I know that voice. I wasn't really tuned into the radio but then I heard James' voice emanating from the speaker with what I think is a repeat of the show he hosts, Editor's Choice, rebroadcast during the summer repeat radio period. With the changes at Radio National, I may well become quite dependant on downloading Editor's Choice.
There was a great little story at the end about a young blind man who was undergoing mobility training, that is getting around by using a white stick. Via information over the years from R, I am quite knowledgeable at what blind people need from sighted people, but here is one, mentioned by the blind man, that had not occurred to me, and it is quite obvious really.
The man spoke of when crossing the road and how he likes to hear that the traffic has stopped, even though the audible signal from the traffic lights indicates it is safe to cross. At times, people will say to him, or maybe even call out from a car, 'It's safe to cross'. Isn't that so kind of people..........except, as the man said, he doesn't know if they are talking to him or not.
Here are a couple of points, which hopefully still stand, even though I learnt them from R years ago.
Blind people generally don't mind being touched on the upper arm to get their attention when speaking to them, so if you were going to tell a blind person it is safe to cross the road, touch their upper arm and tell them. Better perhaps if they don't seem too confident, offer to escort them.
Now escorting does not mean grabbing their hand or arm and dragging them across the road. Bend your elbow and offer your arm and say, take my arm, once you are sure they want help. They will take your arm and you simply cross the road at a reasonable speed. By them holding your arm, they can read confidence or hesitation and read when to move and when to stop and when you slow because there is an obstacle, such as the gutter. You lead them in a steady manner and let them pick up your body language.