Guidelines For Helping The Blind and Visually Impaired (Pt. 1 of 7)
Approach and Attitudes

Man offering to help a blind womanHere are some tips on the appropriate approach and attitude toward helping blind and visually impaired people :
  1. Always treat a blind person normally; speak first and introduce yourself
  2. Shake hands only if a hand is offered
  3. It is also politeness to look at him/her during conversation and adopt the same level of position, e.g., sit or stand
  4. Do not be afraid of using normal language and include words like ‘look’, ‘see’, ‘read’, remembering that blind and visually impaired people have exactly the same vocabulary as sighted people
  5. Explain noises and silences and do not shout
  6. Do not expect or invite others to speak for blind people. Do not be afraid to ‘touch’ but be sensitive to cultural differences

Assisting the Blind and Visually Impaired: Guidelines for Eye Health Workers and Other Helpers

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