Three Must-Have Aids for The Blind

2018-11-20 | By Orcam Staff

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Three Must-Have Aids for The Blind - OrCam

When deciding which must-have aids for the blind to put on this list, we tried to choose ones that would benefit almost every blind or visually impaired person. Therefore, we chose three aids that will help with health, house safety, and receiving information.

1. Body Temperature Thermometer

Thermometer, Fever, Number, Hand

Most people think of aids for the blind as only walking canes, text readers, etc.  As far as keeping healthy and aware of your physical condition, monitoring your temperature is always important. Whenever someone isn’t feeling well, their temperature is one of the first things to measure. High temperatures are usually an indication of a developing or existing illness. Most thermometers only have a visual representation of the temperature it measures. Low-vision thermometers will present your temperature vocally. With talking thermometers, you will able to measure your temperature independently at any given time without needing someone else to read it for you.

2. Liquid Level Indicator

As far as house safety and prevention of accidents or house damage, a liquid level indicator can be useful in every household. Another must-have aid for the blind, this one will help to prevent water from overflowing in the house. It is even more relevant for people who like to take baths or cook with large pots. When filling anything up with large amounts of water, any case of an overflow will create a sound alert for people to respond to it. For people who are blind, an overflow of water will not be visible and can accidentally cause serious injury from slipping on a wet floor.

3. Text Reader

Less than 1% of people who are visually impaired use the braille reading system, and regardless, not everything is written in braille. When receiving government and even corporate mail, it is not written in braille. Mail is not the only information that blind people need to read independently. Street and bus signs, and product information while shopping is just a few of the activities that require text-reading assistance.  There are many text readers which are defined as aids for the blind. Some are made for stationary, in-the-house reading. While others are made for mobility and even wearability. This way, anyone can find the right one for them.

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