Guide to Working with People who are Blind or Visually Impaired

The following summary contains many true statements but no absolute truths. Every person with a disability is different. While this summary is about people who are blind or visually impaired, remember that you are working with individuals. Everyone has different and people who are blind or visually impaired should be treated like anyone else.

Things to Know:

Things to Do:

Things to Avoid:

Things to Consider:

People who are blind and/or visually impaired are, by and large, much more independent than they are given credit for. Sometimes negotiating the physical environment is far less frustrating than trying to communicate with people who are not sensitive to their needs.

Unfortunately, people who are blind have a long history of being patronized and talked to as if they were children. They have more often been told what to do rather than asked what they would prefer to do. This attitude is not acceptable towards any person, visually impaired or not.

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