What is it like social distancing as a visually impaired person? – Disability Horizons

The Covid-19 pandemic, lockdown rules and shielding advice have affected everyone. But exactly how will vary greatly, particularly someone has a disability. Here, Emily Davidson, who is blind and runs the beauty blog Fashioneyesta, shares her post on what social distancing is like for people who are visually impaired.

Over the last few weeks, I have heard a lot of people from the sight loss community speak up about their thoughts and experiences on social distancing. So today I thought I’d weigh in on this subject myself.

I’ve been strictly self-isolating since March due to having a complex endocrine illness (Septo Optic Dysplasia/Pituitary Insufficiency). But, over the last couple of weeks, I have been going out for the first time.

Last week I took a trip to a nearby garden centre and made my first trip in more than three months to my local shopping centre with my mother.…. That was an experience, to say the least.

After spending an hour trying to negotiate floor markers, barrier systems at queues, avoiding the eager hands of people wanting to stroke my guide dog and hearing countless people tell me, “It’s over there!” I was mentally drained. Here’s why…

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