Your sighted friends

Leaving home, moving to college, university or a work place will mean meeting new people and making new friends.

Meeting new people

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.

Questions to consider

  • Are there things around your accommodation that your flatmates should be aware of? Perhaps putting kitchen equipment back in the same place? Leaving lights on?
  • Do your friends understand when to help you out (in the dark, in unfamiliar places perhaps), and when to leave you alone?

Student experiences

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.

Helping your peers understand vision impairment

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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