A message from Gayle Yarnall, Director, Perkins Products:
Welcome to the lighter side of Perkins Products. This part of our website is also known as "hints for real life". We will cover real life and how blind people cope with the situations that occur about fifty times a day. I do not claim that all the ideas you find here will be mine. I will take them from any place I find them. Be careful what you say to me because it may show up here. Some of these were submitted by other blind people. If you read this you will know who you are. Thanks for your help.
(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 latest thoughts.)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Set your Perkins Brailler on the kitchen counter. It's a great conversation piece and can still be used to label useful household documents.
Gayle Yarnall highlights the many advantages to using containers for gardeners who are blind or visually impaired.
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.