So following on from last week’s VIDA Insight ‘Sorry, who are you?...Part 1’, I (Vicky) thought I would add a few (hopefully) helpful hints. Firstly, I know I can find it quite hard sometimes when I bump into someone out of context and although I know them, I can’t place where from (and that’s with vision) so I can only imagine how additionally frustrating this must be without the face recognition as well. As an aside, we used to work with someone who had a condition called Prosopagnosia (faceblindness), a neurological disorder that affects an individual’s ability to recognise familiar faces. She used similar strategies to Dave and other VI people in order to place people. There is now a Faceblind UK website for anyone interested http://www.faceblind.org.uk/ as well as a Twitter page.
The point Dave makes about social settings was similar to one made in John M. Hull’s book ‘Touching the Rock’ book we wrote about in our VIDA Insight no.3 (http://www.notesonblindness.co.uk/about-john/). Obviously there isn’t an easy solution to this but being aware and changing the way we do things as sighted people could at least help a bit…
But it isn’t just about introductions…once you are chatting to someone with a vision impairment there are still things you can be aware of. More about this next week!...
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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.