This page contains several links that will automatically launch your web browser and enable you to watch a number of informative, instructional videos relating to various independent life skills. You will also discover several demonstration videos that detail the benefits and operation of popular adaptive technology products.
All of these videos are resident on the YouTube web site and we have found that URL’s can, and do, frequently change on the YouTube site. Should you find one of the following links is no longer active or points to an unrelated subject, please inform us via e-mail of the inaccurate link so that we can keep this resource current and make the appropriate correction.
- For those who have been curious to discover how people who are blind or sight-impaired can take advantage of the revolutionary new iPhone, will get a small peek into the accessibility features of the Apple iPhone through this video demonstration. Be patient as this sighted fellow verbally walks you through the various features. In just a few short minutes, he gets to the “Voice Over” or screen-reading capabilities.
- RNIB (Royal National Institute of the Blind) recently introduced the PENFriend- a compact, audio labelling device which enables the user to create customized labels and affix them to bottles, tin cans and other packaging to assist in quickly identifying items in the kitchen, the home or in the office. Labels can also be affixed to CD’s, bottles of medications, documents and any other items that need to be identified. RNIB has developed a demonstration video of the PENFriend, which is available through most adaptive technology vendors or consumer product vendors
- The Braille King is an innovative, portable four-line slate and stylus that eliminates the need to emboss Braille using the mirror or reverse right to left method as is necessary with all other slate and styluses. View a demonstration video of the Braille King, which is available through the RNIB (Royal National Institute of the Blind).
- The KNFBReader is the result of a collaberative effort between Kurzweil Technologies Inc. and the National Federation of the Blind in the United States. This innovative reading software has been especially designed for and paired with the Nokia mobile phones to create the smallest text-to-speech reading devices currently available. View a demonstration video of the KNFBReader, and/or obtain more information on Michael Hingson’s KNFBReader website.
Instructional Videos – Independent Living Skills
Over time and with experience, we all develop strategies to address a variety of living skills in a comfortable and independent manner. For those who are new to living without vision or for those who who wish to review the basics, we thank the Washington State School for the Blind and the American Foundation for the Blind which have developed instructional videos detailing best methods on how to:
- Adapt your home
- Apply make-up
- Coordinate and match your clothes – Part 1
- Coordinate and match your clothes – Part 2
- Correctly fold your clothes
- Correctly provide sighted guide assistance
- Dress & Impress: The Youth Job Interview (funny, but serious)
- Fold, organize and identify paper currency
- Golf with vision loss
- Identify and manage medications
- Label items
- Make a bed
- Make a sandwich
- Manage medications
- Manage personal finances
- Organize your home office
- Pour liquids into a bowl, glass or cup…and not all over the counter!
- Prepare Food – Part 1
- Prepare Food – Part 2
- Prepare Food – Part 3 and enjoy the meal
- Prepare fruits and vegetables
- Safely pour liquids
- Shave with an electric shaver
- Tie shoelaces
- Use assistive technology to enhance low vision
- Use assistive technology to stay connected
- Use a microwave oven
- Use a stove-top
- Use an oven
- Use technology to maintain your independence