(N) Navigation | How to Guide a Person who is Blind or has Low Vision (AToZChallenge 2021)

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My theme for the 2021 Blogging from A to Z April Challenge is to give an overview of what it is like to be visually impaired and to address misconceptions regarding the blind and low vision community. In this post I want to discuss how to correctly guide and give directions to a blind or visually impaired person.

How to give directions to a certain object or room

When you direct a person who is blind or has low vision you should specific language. You should use phrases such as to your left or to your right or straight ahead. You should avoid phrases like over there or that way.

Entering a car

It is important for a blind or visually impaired person to know if they are entering the front or back seat and what side so for orientation purposes.

Approaching a door

It is important to let the person who is blind or has low vision open the door themselves. This allows them to know which direction the door is opening and avoid any accidents.

Providing sighted guide

The person who is blind or has low vision should hold on to the elbow of the person who is guiding and walk 1 step behind. In narrow areas they can put one hand on their shoulder.

Some extra thoughts

The important to remember is that communication is key but this is possible when there is teamwork.

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