When approaching a visually impaired person, introduce yourself and ask whether he/she would like your help. Do not grab or pull at them. If they indicate they would like assistance, verbally offer your arm and brush it against theirs.
- GRASP: The visually impaired person should grasp your arm just above the elbow with their fingers on the inside near your waist and their thumb on the outside.
- CHILDREN’S GRASP: The standard grasp is often too high for children, so it may be best to have them grasp your waist or hold your hand.
- SUPPORT GRASP: Some visually impaired persons are frail and others have balance problems. Rather than holding your arm above the elbow, they may prefer to link their arm with yours to provided added support.
- SEATING: Allow the visually impaired persons to seat themselves. Do not help them physically or move the chair or other furniture unless when asked to. Inform them if there is a table.
- NARROW-AREA STANCE: When you are approaching areas that are crowded or narrow, such as a door way, move your forearm and arm so that they rest against the lower portion of your back, with elbow at a 90-degree angle and your palm facing outward. The blind person follows at an arms length, while still maintaining a firm grip. Take smaller steps and walk slower as you move through the narrow area.
- DOORS: When approaching a door, assume the narrow-area stance and tell the blind person in which direction the door opens. This allows them to help you by holding the door with their free hand while passing through it.
- STANCE: Hold your arm relaxed and steady at your side. The blind person’s arm is at a 90-degree angle and held close to their side. The blind person will follow your movements. Do not steer them,.
- TAKING A SEAT: When position9ing a chair from the front or side, tell the blind person they are at the front or side and slowly bring them up to it until their knees touch the chair.
- If you meet a visually impaired person who seems to be “off course” while crossing a street, perhaps out of the crosswalk, inform them to "go left" or "go right"
- Vehicles should stop at pedestrian crossing for the visually impaired who holds a guide cane and should be assisted towards his direction.
- Don't force yourself o the visually impaired.
- Don't offer alms to the visually impaired.
- Inform the visually impaired person when you are leaving them. Bid them farewell.
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