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Independence

Most people with visual disabilities live highly independent lives, utilizing a variety of creative strategies, supports and assistive technology. You can support them in making their own choices, and help them to identify and request additional accommodations when necessary.

  • Remove tripping hazards. Ensure that to the greatest degree possible, your facility is free from hazards such as power cords or unnecessary objects on the floor. Remember that removal of these obstacles can be of benefit to all, not just people with visual disabilities.
  • When a person with a visual disability visits your facility for the first time, invite them on a building tour. Show them around slowly, describing the function and layout of each room.  If the person wishes, lead them through an area more than once so they can count steps or find clues that help orient them to the area.
  • Be sure to point out objects that be moved, such as chairs or tables in a meeting room, and areas in which supplies or packages may be placed on shelves or the floor.