Not an exciting topic is it – but this is more about communication again and ensuring you’re not misinterpreting each other’s actions whilst working together, supporting someone etc. So, we were working from Dave’s house and he had got lunch together. After lunch he’d left the kitchen and I started washing up. Dave came back in the room and said “I can do that” (in a slightly prickly tone, if we’re honest!) to which I replied “Yes, I know, but if I was at a friends and they had made lunch, then I would wash up as a thank you, I’m just doing the same”. It was nothing to do with an assumption that he couldn’t wash up because he couldn’t see, but highlighted how actions can easily be misinterpreted and could cause friction if not spoken about.
Maybe I should have offered, instead of just doing, but again at a friend’s house I probably wouldn’t have done that because then they might feel obligated to say no and that takes away the nice gesture! Isn’t life complicated!
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Our VIDA Insights...
Following our experiences from delivering our Vision Impairment Awareness training days over the past couple of years, we know that there’s loads more that we could talk about and examples we could have shared. Whilst these won’t be a substitute for our training, they will give you an insight (hence the name!) into our thoughts, observations and experiences from each of our perspectives - Dave’s living with sight loss and Vicky’s from being a sighted person and working alongside and supporting people who have sight loss.