visually impaired vs blind : Common Errors in English

About visually impaired vs blind

Many people mistakenly suppose that “visually impaired” is a more polite term than “blind.” But the distinction between these two is simpler: a person without eyesight is blind; a person with vision problems stopping short of total or legal blindness is visually impaired.

visually impaired Meaning(s)

  • (s) having greatly reduced vision

blind Meaning(s)

  • (n) people who have severe visual impairments, considered as a group
  • (n) a hiding place sometimes used by hunters (especially duck hunters)
  • (n) a protective covering that keeps things out or hinders sight
  • (n) something intended to misrepresent the true nature of an activity
  • (v) render unable to see
  • (v) make blind by putting the eyes out
  • (v) make dim by comparison or conceal
  • (a) unable to see
  • (s) unable or unwilling to perceive or understand
  • (s) not based on reason or evidence

visually impaired in News

  1. Emporia Telecom Makes Talking and Texting Easy and Affordable for 21 Million Visually Impaired Americans

    Emporia--world market leader in the manufacture and sale of mobile phones for seniors and the visually impaired--is teaming up with Odin Mobile to offer the nation’s first mobile service specifically engineered for the visually impaired.
    on June 12, 2013 Source: Business Wire via Yahoo! Finance

  2. Lack of sidewalks raises concerns for visually impaired residents

    Updated with video; Visually impaired residents expressed their concerns over the lack of sidewalks on busy roads during a meeting with Albany Mayor Dorothy Hubbard on Tuesday.
    on June 12, 2013 Source: WFXL Southwest Georgia

  3. Visually Impaired Athletes Run Against All Odds in Regional Track Tournament (Video)

    The term “overcoming adversity” took on new meaning recently when a group of visually impaired athletes took to the track at Perkins School for the Blind in Watertown, Mass. The Eastern Athletic Association for the Blind put on a track and field tournament at the school, and a group from NESN was lucky enough to […]
    on June 9, 2013 Source: New England Sports Network

blind in News

  1. Blind school site may be outpatient rehab center for Salem Hospital

    Salem Hospital representatives will present plans for the former Oregon School for the Blind property at a neighborhood association meeting tonight, restarting a process to develop the lot purchased years ago.
    on June 13, 2013 Source: Salem Statesman Journal

  2. Blind citizens want sidewalks

    You may take sidewalks for granted. You may not even realize where they are and where they aren't, but sidewalks and safe crosswalks can be lifelines for people who are blind or have other physical challenges.
    on June 12, 2013 Source: WALB Albany

  3. Blind man escapes burning town home by jumping from balcony

    Here's a scenario you don't expect to end well. A blind man, trapped upstairs by a fast moving fire in his Mesa town home. Miraculously he survived, and we sat down with him at the Maricopa Medical Burn Center.
    on June 12, 2013 Source: FOX 10 Phoenix

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