By Greg Lindberg
Thanks to an FCB member who wishes to remain anonymous, I decided to compile a brief list of some simple tips you can use around the house and in your daily life if you have low vision or are totally blind. I’d love to make this a regular feature. So, if you have any useful tips, feel free to send them to me at email@example.com for future issues of the WCB.
1. Organize your cash bills: Yes, there are money readers and apps that identify money, but sometimes it’s easier to simply organize your bills for easy access. For example, put all dollar bills in one part of your wallet, $5 bills in another part, $10 bills in a different pocket, etc. You could also use paper clips to separate bills. Put one clip on your dollar bills, two on your fives, etc. Or, you could even put a clip on the top of certain bills and a clip on the right side of other bills for easy distinguishing.
2. Use clothespins to hold things together: Clothespins are great for holding clothes together, but there are far more uses than just clothing items for them. For example, you can use them to hold trash bags together to make sure nothing falls out of a large bag. You can hold several cables together with clothespins so that you don’t trip over all the wires many of us have behind our computers, TVs, stereo systems, and other electronics. In the kitchen, clothespins can hold a loaf of bread or other food items together so you don’t misplace smaller food items when you’re snacking or preparing a meal.
3. Put tape on kitchen appliances: If you have a microwave or an oven, put pieces of tape on some of the buttons to help you feel where certain buttons are. Perhaps you could put tape over the “5” button on your microwave. That way you can feel that there are 3 buttons above this row, a button to each side of the “5” button with the tape, 3 buttons below this row, and then the zero button. Of course, you can also put tape on the “power” button and any other buttons you wish to use regularly. The same goes for buttons on an oven. You just may need some visual assistance in getting the tape on the right buttons.
4. Use audio recording: In today’s world of technology, audio recording is readily available on countless devices. From smartphones, to iPads, to portable digital recorders, you can record almost anything wherever you are. For instance, if you need to record someone giving you a phone number or street address, just dictate it into your recording device, or record the person delivering the information. You can also record instructions and directions when you need to have them. Audio is such a handy form of media for anyone with low vision.