Okay, this was several years ago but it still makes both of us laugh even now (be warned it might just be our sense of humour) and provides a somewhat light-hearted finish to our communication month! We were at an event organised by the charity we both used to work for and we’d been busy setting up for the day ahead. Before our guests for the day arrived, a female colleague (who shall remain nameless), Dave and I were all chatting together. And then our colleague delivered the never to be forgotten sentence “Right, well, I’d best go and put my top on” – anyone got Dave’s response yet? Yes that’s it “What! You’ve been topless all morning? Man, this being blind is rubbish!”
For those of you who are now a bit concerned about what event the charity was running, what she actually meant was “Right, well, I’d best go and change my top” in order to be pristine for our guests arrival.
It’s a silly example but on a more serious note, you do need to adjust your communication or at least think about how it might be interpreted by someone who can’t see – we were doing Sighted Guide training once and one of our participants said to her blindfolded partner, ‘okay we’re going to wait a minute, there’s a lot of traffic up ahead’. What she actually meant was ‘okay we’re going to wait a minute, there’s a lot of people up ahead’ but to a vision impaired person who might be anxious about being Sight Guided her words could have caused a lot of confusion and concern.
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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.