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If I give work to my blind employee, what should I expect?

It would be easy to answer this by saying: “Expect exactly what you would from a sighted person. Don’t make allowances for disability because that’s patronising.” However, the reality is, while employment laws make it illegal to reject a blind person for a job they are capable of...

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When Is My Eagerness To Help An Obstruction?

This is a perceptive question which requires a thoughtful answer. Most people tend to think of eagerness to help as something admirable, but when someone is overly eager to provide a helping hand, you're right, it can strain a relationship. This is because eagerness to help...

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Introducing Blink Weekly

Readers of this blog may not be aware that I now send out a weekly email containing tips for relating to blind people and others who are different from yourself. The aim is to cultivate understanding and appreciation for the potential of physically disabled people....

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How Can I Make My Blind Friend Feel At Ease In My Home?

Orientating himself is the biggest challenge for a blind person, so it helps if you can describe for your friend what to expect before entering. For example, “We’re going to approach the front door and climb two steps into the porch. After that, the house...

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Avoiding Emotional Blackmail In Times Of Excessive Stress

As thrilling as it is for your visually-impaired family member, friend or colleague to gain independence, it is nevertheless extremely tough at times to cope in the sighted world. There may come moments when she wishes she could run away and seek refuge in a...

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Am I Overly Sensitive About Restaurant Noise?

Back in 2011, I ran a poll on my blog called “Quiet Restaurant campaign”. The object was to survey the responses of my readers around the issue of restaurant noise. However, the initial feedback was meagre, which led me to reflect on whether I was...