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If a person has low vision. . .
If a person is blind. . .
- Provide seating where the lighting is best.
- Consider using an electronic format for class assignments.
- Use large print for handouts. (The Disabled Student Services office can assist.)
- Describe visual aids that are used in class.
Handling introductions. . .
- Offer your services by asking, "May I help you?"
- Ask the blind person if he or she would like to take your arm when walking together; the
motion of your body will tell him or her what to expect.
- Be specific when giving directions.
- Place the blind person's hand on the back or arm of a chair and say, for example, "Your
hand is on the left arm of the chair," when directing him or her to a seat.
- Speak to a person who is blind the same way you would to anyone else.
- Say the name of the person to whom you are speaking when conversing in a group.
- If you move during a conversation with a blind person, indicate where you are so that
the person may face you.
- Obtain permission before interacting with someone's guide dog.
- Identify who you are and what your job or role is. Several introductions may be necessary
before the blind person is able to recognize you by your voice.
- Introduce anyone who is with you and give any pertinent information about them. For
example, "On my right is Lucy Smith. She is vice-president.".