Getting out and about with a vision impairment
Our Rehabilitation Officers for People with Vision Impairment (ROVIs) work directly with blind veterans, helping them rebuild their lives with practical, technical and emotional support.
Here are some of their top tips for getting out and about when living with a vision impairment.
Using a pedestrian crossing
There are two types of signal to notify you when it is safe to cross at a pedestrian crossing. At some crossings, there will be a beep to indicate that the green man is flashing. In more built-up areas that have multiple crossings close together, such as town centres, the crossings do not beep as it is difficult to identify which crossing is beeping. Instead, these crossings have a cone located under the button box. When the green man is flashing, this cone spins around. Even when the signal suggests you can cross, always check that it is safe to proceed.
Local support and social events
Contact the low-vision services in your area as they offer support and may organise social events. Your local authority is required by law to offer a low-vision service, so speak to them first. Some local authorities outsource this service to other local organisations, which they will be able to direct you to.
Always ask if you’re unsure of something
There’s no such thing as a silly question. If you are a Blind Veterans UK beneficiary and need more information, call our helpline on 0300 111 22 33.
If you are not yet a Blind Veterans UK beneficiary, you can find more information in our urgent help section.
You can also get advice about sight loss from the RNIB. Contact the RNIB helpline on 0303 123 9999, email them or say ‘Alexa, call RNIB helpline’ to an Alexa-enabled device.