If you missed the other parts of this series, you can start here.
Today let's do the office space and products that will help with computers, reading, and writing.
If you've been following this series, you already can guess what's wrong with the above photo. I see two things:
Personally, I like my office space somewhat dim so I can see my computer screen clearly. I have a small desk lamp for tasks such as reading and writing, but it mainly stays off while I'm working.
Let's talk about low vision products that can help with computer accessibility:
1) Most computers have accessibility settings built in already and are very useful for low vision and don't cost extra. Settings such as:
2) A low vision keyboard may help those unfamiliar with typing. Since I pretty much type without looking at my keyboard, there are a few keys that give me trouble locating. My solution is to use the same puff paint I used on my microwave on some keys. I have it on my DEL key, Arrow keys, and a few others I use frequently.
3) If you only need a little magnification, a computer tip is to hold down the CTL key and press + to make the text bigger on your browser (PC computers).
4) If you prefer to have a screen reader instead there are several options:
With low vision, reading is one of the hardest tasks to accomplish and can easily lead to frustration because of small, blurry print. Don't worry, there are lots of ways to ease that situation:
1) If you use an Kindle e-Reader, many accessibility options are available such as:
2) Switch to Large Print materials. Amazon and other websites has a variety of large print books and other everyday products available such as:
3) As I mentioned in my last post about the bedroom, there's a great product called the PenFriend. This is a handheld reader that will record and read self-adhesive labels that you stick on almost anything in the home. I already mentioned the laundry labels you can attach to your clothes. You can stick these tiny labels onto your prescription bottles, place them in a row on your phone and record important phone numbers, or anywhere else you struggle to read.
4) For viewing pictures, magazines and other material you couldn't get in Large Print you may want to get a CCTV reader. This is a camera and monitor set-up that will magnify text and photos placed on the tray onto the monitor. Many low vision agencies have a variety of different types and sizes for you to try out and you may get them for free or at a discount. There is a smaller, cheaper alternative, but I cannot vouch for it's clarity or magnification possibilities.
Writing is the next frustrating task after reading. Again there are a few alternatives:
1) Use a black sharpie or similar dark marker or pen on either a white or yellow notepad. You can get notepads with bold lines for easier writing.
2) Use writing guides for envelopes, letters, and more. I use a small writing guide for signatures to use to sign receipts especially in dark restaurants.
3) It may help to get a magnified lamp for writing (and reading) at your desk.
And that's it for the Office, Reading and Writing. I hope you're finding these helpful for yourself or a loved one.
The next and last part of this Series is "Miscellaneous" which will be a smorgasbord of various low vision tips that didn't quite fit in other categories.
If you're looking for help in a particular area, please contact me and I'll be glad to help! Have any other low vision tips? Comment them below!