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An individual who is blind has no vision, but may be able to see light and shadows. In other words, the individual has no useful sight. This limitation describes someone who is unable to see because of an injury, disease, or congenital condition. It may be temporary or permanent.

  • Blind - Total

    The term blindness is sometimes used interchangeably with the term sightless.  However, individuals who identify as blind, are considered functionally blind, or who meet the legal definition of blindness vary in terms of what they are able to perceive using their eyes. Generally, however an individual who is considered or who identifies as blind has significantly limited vision in both eyes.  Depending on the age of onset, progression and underlying causes of blindness, individuals may use a variety of adaptive techniques and assistive technology to perform every day and workplace tasks.  Typical accommodations needs include accommodations related to: getting to and from work, on the job travel, getting around the workplace, accessing information, using computers and other equipment, working around vehicles or heavy machinery, emergency preparedness, and use of service animals.

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  • Blind - One Eye

    Individuals who are blind in one eye, but have normal vision in the other eye can do many types of tasks without accommodation or adaptation.  However, they may have difficulty with tasks requiring depth perception and with tasks that require monitoring equipment or people on opposite sides of a room, or in situations where movement of the head is restricted, because they will have a limited field of vision on the affected side.

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