CCB Tech Articles, Donna’s Low Tech Tips, Odds and ends, September 3, 2018

September 03 2018

Odds and ends


Hi there!  It’s Donna and thank you for allowing me to come into your inbox.

Today, I’d like to talk about odds and ends.



To identify keys, put a piece of brightly colored tape, which can be easily seen or felt, around the key. Similarly, put a colored plastic hood (available from                         hardware and department stores) over the key top. Most laces which copy keys have them available in a wide variety of colors.



  1. Each household item should have a specific place and should be returned there immediately after use. Don’t just drop something!  That way you won’t have to spend a lot of time looking for it when it is next needed.  Encourage other family members to also return items to their proper place.  After all, organization makes it easier for everyone to find things!


  1. It is not necessary to rearrange furniture in a special way in your home, but some changes may be helpful. For example, a coffee table with sharp edges may be moved out of the main circulation area.  Also, remember to keep doors, closet doors, and cupboard doors all the way open or all the way shut. Half open doors are dangerous!



  1. Stairs can be hazardous! Mark the leading edge of each step with a paint or non-skid material of a color which contrasts with the stairs themselves.  Paint the handrail in a bright contrasting color.  It should extend past the top and bottom steps as a guide to know where the steps begin.  Use a contrasting color and/or a different texture floor material, such as carpet, on the top and bottom landings.



  1. Good lighting is important for many people who are visually impaired. Incandescent lighting is usually best.  Attach lights to the underside of cabinets, over work areas, above the stove, or above your favorite chair.  If you find you don’t have enough light, move the lamp closer or try a stronger bulb.  Three-way bulbs and dimmer switches provide flexibility when more or less light is needed.  A goose neck lamp often comes in handy, and a battery operated flashlight to look at dials is another useful idea.


  1. Low vision aids such as hand held magnifiers, telescopes or binoculars often allow persons to continue many tasks that they did prior to their vision loss, for example: reading print, knitting, watching television and locating street or bus signs.


Low vision aids do not restore                       vision!

However, they do make things appear larger, closer, clearer or brighter.  Using your low vision aid(s) requires some patience and practise, as well as good contrast and lighting.  And remember, low vision aids will not harm your sight, they enhance it.


Large print numbers, raised numbers, and/or Braille on elevator panels and outside the elevator doors (marking the floor number) are helpful, especially in large buildings.  If you live in an apartment complex, place an identifiable marker such as a decoration or door knocker on your apartment door.  In a hotel, place an elastic band or twist tie around your door handle to ensure you are at the right room.


To easily identify baggage when travelling, place several large strips of contrasting colored tape on your suitcase.


When walking with a sighted person, use the Sighted Guide Technique.  Hold onto the sighted person’s arm just above the elbow in a C-grip, with your thumb on the outside of their arm and your fingers on the inside.  You will be able to feel and follow the motion of the sighted guide’s body, making this a safe and comfortable method of travel.


When walking alone, plan the easiest and safest route to take. Think of landmarks that are easily recognized to assist in keeping travel bearings.


  1. When taking a bus, ask the bus driver to announce your requested stop, and sit near the front so that the announcement can be easily heard.


When grocery shopping with a sighted person, it’s easy to manoeuvre through the store if you stand behind the grocery cart, holding the cart handle, and let the sighted person lead, guiding the cart from the front.  If you plan to grocery shop alone, call the store in advance and request assistance.  Most grocery store managers are more than willing to arrange a mutually convenient time for a clerk to help you find the items you require.  Some individuals prefer to have a volunteer do their grocery shopping.  Also many grocery stores (and drug stores) deliver for a small fee.


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