an e-petition sought to raise the profile of face blindness, and though the petition is now closed, this work continues through meetings, presentations and talks.
E-petition: Prosopagnosia (or face blindness) is characterized by the inability to recognize others from their face. The condition can be acquired or developmental (i.e. lifelong) in origin, and is thought to affect one person in fifty. Yet, public and professional awareness of the condition is low. According to the Equality Act 2010, you are disabled if you have a physical or mental impairment that has a ‘substantial’ and ‘long-term’ negative effect on your ability to carry out normal daily activities. Although prosopagnosia clearly meets these criteria, many people feel unable to disclose their condition at their place of work. Further, the current lack of awareness also means the condition goes undetected in many children. Public discussion and formal recognition of prosopagnosia is essential in order to afford equal rights to individuals of all ages who are affected by the condition.
In Jue 2014 Prosopagnosia was listed for the first time on NHS Choices.