Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Approaches to a blind person

We may not be able to see you or make direct eye contact with you.  We may not be able to see you approaching or wave to you in the distance.  We may not be able to smile at you from across the room or recognize you standing on a street corner or in a hall; but that's okay.  All you have to do is just walk up to us and identify yourself to us.  Tell us who you are!  Just say "Hi, it's me," and you can add your name.  Easy isn't it?

Remember not to nod your head when talking to a blind person because they won't be able to hear or see it.  Use your voice to express yourself.  You may even want to reach out and touch your blind friend on the shoulder or arm if it makes you feel more comfortable.  Don't use gestures and don't shrug your shoulders.  I hope that this is enough to get you started.

 

I'm Donna J. Jodhan your friendly accessibility advocate wishing you a terrific day and urging you to go out there and share my blogs with others.  Visit www.acb.org to learn more. 

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