Please treat a person with vision loss the same as you would anyone else, but keep these ten points in mind:
- Ask first if you think someone may need assistance.
- Offer your elbow to escort a person to their destination. Never pull someone’s arm or clothing.
- Let the person know about any potential danger in a calm voice.
- Give specific directions such as “to the right” and not “over there.”
- Use audible cues such as tapping on a chair to show where it is or describing obstacles being passed.
- Speak in a normal tone of voice.
- Talk to the person, not to their companion.
- Tell the person when you enter or leave the room.
- Use words like “look” and “see” just as you would with a sighted person.
- Ask before you move any personal items.
In This Section
- Vision Exchange: How-To Videos
- Community-Based Workshop Topics
- What Are Vision Loss Support Groups All About?
- Large Print Handouts
- Vision Loss A to Z
- What is Vision Rehabilitation and Who are the Professionals?
- Join Our Vision Exchange Email Discussion Group
- Download Starting and Maintaining a Vibrant Vision Loss Support Group
- Ten Things to Keep in Mind When You Interact with Someone with Vision Loss