Social distancing when you have a visual impairment

We keep hearing about 'social distancing' and how it’s going to become part of who we are and how we live for some time to come. Simple some people say - just be mindful and keep your distance. It’s enforced in shops already, and as more places open up it will be a big part of the plan.
Simon, our Senior Rehab Officer who is visually impaired himself, says "I struggle to walk down the road and not bump into my wife, who I trail to the side as a form of sight guide. How’s this social distancing going to work?" He has put together his top tips on the subject here.

Getting out and about with social distancing

We asked Simon why it was so important to him to get out and about?

He says “I’ve been at home now for seven weeks and I like to keep my independence – so the skills that I’ve learnt and my self-confidence both need building back up.”

“If you can’t get out, how about practicing your skills at home – get your long cane out and have a go around your home.  Don’t forget that you may need upper and lower body protection if you go in your garden, as things might have grown!”

“As both a VI Rehab Officer and person with low vision, I thought it would be useful to share what I am going to do to follow social distancing guidelines. It’s not definitive, but it will give you some ideas.”

Image shows a male member of staff smiling at the camera. He is wearing a dark checked shirt.
Image shows two woemn walking side by side; one woman is holding a long cane.

Our top tips for social distancing

Simon has put together 11 top tips for social distancing if you are blind or visually impaired, and compiled them all in this useful blog post.

Give it a read and share it with your friends and family who may also find it useful.

If you need any more information, please do not hesitate to get in touch with us on 0300 222 5555 or send us an email to

Please remember to keep up to date with current social distancing guidelines, which can be found on the Government website.

Above all, stay safe.

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