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SIGHTED

GUIDES

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SIGHT LOSS
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TODAY THERE ARE OVER 20 MILLION VISUALLY IMPAIRED AMERICANS AND EVERY DAY THOUSANDS OF SITUATIONS OCCUR DURING WHICH SOMEONE MAY BE GIVING THEM A HELPING HAND.

GOOD SIGHTED GUIDE TECHNIQUES MEAN THESE VISION LOSS CONSUMERS ARE RECEIVING SAFE AND SMART ESCORTING FOR COPING WITH:

1. PUSH-PULL DOORS FOR IN-AND-OUT OF BUILDINGS

2. CHAIRS, RECLINERS, TABLES, DESKS, BENCHES, STOOLS, BOOTHS, EXAM TABLES, EXAM CHAIRS, BARBER CHAIRS AND BLEACHERS

3. COUNTERS, SERVICE WINDOWS, GLASS CASES, CHECK STANDS AND SERVICE BARS

4. CURBS, DRIVEWAYS, ISLANDS, PLANTERS,SPEED BUMPS, STREET FURNITURE AND WHEELCHAIR RAMPS

5. STAIRS, LANDINGS, HANDRAILS, STEPSTOOLS AND LADDERS

6. ELEVATORS AND ESCALATORS

7. SHOPPING CARTS AND TURNSTILES

8. STORES, OFFICES, RESTAURANTS, BATHROOMS, CHANGING ROOMS, EXAM ROOMS AND WAITING AREAS

9. DANDEM BIKES, CARS, TRUCKS, VANS, BUSES, STREET CARS, TRAINS, SHIPS AND PLANES

10. CONSTRUCTION AREAS

TWO PEOPLE WALKING SIDE-BY-SIDE IS LITERALLY THE PEDESTRIAN VERSION OF A WIDE-LOAD AND DOING SO IN A COMFORTABLE MANNER FOR EACH IS IMPORTANT.

SPECIFICALLY, THE HAND-ON-ARM WALKING ASSISTANCE OF A TRAINED, ALERT AND AGILE ESCORT OR BODYGUARD CAN BE IDENTIFIED:

1. YELLOW PAGES HEADING - TRANSLATORS AND INTERPERTERS
- ANY DEAF-BLIND INTERPERTER WILL BE AN EXPERIENCED SIGHTED GUIDE

2. ORIENTATION AND MOBILITY SPECIALISTS
- ANY CERTIFIED O&M PERSON CAN TRAIN OTHERS OR BE A EXPERT SIGHTED GUIDE
- THESE PRACTITIONERS CAN BE FOUND AT A REGIONAL INDEPENDENT LIVING CENTER, STATE COMMISSION FOR THE BLIND OR ORIENTATION AND MOBILITY (O&M) SCHOOL

3. TRAINING VIDEOS AND PRINTED STEP-BY-STEP INSTRUCTIONS
- CONTACT A REGIONAL COMMISSION FOR THE BLIND OR A NATIONAL BLIND ORGANIZATION ABOUT THESE TEACHING TOOLS

4. FREE AUDIO HOW-TO USING A SIGHTED GUIDE COMPACT DISC
- EARS FOR EYES, 1-800-843-6816

5. UNIQUE SIGHTED GUIDE EXAMPLE
- A WILLING WHEELCHAIR USER HAS A BUILT-IN HANDLE TO GRIP AND THEY KNOW THE SHORTEST AND SMOOTHEST ROUTE INCLUDING HOW TO AVOID CURBS AND STAIRS

6. UNIQUE SIGHTED GUIDE EXAMPLE
- USE OF A FOOT-LONG BUNGIE CORD FOR WALK- JOG-RUN WITH AN SIGHTED EXERCISE ASSISTANT

FINALLY, THESE PUBLIC ACCOMMODATIONS AND REALITY CHECK BULLETINS MAY BE OF INTEREST:

LINK: MEDICARE A-I-D-E-S
SITE: WWW DOT SIGHT LOSS SOLUTIONS DOT ORG

LINK: AUXILIARY ADA AIDS
SITE: WWW DOT SIGHT LOSS SOLUTIONS DOT ORG

LINK: EYESIGHT REQUIRED
SITE: WWW DOT SIGHT LOSS SOLUTIONS DOT ORG

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