Hello there and I’m Donna Jodhan thanking you for allowing me to come into your inbox.
Today, I’d like to talk about IDENTIFYING MONEY
and I have some great tips for you re how you can go about dealing with your money. Dollar bills, coins, and cheques.
There are many different ways to identify bills and it really doesn’t matter how you do it as long as your method works for you.
Here are some tips.
* Some individuals prefer to separate bills by denomination, placing them in different sections of their purse or wallet.
* You can purchase a special billfold which has different sections for different bills.
* You can fold your bills in a special way for easy identification. For example:
Leave five dollar bills completely unfolded.
Fold ten dollar bills in half lengthwise.
Fold twenty dollar bills in half, end to end.
Fold fifty dollar bills end to end, then lengthwise.
Fold hundred dollar bills in half and in half again.
* When you receive money from others, ask what each bill is and fold it right away or put it in a special section of your wallet so you will be able to recognize it later. Take your time, don’t be hurried.
* An electronic bank note reader is available (through the CNIB) to identify paper currency. The device is easy to use.
Insert a Canadian bank note, push the button at the front of the device, and the reader will announce by voice (in either English or French) the denomination of the bill.
* Coins can be identified by touch.
Select one coin at a time and use a fingernail or your fingertips to feel the different sizes and edges of each coin:
A dime has a serrated edge.
A nickel has a smooth edge.
A quarter has a rough grooved edge and is larger and thicker than a nickel.
A dollar coin (loonie) has an eleven-sided smooth edge and is larger and thicker than a quarter.
A two dollar coin (toonie) is larger than a loonie. The edge of the coin alternates from rough to smooth. The centre of the toonie is gold in color and the outer edge is silver.
*A special purse or coin organizer with separate slots for nickels, dimes, and quarters may be a useful item.
* Large print/tactile cheques are available from your bank. You may find it helpful to make your own cheque template with sections cut out for date, cheque amount, and so on.
So have fun now with your money and see you next week.
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The Albert A. Ruel Road to Blindness
A 21 year old man stood on the beach at the Sproat Lake Provincial Park with friends early in May of 1977, and upon gazing across the lake found the Gulf Oil sign missing from the dock-side filling station there. When this fact was shared with his companions they glanced at him with puzzled looks and said, “No Albert, the sign is still there”.
That was the beginning of a road through confusion, anger, isolation, loneliness and discovery for me. It all began with a visit to a local Optometrist who could see that my vision wasn’t right, but that corrective lenses wouldn’t help. He then referred me to a General Practitioner, where I received a clean bill of health and an additional referral. This time to an Ophthalmologist. Immediately upon peering through the dilated pupils, Dr. McKerricher was able to see the problem, Retinal Vasculitis.
Now, you would think that all would start to improve at this point, but that couldn’t be further from the truth. You see, CNIB, from 1918 until 1985 only served the needs of people who were “Legally Blind”, a level of vision loss I wouldn’t reach until November of 1979. The words of Dr. McKerricher still echo in my mind today, “Albert, I don’t know what has caused this and nothing we’ve tried is helping to stop it, and you’re not blind enough for me to refer you to CNIB”!
In the middle of this transition from 20/20 vision to “Legally Blind” came the Motor Vehicle Branch and it’s rules of the road. On August 3, 1978 I drove a car for the last time as my vision had reached the level at which operating a motor vehicle became too dangerous, further intensifying feelings of fear, isolation and anger. Sadly, through this period the only available guidance and support was through family and friends, but not the experienced professionals I needed at the time. Although these support systems are critically important they can often be smothering and facilitating, rather than encouraging and supportive.
With gratitude, and some trepidation I finally was able to access CNIB services in November of 1979, and the world opened up then. There I was able to meet other blind people and receive the daily living and mobility skills required to live independently in this sighted world. I learned elementary braille and began to discover technology as necessary tools of independence.
Thankfully, in 1985 CNIB’s National Board altered the course of service to visually impaired Canadians forever. They added a third prong to their Mission Statement, “To promote sight enhancement services”. This opened the door to all Canadians who were beginning to lose sight, as well as those who had a fear of vision loss to access the full range of CNIB Support and Rehabilitation Services. So now, whether it’s someone’s Mother who is experiencing Macular Degeneration, or an Uncle experiencing the affects of Glaucoma, all have the ability to seek information, guidance and support as all involved deal with the fear and anxiety that accompanies such life altering experiences.
With the help of professional Rehabilitation Workers and Employment Counselors I was able to continue traveling independently within my own community, and even more remarkably anywhere in the world I desired to go. I managed to attend College in Nanaimo and New Westminster, as well as traveling to the Mayo Clinic and to doctor’s appointments in Nanaimo and Vancouver without assistance. All of this while living with some usable vision, but not yet needing a white cane for travel.
During the mid 1980’s I was a stay-at-home Dad and did all that was required of that challenging work, from changing diapers to preparing meals, and from cutting the grass to maintaining our home. I even took a woodworking course through Alberni’s Adult Education program and built and restored several pieces of furniture. Of course the 1958 Chevy Impala in the garage was my pride and joy, and I devised ways to do much of the work it required.
I also joined and participated in many community activities, like the local Car Club, and a disability support group that catered to the needs of people with many different disabilities. Of course, continued participation in family life remained of critical importance through this period.
In 1989 a secondary condition began to extinguish the vision that remained, which set into motion a new stream of professional rehabilitation services and supports. By the spring of 1990 Glaucoma had turned out the lights completely, and the darkness I had feared so desperately was upon me. Strangely though, I found this to be a great relief rather than the tragedy I had imagined it would be.
Through several professional rehabilitation sessions, and by joining peer mentoring and advocacy groups I was able to come to terms with this strange feeling, and to learn additional skills and strategies for living with no visual cues of the world around me. This is also about the time that I decided to explore CNIB as an employer, and to see if I could provide the sort of guidance and support to others that had been my pleasure to receive. Those 14 years were a wonderful experience of ongoing discovery for me, as teaching may be the best way to solidify one’s own learning. In other words, those we assist through this transition in turn help us all as we develop best practices and improved service.
Following a 14 year career with CNIB I also served the blind community as the first National Equality Director employed by the Alliance for Equality of Blind Canadians (AEBC), and as a Basic Computer Literacy Trainer with the Canadian Council of the Blind (CCB). Most recently I have enjoyed coordinating the CCB’s newly launched Get Together with Technology Program in Western Canada, which brings to the fore my passion for assistive technology and the power of peer mentoring.
Without sight I have continued to travel far and wide, with trips to Conventions of and for the Blind in Anaheim California and Melbourne Australia, as well as to many events and activities in Toronto and Vancouver. Of course my work has taken me to many communities throughout Western Canada, and most particularly nearly all regions of BC and on Vancouver Island. None of which would have been possible without the services and support of organizations like CCB, AEBC and CNIB.
For most people blindness generates a fear of extended movement, both within one’s home and community, but that doesn’t have to be the case. Independence comes from personal desire and increased skill. Many community organizations can assist with both through their mentoring and skill development programs. I remember always that life has little to do with what happens to me and 100% what I do about/with it. There is a quote I like to use from the National Federation of the Blind in the USA, “With adequate skill development and opportunity blindness can be reduced to the level of a nuisance”, and nothing could be closer to the truth.
Helen Keller said many years ago, “There is nothing more tragic than someone who has sight, but no vision”. She also challenged the Lions Clubs of the world to become the “Knights of the Blind, and to take up the crusade against darkness”. I too joined a Lions Club in 1992 and continue to work on the crusade that Helen Keller began in the 1920-s.
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2 thoughts on “GTT Articles, Donna’s Low Tech Tips, Identifying Money, March 5, 2018”
Donna, I would like to add another means of identifying Canadian money.
On each bill there are raised the vets on the top left side. A five dollar bill has one debit. A $10 bill has to Divits Eight $20 bill has three Divits. A $50 bill has for debits. A $100 bill has four divits. At positions one and four.
I was shocked to realize this was a Canadian describing how to identify Canadian paper or in our case plastic currency! Now I will have to admit I seldom have currency of any type as I’m well emerged in a few, some say too many, points programs through credit cards. I do believe however that we as Canadians have one of the most identifiable bills for the blind! Why would you nowadays need to fold bills in different ways or even separate it out? I do realize from time to time the identifying markers get almost rubbed off but this doesn’t occur that frequently now does it? Donna never even talked about the markings for the blind on our non-metal currency. I thought she was American describing her bill folding method!!
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