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hpr0706 :: What to do when confronted with a blind person

Some advice for sighted people when encountering a blind person

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Hosted by Jonathan Nadeau on Monday 2011-04-18 is flagged as Explicit and is released under a CC-BY-NC-SA license.
Tags: accessibility.
Listen in ogg, spx, or mp3 format. | Comments (3)

Part of the series: Accessibility

Shows about tearing down the barriers for our fellow hackers.

  • If you are in the way of a blind person say "hi" so they know you're there.
  • If a blind person is looking for a seat, tell them where there is a vacant space.
  • Ask if they need help (warning not all people might appreciate this)
  • "See you later", "Did you watch this movie" doesn't bother Jonathan but some people may be bothered.
  • When leading a blind person (across the street), walk normally and let the blind person hang on to your elbow.


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Comment #1 posted on 2011-04-19T13:21:52Z by pokey

This was great. Everybody should listen to this episode before being allowed to graduate high school. What a long way this would go to bridging the awkward gap that so many sighted people are afraid to cross on their own. Thank you.

Comment #2 posted on 2011-04-27T20:46:44Z by Paul Ortyl

Idea for another episode:
* Please describe your hardware/software setup for everyday use
* Hints for software developers to have in mind in order to develop accessible software "by default"
* The same as above, but in context of mobile phone, smartphone

Comment #3 posted on 2011-05-18T20:47:35Z by Buffalo Pete


What Pokey said!


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