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Transcript: "Low Vision Devices for the Home"

INSTRUCTOR: Mrs. Brooks, let me show you our cutting board.

MRS. BROOKS: Okay.

INSTRUCTOR: Right now, we have two sides to it. For a low vision person such as yourself, the black side against a light background would probably be better for you.

MRS. BROOKS: I agree with you and I need one of these. [ laughs ] Okay.

INSTRUCTOR: All right, let's move on to the stove. Our stove is marked with high marks which makes a bump on the top-- you should be able to feel a bump on it?

MRS. BROOKS: Oh, I do.

INSTRUCTOR: Okay, now we're going to turn the stove on. So we'll turn the burner on. If you feel where the position of the knob is now, it should be at 9 o'clock.

MRS. BROOKS: It is.

INSTRUCTOR: Okay, now let's keep turning it. You can feel a medium flame?

MRS. BROOKS: At six now.

INSTRUCTOR: Okay, at 6 o'clock.

MRS. BROOKS: Okay.

INSTRUCTOR: Also, I'd like to show you our oven mitts.

MRS. BROOKS: Oven mitts-- okay.

INSTRUCTOR: Usually, we encourage people to use two, especially if you're going to be taking something in and out of the oven.

MRS. BROOKS: Oh-- good idea.

INSTRUCTOR: It protects your arms all the way up to the elbow.

MRS. BROOKS: Yeah.

INSTRUCTOR: Put our oven mitts back on top of the microwave. I'd also like to show you our cabinet and how we've organized it. We've arranged our canned goods on the second shelf according to the types of things that there are. On our first shelf, we have our spices and seasonings and we've labeled them using Braille. And if you want to check that out, that should be curry powder. I know you've started using your Braille skills.

MRS. BROOKS: Oh, yes. Good thing I learned some Braille.

INSTRUCTOR: Good. We also have our microwave. And this is a very simple microwave--it has a dial to the left and-- labeled at certain points with the high marks. You can turn it on--go ahead and turn it up to two.

MRS. BROOKS: Okay.

[ sound of microwave]

INSTRUCTOR: We also have labeled five. And usually, you're using it to warm things up so that should fit your needs perfectly. All right? Okay, good. And Mrs. Brooks, this is our washer and dryer. On the right side of our panel here--

MRS. BROOKS: Okay.

INSTRUCTOR: Now, on the very edge of the knob, you should feel high marks--two bumps.

MRS. BROOKS: I feel it there.

INSTRUCTOR: One on the dial and one on the actual setting. Okay. Then we have the center, where we have the water level. And then we have the temperature of the water.

MRS. BROOKS: Okay.

INSTRUCTOR: And Mrs. Brooks, I'd like to demonstrate to you our self-threading needle. You have in front of you a needle in a piece of cork that's attached to a wooden base. At the top of the needle is an opening where you'll bring your thread across--and let's have you try it, okay? There's an opening there. If you bring your thread right across and bring it down, you should hear it snap into place.

MRS. BROOKS: I just heard it.

INSTRUCTOR: Okay, good job.

MRS. BROOKS: Oh, what a marvelous invention!

INSTRUCTOR: I want to show you some other things. Now, I know you take medication for your diabetes.

MRS. BROOKS: Yes.

INSTRUCTOR: So a good way to organize it is to use one of these pill organizers. This particular one has some raised letters as well as the Braille for the seven days of the week. Each day-- and you're set.

MRS. BROOKS: Great.

INSTRUCTOR: These are organizers and labelers. They're different types of plastic fruits and vegetables or meats. And the whole idea is that you can use these-- say you want to put--label your can here. That was a can of tomatoes, you would place it on top of your can.

MRS. BROOKS: Oh, good identification.

INSTRUCTOR: It'll stick right there-- you can put it in the cabinet and you're set.

MRS. BROOKS: Good.

INSTRUCTOR: Now, hold on to this cup. I'm going to insert this liquid level indicator on the side of it. Hold on to your cup. And as you pour some water, I want you to pour it into the cup. All right?

MRS. BROOKS: I hope I don't go over the top!

INSTRUCTOR: Let's see what happens. I don't think that'll happen.

[ buzzing tone ]

MRS. BROOKS: Amazing!

INSTRUCTOR: Yep, you'll have that sound-- that buzzing sound--will go off as soon as the water reaches the level or whatever liquid that you have in the cup.

MRS. BROOKS: Another good invention-- oh!

INSTRUCTOR: Now, one last thing that we have is large-print checks, also with the raised lines.

MRS. BROOKS: Oh, okay.

INSTRUCTOR: You have both opportunities for somebody with low vision, like yourself, so you can go ahead and fill that check out.

MRS. BROOKS: Well, let's see--I believe today is the sixth. And I'll make it out to myself--

INSTRUCTOR: So write me a check for a million dollars.

MRS. BROOKS: I wrote it to myself--I'm sorry. [ laughs ] Went too fast. One million, coming up. One million-- okay.

INSTRUCTOR: Good--good job.

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