Hi & Welcome to the first installment in the series "Low Vision Products for the Home"
Many adaptations in this series can be found in my eBook "Navigating Life with Low Vision: Coping and Adjusting to Living with Vision Loss"
After each segment, some products will be found on my Store page for easy reference.
Note: I use "you", "we", etc. to mean a person with low vision, because I'm one, and it's just easier to say.
Disclosure: Some text contains Affiliate links and I may receive compensation from them.
The Living Room
The easiest adjustment to make for the living room (and everywhere else) is to have less clutter. Remove things (knick knacks, extra furniture pieces, area rugs, planters, etc) that are 1) a tripping hazard & 2) can cause visual confusion.
Basically, the less there is to look at - the easier it is to actually see when you have low vision.
Let's use the above picture, which is a great example of a living room layout, to explain:
Walls and Doorways
It's best to paint walls a light color (or in this picture's case - use light wood). Light colors brighten a room naturally and thus helps us see better.
Floors should be a contrast color to the walls, or at least a much darker shade, this way there's a noticeable difference. Door frames and window frames should be painted a darker color or contrast color to aid with finding them easier, just like in the picture above.
The picture below is a horrible example of a wall and doorway. For those with low vision, it seems to be one continuous space and thus may be hard to find the doorway. Also, the door is open, we may not spot that and actually walk into it.
You can either use drapes and sheers, or blinds to adjust the amount of natural lighting coming in. Some days will just be too bright and cause a lot of glare to see clearly.
The best layout is where you can see best without glare:
1) Arrange the furniture in a way for us to be able to sit with our backs to a bright source - so the light is on other people we're looking at.
2) Use "task lighting" to help with reading, crafts, crosswords, and such. This is much better than overhead lighting that doesn't help with focus.
3) Make furnishings contrasting with floor colors so we can spot them easier. If this isn't feasible, use coverings or blankets to help.
4) Tape electrical cords down, use a sleeve, or hide them in your baseboard.
5) For hallways and high traffic areas, use carpet runners as a good walking guide (be sure they stay clear of objects).
6) In living areas that have stairs (especially those going down(, be sure to mark the top step with a bright strip of tape to prevent any falls.
Otherwise, be sure not to have any direct light behind or beside it. Keep the area around the TV clear and neutral so it's easier to focus on the TV screen.
Bigger is Better
Just remember "bigger is better". It's much easier to see things that are bigger and over-sized than squinting and getting frustrated.
Here's a list of various over-size products for the Living Room that may help:
Many more products can be found on Amazon and other low vision websites and can be discussed again with your low vision specialist to find one that fits your needs the best. Also don't forget many products also come with speech capabilities as well.
I hope these living room adaptations help you or a loved one.
Feel free to send me any questions!
On Day 3 I'd like to concentrate on Personal Development Tools you can use to help create the life you want.
These are all websites or apps you can access from anywhere to envision and start on the path to what you actually want to do with your life.
TED is a non-profit website where you can go and learn about a variety of different topics to learn from. There are also Apps to download that will provide captions for these TED Talks too.
A website that helps you enhance your life on whatever area you want to work on. They have several different ways to improve, whether through inspirational texts to your phone, a "life game" to play, or growing a "tree" to see where you want to go in life.
Udemy has over 40,000 courses on pretty much any topic you want to learn about from the comfort of your computer or phone. Some of them are free, but the majority of them are videos or audio without captions or transcripts. But you could ask the course provider if they're willing to provide you with one.
Vision Board & Vision Board Deluxe are two apps you can download for making a personal, portable collection of your values, goals and dreams. You pin your pictures, quotes, and such.
Meetup is an website where you can find a social group of like-minded people and interests near you, Find about what you want to learn and actually go out and meet new people and learn together.
Social Media is so large out there that there are many groups whether on Facebook or Twitter that you can find and join and learn just about anything with others. Share ideas and meet people from the privacy of your own home.
So get started on the path to self-improvement and life goal making, meet new people whether in person or online!
Moving can be a huge hassle for anybody, but if you have a disability, there are certain aspects of the process that present a higher level of difficulty. There are, however, things you can do to help make the process - from looking for a new home to moving in - less of a headache. Below are five tips to do just that.
1. Use Moving Apps
There are quite a few apps out there for helping you move. You may find that these have varying degrees of accessibility, so their usefulness may depend on your specific disability, but there are quite a few options that can help you get your ducks in a row when it's time to relocate. Most of them provide Apple and Android versions, but be sure to double-check that they support your mobile device.
2. Ask Your Real Estate Agent The Right Questions
Make sure to ask your real estate any questions you might have about a potential home. Don't be afraid to ask questions about their actual opinion about things either. Redfin suggests asking:
3. Be Sure Needed Facilities Are Nearby
When you're looking for a potential home, one thing you'll want to keep in mind is the proximity to facilities that you need, such as medical offices, people and services you rely on for assistance, or even the grocery store. It doesn't hurt to make a checklist of all of these and keep that in consideration as you house hunt.
4. Scope Out Dangerous Obstacles
It's a good idea to keep an eye out for any dangerous obstacles that may be problematic for you either during the move or in day-to-day life. Look for these when you're looking at a potential home, but also ahead of moving day once you've decided on where you want to live. This could be something that isn't immediately obvious such as an uneven sidewalk.
5. Ask About Discounts
Anne Miller at Moving.com recommends seeing if movers offer any discounts. "Don’t be shy about asking if a firm offers a special deal," she writes. " It can make the difference between keeping your sanity or elevating your stress levels. Nick Baucom, the founder and president of Two Marines Moving, serves the Washington, D.C. area, including the Maryland and Virginia suburbs. His firm moves disabled veterans for a 50% discount, if they’ve been at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center or the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, MD. That discount often means the veterans can afford full packing services, if they choose."
Whether you're a veteran or not, services may have discounts that apply to you.
Aimee Lyons, a native to colorful Austin,Texas, is a creative Jack of All Trades. It makes sense that a young creator from a city like Austin would want to form a supportive community for other innovative minds. That is why Aimee started DIYDarlin.com, a place for artists, crafters, and the like to share ideas and inspiration. A painter and vintage stylist, her work is her life, and Aimee continues spread that same passion.
I have just finished publishing my first e-book at Smashwords. It's called "Navigating Life with Low Vision - Coping & Adjusting to Living with Vision Loss". If you or a loved one is losing their vision due to Macular Degeneration, Glacoma, Usher's Syndrome, or any other way (more explained in the book) please get this book for them!
I also would like to thank Jon Savage of JonSavageGallery for the cool cover art! Please check out his other works.
One finds limits by pushing them" ~ Herbert Simon
I was notified of a Campaign for a new product coming out called the Talkitt. It's an unique product that's not your typical off-the-shelf speech recognition software. This App is pattern recognition, catered to each speaker.
"For example, a person with Cerebral Palsy might say ‘sho-ko-la’ when he really means to say ‘chocolate. The app will recognize that based on the user’s own personalized, pre-recorded dictionary.” says Danny Weissberg, the cofounder and CEO of Voiceit (who created Talkitt).
I think this is a great alternative to the traditional picture boards, the "touch & speak" , or the "eye movement typing" methods out there.
They're currently have a campaign to fundraise for this great idea, so go check them out at IndieGoGo Talkitt Campaign. Their Homepage is at www.talkitt.com.
This would help those with Speech Challenges, such as Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS/Lou Gehrig's), Cerebral Palsy, Stroke, Brain Injury, Autism, Parkinson’s Disease.
Who knows it could probably help some Oral Deaf and Hard of Hearing people too. As you know with my "Deaf Accent" that Siri hates me Heh.
"One finds limits by pushing them" ~ Herbert Simon
OCTOBER 7, 2014
ABILITYJobs.com is offering a Virtual Job Fair on Tuesday, October 7th from 1:00pm - 4:00pm EST.
First, go Register for the event on the Registration Page.
Second, Show up & Sign in on the event's date and Virtual Chat with the Companies for job openings or potential career paths.
Who Should Attend the Event?
See you there!
"One finds limits by pushing them" ~ Herbert Simon