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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 2011-04-18 is flagged as Explicit and is released under a CC-BY-NC-SA license.
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Duration: 00:10:19


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 2011-04-19 13:21:52 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 2011-04-27 20:46:44 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 2011-05-18 20:47:35 by Buffalo Pete


What Pokey said!

thanks- Pete

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