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  1. Don't think that the blind are abnormal because they cannot see. Their every interest in life is similar to yours.

  2. Don't hesitate to offer help to a blind person who is walking in your direction. Although he can arrive at his destination by himself, your assistance is always appreciated as it minimizes the extra time and nervous tension involved when traveling alone.

  3. When walking with a blind person, always let him take your arm. In this manner, you will be slightly ahead of him and thus the motion of your body will usually inform him of what to expect. When you approach a step, a slight pause is very helpful. In narrow passages, walk ahead of the blind person and let him follow.

  4. Once you have started to help a blind person to cross the street, never leave him until he is safely on the opposite sidewalk. Never say, "You're all right now," when you have just reached the middle of the crossing and leave him stranded while you make a dash for your bus. If you can't finish the job,don't start it. After you have helped the blind person across the street, don't leave him in the direct path of a lamp-post, mailbox, hydrant, open cellar' door, etc.

  5. Don't hesitate to invite a friend who is blind as a guest into your home because you feel he may be a burdensome responsibility. He really is not "different" from you or the other guests who may be present. Just a litlle common sense on your part will quickly remove any tension engendered by the entrance or presence of a blind person. After the usual formalities of introduction, the general conversation, regardless of subject matter, need not be changed or discontinued simply because the blind person is present. Too often, a dead silence occurs upon the entrance of a blind person, causing embarrassment and discomfort to all. You should take advantage of the first opportunity that presents itself to give the blind guest a brief description of his surroundings.

  6. Upon entering a room in which a blind person is present, be sure to greet him so that they may know you are there. You should identify yourself rather than use the phrase, "Who am I" or "Guess who I am?" Because blind people feel that this is taking an unfair advantage of their handicap. Also, be sure to let a blind person know when you are leaving him so that he will not suffer embarrassment upon the discovery that he has been taiking to himself.

  7. Don't invite a blind person or accompany him at his invitation to a function and then let him sit while you go off to enjoy yourself, remembering him only when it is time to escort him home. After all, he is depending upon you to help him get around, mingle with the crowd. and have a good time.

  8. Always address the blind person directly and not through a third person. Too often, the third person is asked. "Does he take sugar in his coffee?" or "Will she try on this dress?" He can speak for himself.

The Gospel Association for the Blind
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