In today’s tip of the day, I will be sharing with you a systematic and easy way to locate doorknobs or door handles if you are blind or visually impaired. It can be challenging and frustrating to locate doorknobs, especially on new unfamiliar doors if you are unable to see them. But by adding this simple approach, locating the doorknobs won’t be such a pain.
When looking for a doorknob use one hand and place it on the door by gently resting the pinky and ring fingers at waist level height. Your fingers should be curled with the palm facing the ground. Next, start from either the left or right side of the door and make a waving motion while your hand is traveling from left to right or right to left. The wave should be about 6 to 12 inches in height with approximately 8 waves for a standard length door. If done correctly there should be a high probability that the doorknob is found.
This technique should work on most doors. However, on some nonstandard doors, it might be necessary to start the technique lower or higher on the door. And lastly, curling the fingers is important because if your fingers are extended straight there is the chance of them getting pinched in a door frame or jammed on the doorknob.
Do you ever struggle with unlocking or locking doors? Is it hard to find the right key and locate the keyhole? If so, here are three simple and easy tips to help make locking and unlocking doors a little easier.
Tip #1 – Organize Your Keys
Over the years it is very easy for key rings to get cluttered and quite frankly unruly. I recently did a key ring audit of my key ring and boy was that an experience. I found keys from over 10 years ago, which I haven’t used in just as long and barely remember what they go to. I also discovered old rewards cards to stores that don’t exist anymore and cards from stores on the complete opposite side of the country. And finally, the most discouraging of all, I found several dangling lanyards from long lost cherished key chains. Spending some time to get rid of unused keys, rewards cards, and other miscellaneous items will make locating the keys you need so much easier.
Next, if possible get keys that are distinct from one another. If you are going to be finding keys tactically get keys that are different shapes and sizes. Nowadays there are so many varieties out there, large square keys, to circle keys with holes, the possibilities are almost endless. Another option is to mark your keys tactically. For example, adding duct tape to your main house key and a tactile Velcro strip to the mailbox key. You can be very creative with this process to find what works best for you.
If you are low vision and benefit from contrasting colors I have some good news for you. Keys come in pretty much every color or pattern you can think of from bright yellow, to black, and even leopard print. You can also get colored key caps for the top of your keys to add color contrast and a tactile element.
I could go on and on about all the different varieties of keys but the main thing is to try out the various options and see what works best for you.
So now that your keys are organized we can get into tip #2 how to get the key into the keyhole easily and efficiently.
Tip #2 – Use Both Hands
Locating a keyhole and getting the key into that keyhole can be a challenge for someone who is blind or visually impaired. Here is a tip for making that task a little easier. First, locate the keyhole with the opposite hand of the one that is holding the key. For example, if you are holding the key in your right hand locate the lock and keyhole with the left hand and vice versa. Once you find the keyhole keep one finger on that keyhole with the non-key holding hand and bring the key to that finger. Having a fingertip on the keyhole makes it much easier to keep track of where the keyhole is when bringing the key to the keyhole. Finally, insert the key into the keyhole and turn the key in the desired direction.
For my final tip, here is a helpful way to avoid dropping your keys while locking or unlocking a door or lock. First, add a carabiner, elastic loop, or a looped strap to your key ring. Next, when using your keys insert one of your fingers that is not holding on to the key into that loop. Now if you accidentally drop your keys you are able to catch them before they fall all the way to the floor. That’s it, a very simple and easy to do tip that can save you the hassle and frustration of trying to locate a set of dropped keys.
I really hope these tips were helpful for you. I’m sure there are more tips out there that I did not cover in this article. I would love to hear what other tips people are using. If you have one please comment below to let me know or send me an email at email@example.com. Have a wonderful day!
If you have low vision or are visually impaired, you may find it challenging to read the small text size on an iPhone or iPad. The default text size is not very large and may cause a lot of eye strain or be unreadable altogether. Increasing the font size might be just what you need. Here is how you can increase the text size to make reading an iPhone or iPad a little easier.
How to Increase the Font Size
There are two ways of changing the font size, below I give a step by step guide on how to do both. If you find the first way does not enlarge the text enough try the second way to make the text even larger.
Step 1: Open Settings
Step 2: Tap Display and Brightness
Step 3: Tap Text Size
Step 4: Adjust the slider at the bottom of the screen. Slide to right to enlarge the font to the desired size or slide left to decrease the font size. When adjusting the slider the text at the top of the screen increases or decreases to match what setting the slider is on.
Step 1: Open Settings
Step 2: Tap Accessibility
Step 3: Select Display & Text Size
Step 4: Tap Larger Text
Step 5: Tap the Larger Accessibility Sizes toggle switch to turn on the feature. It will turn green when activated.
Step 6: Adjust the slider at the bottom of the screen. Slide right to enlarge the font to the desired size or slide left to decrease the font size. When adjusting the slider the text at the top of the screen increases or decreases to match what setting the slider is on.
What Text Gets Enlarged
After enlarging the text using one of the two ways above not all of the text on the iPhone or iPad will be enlarged. Unfortunately, adjusting the font size only works on certain apps which include mail, contacts, calendar, phone, notes, and other apps that support Dynamic Type. Which does cover a majority of what people use one of these devices for but not everything. However, don’t be dismayed because there are several other ways to access the information that does not get enlarged. I will be covering some of the other options in future articles and videos.
Adjusting the text size is a quick and easy way to make an iPhone or iPad more accessible for someone who is struggling to see the default text size. However, this method will not work for everyone and other options may need to be considered, such as high contrast settings, using the built-in zoom feature, or transitioning to audible with the built-in text to speech accessibility feature voiceover. I highly recommend trying this out! For a video tutorial you can click here.