Other things to consider

  • It is always polite to use “people first” language, putting the person before the disability. For example, refer to “the people who are blind” and not “the blind people,” and say “the man who is blind” instead of “the blind man.” Use the same terminology when referring to people with any other types of disabilities.
  • It is generally okay to ask someone about his or her visual impairment if the topic comes up naturally.
  • A final thought. As you will find out soon enough, individuals with visual impairments are as diverse as any other group, some individuals like to participate in sports activities, some others are couch potatoes; some individuals love to garden on a sunny day, some others prefer to take a walk; some like to play cards with their friends, some prefer to quietly read a book, cook a meal, or knit a scarf!


This is all for now. We hope these tips will help you have a wonderful and meaningful interaction with all your co-workers.


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