“Kindness is a language the Blind can see”
"What a great quote from Mark Twain", Eirik Moseng shouts eagerly. Eirik is Conspexit founder and he serves Conspexit both as CEO & CTO.
Leading and guiding is a valuable and appreciated piece of everyday common kindness that can be offered to the visually impaired. Yet there can be an awkwardness regarding the process. When, how or should I help, and actually do they need my help in the first place?
There are a few “do’s and don’ts” to follow, which generally begin with politely offering assistance, followed by a series of common steps, which respect the dignity of the person being helped.
Ask if they need help
Let them take your arm
Warn them about obstacles
Guide Dogs- Don’t disrupt their job.
Consider the person behind the eyes
Conspexit is currently prototyping and designing an application that will personally assist people with a visual impairment to gain greater independent mobility but we’ve also taken on another challenge; raising awareness around sight loss.
The world-famous Moorfields Eye Hospital in London have produced an excellent short film summarising the protocol of leading and guiding. Check out the full video.