visually impaired vs blind :

visually impaired or 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.

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  • s  having greatly reduced vision

  • n  people who have severe visual impairments, considered as a group
    he spent hours reading to the blind
  • n  a hiding place sometimes used by hunters (especially duck hunters)
    he waited impatiently in the blind
  • n  a protective covering that keeps things out or hinders sight
    they had just moved in and had not put up blinds yet
  • n  something intended to misrepresent the true nature of an activity
    the holding company was just a blind
  • v  render unable to see
  • v  make blind by putting the eyes out
    The criminals were punished and blinded
  • v  make dim by comparison or conceal
  • a  unable to see
    a person is blind to the extent that he must devise alternative techniques to do efficiently those things he would do with sight if he had normal vision"--Kenneth Jernigan
  • s  unable or unwilling to perceive or understand
    blind to a lover's faults
    blind to the consequences of their actions
  • s  not based on reason or evidence
    blind hatred
    blind faith
News & Articles

  • Red scare: Blind Chinese dissident claims Chinese communist conquest of U.S. academia
    Blind Chinese dissident Chen Guangcheng has now released a statement concerning his allegations that New York University is severing relations with him to curry favor with China’s oppressive Communist government and assure completion of a gleaming portal campus in Shanghai.
    June 17, 2013 - The Daily Caller via Yahoo! News
  • Booted blind Chinese dissident: NYU caved to Communist pressure
    AP THEN & NOW: Blind Chinese dissident Chen Guangcheng arrived with great fanfare at Washington Square Village last year (pictured), but now says NYU planned on removing him almost as soon as he arrived. Welcome to New York University — now get out. Blind Chinese dissident Chen Guangcheng, speaking out for the...
    June 17, 2013 - New York Post
  • Blind Activist Chen Says NYU Pressured By China To Force Him Out
    Chen Guangcheng says New York University is ending his fellowship after it received "unrelenting pressure" from "Chinese communists." Chen, a blind human rights activist, became an international symbol of Chinese oppression after he escaped from house arrest last year and sought refu read more
    June 17, 2013 - Georgia Public Broadcasting