Activity 15 – Socializing and communicating with others

Alternate senses contributing to this activity are: touch, hearing, and smell.

Assistive procedures helpful for maintaining this activity are:

  • Modifying or developing techniques.
  • Using high technology devices or software.

We will begin with:

Modifying or developing techniques

You can identify acquaintances with senses other than eyesight. Some of the ways are:

  • The scent of their hair, perfume, or lotion.
  • The sound of their voice.
  • The sound of their footsteps.
  • Their handshake.

Don’t be embarrassed to ask people to identify themselves. Just say, “I’m sorry, but you need to tell me who you are. I’m visually impaired.”

You need to let some people know that you are visually impaired. A white cane is the universal symbol of visual impairment. You may not always need a cane to get around, but it can be a very effective way to identify yourself.

Using high technology devices or software

Some of the most popular communication tools and social media opportunities on the Internet are:

  • Email discussion and support groups
  • Web message boards
  • Chat rooms
  • Instant messaging
  • Twitter
  • Facebook
  • Skype
  • Gmail phone
  • Live conferencing
  • Dating websites
  • Blogs
  • Caring Bridge
  • MySpace

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