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Gayle Yarnall sitting in a chair with electronic notetaker on her lap

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Welcome to the lighter side of Perkins Products. This part of our website is also known as "hints for real life". We cover real life and how blind people cope with the situations that occur about fifty times a day.

(Gayle Yarnall is herself blind and uses in her daily life many of the very same products sold by Perkins Products. Click on the entries below to read Gayle's thoughts.)

June 19, 2012

Learning Braille Made Easy, or At Least Easier

Filed under: Gayle Goes Blogging

I grew up being one of those kids who fell through the cracks when it came to learning braille. If I wrote with a thick black ink pen I could, very, very slowly, read what I wrote. I never could easily read large print. So, I did not read.

April 27, 2012

Tables Turn

Filed under: Gayle Goes Blogging

Although I often write about technology, I do often use this blog to discuss personal experiences. If you are looking for technology tips, you will not find any in this blog entry.

March 26, 2012

Do You Have Your Digital NLS Player?

Filed under: Gayle Goes Blogging

Does everyone who is registered with the National Library Service book reading program have their wonderful new digital player? Although I am a big fan of the smaller talking book players, I still often turn to the NLS player.

February 22, 2012

Saying Goodbye

Filed under: Gayle Goes Blogging

In January, the blindness field and the Planet Earth lost three people who always worked towards making changes that would make life better for people who are blind or visually impaired.

January 23, 2012

Why I Do What I Do

Filed under: Gayle Goes Blogging

I have often mentioned how I have been working with adaptive technology since 1977. This is way more than half of my life. Recently, it seems like I have been so wrapped up in the technicalities of surviving through tough economic times and changes in the field, that I forget why I am really here.

January 6, 2012

Apple does it again

Filed under: Gayle Goes Blogging

You may have read my past rants about using the "new and wonderful" Television with the even more wonderful and totally inaccessible cable systems. Essentially people who are blind really have no way to use all of those wonderful menu systems. Well, that is really no longer true.

November 21, 2011

Another Holiday Season?

Filed under: Gayle Goes Blogging

Where do the months go? It seems like no sooner do I take the tree down than it is time to put it up once again.

October 17, 2011

So you think you no longer need your Perkins Brailler?

Filed under: Gayle Goes Blogging

Set your Perkins Brailler on the kitchen counter. It's a great conversation piece and can still be used to label useful household documents.

June 7, 2011

Keep It Contained

Filed under: Gayle Goes Blogging

Gayle Yarnall highlights the many advantages to using containers for gardeners who are blind or visually impaired.

April 28, 2011

Sudoku anyone?

Filed under: Gayle Goes Blogging

For Sudoku lovers (or those who think they might want to spend endless hours trying to be Sudoku lovers) we now have the answer to your prayers.

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