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Misconceptions and Myths about Blindness

  • When talking to a person who is blind, you should use words like “see”, “look” and “blind” as you would in ordinary conversation with a sighted person.
  • A person who is blind or visually impaired may have interests similar to yours. Speak directly to him or her, not through another person. 
  • Many people think that people who are blind or visually impaired are endowed with other highly developed senses and skills. This is not so. Loss of eyesight means learning to do familiar tasks and learning to use other senses differently. 
  • Many people think that people who are blind or visually impaired can not live alone or work independently, but people can adjust living and working skills to their new situation. This is accomplished through specialized training with professionals such as Certified Vision Rehabilitation Therapists (CVRT), Orientation and Mobility Specialists (COMS), and a Low Vision Therapists (CLVT), with the help of many adaptive daily living aids and devices available. 
  • There are many misconceptions about traveling. Some people who are blind or visually impaired use guide dogs; others travel around their communities by using a white cane. They travel on public transportation to far-off places and also enjoy theater and other cultural and community events. Orientation and Mobility Specialists (COMS) teach independent travel skills. 
  • Students who are blind or visually impaired attend public schools, and may work with a Teacher for the Visually Impaired (TVI). Job opportunities are available and may be explored through the Access Technology and Employment Services (ATES) program. Many new electronic devices, computerized Braille and large type books are available to aid people who are blind or visually impaired in their educational and career goals. Adaptive daily living skills training is provided by Certified Vision Rehabilitation Therapists (CVRT), Access Technology and Employment Services (ATES), or the Low Vision Clinic.
 
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