10 Things Not To Say Or Do To A Blind Person
We asked our supporters at Action for Blind People to share the most ridiculous things that are said or done to people who are blind or partially sighted. Here are some of the best - sound familiar?
1. “Can your dog understand sat nav directions?”
2. “Do blind people have furniture in their house?”
3. “Do you ever eat pet food by mistake?”
4. Don’t shout
5. “You don’t sound blind!”
What exactly should a person who is blind sound like?
"I was talking to a young man on the phone about getting my home contents insured, and during the conversation I mentioned that I was totally blind, to which he replied: 'Oh, you don't sound blind!' I just had to laugh."
- K. M., Crayford
6. Don’t mix up sight loss and cancer
7. Don’t refer to guide dogs as blind dogs
8. Don’t try to communicate using sign language
It just doesn't really work for people who can't see your hand signals.
"When I lost my sight suddenly due to a medical condition my sister sprang in to action and declared 'don't worry, I'll get you sign language classes so you can still communicate with people'"
- J. T., Salford
9. Don’t ignore
There's nothing worse than leaving a person with a visual impairment out of a conversation just because he or she cannot see. Without the ability to notice body language and other visual cues, it can be difficult to judge when to start speaking.
Also, always speak directly to a person, not about them to the person they're with.
"An annoying one is when people talk to the person you're with and ask a question about me. My voice still works!"
- G. H., Stoke-on-Trent
10. And finally…just don’t be a muppet
Because being a muppet is not cool.
"I was in Palma airport. My girlfriend mentioned at check-in that I was partially blind and asked if we could be fast tracked through security as I'm uncomfortable in crowds. They said it was no problem and someone was on their way to assist us. When the assistant arrived he was pushing a wheelchair for me. I then had to explain that it's my eyes that don't work properly not my legs haha."
- M.R., Liverpool
What do you think?
Are you guilty of any of the above? Or have you been at the receiving end of the awkwardness? Please spill the beans...