Tips for Interacting with individuals who are blind and visually impaired

- Lindsay Stratton

Tips for interacting with blind and visually impaired

Here are some tips for you if you’re ever working with or interacting with someone who is blind or visually impaired:

Tip 1: When entering a room or conversation, introduce yourself when arriving, even if the person knows who you are. Also, let the person know when you’re leaving the room.

Tip 2: Ask the person if they need help before you start helping them. Never assume they need help.

Tip 3: If the person asks for help or says yes to your offer, some options of how to help are by:

Tip 4: If you are going to be offering directions to the person, here are some examples of directional words and clock face words to use:

    • Directional words: left, right, in front of, behind
    • Clock face words: “this item is on the table to your two o’clock”

Tip 5: Speak directly to the person who is blind or visually impaired, not to their guide. If they have a guide dog, get the person’s approval before petting it.


For additional information on services we provide to individuals of all ages who are blind and visually impaired, please call 603-224-4039 or email [email protected].


About the Author: Lindsay Stratton is a Teacher of the Visually Impaired (TVI) and Orientation & Mobility Specialist at Future In Sight.