Junior Prom 2008
Everyday Life

Blind or Not-Quite-So-Blind

Blind, low vision, visually impaired? What does it all mean?

What a cheesy title, right? I know, but where are the lines of Blindness drawn? We know that legal blindness, in the USA at least, is a visual acuity of 20/200 or worse correct? Well Blindness is defined as partial or complete loss of sight or the inability to see with one or both eyes.

Junior Prom 2008
Reading the menu in a local steakhouse as my friends and I chat

Partial or complete loss of sight? Inability to see?

Well, that’s undefined, but this indefinite definition is a good thing for those of us with Albinism. We all have some form of “partial loss of sight” do we not? This unclear definition of blindness puts us in a large and varied group of people. It places us within a certain community; one in which we can confide and receive guidance, assistance, and understanding. As a community, we need to stand together! This is our place: to encourage, to lead, to inform, and to be a beacon to the world. We have to let the world know that we deserve every opportunity, and we will fight just as hard and harder to turn that opportunity into a life filled with success.

This is my “call to action” to all of you; don’t be afraid of who you are; be your own advocate; accomplish everything that you want to accomplish; and when you have done so, dream even bigger. These are our lives.

This site is here for this exact purpose: to bring us together. Feel free to share, network, ask questions, etc.

As a side note, a future article will explain our eyesight, how it works, and why it doesn’t work as it should. So stay tuned and stay curious!

I have Albinism and am legally blind. I have a Master's degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. I'm currently pursuing my passion of writing through this blog and for the Albinism InSight magazine.

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  • Kate

    Great site. I am really looking forward to see it evolve and to see input from other people with albinism or who have a loved one with albinism. I haven’t got albinism but my 6 year old daughter does. Sites like this are great for parents like me to get a further understanding of albinism. 🙂

    • Danielle M

      I’m glad you like the site so far! Everyone I’ve recruited so far is in college, so right now things are pretty hectic. I’ll be working on some more articles soon, and hopefully recruiting more people. If you would ever like to write anything for the site, please let me know.

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