- When meeting a blind person, wait for him to extend his hand for a handshake.
- Coworkers should identify themselves by name when speaking to individuals with visual impairments.
- Speak with a normal tone of voice. Do not shout.
- When there are several people in a room, such as during a staff meeting, each individual should identify himself to the person who is blind.
- Indicate the end of a conversation before walking away.
- Feel free to use vision-oriented words such as “see,” “look,” and ” watch.”
- Be specific when giving directions or descriptions. Saying, “the copy machine is located outside the break room to the left of the door,” is more helpful than saying, “it’s over there.” Similarly, avoid using hand gestures to communicate messages.
- Don’t assume a blind person always needs assistance and can’t do things for himself.
- If an individual with vision loss needs assistance walking to a destination, a sighted coworker can offer her arm as a sighted guide. The guide shouldn’t grab the person’s arm and try to steer him in a certain direction.
- Individuals who are blind or visually impaired may use a long white cane or dog guide. Don’t interfere with the person’s cane or dog guide.
Source: From AFB (American Foundation for The Blind)