What to be aware of when there is a lot of snow Joe Kolb has been teaching mobility to people with vision loss for 31 years. I interviewed him on January 30, three days after a big blizzard swept across parts of New England. I started with questions about snow safety. Here are his […]Read more "Snow and Ice Awareness: Advice from One of New England’s Premier Mobility Instructors"
This is a great step forward. Finally the U.S. government has been made to acknowledge that all its citizens need to identify paper money. But is it worth having another tool in your pocket? There are other ways to identify your money. This week the electronic methods and next week the good old money […]Read more "Hey, the iBills Are Coming! But Will You Use Yours?"
Since 2001 there has been a cyber revolution in how books are read by everyone, especially people with vision problems…but the old ways are still there and still good, and most people start there. How can I read a book now? You may be able to read enlarged or highly contrasted print on a […]Read more "How to Read a Book: the Twenty-First Century has Revolutionized Reading for Everyone"
On September 30 2014 OptumRX, the mail order pharmacy for some large insurance companies including United Health Care, announced that it is beginning the roll out of the ScriptTalk medication label reader. (Check the photo above and the original post below.) ScripTalk is the premier talking medication label device. As well as the full […]Read more "Talking Pill Bottles, Update 3,A Breakthrough for Some Medicare Plans"
OptumRx launched the Scriptalk Talking Medication Label Reader for all its mail order pharmacy customers on Tuesday September 30. This is great news because they are the mail order pharmacy for United Health Care and other big insurance companies. Click or enter on this link for the details and please comment on my comparison of […]Read more "A breakthrough for Talking Medication Labels"
A brailler is embossing “fruit tea sampler” on the cardboard lid of a box of tea. August has ended and the school year is beginning. What about stretching your brain by learning braille? The Hadley School offers free tuition by mail or the internet. If you have a patterning kind of brain, it’s not […]Read more "Braille Reading Changes Your Brain: But It’s Hard Work"
If the arrows, numbers and On/Off print information on your electronics and appliances are becoming a blur, it is tempting to continue as before. But what is really happening? Most likely you are setting the washer and the remote (remote control for your TV, stereo etc.) from memory, guesswork or waiting till you can ask […]Read more "Velcro, Hi-Marks and Spotters: the Private World of Bump Dots"
Here is a post about the PenFriend mentioned in Talking Pill Bottles Part 2 . It is the first of a group of posts about alternatives to print labels. The PenFriend was a breakthrough in labeling for anyone who struggles to read printed instructions or information. When it appeared, my colleague Eleanor Martin and […]Read more "Information When You Need It, Where You Need It: Audio Labelers"
No one wants to clean in hot weather, so why am I posting this in July ? Because I mostly don’t wear shoes indoors in summer. Maybe you don’t either, and feet are wonderful dirt and dropped item finders. (Unless you have diabetes. Then you have to stick to wearing shoes because of the risks […]Read more "Dancing as You Clean"
Nicole Kear gives a great account of adjusting to vision loss from the standpoint of slow loss over many years. She has RP (Retinitis Pigmentosa) and lives in a small apartment with her husband and young children. Her final summing up of how to live with vision loss is particularly good. She loved her […]Read more "Living with Vision Loss in a Small apartment [Re-Post from the New York Times]"