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Guiding a Person with a Vision Impairment

Summary: Below are the contents of our leaflet “Guiding a Person with a Vision Impairment”.

Sighted guide

When a person who is vision impaired requires assistance from a sighted person to move from one place to another, a popular method is the ‘sighted guide’ technique. Using this approach, the person with impaired vision holds on to the sighted person’s arm as they walk along. It is important for the sighted person to lead by walking slightly ahead. Different people will have their own preferences about how they like to be guided. This leaflet suggests some guidelines that can be helpful, but it is always best to ask individuals which method they are most comfortable with.