Hello all. It’s been a few days. I’ve done this before and I’m doing it again. I hope that this time my followers won’t be shy. I’m looking for questions. If there was anything that I could blog about what would it be? If you’re afraid of offending me please don’t be. I would rather people ask questions than assume. You know what they say about assuming. As the title says, you have the floor. I welcome questions whenever they come to mind, but right now, I’m seeking them. So ask away. I will either reply in writing or demonstrate it through a video on my facebook group.
For those who are interested, I published a video on my Facebook group this morning. It’s Dishon’s first video and it won’t be the last. So please check it out. Go to facebook.com and search for “Diary of a Married Blind Woman.”
As a Braille teacher, I believe that we don’t have enough Braille in a plethora of places. Don’t get me wrong; we have come a long way. The blind can easily use an elevator, find a hotel room and find the men’s or women’s bathroom thanks to Braille. On top of that, there are multiple sources for Braille books for borrowing and purchasing. But what about restaurants? We’ve come a long way in this area, as well. There’s still work to be done. A lot of chain restaurants have Braille menus which is great. It not only makes it easier for us, but the wait staff, as well. I can almost guarantee that reading the menu front to back is not the most fun thing for a server to be doing. So to the blind community, make it easier on the weight staff by asking for the categories of food if there is no Braille menu. If a category sounds good, then ask for more detail. But how can we help increase the number of Braille menus out there? If you are proficient in Braille, go to a local restaurant that does not have a Braille menu and offer to Braille it for them. I Brailled a menu for a small restaurant in Maryland. Do your first one for free. Don’t get caught up in the money aspect. Do it for the blind community. To all of the servers out there, if anyone asks you to read the entire menu, I assure you, it’s not to be difficult.
A couple of weeks ago I posted that people needed to friend me on facebook in order to be a member of my facebook group. As of today, that has changed. The facebook group Diary of a Married Blind Woman is now open to all!!! Please go to facebook.com and search for “Diary of a Married Blind Woman.” The group is primarily for videos related to this blog. Watch and spread the word!!!
Everybody plays the Lottery at some point in their life. Some are religious about it and buy hundreds of tickets. Dishon and I play occasionally and will buy one or two tickets. But how do I know what the numbers are? I will soon be posting a video demonstrating a piece of technology known as the CCTV (Closed Circuit Television). I use it to magnify items like mail and checks. So my method is to magnify the ticket the ticket and Braille the numbers. This way, when the numbers are drawn, I can follow along in an accessible way. They say you are more likely to get struck by lightening than win the Lottery, but you can’t win if you don’t play. Even so, we don’t wish for it to be an obsessive part of our lives. So now we wait. As I always say, there’s more to come, so don’t go anywhere.
Dishon and I live fifteen minutes away from the local Wal Mart Neighborhood Market when it comes to walking. When we shop, we typically go immediately after work and only purchase what we can carry on our arms, in our backpacks or in canvas bags. If we plan ahead on a weekend, we can bring a small shopping cart and bring more home with us. Inside the store, we request a shopper’s assistant upon arrival. Their job is to accompany us around the store and assist with finding the items we need. They remain with us until we have made it through the line at the cash register and everything is paid for. Financially, Dishon and I either split the cost or alternate paying for trips to the store. We take the marital statement “fifty fifty” very seriously in all aspects.
There’s a lot in the average person’s bathroom medicine chest. What if you have multiple medicines you have to take per day? What if the bottles aren’t very different? There are several avenues a blind person can take to be more organized. One way is Braille labels. If the medication has a long name, create a memorable abbreviation for your label. Braille labels are made with what’s known as dymo tape. It’s thick clear tape that can be stuck to numerous surfaces. If you don’t want to use Braille, you can use technology. There are several aps on the IPhone that can be used. With most of them, all you need to do is take a picture of the product and voiceover will determine what it is. Of course, these aps are not full proof. They don’t recognize everything. A third option is sticky dots. These will stick to numerous surfaces, as well. Perhaps you use one dot for each time you need to take the medication. Some people may rather remember that than the insane name of the medication. These methods can be used in other areas of daily living, as well. I will fill you in through more posts.
Enough about me. Let’s talk about my husband, Dishon. His favorite thing to do is cook. He cooks everything from Cajun food to cookies. He has a nack for taking a recipe and making it his own. Many people worry about the blind and the stove. That, my friends, is what the Colorado Center for the Blind is all about: alternative techniques. Dishon and his colleagues teach what’s known as Home Management. This includes cooking, cleaning, budgeting, organizing and more. For instance: you can tell that meat is done by the texture. If it’s firm to the touch, it’s done. Next time you’re cooking meat, touch it when it’s done and you’ll know what I’m talking about.
There are a number of screen readers available to the Blind. If I use my computer to blog, the screen reader I use is called Jaws. While not every web site is accessible to the blind, I’ve been doing fine with posting. Typically, I use my IPhone to post. The voiceover reads everything and I use a bluetooth keyboard for the post itself. That’s how I was able to post in Florida.
Here’s a little something for the guys and the girls. Taking care of your hair is very simple. Let’s start with Dishon; he cuts his own hair. All he does is set his clippers to the zero setting and cuts it nice and short, all by feel. While I’m not brave enough to cut my own hair–it is different for women–I do straighten it on occasion. I did it today and thought it would make a great post. So here’s how I do it: first, after a shower, I apply spray leave-in conditioner and some straightening product. Then, I blow dry my hair pointing the blow dryer down above my hair. Last, I use a flat iron and straighten my hair in small sections. Once again, these are techniques that anyone can use. in the case of doing it blind, I have to really pay attention to how my hair feels. So the next time you’re styling your hair, try it without looking in the mirror. I bet it’s harder than it sounds.