Equipment in the Kitchen
These are small, raised, stick on plastic ‘blobs’ which come in a range of colours and shapes. They can be stuck on appliances and equipment to indicate where you are on a dial, e.g. on a washing machine, cooker or stereo.
These can make reading recipes and instructions a lot easier.
This will enable you to have ‘talking labels’ on almost any item which can then be read back to you whenever you need it, e.g. Books, CDs, tins, clothes or freezer goods.
Liquid level indicators
These indicate, by beeping or vibrating, when your cup is nearly full.
Other useful items:
Talking and easy to see scales, jugs, microwaves, watches, timers, tin lids, and water boil alerts.
Brightly coloured utensils and chopping boards.
Oven shelf protectors and long-armed oven gloves.
Bread cutters and choppers which keep the blade at a safe distance.
Coin holders and note detectors for money.
Eye drop dispensers, Pill organisers, Talking thermometers and Audible bath alerts.
Reading and writing
In order to be able to read and write we need to use our central or middle part of our vision.
In some eye conditions this part is damaged and so we have to try and learn to use other parts of our vision to do the job instead. This can be very tiring and frustrating. Because of this, people sometimes buy a magnifier and find that they cannot see very well with it.
For these reasons it is really helpful to have someone to show you how to make the best use of your magnifier.
Magnifiers come in all shapes and sizes and cost varies accordingly. It is very important to make sure you have had your eyes checked and your vision assessed before purchasing a magnifier. Opticians and low vision specialists are able to give you advice and some hospital and community clinics will loan magnifiers free following assessment.
If you prefer to buy your own without an assessment, magnifiers can be bought from specialist suppliers online.
Some high street outlets such as stationery shops, chemists, Argos and some craft shops will sell a small range of magnifiers for day to day tasks.
Getting around outside
When you have impaired vision it can make it harder.Your local Social Services Department (York) has a mobility officer who can assess your needs and will be able to issue equipment, such as white canes, on a free loan and provide the training you need to get around safely and independently. Telephone them on 01904 555111.
Canes are not available in high street shops, but some of them can be bought online from specialist providers such as can be found at the RNIB Website.You are able to buy and use a Symbol cane with little or no training, but training and advice will be needed to use the Guide and Long canes safely.
Further information on equipment
We have a resource centre at The Wilberforce Trust, our Hub, where you can try equipment and have advice from one of our experts. The Hub is opened daily from 9.30am until 4.30pm and we have disabled parking right outside the front door!
We are also along the 5 & 5A bus routes. The contact page has full travel information to easily find us.
Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) Practical and emotional support for people with visual impairment
Action on Hearing Loss – Vibrating alarms Promoting safety and connectivity at home
Disabled Living Foundation – Vibrating alarms Alarms to alert you or a carer
Labelling – Penfriend Labelling tool for a wide range of items, from the RNIB
Cobolt Systems Ltd Comprehensive list of talking products
Royal National Institute for the Blind – Everyday Products Catalogue of aids to maintain independence – online or hard copy
Royal National Institute for the Blind – Magnifiers Assistance to identify the most appropriate magnifier for your needs
icSW Retail – Magnifiers Aids for independent living; specialists in magnification
Royal National Institute for the Blind – Newsagent Audio versions of national newspapers and magazines.
Calibre Audio Library – Talking Books Talking Books, including DAISY CDs and Calibre USB drives.
Large Button Telephone Large Button Telephone
Royal National Institute for the Blind – Liquid Level Indicator Liquid Level Indicator
Talking Tin Lids Information on living with low vision
Bump ons Tactile and coloured assistance for identification/labelling purposes.
OwnFone Mini, light weight, low cost mobile phone.
Improve the Lighting in Your Home Booklet: RNIB 7, Thomas Pocklington
A Practical Guide to Lighting A Practical Guide to Lighting
Optima Online shop
VIP Diaries Diaries in various colours and sizes for people with visual impairment