Blind? Or visually impaired?
Here's an interesting contribution to the never-ending debate about language, and what the 'right' terms are (or aren't) for various impairments: Hospital 'insulted' blind man. And how was he insulted? Well, a member of the hospital staff called him 'visually impaired' rather than 'blind' - something about which the man at the centre of the story, 71-year-old pensioner Charles Parsons, feels most strongly:
"They told me they needed to ask me some questions about my incapacity. I was asked if I was visually impaired, to which I replied, 'No, I'm blind'. Then she said she was not able to use the term 'blind', just the term 'visually impaired' . . . Impaired vision and blindness are different things: there are a lot of short-sighted, one-eyed people out there, but they aren't blind. I've no objection to being asked what is wrong, but I will not stand for having my disability played down. It's insulting."
But that wasn't the end of it. Oh no. Mr Parsons then tried to book hospital transport, but was instead asked if he could drive. Hmm. Clearly not a man to mince his words, Charles pointed out: "How the bloody hell can I drive if I'm blind?"