Synopsis: A list of famous and well known sight impaired people who are or were blind or blind in one eye.
Blindness is the condition of lacking visual perception due to physiological or neurological factors.
Total blindness is the complete lack of form and light perception and is clinically recorded as "NLP," an abbreviation for "no light perception.In order to determine which people may need special assistance because of their visual disabilities, various governmental jurisdictions have formulated more complex definitions referred to as legal blindness.
Eye injuries, most often occurring in people under 30, are the leading cause of monocular blindness (vision loss in one eye). Visually impaired and blind people have devised a number of techniques that allow them to complete daily activities using their remaining senses. Recent access technology such as screen reading software enable the blind to use mainstream computer applications including the Internet.
About This Image: Fig. 1 - Perhaps the most well known blind person was Helen Adams Keller (June 27, 1880 - June 1, 1968).Perhaps the most well known blind person was Helen Adams Keller (fig. 1), (June 27, 1880 - June 1, 1968), an American author, political activist, and lecturer.
Helen Keller was the first deaf-blind person to earn a bachelor of arts degree.
A prolific author, Keller was well-traveled and outspoken in her convictions.
A member of the Socialist Party of America and the Industrial Workers of the World, she campaigned for women's suffrage, labor rights, socialism, antimilitarism, and other similar causes.
Helen Keller went on to become a world-famous speaker and author.
She was an advocate for people with disabilities, and numerous other causes. The Deaf community was widely impacted by her. She traveled to twenty-five different countries giving motivational speeches about Deaf people's conditions.
She was a suffragette, pacifist, radical socialist, and birth control supporter.
Listed below are other well known people who had or have a vision impairment including total blindness, sight conditions, and blindness in one eye.
Famous Blind and Sight Impaired People
Abdurrahman Wahid - former President of Indonesia (1940- )
Audre Lorde - Poet - Activist (1934 - 1992)
Blind Lemon Jefferson - (1893 - 1929) - Blues musician & singer
Blind Willie McTell- (1901 - 1959)
Brandon Jardine - was stabbed in the eyes by his parents with red hot pokers in 1991.
Clarence Carter- (born 1936)
Cyrus Habib - American politician, lawyer, professor - 16th and current Lieutenant Governor of Washington.
David Alexander Paterson
David Blunkett - (born 1947) - British ex-cabinet minister
Denise Leigh - opera singer and winner of Channel 4's Operatunity
Dorothea Lange - Photographer (1895 - 1965)
Dr William Moon - inventor of Moon system of reading
Dr. Jacob Bolotin
Eamon de Valera - (1882 - 1975) - President of Ireland.
Edgar Degas - French painter
Ella Fitzgerald - (1917 - 1996) - jazz singer - went blind as a result of diabetes in her old age.
Enrico Dandolo - (died 1205) - doge of Venice - blind from trauma.
Esmond Knight - British actor
Francisco Goya - (1746 - 1828) - painter - became blind and deaf in late life - painted blind(ed) subjects.
Frankie Armstrong - English folk singer and voice teacher - sight degraded in late teens onwards from glaucoma
Franklin Delano Roosevelt
Fritz Lang - (1890 - 1976) - nearly blind at the end of his life
George Shearing - (1919 - ) - jazz pianist.
Ginny Owens - Gospel singer - totally blind from age 2
Harilyn Rousso - Disability Rights Activist/Psychotherapist (1946-)
Helen Keller - (1880 - 1968)
Henry Fawcett - UK Postmaster General - 19th Century
Homer - Greek poet said to have been blind.
Honor Daumier - (1808 - 1879) - French caricaturist - painter - and sculptor - blind later in life.
Isaac - biblical patriarch
Isaac the Blind - (1160 - 1235) - French cabbalist (possibly blind from birth)
James Joyce - (1882 - 1941) - writer - at times blind - underwent several operations
Jessica Callahan - singer - blind from retinopathy of prematurity
Jhamak Ghimire - Nepalese Poet and Writer (1980)
Joaquin Rodrigo - composer - from an illness at age three
Johann Sebastian Bach - (1685 - 1750) - became blind in later life.
Johanna "Anne" Mansfield Sullivan Macy
John II of Aragon - (1397 - 1479) - able to see again after cataract surgery (couching) by Abiathar Crescas
John Wesley Powell - Explorer - Geologist (1834 - 1902)
Jorge Luis Borges
Jose Feliciano - (born 1945) - blind from birth due to congenital glaucoma
Joshua Reynolds - (1723 -1792) - British painter - blind later in life.
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