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How to Guide a Person With Vision Loss

Many people would like to assist a person with vision loss when appropriate but hesitate because they don't know how. Often called "Sighted Guide" or "Human Guide", these techniques are simple and easy to learn. The Town of Brookline, Massachusetts, has produced an instructional video telling and showing via demonstration clips, how to guide a person with vision loss in a variety of common situations.

This video is free to all and may be used by any agencies, organizations, groups, or individuals who find it useful. The Brookline Commission on Disability welcomes questions, feedback, and reports on how it is being used.

Contact: the Town of Brookline's Community Relations Specialist and ADA / Section 504 Coordinator, * at 1-617-730- 2326, TTY 1-617-730-2327
Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA), Town of Brookline

*As of April, 2020, The Coordinator is , 617-730-2329, in the Office of Diversity, Inclusion, and Community Relations.

Sassy Outwater-Wright
Executive Director
Massachusetts Association
for the Blind and Visually Impaired
200 Ivy Street
Brookline, MA
Michael Allen
Alice Taub
Person with Vision Loss:
Paul Saner
Tina Kurys
Corbin Reidel
John Seay
Guide Dog:

All Episodes

#DateShow TitleGuest(s)
46 6/19/2024 Property Tax Relief Rachid Belhocine and Lincoln Heineman 
45 1/24/2024 Brookline Select Board Paul Warren 
44 1/17/2024 Brookline.News Sam Mintz 
3 shows in 2024
43 11/16/2023 Brookline Select Board Michael Sandman 
42 9/27/2023 Brookline Police Department Chief Jennifer Paster 
41 6/29/2023 Town Administration Charles "Chas" Carey 
40 4/13/2023 Inclusive Design Valerie Fletcher 
39 1/4/2023 Brookline Public Library Amanda Hirst 
5 shows in 2023
38 10/20/2022 Public Health and Human Services Sigalle Reiss 
37 7/30/2022 Brookline Parks & Open Space Alexandra Vecchio 
36 4/14/2022 Brookline Town Website James Pouliot 
35 1/14/2022 Brookline Town Clerk Ben Kaufman 
4 shows in 2022
34 11/29/2021 BrooklineCAN Judith Kidd, John Seay 
33 7/31/2021 Brookline Select Board and Older Adults John VanScoyoc 
32 6/23/2021 Brookline Select Board Miriam Aschkenasy 
31 4/13/2021 Brookline Town Meeting Sandy Gadsby 
30 2/11/2021 Coronavirus Update and Vaccine Rollout Dr. Swannie Jett 
5 shows in 2021
29 11/6/2020 BIG Programs for Older Adults Ann Theis 
28 9/2/2020 Technology and Older Adults John Seay 
27 6/24/2020 LGBT Older Adults and COVID-19 Bob Linscott 
26 5/27/2020 Seniors During Coronavirus Ruthann Dobek, Julie Washburn 
25 3/20/2020 Affordable Housing Roger Blood 
24 1/15/2020 Massachusetts Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired Sassy Outwater-Wright 
6 shows in 2020
23 12/10/2019 Economic Development in Brookline Anne Meyers, Paul Saner 
22 6/5/2019 Marijuana Officer Michael Disario,
Dr. Swannie Jett 
21 3/5/2019 A Legislator's Perspective State Representative Tommy Vitolo 
20 1/10/2019 Brookline Police Department Chief Andrew Lipson,
Officer Michael Disario  
4 shows in 2019
19 11/8/2018 Property Tax Relief Gary McCabe, Karen Keaney, Deidre Waxman 
18 9/20/2018 Brookline Fire Department Chief John F. Sullivan 
17 6/6/2018 Food Insecurity in Brookline Elizabeth Boen, Patricia Burns, Meghan Ostrander 
16 3/29/2018 Pedestrians and Bicycles John L. Bowman, David Trevvett 
15 2/8/2018 Emergency Preparedness Cheryl Anne Snyder, Sophie Gordon 
5 shows in 2018
14 11/29/2017 Health Commissioner of Brookline Dr. Swannie Jett 
13 9/7/2017 BrooklineCAN's Annual Meeting and Brookline Day Roberta Winitzer, Sara Nelson 
12 5/3/2017 The Nancy Daly Show  
11 3/23/2017 Senior Center Volunteer programs Patricia Burns, Nick Brown 
10 1/26/2017 Housing for seniors Len Fishman 
5 shows in 2017
9 11/17/2016 Brookline Commission on Disability Saralynn Allaire 
8 9/22/2016 Brookline Select Board Neil Wishinsky, chair 
7 6/30/2016 Parks and Open Space Erin Gallentine, Director 
6 4/14/2016 TRIPPS Transportation Advisory Program for 60+ year-olds Kerri Ann Tester 
5 2/11/2016 Brookline Public Libraries Sara Slymon 
5 shows in 2016
4 11/23/2015 Health Initiatives Chris Chanyasulkit 
3 10/15/2015 STRAITS Shirley Selhub 
2 5/28/2015 Recreation Department, and Bicycle Advisory Committee Melissa Battite, John Dempsey  
1 4/23/2015 Age Friendly Committee Chairs Frank Caro, Nancy Daly 
4 shows in 2015
1/15/2020 How to Guide a Person with Vision Loss Michael Allen, Sassy Outwater-Wright, Paul Saner, Alice Taub 

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