Among the disabled, the blind have a special place. The painting of The Blind Girl by the Victorian artist John Everett Millais, and the story of The Country of the Blind by H G Wells are indicative of the artistic recognition afforded to the blind in the past. In the UK, the blind currently have their own national body recognised by royal patronage — the Royal National Institute for the Blind (RNIB) — but other forms of visual disability are not so well endowed. The partially sighted or otherwise visually impaired have perhaps not been given as much consideration by society, perhaps because of the diversity or relative invisibility of other visual impairments, or perhaps because of the widespread occurrence of visual degradation that attends the ageing process.
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