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Summary: Here you will find advice and information about assisting a visually impaired person.
Most people with sight loss are independent and can do most things by themselves. However, sometimes they may need your help.
If you think that someone needs assistance:
- Say hello.
- Tell them your name.
- Address them by name, if you know it.
- Ask if you can be of assistance.
- The person will tell you if he or she needs help and what you should do.
- If a person would like you to guide them, let them take your arm just above your elbow. Do not push them ahead of you.
Other things you can do
- Be careful not to leave doors ajar and close cupboard doors to avoid the possibility of a person with sight loss banging their head.
- Always put things back where you found them, so that the person with sight loss can find them when you are gone.
- Make sure you don’t leave your bike or rubbish lying on the pavement, to avoid creating an obstacle.
Find out more about other ways you can assist a person with sight loss.
Find out more about meeting and greeting a person with sight loss.