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Helping blind people: Ask them, treat them normally

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Posted: Thursday, March 23, 2006 10:00 pm

Have you had the experience of seeing someone with a visual impairment waiting to cross the street or trying to find a doorway? Should you offer to help them? Should you ignore the situation altogether?

The National Center for Health Statistics states that 1.4 million Americans have severe visual impairments - half of those are legally blind. Blind people come from all sorts of backgrounds. There are blind teachers, lawyers, housewives, social workers and musicians. Some blind people are young, many are elderly - losing their sight as they age. All blind or visually impaired people should be treated with the simple dignity each of us deserves.

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