Talking to a blind person for the first time can be intimidating. But blindness is just a physical attribute! Follow these tips to make it more comfortable for you both:
- Introduce yourself in your normal voice. Use their name, if possible, so they know who you’re talking to.
- Check first if you think they need help – don’t grab them unexpectedly.
- Don’t touch or distract a guide dog without the owner’s permission.
- Speak directly to the blind person – not through a third party. Don’t be scared to talk about visual entertainment like sport and movies.
- It’s okay to use words that refer to seeing, eg “Have you seen that movie?”
- Describe visual cues that occur in conversation – for example, if someone rolls their eyes.
- Use clear language to describe location, e.g. “The exit is directly behind you”.