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How You Can Help a Blind Person
|by Arun Arjun Kurkute|
Here are some tips on how to help or assist a blind person. This can be an acquaintance or friend, but blind people often visit the same places as sighted ones. Bus-stop, railway-station, college, university, school, worship-place, work-place, mall, beach, restaurant or whatever, so it might occur you've never known any blind people but you just encounter one when you are shopping or going to a pop concert, wedding, social gathering etc. So it's always helpful to read this information.
Helping the Blind Get Around
If you are waiting for bus on bus-stand/stop/station please guide him/her about bus number example, (85 Kurla East)
If you are on railway-station then guide about exit or, entry, bridge or subway, reading indicator / screen about train status, platform number. Also make sure blind person will not fall down on railway track.
When you are near zebra-crossing, traffic-signal or the place where many people are crossing the road. Help blind people to cross the road.
If you happens to traveling by bus or train along with blind commuter guide him/her about their desired destination.
If you see the blind person in the premises such as: college university, school, public office, help him/her to fill up the appropriate forms and applications and read notice-boards. Become his/her reader. To read study material. Write his/her exam papers.
Always leave a door or window completely open or completely closed. Half-open doors may not be felt with the cane. You can show a blind person a chair or bench on putting his/her hand on the back or arm. It's not necessary to push someone in the chair.
Conversations with Blind People
What to Remember?
The most important to remember is: do not think that, “you only help blind persons. They also can help you in many ways - provided your heart and eyes are open to learn and accept it”.
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