New research by the charity Open Sight has looked at the opportunities blind and visually impaired people have had during their lifetimes, over the past ninety years.
Our correspondent Andrew Pate has been looking at how lifestyle and career options have changed from a rather draconian approach last century, to nowadays when people with visual impairments can more easily live life to the full.
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