Tip of the Day #14 – Labeling with Rubber Bands

A Video Demonstration of Rubber Band Labeling

In today’s tip of the day, I will be sharing with you a cheap, easy, and effective way of labeling using rubber bands. Rubber bands are a great tool for helping someone who is blind or visually impaired differentiate between items that share similar or identical packaging. Many products come in identical packaging but contain different things some examples include shampoo and conditioner bottles, salt and pepper shakers, and prescription medications. There are a lot of strategies out there to help label and mark different products but probably one of the easiest is using rubber bands.

Brown Rubber Bands in a pile
Brown Rubber Bands

Rubber bands are tactile and easy to feel when wrapped around a product for most people. If someone is having trouble feeling one rubber band multiple can be added easily. They also come in many different colors if adding high color contrast would be helpful for someone. I believe this tip is worth trying if you or someone you know struggles with knowing which item is in which packaging.

One important factor for the rubber band labeling system to work is to know before putting on the rubber bands which product is which. This can be done in many different ways, including asking someone for help or using different technologies such as Microsoft Seeing AI, Be My Eyes, or Aira.

For example, you can take a look at the video at the top of this article or by clicking here.  

I hope this tip was helpful. I would love to hear from you if you have any other tips that you think would be good to share with the world. Please feel free to comment or email me at blindonthemove@gmail.com

Published by Mike Mulligan

Is a Certified Orientation & Mobility Specialist who provides product resources, reviews, and tutorials.

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