The National Federation of the Blind gives some simple and straightforward suggestions to help sighted persons feel comfortable and at ease with blind and low vision person.
Content courtesy of the National Federation of the Blind.
1. I’m an ordinary person, just blind. There’s no need to raise your voice or ask my sighted friends what I want. I’m able to tell you if you ask.
2. I may use a long white cane or a guide dog to walk independently; or I may ask to take your arm. Let me decide, and please do not grab my arm; let me take yours. I will keep a half-step behind to anticipate curbs and steps.
3. I want to know who is in the room with me. Speak when you enter. Introduce me to the others. Include children, and tell me if there is a cat or dog.
4. At dinner I will not have trouble with ordinary table skills.
5. Don't avoid words like "see." I use them, too. I am always glad to see you.
6. I will discuss blindness with you if you are curious, but it is an old story to me. I have as many other interests as you do.
7. Don't think of me as just a blind person. I am just a person who happens to be blind.
In all 50 states, the law requires drivers to yield the right of way when they see my extended white cane. Only the blind may carry white canes. You see more blind persons today walking alone, not because there are more of us, but because we have learned to make our own way.
For more information about gifts, bequests, programs for the blind, or other matters concerning blindness or the blind, contact the local chapter in your area or contact:
The National Federation of the Blind website: The National Federation of the Blind
200 East Wells Street at Jernigan Place
Baltimore, Maryland 21230
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