For several years we had a wonderful lady dance with us who was totally blind 
(could not even tell light or dark)- here are a few things I learned from her
She always danced in a line next to a wall - the reflections off the wall gave 
her as good a sense of direction as the rest of us.
Use dances where you stay connected to other dancers.  With her experience she 
did well on dosido and hey - but down the outside alone was not possible.
You will have a problem any time dancers need to make new connections - like 
ladies chain, allemand, etc - someone has to be able to find the impaired 
dancer's hand.
She would not dance squares - too much uncertainty and dancers who are lost 
made it impossible for her to recover(in a contra you get past it quickly so 
only one time thru is challenging).
As I said - this dancer was totally blind (but so good that those who did not 
know her often did not figure it out).  She also clapped at times when not 
connected to hear what was around her.
It sounds like your dancers will have various degrees of impairment, so some of 
this may not be as important. 
Hope this helps some - while challenging - this should be very rewarding and 
Mac McKeeverSt Louis
    On Sunday, April 14, 2019, 2:53:33 PM CDT, Helle Hill via Callers 
<> wrote:  
 I work with the visually impaired and have been asked to call an evening of 
dances for an outing. I know the basics of working with the visually impaired 
but does anyone have any suggestions for dances, how to handle the directional 
aspect, or any other ideas to make it a successful experience. I hope that each 
visually impaired dancer will have a "seeing" partner.
Thank you so much in advance.
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