Blindness is commonly misunderstood by the general public. 1.1 million Americans are blind but countless others are affected. Families, friends, spouses, and employers are indirectly affected by blindness. Below you will find ten interesting facts about the blind community.
- Blind people are just as likely to experience a vivid dream while sleeping. Their dreams are triggered by smells sounds and taste
- 65 percent of Americans who are blind are married or live with a partner and only have a 16.5% divorce rate.
- Being blind sharpens your other senses so blind people are more sensitive touch, smells and taste.
- Japanese beer cans have braille writing on the top so that it keeps blind people from accidently buying beer.
- Guide dogs Salty and Roselle were awarded the Dickin Medal for leading their owners out of the World Trade Center on 9/11.
- Only 10-15 percent of blind people see nothing at all the rest can make out shapes colors and varying degrees of light.
- Guide dogs can’t tell whether a traffic light is green or red or if it changes color. Their owner uses traffic noise to determine when to cross, and then signal the dog to move. If a car is coming, the dog will not let the owner cross.
- All Skilcraft pens purchased by the United States are assembled by blind people.
- Ballerina Alicia Alonso of Cuba was blind and used spotlights placed throughout the stage to navigate her performance. She lost her sight at 19 and had a career that lasted through the late 1970’s.
- 80% of vision problems can be avoided or cured with medical care and regular eye exams. Cataracts is a leading cause of blindness in adults over 50 and is completely treatable with a minor surgery.
The blind community is very interesting when learning more about how they live their day to day life and how the get through everyday activities. If these facts interested you, please reach out to us and help become part of our mission is to “educate and empower the blind and visually impaired by providing a safe haven of support, assistive technology resource, independent living skills training and equipping the clients to reach personal goals to obtain independence and a thriving life.”