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Meeting the blind, minus the awkwardness

A black circle with the word new in sim-braille floats above the words Blind New World
May 5, 2016

It’s something Corinne Grousbeck has been dealing with for much of her life: how to get the sighted world to understand her blind son.

Grousbeck, the board chair of the Perkins School for the Blind, is the driving force behind a new campaign that launches Thursday to take the social awkwardness out of meeting people who are visually impaired.

A [blindnewworld.org] website, coupled with a pair of powerful online videos, gives tips on what to say and what to do when you meet someone who is blind. For example, it’s OK to offer help to a blind person with a cane in front of a dangerous intersection. It’s not OK to feel sorry for that person.

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