Visually-Impaired – Specifics Matter
One Tip Worth Repeating
Let me tell you a quick but true story.
This morning, my brother came up to visit me in my apartment.
We hung out together watching some silly re-runs of our favorite sitcoms. After awhile, he decided to make a bag of popcorn. “I’ll bring you in a bowl. Just hang tight.”
A few minutes later, the smell of buttery popcorn filled the room. “Here you go,” he said.
I reached out to take the filled-to-brimming bowl.
His voice got louder. “You dropped a few pieces.”
“Oh, really? Where?”
I turned my head to try to locate the fallen pieces. “Where’s ‘over here’?
I rubbed my temples, feeling a headache come on.
“Is it next to me?”
“Not too far away. Right there.”
I laughed at the unhelpful repetition and bent over. “Am I getting warm?”
“It’s by your foot.”
I sighed, seeing nothing. “My right or left foot?”
“Right next to it. You got it!”
“Wait. Careful! A-my!”
“You tipped your bowl and now you’ve dropped a couple more.”
If you’re vision-impaired, you’ll probably be able to relate. But it’s not only a SIGHT issue. Sometimes we’re preoccupied and don’t notice all the details. Whatever the case, it’s important to patiently teach (and reteach) our family and friends what we need from them.
Be Specific. Over here and over there can be ANYWHERE to a vision-impaired or blind person. Use references: to the right, to the left, behind, in front of, by your foot, etc to help orient a person.
Think about the last time this happened to you. What were you trying to find? How long did it take you to locate it? Where was the object?
You have just read, “Specifics Matter: One Tip Worth Repeating” by Amy L. Bovaird. Copyright April 3, 2017. Don’t forget to take time to leave a comment!