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Navigating with blindness at home

How do blind people navigate at home?

Do they use their cane indoors? Does the guide dog assist them to move around their house? Do they memorize the path and then hold onto the walls to figure out where they are going?

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Re: Navigating with blindness at home

My name is Abby and I have light perception. That means that I can see light and shadows but nothing else. I have my house's layout memorized so I don't use a cane around my house. I just put my cane by the door when I'm not out and about. One of my friends, who I've known for seven years, has a house that's easy to map out. That's kinda how I remember where things are.
Sorry if this comes out weird, my screen reader sucks.

Re: Navigating with blindness at home


VisionAware has great information on the subject of orientation and mobility, navigating both indoor and outdoor as a person with a visual impairment.

I hope you find this information useful.

Re: Navigating with blindness at home


I can't speak for all, but most have the layout memorized and would likely hold up one hand in front of the abdomen area to protect themselves by contacting the wall/ door/ fridge/ cabinet with the hand instead of the body or face. Most folks hang up the cane or set it down when inside the home and a guide dog harness is removed, at such time the dog knows he's off duty and frolics about or rests.

Shannon Carollo

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