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The Town of Brookline, Massachusetts has released a new instructional video showing individuals how to guide a person with vision loss in a variety of everyday situations.
During the Covid-19 pandemic, maintaining social distance when guiding a visually impaired person can be challenging. Modifications to the standard guiding techniques are recommended as we work together to mitigate the transmission of the virus. When guiding a visually impaired person, both the individual and the guide should be wearing masks and be facing in the same direction, so their breath is not directed towards one another. Using a glove can protect from skin-to-skin contact.
Additional ideas for safe guiding while social distancing can include placing a hand on the guide’s back instead of the arm, putting a shopping cart between the individual and the guide with the guide in front, using an adequately sanitized extra cane, as a guiding pole with each person holding one end, and verbal guiding from behind the person with vision loss. The person with vision loss should also be using their usual mobility aid, such as a cane or guide dog, for added safety.
The video was produced by the Brookline Commission on Disability, along with Brookline Age-Friendly Cities TV and Brookline Interactive Group Interactive Group. Appearing in the demonstration video are Paul Saner, Brookline Town Meeting member, Co-Chair of Brookline’s Economic Development Advisory Board, and former Commissioner of the Massachusetts Commission for the Blind, and Michael Allen, LCSW, Social Worker at the Brookline Senior Center. The video is narrated by Sassy Outwater-Wright, Executive Director, Massachusetts Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired.
MABVI’s Access Technology Centers are offering Zoom virtual training courses. We will have a Voiceover Basics Class on Fridays at 10:00 am, Basics of Zoom meetings on Thursdays 10:00 am and 2:00 pm if needed, and HTML & Web design, Mondays at 10:00 am. For more information on how to join these classes, contact Access Tech Center Director, Jerry Feliz email@example.com
As part of our ongoing series, MABVI’s Access Technology and Occupational Therapists are also providing informative videos on assistive devices or access technology in order to complete daily activities. In this episode, using BARD for reading books, magazines, and more.
As part of our ongoing series, MABVI’s Access Technolgy and Occupational Therapists are providing informative videos on assistive devices or access technology in order to complete daily activities. Our first two below are about using Access Technology to navigate the kitchen.
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