My theme for the 2021 Blogging from A to Z April Challenge is to give an overview of what it is like to be visually impaired and to address misconceptions that exist about blindness and low vision. In this post I want to bring attention to the point that blindness is on a spectrum.
Blindness can range from no light perception to usable vision. The term visually impaired can include a totally blind person but it is most commonly used to refer to a person that has some sight and you may also see the terms low vision or partially sighted.
Every blind or visually impaired person is unique, this includes the amount of sight they have all the way to how independent they are. Yes it is possible for blind and visually impaired people to be fully independent but it does take training, practice and it is up to each individual to get there at their own pace. It is important not to take one experience that is had with one person and generalize that upon the entire blind and low vision community. Every person grows at their own pace.
People that have some sight may still use the same tools as a totally blind person such as braille, a white cane or a guide dog and they may also use glasses along with these tools. It is best to ask a person what they can or can not see before making assumptions. The video below gives some more insight into this matter.
You can learn more about what I can see and not see here.