>>Wade: Hi, I’m Wade Wingler with the Indata
Project at Easter Seals Crossroads in Indiana. Think about the last time you were sitting
at home doing the laundry, cooking dinner and writing a letter to a friend. If you have
issues with mobility impairment, that might create some challenges. So Carol Girt is going
to spend a little time showing us some really cool low tech things to help with that evening
at home.>>Carol Girt: Hi, I’m Carol Girt and I’m
going to show you some low-tech, tech. The first thing we have here are the writing guides.
This one is a letter writing guide where you take a piece of paper and put it in there,
fold that down and you write against these black bars. This one is for envelopes, you
put your return address here and and the person’s address that you’re wanting to go to here.
This is a check writing guide, again you put your check in here and this blacks out all
the places you don’t write and then the signature guide. I know a lot of people just say “put
your finger where you need to go” but and sometimes your signature could get into other
writing and this makes sure that won’t happen.>>Carol: The next thing here is the zipper
guide and button guide. You take this through your button hole, clip this over the button
and pull it through. This just connects onto your zipper and does the zipper pull.
>>Carol: The next thing is an oven mitt. Now this is an oven mitt with a very long arm
on it, so that you can reach and still not get burned. This is a pretty good oven mitt.
>>Carol: Have you ever seen a balance book or a check register that is this big? Some
of us need it to actually write down our checks and amounts to keep a better bank balance.
And here is a large print address book. 20/20 pens work well with this book.
>>Carol: You might be wondering what the heck this item is, well if I slip this on
my shoes,I have grips for ice and snow. I have a person downstairs that’s not blind
that needs to use it. I gave her a set last year.
>>Carol: This is a dual piece. This is a pot, with a lid on it, that comes apart and
locks into place, that allows you to drain water out of, let’s say, your spaghetti. This
piece is really cool. You set the feet around the coil on your range, you set the pot on
the coil, now you can do things, like stir, without the pot moving.
>>Carol: I’ve had many people guess what this is and what it is, you have knobs on your
stove, this can turn those knobs.
This little piece is something I found in a kitchen store. It’s really cool. You take
it, just like that, and wear it and it’s a potato peeler. So that you protect your fingers
when you peel a potato. This was $4 at a kitchen store.
>>Carol: This piece took me a long time to figure out. I’ve had a lot of people ask me,
“How do you get electrical plugs in the socket?” Well this is kind of a protector, so that
they will lay flat when you get them in there, so you won’t shock yourself and then you push
here, on the tab, to help pull out the plug. So you can take the plugs out.
>>Carol: This item is a low-vision cutting board. And one thing I discovered during setup
is that, once this thing is down, it doesn’t move. There is a white side and a black side.
It’ll move on the white side a little bit because it doesn’t have the feet. But, it’s
a very nice cutting board.>>Carol: These two things I need to have all
the time. I can put my socks in these and keep them together as a pair. So that I don’t
lose my handmade knitted socks (she laughs). They come in various shapes and sizes.
>>Carol: And last, but not least, this is a pill cutter. Right in here is a blade and
when I push it down, it will chop my pill in half. Some are designed to smash the pill
rather than cut it. You can find them at most drugstores or places like that.
>>Carol: And that’s some low-tech, tech for the blind and visually impaired.
>>Wade: So, there you have it. Not everything has to be a high-tech robot, computerized
solution. Sometimes, low-tech things are really, really handy. So, that’s your tech tip for
this week and I’m Wade Wingler with the Indata Project in Indiana.