Human Guide

While working with individuals who are blind or vision impaired there will be times

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when you will have to guide the individual to a destination, such as a launch site, or to a vehicle. The following video series illustrates a technique referred to as Human Guide (you may also hear the term Sighted Guide). Human Guide is a universal technique used to assist individuals with vision loss. The technique engages both the guide and the individual with vision loss, by the individual grasping the back of the guide’s arm.

Depending on the age of the individual they may not have had extensive formal training in the technique, therefore they may not recognize the terms Human Guide or Sighted Guide. If the individual is significantly shorter than you, it is appropriate for the individual to hold the guide’s index finger instead of the back of the guide’s arm.

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