What Is Legal Blindness?

Definition of Legal Blindness “Legal blindness” is a definition used by the United States government to determine eligibility for vocational training, rehabilitation, schooling, disability benefits, low vision devices, and tax exemption programs. It’s not a functional low vision definition and doesn’t tell us very much at all about what a person can and cannot see. … Continued

Our Readers Want to Know: What Is the Difference Between Low Vision and Legal Blindness?

Editor’s note: One of the many benefits associated with an online information center and website, such as VisionAware, is the ability to track readers’ search terms [i.e., information readers are seeking as they search the Internet]. Since the earliest days of VisionAware.org, the following questions about the meaning of “legal blindness” consistently rank within the … Continued

New Research: The Number of New Cases of Low Vision and Blindness in Adults and Older Adults Is Expected to Double During the Next 30 Years

New research from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine reveals that the annual number of new cases of blindness and low vision among people aged 45 years and older is estimated to double during the next 30 years. Because data about the incidence of blindness and low vision in the United States was formally estimated … Continued

Mike Robertson, Cross-Country Cyclist Who Is Visually Impaired, Challenges Blindness and Disability Employment Stereotypes

On June 26, 2017, Mike Robertson and Hans Breaux, team Shared Vision Quest, left Cape Flattery, WA, on the northwest corner of the country to ride their bicycles 4,000 miles, coast-to-coast, to West Quoddy Head Lighthouse in Lubec, Maine. Forty-nine days later, the pair arrived at their destination on August 8, 2017. Their adventure was … Continued

Living with Blindness Before the ADA: Review of “Planet of the Blind”

Overview of Planet of the Blind Stephen Kuusisto’s fantastic book, Planet of the Blind, details his life as someone living with blindness before the implementation of the Americans with Disabilities Act. He describes what it was like growing up, how he was ostracized throughout his education, and how he struggled to deal with his own … Continued

Your Legal Rights to Work When You Can’t See Any More

By John Zamora, M.S., CDMS Essential Functions of the Job and the Americans with Disabilities Act Question: I can’t see well enough to do my job any more. What are my legal rights? This depends on whether your vision loss is directly work-related. If it is, your employer may be liable to assist you with … Continued

The Bookshelf: Reading Books on Blindness and Learning About the Experiences of Others

Reading Books on Blindness Reading is still a pleasure I enjoy every day. The beauty of talking books is that I can multi-task as I listen to my latest selection on BARD. In fact, I can carry around my iPhone filled with downloaded books from my ambitious reading list and listen as I fold clothes, … Continued

New Research: The Number of Older Americans with Visual Impairment or Blindness Is Expected To Double By 2050

According to new demographic research addressing blindness, vision impairment, and low vision, the number of older Americans who have visual impairments or are blind is projected to double by 2050. This important – and urgent – research, entitled Visual Impairment and Blindness in Adults in the United States: Demographic and Geographic Variations from 2015 to … Continued