Timeframe: 1 hour
This presentation can be geared towards a variety of audiences including all school-aged students with or without vision loss, visually impaired adults, employers and colleagues, education professionals, parents, and anyone who may interact with a student with vision loss. Vision loss can hamper the ability of blind and visually impaired students to initiate communication with their peers. Sighted peers do not know how to approach someone who is blind. These gaps in knowledge can lead blind people to feel isolated from their peers. Both sighted and blind people will learn ways to initiate communication, understand colloquialisms, communicate clearly when giving directions or descriptions of things, discuss ways of requesting and denying assistance, ways to assume ability or offer assistance, and understanding how emotion is conveyed without seeing facial expressions and body language.