How to approach a person with a visual impairment
If you see a person with a visual impairment, do not grab them by their hand and try to help them walk down the street. Instead, you can offer help. And if the person agrees, ask them what kind of help would be best.
First, you need to clarify which side they would prefer you to stand on, and then offer an arm bent at the elbow – they hold on to your arm above the elbow.
If you are walking down the street, warn about the obstacles ahead: stop in front of them and announce what they are and where they are located. You can also describe the people that you meet, the stores that you are walking by … Choose the pace of communication that will be comfortable for you, so that your communication is less forced for both of you.
If you are standing in front of a flight of stairs, you need to clarify where they lead – down or up. And of course, if someone joins you during your walk, inform the person.
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