Visually-Impaired – Specifics Matter
One Tip Worth Repeating

Where is the popcorn


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?” 
“Over here.” 
I turned my head to try to locate the fallen pieces. “Where’s ‘over here’? 
“Right there.” 
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. 

TIP #1

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! 

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6 thoughts on “Visually-Impaired – An Important Tip in Locating

  • April 4, 2017 at 12:00 pm

    Amy, bring on the tips. This is so useful to me (and as always, your stories are a delight).

  • April 4, 2017 at 12:39 pm

    Hi Crystal,
    You found my latest post! So pleased. 🙂
    I’m glad you find it useful.
    Thanks for taking time to read it and comment.

  • April 4, 2017 at 3:08 pm

    “How would I find it if I couldn’t see it?” is the question I ask myself before explaining to someone else where something is. You taught me that. The game of “You’re getting warmer/colder” was fun when we were kids. It taught us many things. But as we grow older and are able to use better words to more accurately describe a location, we need to determine what the person can relate to most easily. “It’s two inches to the right of your right foot,” is a great example. Phrasing things like that takes practice and reminders. Thank you for the reminder, Amy!

  • April 4, 2017 at 6:24 pm

    Hi Melissa,
    How perfect that you remember that! If only everyone tried as hard as you do! Thank you so much for taking time to read and respond to my story!

  • April 4, 2017 at 7:51 pm

    I’m so guilty of doing that when I’m with you, even still after 3+ years as your driver. Sometimes I catch myself in mid-word, tripping over my tongue, only to have what comes out sounding backwards. You are so patient with me and sometimes it’s pretty funny and we laugh. Thanks for hanging in there. Love ya, Judie

  • April 4, 2017 at 7:58 pm

    Hi Judie,
    We do have lots of laughs!! And you are so much better now. 😀
    You trip over words. I trip over things. Together we make a good pair!

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