How should I communicate with someone who is visually impaired?

Do not speak to someone with a visual impairment in a way that is different from how you would speak to someone who is not visually-impaired. Often, individuals approach someone who is visually-impaired as though they have a hearing impairment as well. Any commands or instructions that are issued to a visually-impaired person must be consistent and the individual giving the commands should display confidence. Inconsistency in communication is truly unnerving for someone who is visually-impaired. If a guide or buddy lacks confidence, the visually-impaired individual will face significant challenges with his or her own ability to be secure in the circumstances, and in the skills and abilities of his or her buddy. 

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