Be tidy, and be mindful of workplace clutter.
Think about drawers, bins or cables that might be a hazard if they can’t be seen.
Don’t move someone’s belongings without asking.
Also, avoid changing where things are kept without letting people know.
Always greet colleagues with sight loss.
Announcing yourself by name lets them know who is talking to them.
When starting a new conversation, address your colleague by name.
This will let them know you’re talking to them.
Be as clear as possible with everything you say.
Remember, your colleague may not be able to see your facial expressions.
Feel free to use words such as ‘see’ and ‘look’.
People with visual impairments are unlikely to be offended.
Think about providing orientation training.
This will help any new colleagues to find their way around the office.
Always speak directly to your colleague about how you can support them.
Avoid making assumptions about a person’s capabilities.
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