Etiquette

These sites offer advice on courtesy and etiquette when interacting socially or professionally with people who are blind or visually impaired.
 
Below is a list of topics you'll find in this section. Click on a title to jump to a specific topic:

 

Healthcare Professionals

Vision Australia
Guidelines for making hospital stays as easy and comfortable as possible for patients who are blind or visually impaired.
 
Earle Baum Center of the Blind
Advice for medical staff members providing care to patients who are blind or visually impaired.
 
Blindskills, Inc.
Tips for hospital personnel caring for people who are blind or visually impaired; including suggestions for communication, guiding, and orienting the person to the room.
 

Social and Professional Settings

Nebraska Center for the Blind
An amusing animated guide to considerate behavior when meeting a person who is blind. The video is in two parts; Clip 2 links here.
 
American Foundation for the Blind (AFB)
Advice for conversing, giving directions, and acting as a sighted guide, as well as guidelines for behaving with tact and consideration, and respecting the independence of a person who is blind.
 
Guide Dogs for the Blind
Following this advice allows the guide dog to do its work safely.
 
California Deaf-Blind Services (CDBS)
Dismissive phrases that exclude people who are deaf-blind from decisions and interactions.
 
Vision Australia
Another useful list of reminders for behaving with consideration when interacting socially.
 
Guide Dogs for the Blind
Guidelines for treating people with blindness courteously and considerately.
 
ZOOMAX
6 things to remember when interacting with people with visual impairments
 

People Who Are Blind or Visually Impaired

National Federation of the Blind (NFB)
Ms. Whozit is an advice columnist in the NFB's Braille Monitor. She addresses questions from people with visual impairments on dealing with sighted people who are often thoughtless or rude. To find more columns, enter "Ms. Whozit" in the search field at the NFB website: www.nfb.org.