If you’re reading this post on a computer monitor that’s set to the recommended screen resolution, you’re probably viewing 13-point type. When you read a hardcover book, you’re looking at text that’s in 11- to 13-point type. Pick up a mass-market paperback, and you’ll notice the type is smaller, usually 10-point. If you have a low vision disability, none of these options will do you much good.
Low vision is decreased vision that cannot be corrected with glasses, contact lenses, or surgery. Vision loss may be severe enough to impede everyday activities, but the affected person has some functionally useful sight. You might think of it as a problem that mainly affects older people (and you’d be right), but based on the U.S. Census Bureau’s report “Americans With Disabilities: 2002,” 189,000 children aged six to 14 years old have difficulty seeing words and letters in ordinary newsprint, even when wearing glasses or contact lenses. Over 7.8 million Americans over age 15 are similarly afflicted. Many of these people would love to read YA books!