Window Film Woes

 I got the brilliant idea to try out a decorative window film. My original idea was to put it in the guest room to help block out some of the light from  irritating street lamp outside.

So I figured first try something out. I even had a chance to receive one free in exchange for an honest review Cool. I thought it had 2 sheets not 1, so the size really didn’t work for me. So I ended up trying to find a different place for it.

I thought maybe in the window o my sink. The size would have worked OK, but it was hard to get it even, and my knee and ankle could only take SO MUCH of being in the awkward position balancing me with 1 foot on a chair and 1 in my sink. Yeah, IN my sink.

So, plan C…the little window in the door between my utility closet and the deck. The size being of course way wrong, that meant cutting. Great. Because I’m just so incredibly good at that. NOT!

 

I found this so frustrating that I threw both scissors and cling, but I had only 7 little teensy days to do this review, and I HAD to do a video and a blog post. I would have chucked it and tried something else later if not for that, but now I’m forced to pick up my scissors and cling and hack at it again. This one didn’t originally say I had to do a video, so  I wasn’t thrilled.

OK, so, after it was all said and done, the window film looks OK. I’m not ready for a craft magazine spread or anything, but it’s kinda cool. But I’m not convinced I’ll mess with clings unless they’re exactly the right size in future. Just me.

Follow your BLISS,

Ronda

E11 Can’t See to Write a Check? Writing Guides for Blind/Low Vision on the Low Vision Hijinx Podcast with Ronda Del Boccio

A couple of people dealing with losing their eyesight have called to talk with me recently, and Linda was wondering about writing checks. SHe said she has a check writing guide but has trouble with it, so this is the solution I proposed to her. It’s simple and won’t require any further investment.

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If you need a check writing guide, I highly recommend Beyond Sight, which is the “superstore for the blind.” Not only do they have a lot of things, the staff know their stuff. Find them at BeyondSight.com.

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E10 How Do Blind People Read Appliances? Low Vision Hijinx Podcast

If you’re losing eyesight or already low vision or blind, you may wonder what to do about reading appliances. For example:

  • Dial on yur stove
  • Microwave touchpad
  • thermostat
  • washing machine
  • clothes dryer
  • blender

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Like anything else, it’s easy when you know how. If you’re losing eyesight, you may not yet be as accustomed to using your hands to see, but you will become used to it! There are little raised dot markers called Bumps that let you mark things like appliances so you can feel the right location.

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Bumps come in clear, orange or black. The clear ones are a bit smaller, good for tight spaces and for not looking strange.

Bumps, Orange XL

The orange ones will stand out against any background if you’re still focused on seeing the control. They won’t work as well on an oven dial, as the numbers are close together.

You can get Bumps at any supplier of blindness/disability supplies, but I love shopping from a place where the people know their stuff and can help you decide which items most fit your needs. That’s Beyond Sight, 5650 S Windermere St, Littleton, Colorado, (303) 795-6455

I hope this helps!

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Great Touch Screen Computer for Low Vision

Mama's My Teacher

The HP22 is great for teaching Hisham to read, actually he’s learning to read almost all by himself! The touchscreen feature of this computer allows him to navigate the page easily, something he would not be able to do on a standard computer because it is impossible for him to see the mouse cursor (even the ‘larger’ ones).

So why not just use the iPad? Well, although the iPad is great for watching his favourite shows, it lacks screen size making letters hard to read. The HP is 21.5″ so the image is MUCH bigger than the iPad.

You can see him in this video using our favourite reading program from http://www.starfall.com. I love using this site because the font is big and easy to read. If he wants to, he can make it even larger by tapping the screen just as you would tap on an iPad. The program also allows him to tap on any…

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Commentary: Smart Canes

Smart Canes? Are they really a good idea? DO they work? Check this out.

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The following story is about a prototype of a “smart” cane for people who are blind or visually impaired. According to the researchers, this cane would recognize other people’s faces from about 30 feet away. It would also have other neat features, such as GPS.

While it would be nice for me to have a device with facial recognition capabilities, I wouldn’t necessarily want or use my cane for that purpose. I do, however, think that a cane with GPS functions would help.

There is another issue to consider: would the cane be light and portable with all of the technical additions? I think this is certainly doable – after all, cell phones now fit in the palm of our hand! Cost would be the next important area to consider. One of the nice features of the cane is that it is a device most people can afford, and if…

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Wishing I Could Get There From Here

Those of us who live with no sidewalks or lights can relate to the troubles of traveling blind/low vision!

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A Starbucks, the veterinarian we use, and my hair stylist are all, technically speaking, in walking distance from my home. Technically speaking, I’d end up dead if I tried it.

A few months ago I set out with Josh, a mobility instructor, to check out the route. I’d walked it before with my husband, but wanted to learn how to accomplish it on my own, if possible.

The walk started out easy enough. I live in a neighborhood well supplied with sidewalks. If walking around and around a suburban housing development is your thing, dropping in on a neighbor now and then, then fine. Not so fine, if you’d like to handle an errand or two on foot, get some exercise, and not have to wait for someone to take you or pay someone to get you where you need to go.

I walked along, swinging my cane, up to…

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