There are a nunber of myths that have grown up around sight loss and people registered as blind or partially sighted. We will do our best to explain and clarify them.
Myth: Registered blind means that people have no sight at all.
Reality: Only 2% of blind people have no sight at all; most have some level of vision even if only being able to distinguish between dark and light. Many will still have functional peripheral vision or central vision.
Myth: Blind and Partially Sighted people don’t work.
Reality: Many people with sight loss have a huge variety of careers. Here are just a few examples of some our clients’ careers:
- Board Members
- Call Handlers
- IT Specialists
- Social Workers
Myth: Blind and Partially Sighted people can’t read.
Reality:There are many ways that people can access information dependent upon their eye condition. For example:
- Computer software that enlarges the screen.
- Audio software packages.
- Large print text.
- Audio books and newspapers.
- E-book readers.
Myth: Blind and Partially Sighted people don’t take part in cultural activities.
Reality: Many cultural organisations have audio descriptions and alternative interpretations for exhibitions, museums theatre performances, films etc.
Myth: Blind and Partially Sighted people can’t take part in sports.
Reality: There is a huge range of sporting activities that Blind and Partially Sighted people can take part in. Just look at our Sports and Leisure Activities section to name a few!
Myth: Blind and Partially Sighted people people can’t lead an active life.
Reality: Just take a look at our Inspirational People section to help dispel that myth!