The American Council of the Blind strives to increase the security, quality of life, independence and equality of opportunity for all visually impaired and blind people.
There are approximately 12 million people in the United States who are blind. Of these people about 1.9 million of them are considered legally blind and the rest are seeing impaired on many different levels including complete blindness. Blindness comes in all types, ages, genders, shapes and sizes. This affects the newborn to the elderly, the healthy and the ill. People are born blind and they also can go blind from illness, accident or genetic issues.
What is the difference between completely blind and legally blind?
This means you cannot see anything at all; no light is detected coming into the eye at all. These people live in total darkness.
Someone who is legally blind has a corrected vision of 20/200 in their best seeing eye and can only see as far away as 20 feet. As long as your vision can be corrected to 20/20 with a visual aid, you are not considered legally blind.
As a blind or visually impaired person it can be challenging to find good employment and to be treated fairly in today’s world. Living independently can offer up hardships too as a sight impaired person. Being unable to see your world around you would certainly cause a person to not feel as secure as a sighted person. Finding employment so that you can be independent might also be challenging in the sight impaired person’s world. Training with service animals, learning how to use walking canes and to navigate the busy sighted world, finding appropriate and helpful places to live and support for the seeing impaired and blind is what The American Council for the Blind is helping with.
When you are considering what to do with that old car either you don’t use or you need to get rid of consider how you vehicle donation you would be helping someone who is blind and who wouldn’t feel good about that? Thank you for helping the blind.