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.