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a presentation of the washington state school for the blind
A Presentation of the Washington State School for the Blind

A presentation of the

Washington State School for the Blind

sighted guide technique

Brought to you by the Washington

State School for the Blind

Sighted Guide Technique
  • A sighted guide can be used to help a blind or visually impaired person move through space safely and efficiently.
offer assistance

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State School for the Blind

Offer Assistance
  • When you are going to offer sighted assistance you would just ask the person, “Would you like some sighted help today?”
sighted guide technique6

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State School for the Blind

Sighted Guide Technique
  • The sighted guide would then touch the blind or visually impaired person’s arm with their hand so that he/she can easily locate the sighted guide’s elbow.
  • The grip will be above the elbow with the fingers on the inside, thumb on the outside of the arm.
sighted guide technique7

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State School for the Blind

Sighted Guide Technique
  • The blind or visually impaired person will be walking about a half step behind and beside the guide so that they can be a buffer through space for him/her.
sighted guide technique8

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State School for the Blind

Sighted Guide Technique
  • As they begin to walk, the blind or visually impaired person will be able to feel the motion of their guide’s body. If the guide decides to turn right or left then he/she can feel that or the guide can tell him/her whether they are turning right of left.
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Sighted Guide Technique
  • If the guide were to come to a curb or stairway, they tell them whether the stairs/curb go up or down and would pause long enough for him/her to find the first step.
entering a room

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State School for the Blind

Entering a Room
  • For example, entering the auditorium for a concert, the guide will lead him/her.
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Entering a Room
  • As the guide starts to turn they’ll move their hand behind their back so that the blind/visually impaired person can move behind them taking up less space. The guide will tell him/her which way the door opens and they can reach out to grab it thereby moving through the doorway together.
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Entering a Room
  • Once inside the auditorium the blind/visually impaired person may need help finding a seat. If the guide had left him/her, there might be an usher who doesn’t know sighted guide technique. The person may offer to help by asking if he/she needs to find a seat and grab him/her by the arm and start to drag him/her along.
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Entering a Room
  • The blind or visually impaired person will ask to take the person’s elbow, and allow the person to lead them.