25 Things You Didn’t Know About Blindness

Being able to see is something that we all take for granted. And it’s probably one of those things that you wouldn’t fully appreciate until you have to do without it. But with blindness there is a lot more to it than meets the eye (sorry, we had to). Some blind people, like Helen Keller have left an incredible mark on society, in large part because of the fact that they were blind. Other blind people don’t even want to be labeled as having a handicap. They see it as a gift! We know, that might be hard to imagine, but there is some scientific validity to that notion. If you lose one sense, your other senses strengthen slightly in order to compensate. This means that if someone cannot see, then their sense of hearing may be stronger than for a person with normal vision. In fact, there are some blind people that use echolocation to navigate. This means that they make noises with their mouths and listen for the echoes bouncing off of objects to tell them where they are. If you are thinking that this is how bats navigate, then you are absolutely correct! These are 25 things you didn’t know about blindness!

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During one of the first nuclear weapon tests in New Mexico (trinity) a blind woman named Georgia Green saw a bright flash...from 50 miles away.

During one of the first nuclear weapon tests in New Mexico (trinity) a blind woman named Georgia Green saw a bright flash...from 50 miles awaySource: abqjournal.com, Image: wikipedia

Those who are blind overcome difficult obstacles every single day. Check out who else have overcome incredible obstacles due to their handicap in these 25 Amazing Photographic Depictions Of The Human Spirit.

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Since JD Salinger died without giving up the rights to audiobook version of The Catcher in the Rye, the only way to get a legal audiobook version is to receive confirmation from a doctor saying that you are visually impaired and then taking that to the Library of Congress. This is because US copyright law allows the Library of Congress to make copies of any work available for the visually impaired.

Since JD Salinger died without giving up the rights to audiobook version of The Catcher in the Rye, the only way to get a legal audiobook version is to receive confirmation from a doctor saying that you are visually impaired and then taking that the the Library of Congress. This is because US copyright law allows the Library of Congress to make copies of any work available for the visually impaired.Source: usatoday.com, Image: wikipedia
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It was only after having made nearly 2 billion crayons that the chief crayon maker at Crayola, Emerson Moser, admitted to being colorblind.

It was only after having made nearly 2 billion crayons that the chief crayon maker at Crayola, Emerson Moser, admitted to being colorblindSource: The Telegraph, December 8th 1990, Image: wikipedia
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Blind people have more night mares than people with regular vision...up to 4 times more!

Blind people have more night mares than people with regular vision...up to 4 times more!Source: sciencenordic.com, Image: pixabay
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If a blind person is afraid of dogs, or allergic to them, then he or she can be issued a guide horse!

If a blind person is afraid of dogs, or allergic to them, then he or she can be issued a guide horse!Source: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia

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