When communicating, be mindful of your volume. It’s common for people to elevate their voices when talking with people who are not exactly like them.
- If you have questions for someone who is visually impaired and they are with a companion, be sure to address your questions directly to that person and not the companion
- When dining out, it might be helpful to offer to read the menu, including prices
- When the meal arrives, describe the location of the food
- It’s most helpful to do this using a clock face as a template for example: “The potatoes are at 4:00, and the meat is at 8:00”
- It’s important to verbalize your actions to clarify activities and avoid accidents for example: “I’m taking your outgoing mail,” or “I’m reaching across the table”
- You don’t have to avoid using words like “look” or “see” most people who are blind or visually impaired use these words
- The senses of hearing, touch or smell do not improve when someone loses their vision those senses are simply relied on more by people with vision loss
- When in doubt, simply ask: "How can I help?"