Guiding Someone with Vision Loss

Most people with vision loss travel independently – they work, shop, do their banking and visit friends just like anyone else. But there may be times when a sighted guide comes in handy: for example, in crowded situations like office parties, at street crossings, in unfamiliar places, or when people who have recently lost their sight are first learning to get around.

Whether you know someone with vision loss as a family member, as a staff person in a seniors’ residence or hospital or as a friend or co-worker, sighted guide is a useful technique to learn. Even if you don’t know anyone with vision loss at the moment, it never hurts to learn the technique for future reference.

Step by Step, a handy guide from CNIB, will teach you the skills and confidence you need to guide someone comfortably, respectfully and safely. Read Step by Step (accessible PDF).