Thursday, October 16, 2014

Please let me know verbally


This is something that I am constantly having to tell the sighted world about and it applies primarily to persons such as sales persons and support staff at stores.

Whenever you shake your head in response to a question that I have asked I am unable to know because I cannot hear when you shake your head. Whenever you point to something in the store or point to let me know where something is I am unable to understand what or where you are pointing to because I am unable to hear what or where you are pointing to, and whenever you place a sheet of paper in front of me without telling me that it is in front of me, the same thing happens.

The same applies whenever you ask me to sign something without showing me where to sign. It does not do any good for you to place the sheet of paper in front of me, place the pen on the sheet of paper, and then point to the spot. I need verbal cues from you from start to finish.

I know, things have improved over the years but I also know that this will continue to be a learning process for everyone.

I'm Donna J. Jodhan, your friendly accessibility advocate, wishing you a terrific day.

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