This video shows how to guide a young person with a visual impairment.

Key points:

  1. When guiding, say the person's name and say your name.
  2. The person with the visual impairment should take the guider's arm, rather than the other way round. It also gives them more control – they can let go if they don't feel comfortable or if they feel unsafe.
  3. When ready to guide, offer your arm and say: "Would you like to take my arm?"
  4. Put your elbow in next to their arm. The guided person will hold above your elbow with a pincer grip.
  5. What is the pincer grip? The pincer grip is the same grip you would use to hold a cup.
  6. For younger children, start off by holding their hands.
  7. The guider should hold their arm closer to their body, This gives maximum safety to the person being guided.
  8. When guiding, the person being guided should be half a step behind you. It is important to walk at their pace.
  9. It is important for the guide to pause before coming to a stop to allow the guided to anticipate the change in place.

Children and young people with a visual impairment can really benefit from sighted guide assistance so they can be safe and take in information about their environment and surroundings.

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