Tip of the Day #22 – How to Make a Microwave Accessible

Today’s tip of the day is a simple and easy way to make a microwave accessible for someone who is blind and visually impaired or low vision. Microwaves are an important tool that most people use daily from heating food to cooking full meals. For someone who is blind and visually impaired or low vision, it can be a struggle to locate the buttons on most microwaves. A majority of microwaves have poor color contrast to their buttons that also all feel the same. So what is a good solution?

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The solution that I like to use which seems to work the best for most people is to add colored tactile bump dots to specific buttons on the microwave. These bump dots come in many different colors and shapes. This makes it easy to pick which bump dots work best for a person.

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One thing to note is you do not want to put bump dots on all of the microwave buttons that will lead to confusion very quickly. Rather, the placement of bump dots on key buttons will be the most effective. There are three buttons that I like to put bump dots on then I expand from there. Here is my list of these buttons.

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THREE IMPORTANT BUTTONS

1 – A bump dot placed on the number 5 button. The number 5 falls in the center and once a person finds that they can fan out to the other numbers from there.

2 – A bump dot placed on the Clear/Stop buttion

3 – A bump dot placed on the Start button.

These are the three key buttons I like to place bump dots on. However, sometimes adding bumps to other buttons can be helpful. Such as adding a bump dot to the add minute button or a preset button like popcorn. This comes down to preference and what works best for someone.

Please reach out to your local blindness agency if you need more clarification or assistance in adding bump dots to a microwave.

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Tip of the Day #21 – How to Make a Roller Ball Tip Like New

Today’s tip of the day is a simple and easy way to make a roller ball cane tip for a white cane like new. For those of you who have used a roller ball cane tip, you may have noticed that over time the ability for the tip to roll diminishes. This is most likely due to a build-up of debris where the ball part of the tip and the cap meet. Over time this build-up can cause the cane tip to not function properly causing a great deal of frustration to the user. Check out this video to learn some simple and easy ways to remove that debris making the cane tip feel like new.

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Tip of the Day #20 – Don’t Do This With A White Cane (Part 2)

Today’s tip of the day is simple and easy but also very important. And my tip is you should never use a white cane to point at things. As an O&M instructor, I have had to dodge quite a few canes being swung around by my students who were trying to point at something. I have also seen some close calls with pedestrians almost getting hit. If you need to point at something I highly recommend using your hand that is not holding the cane and even then be careful on how wide and fast you point.

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