Sensory disabilities, or sensory impairments, affect one or more of a person’s senses: touch, hearing, sight, taste, smell, or spatial awareness. Achieve supports people with varying sensory disabilities, the most common of which are described below.
Blindness or low vision
A person is considered legally blind if their field of vision is less than 20 degrees in diameter or if they cannot see at six metres what somebody with normal vision can see in 60 metres. A person is said to have low vision if they have permanent vision loss that cannot be corrected.
Blindness and low vision can occur as a result of disease, infection, conditions or accidents and blur. Various technology aids, equipment and strategies help people with blindness or vision impairment to lead independent and safe lives.