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Blind people have an advantage. Most sighted people concentrate only on visual appearance when deciding if they are attracted to someone. This is a mistake.


Hopefully, if all goes well, there will be lots more dates.

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There are now 3 of you in the relationship. Daniel Williams was diagnosed with retinitis pigmentosa at the age of 8 and now helps to improve the lives of others living with sight loss through his business, Visualise Training and Consultancy. Prev Next.

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Then comes the date and where do you go? And there will be no arguments about who is going to drive on your next date.

Conversational skills get forgotten. They miss what really counts. A relationship is a two-way communication process, whether one of you is blind or not.

As with all relationships, think in terms of being equal. A guide dog means greater independence. Recent Posts Sight Difficulties? If not, maybe agree next time to take the bus.

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You also might have to accept occasionally getting a kiss on your nose instead of your lips or cheek. This is a mistake. This can also be a problem for anyone, but it is — dare I say — magnified — when the dog is a guide dog. Occasional slobbering — from the dog, hopefully, not by the owner — is part of the deal, as is being covered in dog hair. Make an effort, please.

Most sighted people concentrate only on visual appearance when deciding if they are attracted to someone. This can quickly lead to taking advantage and even enjoying the feeling of someone being dependent on you. The sound of a voice, the volume, tone and emphasis on words as well as choice of words, even the way someone breathes or eats are ificant.

And then comes the dog in some cases! Can truly screw with your confidence and mental health over a period of time. Once you get to know each other better, the awkwardness goes away, hopefully with the crunched-up eggshells. But there are advantages too.

They also do something called laugh at themselves. And none of us guide dog owners, including me, are going to give the dog away.

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You will have to accept there are times when the dog is working and not to be distracted and that the dog is always going to be around…. Because she understands rejections, things you both go through.

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A Workplace Assessment can really help… Does your website comply with accessibility legislation? Blind people can see, they just see in different ways.

What about helping someone who has visual impairment? Many venues are equipped nowadays with audio descriptions and there are apps and different tools to help; a sighted person can often just fill in the silent bits. Just ask your blind friend a simple question. Most of us value our independence and it can be suffocating being with someone who leaps in, shunts you out of the way and takes charge.

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Detecting emotion in a single sentence can be an eye-opener. Being helpful to someone who is blind is usually welcome…to a point. If you have full sight, you may never have met anyone with visual impairment before.

You also have to feel comfortable having a four-legged friend around. When accepting a date from a blind person, keep your eyes wide open. Blind people have an advantage. Remember, both sighted and blind people tend to respect someone else for their self-confidence.