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Life with vision loss: South Africans explain what they need from rehabilitation

By Michelle Botha, Postdoctoral Research Fellow Institute for Life Course Health Research , Stellenbosch University
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South African census data from 2011 estimate a disabled population of 7.5%. The census approaches disability as levels of difficulty in six areas – seeing, hearing, communicating, remembering or concentrating, walking and self-care. According to this data, about 1.7% of South Africans experience severe visual difficulty.

The definition of legal blindness includes an array of conditions and levels of visual difficulty. Essentially, a blind person will…

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