June 26th, 2019
TIPS ON HOW TO HELP/GUIDE A PERSON WHO IS DEAFBLIND
It’s day 3 of ‘Deafblind Awareness Week’, and today it’s all about tips!
Sometimes a person who is visually impaired or deafblind may require assistance when out and about. If you think someone requires assistance but you are a little unsure how to offer your help, then keep the following tips in mind.
Remember, a person who is deafblind may have some hearing and sight.
First, ASK if they need help! Don’t assume that the person needs your help, and don’t be offended if they don’t require your assistance.
To get the person’s attention, a gentle tap on the elbow can be used. Never ever grab a person, or their cane/ guide dog. This can cause great alarm and distress.
When speaking, do not shout and ensure your mouth is not covered. Do not lean in to talk, but step back from the person.
Never pet/call a guide dog. A guide dog is working to ensure the safety of their owner, and distractions can bring harm to their owner. Be assured that guide dogs gets plenty of fuss and treats as well as rest at home at the end of the day.
If guiding, allow the person to hold onto your arm and walk at the person’s pace, and advise of any upcoming danger such as steps or kerbs.
When you have reached the destination, say it to the person and tell them that you are leaving now. Don’t just walk away.
Be deafblind aware.
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