Leaving home, moving to college, university or a work place will mean meeting new people and making new friends.
It can be helpful to consider how you want to talk about your own vision impairment, if at all. Don't feel that you have to answer people's questions, if you feel they are just being nosey. But sharing some information about ways that your life can be made easier or giving some advice about sighted guiding, for example, might help you as you develop your independent life away from home.
We asked some third year undergraduate students whether they had any advice for other blind and partially sighted students starting university for the first time. You can read their experiences of meeting new people in our Making new friends pages.
A campaigning group of young people in Scotland, known as Haggeye, have produced a visual awareness-raising pack of information for sighted young people to understand more about visual impairments called Stop and Stare. It includes video and audio clips of young people talking about their own sight problems, and video footage of sighted guiding.
For more information about Haggeye or Stop and Stare, visit RNIB Scotland's web pages.
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