In honor of Blindness Awareness Month, I’ll be doing some special things around here on Adventures in Low Vision as October progresses. Also, there’s already fantastic information about vision loss and those living with visual impairments at your fingertips on my Low Vision Blogroll, located on the blog’s right sidebar. In the meantime, I wanted to kick off this month’s celebration to raise awareness with some great facts from the NFB, which is headquartered in Baltimore, MD. The organization believes:
“…blindness is not the characteristic that defines you or your future. Every day we raise the expectations of blind people, because low expectations create obstacles between blind people and our dreams. You can live the life you want; blindness is not what holds you back. “
Let’s share some things from the NFB’s Blindness Statistics page:
- The statutory definition of “legally blind” is that central visual acuity must be 20/200 or less in the better eye with the best possible correction or that the visual field must be 20 degrees or less.
- In 2014, the total number of legally blind children enrolled in school in the U.S. was 60,393 students.
- In 2013, the number of persons aged 16 and up who reported to have a visual disability was 7,327,800.
- In 2013, the state with the greatest number of people who reported having a visual impairment was California.
- In 2013, for people who reported having a visual impairment, 24% did not graduate from high school.
- in 2013, for adults of working age who reported having a visual impairment, 40.2% were employed.
- In 2015, Guiding Eyes for the Blind estimates that, “only about 2 percent of all people who are blind and visually impaired work with guide dogs.”
For more fascinating facts about blindness, follow this link to the NFB site. If you have other resources about blindness, feel free to share them in the comments section to celebrate Blindness Awareness Month.