Thursday, September 15, 2011
Great things about being blind. Guiding a blind person.
Yesterday, I wrote about the importance of always asking if a blind person needs help. Once I say, yes that I do. What do you do next? Well, you don't grab my arm from behind and start pushing me ahead of you. This is , as you can imagine quite unnerving and also unsafe. Think of you being in the dark and shoved from behind. If you are ahead of me and I take your arm, then I can feel as you move around things, climb or descend stairs, and if I feel you are not the guide I want, I can let go of your arm and go my own way. Smile! Or, once I am not needing you to guide me, I can let go, thank you, and proceed on. Do not grab my white cane and guide me with it. This has happened. Tomorrow, how to guide a person with a guide dog.