- Blind people can read in the dark, they just use their fingers.
- It is possible to read Braille with your eyes, so you can learn it, too.
- Blind people dream according to their experience: those born blind dream with sounds, touch and smell. Those who went blind later on use their visual memories in their dreams.
- Blindness is not seeing black. A totally blind person often doesn’t know what black is.
- There are blind people who have some residual vision: they can see light or even colors and objects, but they are more comfortable using their other senses.
- Blind people use the computer with a screen reader, a software which translates text into voice. They type on a normal keyboard.
- It is possible to have an independent life with studies, work, family and hobbies. This some training and adjustment are needed.
Do’s and don’t’s
- Please inform a blind person when arriving or leaving. It is not so pleasant to talk to a wall.
- Blind people are not deaf nor mentally retarded. You can speak directly to them instead of referring to a sighted person.
- If you pass by a friend who is blind, please tell your name, he might not be able to recognize your voice just by a short greeting.
- The cane is a blind person’s eye. So please don’t grab the cane or hold the hand that uses the cane.
- Offer help to a blind person, but don’t assume it is always needed. Every person is different and might not want help at this point.
- If you use photos on a website or Facebook, add a description for blind people to enjoy as well.
- Blind people are also people. So please remember that we are all different. If you meet an unfriendly blind person, maybe he had a bad day. Just try again with another person.
- Please don’t reduce blind people to their disability. There’s much more you can talk about with them than just offering help or a seat.