Orientation and Mobility Safety Tip

As an Orientation & Mobility Instructor, I am always concerned about the safety of my clients. Sometimes just a little tweak to a habit can mean the difference between a serious injury and no injury at all. In my new video, I discuss a simple tip that can make traveling in the environment safer for someone who is blind and visually impaired. I have also found this tip to be helpful for older adults that are at a higher risk for falls. And my tip is to not walk or travel with your hands in your pocket.

To see my full explanation of why you can check out my video here: https://youtu.be/hGqUX8G4UN4

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Emergency SOS for iPhone

Emergency SOS Video Demonstration

What is the Emergency SOS feature on my iPhone? Why should I learn how to use it? Will it help me in an emergency?

These are just some of the questions I get asked by my blind and visually impaired adult clients when I first mention the Emergency SOS feature on the iPhone. I have found most of my clients either don’t know about the SOS feature or know it’s there but have no idea how it works and how it can be helpful during an emergency.

Being prepared during an emergency is critical. As an Orientation and Mobility Specialist, I do my best to educate my clients on ways to handle emergencies if they occur. From learning how to find the emergency exits in a building to how to refuse unwanted physical touch or assistance. When an emergency does occur there may be the need to contact local emergency services. Being able to reach help as quickly and efficiently as possible is critical during an emergency.

How to refuse unwanted physical assistance video

Front of a hospital an in red letters says emergency
Emergency

Emergency SOS can help save valuable time during an emergency. When the feature is activated local emergency services are called. Also, if the user has added emergency contacts into their iPhone the emergency contact or contacts will be alerted by text that there is an emergency. They will also be notified of the location the emergency took place.

I believe anyone who owns an iPhone should know how to use this feature in case of an emergency. Spending a few minutes to get familiar with Emergency SOS is time well spent.

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For a video demonstration on how to use Emergency SOS click here

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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?

For a full video tutorial click here

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.

Kitchen with granite counter tops. Microwave sitting on top of an oven embedded in a wall.
Kitchen

If you are interested in purchasing or seeing different examples check out MaxiAids selection here.

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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