Using our vision, we perceive:
We notice and understand all of these thanks to our sense of sight.
Here is a friend you might see at AccesSurf!
This is what someone with a vision impairment might see:
What would be difficult?
- Locating the front and back of a rash guard
- Recognizing a friend waving from a distance
- Filling out the sign-in sheet
- Noticing a dip in the sand
- Timing a wave
- Finding the correct size booties in a pile
What can I do?
Recognize that not being able to fully see what is going on can be scary, and it can make some activities more difficult.
Recognize how vision impacts a person’s ability to participate.
Some things you can do to help:
- Offer help by asking, “How can I help?”
- We want participants to do as much as they can by themselves to build their independence and make them feel confident!
- Update the participant on their environment.
- “There’s a wave coming up!” or “It looks like there’s one more buckle to fasten on your life vest.”
Common Visual Impairments
- detached retina
- color blindness
- macular degeneration