This is the season for parties, and if your loss of vision is serious enough not to recognize other people easily, you need to plan ahead. A party with everyone moving from place to place can be enjoyable or it can be hard work. The more you know about the guests and the set up beforehand, the more chance you have to remember the party with pleasure, or at least some satisfaction.
Here are 10 tips for the visually impaired or blind party goer:
- Phone the host and find out the number of guest and who they are; the type of food (buffet, sit-down or snacks), and if there is any special focus like playing a game or watching a show
- On the phone try to get a job however tiny at the party. This will give you people to talk to, and a place to stand and be easy to approach
- If you don’t have a partner to go with, phone another of the guests and aske her to give you some help, specially ask if you can eat together
- If there will be more than about fifteen or twenty guests, consider phoning another guest as well to have more back-up support for getting another drink and finding the bathroom, also rescuing you if you get stuck in a corner
- If someone is giving you a ride, find out in the car how long he means to stay. As you arrive, have him show you the bathroom, the drinks table and the snacks
- Make sure your coat has something about it you can definitely recognize in among all the other dark coats and jackets , or put it in a special place
- Stand near the entrance so you can recognize voices, and maybe shapes as people come through the pinch-point at the door. It’s a good vantage point to find people you know.
- Don’t let yourself get “parked” in an armchair somewhere, stay standing until you find a group to sit with
- If you don’t have a companion or assistant, get yourself over to the drinks table and stand nearby; People will come up to refill their cups or glasses and you can start a conversation
- Choose non-drippy easy-to-manage foods, or take your plate and sit down somewhere, while you concentrate on the food. Happy Holidays!