Guide Dogs of Hawaii

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Episode 2 Pet Peeves

Giving Directions

  • Don’t point to things or say over there
  • Use precise locational language using hard directions or clock face
  • Clock face position
  • Try to use sounds and locations, the sound is very important to visually impaired people!

Social Interaction

  • Talk to visually impaired and blind people directly if you need to address them instead of their group, they are there, they exist too!
  • We are blind not deaf! You don’t need to yell at us. Just talk to us like regular people
  • When meeting somebody for the first time, ask them in ways that are polite. How much vision do you have? Can you see colors? Can you read a certain font?
  • When greeting a visually impaired or blind person for the first time in that instance make sure to say who you are by name
  • We’d prefer you to ask people with canes or guide dogs what they’re level vision is or the general situation
  • Specify if you’re done talking and when you’re leaving so they know.
  • If you have to leave a blind person behind, don’t leave them without them set to something.

Guiding and Contact

  • When guiding make no abrupt or harsh contact
  • When guiding a blind person, ask them if they want to take their elbow, be suggestive
  • Do not touch a visually impaired person if they don’t ask. Respect their personal space.
  • Use audio cues when trying guide a visually impaired or blind person to a specific locations and areas to sit
  • Do not abruptly stop in front of visually impaired or blind people, they may not be able to recognize that and bump into you.

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