The Disability Discrimination (Blind and Partially Sighted People) Regulations 2003 have been laid before Parliament today.
They provide that anybody who is blind or partially sighted (either certified as such by a consultant ophthalmologist, or registered as such with the local authority) is deemed to be disabled within the meaning of the Disability Discrimination Act 1995. In other words, they no longer need to establish that being partially sighted has a substantial adverse effect on their day to day activities.
The text of the statutory instrument is not yet available on the internet. When it becomes available, it will be accessible from http://www.hmso.gov.uk/stat.htm#2003