How can I organise a blindfold walk?

Blindfold walks can help anyone who has responsibility for or works on the street environment or highways to have a better understanding of the mobility issues faced by people who are blind or partially sighted. This includes people such as MPs, local councillors, or refuse collectors.

You’ll need some sim-specs, which you can get from Visual Impairment North East. We recommend that you have someone from a local society, local authority or RNIB train you in the use of sim-specs before you use them at an event. Whilst walking the patricipant will be shown a number of features and asked to consider their usefulness in aiding navigation through the street.

If possible, try to get a group of people with different experiences of sight loss together to give a more balanced view of navigation and mobility. Whilst the sim-specs can simulate sight loss, they don’t explain everything.

Blind and partially sighted people have different experiences of navigating through streets depending on factors such as their sight condition, their age, what mechanisms or aids they use, and how long they have been living with sight loss, to name a few.

For more information please see the Street Charter Toolkit:

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