Hints and Tips

Hints and Tips About Speaking with the Blind and Visually Impaired

  • Speak in a normal tone of voice. People with vision problems usually have normal hearing.
  • Introduce yourself. Recognizing voices can be difficult for some people.
  • Speak directly to a person with impaired vision. Most people can answer for themselves.
  • Be Descriptive. Rather than using gestures and hand signals to convey instructions, directions or size, describe the information.
  • Be clear with your instructions. Many people use “right” when they mean “yes”; other words like “here”, “there”, or “this” are vague and don’t give enough information.
  • It’s o.k. to use words like “look” or “see”¬†as they are part of normal conversation. People with impaired vision use these words themselves.
  • Hellos & Goodbyes. Let a person with impaired vision know you are leaving so that he/she won’t be left talking to him/herself.
  • Last but not least, treat people with impaired vision as you would want to be treated.


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