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English: Visually impaired trail, Cyril Hart, ...

Trail for the visually impaired in the Cyril Hart Arboretum near to Speech House in the centre of the Forest of Dean, England.

The following phrases are all acceptable:

  • Blind people
  • People who are blind
  • Partially sighted
  • Sight impaired
  • People with a visual impairment

When referring to blind and visually impaired people generally, prefer the term ‘visually impaired’ as not everyone with a visual impairment is completely blind.

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