Hadley (sunliner) wrote in little_details,

historical treatment of the blind

Time period: sometime after 1897.
Location: either England or the U.S. I'm not entirely sure yet.
Googled: treatment of blind people, history of blind people, etc.

I'm not entirely sure how to phrase my question, but here goes. When, historically speaking, would it be considered "normal" for a blind person to get along on their own? I know that, in the U.S. at least, deaf people have had a fairly awful history; is this also the case for the blind, or have they generally been more accepted socially? The story I'm writing has a few elements of fantasy, so I can fudge it if possible, but ideally I'd like to have a blind woman living with her family, but able to get around on her own without much issue. If it matters, the person in question wasn't born blind, but had some sort of accident during her childhood that rendered her so.

Thanks for any help!

ETA: Wow, thank you all very much! This has been immensely helpful!

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