1. There are different types of blindness. A legally blind person may still see color, shapes and varying degrees of light. Only 10 to 15 percent of people who are blind, see absolutely nothing.
2. Everyone knows about Helen Keller, not many know of her teacher and companion, Anne Sullivan – who was also visually impaired. At the innocent age of 8, she suffered from an eye infection that almost left her totally blind. She miraculously regained most of her sight after countless operations.
3. The US military used color blind people to identify camouflaged colors that people with regular vision wouldn’t easily spot.
4. You wouldn’t even know if a visually impaired person walked past you. Less than 2 percent of visually impaired people use a white cane to navigate – most others use guide dogs
5. 80 percent of vision problems could be avoided and cured with immediate medical care and regular eye check-ups.
6. Blind people have vivid dreams too. The only difference is their dreams mostly are dominated by smells, tastes, and sounds.
7. President Theodore Roosevelt went blind in one eye due to a boxing injury while he was still president.
8. The happiest marriages are with blind people. Divorce rates for blind people are at a low 16.5 percent – 65 percent of blind Americans are happily married.
9. When we come across a blind person, we automatically assume they are powerless and need our assistance. The truth is, even though they are grateful for your kindness – most of the time they 10. just want to be treated like anyone else. If you do come across a blind person and the urge to do your good deed for the day arises, instead of taking the lead – ask if they need the help first.
Braille was first used by Napoleon’s spies so that they could read messages in the dark.