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Blindness Statistics – American Foundation for the Blind

NUMBERS OF BLIND AND VISUALLY IMPAIRED AMERICANS

Approximately how many blind and visually impaired people are there in the United States?
Although estimates vary, there are approximately 10 million blind and visually impaired people in the United States.

How many legally blind people are there in the United States?
Approximately 1.3 million Americans are legally blind. (For a definition of legally blind, see Key Definitions of Statistical Terms.)

How many elderly individuals (aged 65 or older) in the United States are blind or visually impaired?
There are approximately 5.5 million elderly individuals who are blind or visually impaired.

How many visually impaired, blind, and deaf-blind students are served in special education in the United States?
Approximately 93,600 visually impaired or blind students, 10,800 of whom are deaf-blind, are served in the special education program.

How many legally blind children are there in the United States?
There are approximately 55,200 legally blind children. (For a definition of legally blind, see Key Definitions of Statistical Terms.)

For more information see Statistics and Sources for Professionals.

GETTING AROUND

How many visually impaired and blind people use long canes to get around?
Approximately 109,000 visually impaired people in the United States use long canes to get around.

How many visually impaired and blind people use dog guides to get around?
Just over 7,000 Americans use dog guides. Annually, approximately 1,500 individuals graduate from a dog-guide user program.

For more information see Statistics and Sources for Professionals.