Tip #6 for Successful Interactions with a Blind Person: How many fingers you should not hold up!

This one comes via my colleague, Jinnie. Jinnie writes: “Sometimes, as a way of being humorous, or out of a genuine interest to determine a person’s level of remaining vision, someone might ask the all too common question of “How many fingers am I holding up?” However, rather than do this, simply ask the person how much vision they have, and if they are okay with answering it, they will. As for joking about asking how many fingers you are holding up, it can actually be quite offensive if you are aware that the person has little to no remaining vision.”

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