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Winter Safety Tips for People with Vision Loss, 2022 Edition

by Daniel Parker, RDPFS Intern

Winter is on its way once again, and so are the recurrent challenges for navigation and safety for people who are visually impaired. Fortunately, plenty of sites around the Web offer ideas and suggestions for best safety practices. In particular, Sight Scotland has recommendations that can be useful for those with some remaining vision. Along with the usual tips for cane users in cold and snow, they recommend wearing glare shields or a brimmed or skip hat, carrying a small guide cane and a flashlight during the increased hours of darkness, and wearing reflective clothing that is easily detected by drivers.

Webinar: Individual Wayfinding in the Context of Visual Impairment, Blindness, and Deafblindness

Those who are interested in safety have more than simple lists of suggestions at their fingertips. On Thursday, December 15, 2022, the National Institute for Transportation and Communities (NITC) is holding a free webinar called “Individual Wayfinding in the Context of Visual Impairment, Blindness, and Deafblindness.” Primarily intended for mobility professionals but also of interest to those with vision loss, this webinar presents research from Portland State University regarding how people with visual impairment navigate an urban college campus, both indoors and out, and what these studies say about navigation preferences. It will be held from 10 am to 11 am PT (1 pm to 2 pm ET). Here is the link to register for the webinar.