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"Oh sorry - my friend is blind/deaf" - when someone talks for you

do you know this - you miss a person is talking to you (verbally or non-verbally) either because you don't see or hear (or both)  him/her and a not impaired companion who noticed it talks for you and explains that you are blind (or deaf,  hard of hearing,  both, whatever) and apologizes for you.

yes,  especially if you actually need help and ppl have no idea you simply didn't hear them, it is sensible and can prevent irritation or anger but boy is it annoying.  i really hate it.

but i don't know a better way to deal with it,  even if a companion would keep silent (which most wouldn't anyway).

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16:38 UTC


Do any of you use custom iOS gestures? Three finger scrolling feels awkward

Hey everybody, brand new to voiceover. Always used talk back. I’m struggling with a few gestures that just feel awkward to me such as scrubbing to go back and three finger scrolling. I use flat navigation style to be clear. I guess I’m wondering if there’s an agreed-upon sets of adjustments that many people make. Perhaps like making food two finger swipe gesture swipe gestures into scrolls and three finger swipes into read all move to top of page s into scrolls and three finger swipes into Rall and navigate to top of page. Etc

Thank you in advance.

14:49 UTC


The ophthalmologists don't know what's wrong with me, how to cope with the fear of bad news?


Sorry, English is my second language. I was born very prematurely with 1/20 on the left eye but a healthy 20/20 right eye. Until recently, apart from myopia, I had no worries, but recently things have changed.

2014: I had a follow-up OCT and discovered that my right optic nerve was thin. The ophthalmologist followed me up over several years, suspecting glaucoma, then as the situation didn't change, concluded that it was a congenital malformation of no significance.

January 2023: I develop ocular toxoplasmosis in my good eye. My world collapses, I'm informed that toxoplasmosis has a tendency to recur, and I'm told that becoming visually impaired may be a possibility. I've made a full recovery since it was quite peripherical, and I'm trying to live without thinking about it.

March 2023: while doing a post-toxoplasmosis check-up, my ophthalmologist notices my optic disc is "weird". Comparing it to old images, "It doesn't look like the same person's eye". He prescribes a brain MRI to see if there's anything wrong. The MRI comes back normal.

September 2023: I start having fixed black spots in the center of my vision when I wake up (which disappear during the day). I go to the ophthalmological emergencies. A new doctor thinks there's something wrong with my right optic nerve because my visual field is a bit abnormal, but can't explain what. They can't explain the black spots.

The fact is that for a year now, whenever I go to the ophthalmologist, they find new strange things without explanation, and this is extremely worrying for me. I'm afraid of what they'll tell me next time, I know it's irrational.

As I'm not visually impaired, I don't know if I belong on this sub, but I can imagine that some of you must live with the fear of these appointments and doubts of doctors without answers. I'm sorry if I've offended anyone, but I don't know where else to talk about it.

14:31 UTC


Learning English

Any recommendations on a low vision accessible app for learning English? Asking for a native Spanish speaker

12:08 UTC


Do digital magnifiers help against fatigue?

Hi everyone,

I was wondering if the use of a handheld digital magnifier reduces physical and/or mental fatigue.

Does anyone have any experience in terms of reduced eye strain since they started using their handheld digital magnifier?

Does it also help with feeling less tired in general?

I'd love to hear everyone's stories, good or bad, and what product you use.


09:05 UTC


What’s your favorite VoiceOver hack?

I recently discovered the “back tap” feature to turn VoiceOver on and off through the “touch” settings in accessibility!

07:26 UTC


Has anyone ever taken the LSAT using Windows Narrator?

If so, what key strokes were the most valuable throughout the exam?

07:18 UTC


My toddler with ONH

Hello, I hope this is allowed!

My son is 2 (32 wks) with SOD/OHN. He is mostly visually impaired not sure to what extent yet as he’s still pretty non verbal. He is doing okay for his weight at the moment but he’s very short for his age (5th percentile). He eats very well almost every single day but he’s very picky sometimes so I feed him a lot of the same safe foods (fruit, eggs, lunch meat, cheese, yogurt, veggies, pasta) I always offer something that he normally doesn’t like much to encourage him to try it and eventually come around to it but it’s still hard. He hates bread, oats, crackers and potatoes so carbs are so tricky to get him to eat other than pasta. I feel like I’m failing as a mom. He does have thyroid issues and is on levo daily. His growth hormone is completely normal though… I’ve talked with his doctors about it a lot and he’s in therapy as well to help work on his cognitive skills, OT, PT, speech, etc. I am constantly stressed about this. To the point I track his calories and measure his food. I don’t know why he’s not growing taller. As toddlers do sometimes he wants to skip a meal or only eat one food from his plate and leave the rest etc. I really get worried though because I feel I’m trying so hard and idk what else to do. He also gets pediasure as well to help him to get his nutrition. Has anyone dealt with this? Any tips or tricks? I know it’s not completely blindness related but I know that ONH/SOD comes with so many other things, I thought I would share here. Thank you in advance.

05:10 UTC


Restreaming the Game Awards with audio description

Hey everyone, the game awards are coming up, and me and my friend have decided to resstream them, overlaying our commentary on top of the live event. I wanted to invite you all to join us if you're interested, as my friend will provide some live description for my benefit (me being blind). We thought this might be useful to others as well.

On a side note, it's also probably going to be a killer award show, after a pretty boimbastic year for games. We are most excited for the best narrative award, as we couldn't agree on wether Alan Wake 2 or Baldur's Gate 3 should get it. I'm also very interested in the innovation and accesibility award, which features several games among nominations that can be played blind, including Diablo 4 and Street Fighter 6. I'd love to hear what you guys think about this one.

The Game Awards show is on Thursday, December 7th, at 7:30 PM EST. If you're in europe like us, that's December 8th, in the night from thursday to friday, at 1:30 AM CET. We will be restreaming the event live at this time on our twitch channel.


Hope to see you there!

01:02 UTC


my kid brother has vision problems and I don't know how to help him

A month ago my eight year old brother's vision went really bad suddenly while at school. The doctor thought he forced himself too much trying to concentrate on writing in his notebook and he strained his muscles. It was supposed to last two weeks tops but he didn't get better at all. Since then my parents took him to more tests and with every test that came out it narrowed the possible causes to something bad or something worse.

A few days ago the doctors ruled out the worst possibilities but they still want to do a few more tests because they think it might be a genetic condition that affected the optic nerve. If they're right then depending on some other factors his vision might get better with treatment, but it will be a long process and his vision will never be the same, unless they discover a new treatment in the future.

We tried to be positive around him but he seems more and more depressed and he started asking a lot of questions about treatments and tests and hospitals and most of the time we don't know what or how to tell him. I think he's starting to realize things aren't as good as we're trying to make them seem and that these changes will last more than just a couple of weeks like we initially thought.

He stopped going to football because at the beginning we didn't know if the effort made it worse and then because he didn't have the time with all the appointments. He became more anxious at school since a boy in his class keeps bullying him and the loss of vision made it harder for him to defend himself when he's shoved or touched in any other way. He's also been forcing himself to keep up with his classmates even though his teachers told him repeatedly he doesn't have to write or read and it's fine if he just listens to them in class. He can't read his story books anymore or watch football matches on TV and those were two of his favorite activities. Right now he's hospitalized and about to start a treatment that will make him feel awful and will have serious food restrictions for a while because of the medication.

Our parents are a mess right now and I don't know how to help him, especially long term. The only other experience he has with anything related to vision problems, beside seeing people wearing glasses, was when our dog became blind last year. Due to several health problems they had to surgically remove both his eyes and the entire thing, the trauma, the infection, the surgery, the accommodation process lasted months. I don't know if this made it easier for my brother or scared him even more or how else it affected the way he's dealing with his problems, but it wasn't easy for him back then and I'm sure he's thinking about what our dog went through.

If you can relate to anything I wrote here, if you have any advice or if there's anything you wish people could have done or could do for you right now, anything to make his situation easier, I would be very grateful. I apologies if there are any problems with how I wrote my post, I'll do my best to edit and fix it.

20:16 UTC


Can someone describe what a promise ring looks like?

My boyfriend wants to get me one for Christmas. But I just wonder what I can tell him I like? Do they come in silver and gold? Do they have engraving like vines and flowers? Do they have gemstones? I would love a few examples.

20:10 UTC


Voiceover Advice?

With some recent progression of my vision loss, I’m in the process of graduating from the zoom function to using voiceover to navigate my phone. I’m sure once I learn how to fluidly use it, voiceover will be very very helpful, but right now it seems impossible. I’ve practiced with the practice pad in the accessibility menu, but I’m still so clueless when actually using it to navigate apps and websites.

Are there any comprehensive resources that really get into the nitty gritty of using voiceover? Maybe a particularly helpful youtube video or something of the sort? Any specific tips or tricks?

16:43 UTC


First time having a crush/dating with visual impairment

So for some quick background information I’m a 24 year old M who’s never had a gf let alone any dating experience of any kind. So there’s this girl who I’ve been crushing on for quite some time in one of my history courses and up until recently I’ve had the nerve to initiate small talk (I don’t know if this is relevant but I suffer from GAD and Social Anxiety) on our first few interactions we had some small talk about our majors, our ages and what our plans for the holidays were.

The biggest development however would be this past Thursday, when I made up the excuse that’d I’d be absent this upcoming lecture since I had a Dr. appointment sure enough she gave me her phone number without hesitation. We then proceeded to make small talk once again and out of the conversation stemmed the topic of driving (As another side note I’m a preemie baby who due to being born premature developed ROP in my right eye and basically am blind in that eye from a retinal detachment and since I’m a type 1 diabetic as well my vision isn’t perfect in my “good eye” hence I don’t drive) I let her know of my situation and how it’s one of my biggest insecurities and she said “that I shouldn’t care what people think” anyway she even offered to give me a ride home ( which I politely declined). All in all I felt like it went great but when I started texting her over the last couple of days she would respond at first but she suddenly stopped responding and it’s driving me crazy (pun intended).

My heart is telling me that maybe she might be a potential partner for me who is going to love me with my flaws and all. My brain the more powerful of the two, is overthinking and I have racing thoughts like “she’s just pitting you bro” or “you really think someone like you is deserving of someone as beautiful and nice as her?” It’s gotten to the point where I can’t sleep and I even have physical anxiety symptoms like fast heartbeat and upset stomach, etc. please help me guys I’m new to this emotion people call love!! All input is welcome and I appreciate you guys reading my huge post!

As a side note I posted this on r/dating but received no advice!

03:52 UTC


Has anyone managed to try out the new audio description YouTube feature?

I can’t use it because I’m in the UK and it’s a US thing for now but if people actually used it and made their videos accessible for us; that would be amazing,

Having said that I don’t wanna be totally negative but I can’t see every day user making their videos accessible like this, what do you think?

04:03 UTC


Service dog requirements

Hi I have a few questions about Guide dog schools but first here is a little back story on myself..... I am 27 years old and was born at 24 weeks(3months early) so because of that I have retinopathy of prematurity(so instead of my retina being perfectly round they are more oval shaped and thinner and more prone to tearing or detaching) my vision in my left eye has for as long as I can remember always been legally blind 20/200 but I still had pretty good peripheral vision growing up as well as being able to see light/movements etc... My right eye has always to a point had to compensate for my left and I have always had to have glasses(I can currently see in my right eye 20/40 with glasses and 20/400 without) starting in 2015-2017 my retina in my left eye detached so I had to have a vitrectomy(silicone oil bubble to help my retina stay in place and try to heal) the Dr. left it in for the recommened 3 months and within a few months it detached again😕 so the second time they tried using a gas bubble(it stays in your eye for 2weeks and slowly disapates) well within 5 days the gas bubble was gone......and 1 month later it detached again...also during the gas bubble procedure they also lasered my right eye as it was begining to tear too (retinal detachment increases 50%once you have detached in one eye)....so then they put the silicone oil bubble back in my left eye and it is still currently in my eye....right now I can no longer see movement or light in my left eye. Begining in Feb 2017 the one spot that the dr didnt laser in my right eye because he didn't want the possibility of it interfering with my vision it also tore so now I have 360° laser/scar tissue(I do have a piece of scar tissue just floating around in my eye that also has been interferring with my vision since 2019) in my right eye. I have trouble seeing print that I used to see perfectly fine, I also can't drive(as I cant pass a drivers test),I cant see Youtube video titles on a 50" TV unless I am standing directly in front of the TV) I can read price labels at the store (as long as they are at eye level and I'm about a foot or so away)anything higher or lower than eye level or farther away I have to have family/or friends read it for me,also store lights as well as street lights,car headlights etc.. are extremely bright and hurt my eyes to the point I have a hard time trying to read isle signs,street signs etc...I have to constantly look down so i don't trip over uneven sidewalks,curbs,stairs etc during the day as well as at night(vision is noticeably worse at night)I also can't count how many times I have bumped into people or metal poles inside Walmart/Sam's Club and even the metal display sale signs outside of mall stores because I just didnt see them...I also go to a really big 2 story church (4,000 seat auditorium) and I am constantly bumping into people or talking to the air(because I still think my siblings are right next to me😂) I used to be very active in church activites,ride and train horses,had a full time job(i stopped because i just didnt feel comfortable climbing a small step ladder(alot if not all retail jobs require it)or walking customers to products and running into people or almost getting run over myself) I also can't do stairs without help from family or friends(holding thier elbow or wrist) as my depth perception is all messed up.

I went to a low vision eye dr recently and he recomended O&M training with a cane....I was looking into the possibilty of getting a guide dog after I get comfortable with a cane as I feel like I would constantly be tripping people up when I go to sweep my cane(in tight spaces such as church when everyone heads for the door we are packed like sardines 😂)....but as I was looking at a local guide dog school (Guide Dogs of Texas) as well as Southeastern Guide Dogs in Palmetto FL( I am leaning towards Southeastern) but acording to the requirements on one page it says the requirements are -18yrs old -live in the US -No felony convictions -and you have to need a mobility aid a majority of the time Then in the FAQs sections it says that the requirements are/is you have to have to see no better than 20/200 or have a visual field of 20%or less in the better eye. So my question is there any exceptions to those rules(as I see thats what most guide dog schools have in place) any stories of anyone that has applied or  attened Southeastern or Guide Dogs of Texas(or any other Guide dog schools) and what the whole process was like would be greatly appreciated! Thank you for reading this far into my book 😂 and for any help or tips!!

07:43 UTC


Another Windows 11 Question

Hey! So I noticed another irritating thing about Win 11, and I was wondering if any of you have also dealt with this. Sometimes, when I hit the view desktop shortcut, instead of saying Desktop Folder View, it says Taskbar Expanded. Is there any way to stop this?

Damn near tempted to just put Win 10 on this machine :(

07:06 UTC


Issues when updating apps on iPhone

Basically I signed out of my old Apple ID for everything, but when I try and download it and update apps I have to enter in my old Apple ID password. I can download apps one but updating apps won’t work. Is it because some of the apps that I’ve downloaded which require updating on my older Apple ID do I need to reset my phone?

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05:45 UTC


Which iPhone for totally blind senior

Hello. I previously got an Apple Watch for my 75-year-old girlfriend. I set it up in Family Setup mode tied to my iPhone but that comes with a ton of limitations, and I think she'd be better off with her own iPhone. (she'd keep using the watch). She's never used a smartphone or any computer but loves her Amazon Echo devices. She'd prefer to use Siri as much as possible but I think she could learn some features using Voice Over. She's totally blind.

Was thinking of getting an SE 3rd gen. Any reason to go higher in the iPhone product line?

00:38 UTC


No braille with NVDA at work

Ever since I received a new work laptop in October, I can't get any braille from either my Mantis or my Focus 40 with NVDA. When I select automatically detect braille display and press enter, the display goes blank, but I never get any output on it. Both of these displays work with Jaws on my work computer and with both Jaws and NVDA on my personal computer. I use VS Code to program in Python, and it works better with NVDA than with Jaws, so this is very annoying. I called Humanware and they suggested I uninstall NVDA and then reinstall it. I did that but am still not getting any braille. I posted this on the NVDA email list last week, and someone recommended that I get the braille extender add-on. That didn't help either. I am using an HP laptop with 32 GB of ram and Windows 10 Enterprise Edition. Any ideas?

Thanks in advance.

21:31 UTC


Flirting and nonverbal clues.

I've been visually impaired my whole life (a near fatal accident made it worse a few years ago). I mask it well enough because I can see where people are at a few yards, but I have to fake things like eye contact and guess a lot from bigger visual cues. (I'm also hearing impaired so in noisy rooms hearing tone or even words is a a molar deal).

Since I can't ever really see if someone is looking at me unless they are in my face (I also miss the subtle expressions others see), flirting is hard, and I def be the trope of the useless lesbian who can't read cues (because I actually can''t). And since I mask it well it's not obvious that I can't, so I imagine I come across as uninterested.

So at a party where there are so many cute queers, what's a girl to do? Do I just walk up to someone and own it like "sorry I literally can't read cues were you checking me out?" How do y'all deal with this?

20:11 UTC


Embarrassing or funny moments

So, I am wondering if any of you have embarrassing or funny moments particularly around your blindness. Or moments that at the time were embarrassing and now in hindsight are pretty funny. Here are a few of mine: While walking through a store, I accidentally bumped into a manikin but thought it was a person and said I was sorry only to find out later from a friend that I apologized to a manikin. Really, if I bump into anything I automatically apologize to any inanimate object because I think it’s the right thing to do. About a week ago, I had my first bloody nose in about 10 years and was very confused. I thought I just had a runny nose until I had that metallic taste in the back of my mouth. Luckily, I live alone and no one was there to witness my confusion and flailing around for tissues. When cutting up potatoes to cook, one of the pieces I cut flew across the room and landed on the floor with a small thud. I immediately got up to go find it, but my dog at the time got to it faster and she was licking her lips like “heeeeey! I gots it! I eats it! Tank you!” Another time, I was sitting at my table enjoying a chicken fried steak when I realized I forgot my drink. I got up and went to the fridge to grab a soda and I come back hearing my dog licking her lips and standing in front of my plate. I pick up my fork to begin eating again and the steak was mysteriously missing. I wonder who did that?

I hope that these moments have brought a smile to your face. It just shows that we are all human, and I really just wanted to highlight some amusing things that have happened to me.

19:14 UTC


wolframalpha math is accessible!

Today i checked out wolframalpha math generator and its accessible! Not sure for how long it is and its not perfect, but it's a progress!

Don't have time atm to check out everything, but it works!

Thought I share (:

19:05 UTC


Question: Helping a blind person to navigate

Hi everyone,

Not sure if i'm exactly in the wright place, but I wanted to ask for your help. My father in law is almost blind for +- 20 years now. For your information, he is still running a farm with some help from his neighbors and he can do a lot on it's own which is very impressive. So he's quite independent for what he actually can do. When I met him five years ago, he wasn't really able to call or do anything with an Iphone for example. Nowadays he calls everyone and is quite handy with Siri.

Now one of his biggest dreams is to go for a walk (which he already does in it's own street with) with his assistance dog. He has a couple places, the town center or the swimming pool for example, that he could go on his own to meet people or to get some small groceries (bread e.g.).

We've been trying to navigate with Siri and Apple maps, but he keeps struggling with starting and finding the right direction. I think it's mostly frustrating that it isn't working all the time. Especially when he misses a turn, it doesn't work perfect for him. The problems he faces are mostly:

- It's difficult for him to even get the right points to navigate too, as Siri doesn't recognize all the adresses or needs extra information on them (for example the pool, or an adress which is difficult to pronounce).

- The navigation isn't quite clear/direct enough (300m and then to the left, he still needs to cross roads or finds it difficult to indicate how long he needs to walk then).

- If he takes a turn too early for example, it seems that Maps needs a lot of time to redirect. Personally, I mostly find it quite good actually. But for him it takes too long.

- The Voice isn't loud enough, so I already suggest to put in one in-ear. But that's something he finds quite scary, as I can imagine because he needs to hear any surroundings.

Good to know:

He has a dog which helps him to cross intersections, or can lead him towards a cafe door for example. So that makes it a lot better for him. Also, I've been looking to already place some routes into his Apple Maps for example, but it doesn't work yet.

Ideal situation would probably be:

-> An app or device that is compatible with Dutch Voice Over and were we can already implement destinations into. So that he can navigate towards these points from anywhere. It would be the easiest if we could give this destinations a name (Swimming Pool, Bakery, Friend X), so that he only needs to say: 'Navigate towards the Swimming Pool' e.g.

Is there someone here that can help us out with any advice, tips or tricks? I think on this subject there is a lot to win an it such a specific subject that is seems hard to get the right information.

Excuse me if my English isn't that clear, I really hope to help him out :)

17:01 UTC


Got fired on the first day


I got a job as an accounting assistant. I had my first day at work. It went well even tho I don’t have experience.

But I got fired because I’m slow (i guess slower than an abled person). I wasn’t so heartbroken, I didn’t have expectations. Tho I loved the job and I was working well. It was an easy job for me.

My dad tells me that I should go out more into the city. He says I could get a job if I were out more. He says I shouldn’t just look on the internet. I’m a white cane user. Is he right?

He always tells me that I’m too young and I don’t understand how the world works. He usually says that young people are stupid and inexperienced in life. So I should listen to him.

What am I supposed to to do? Will going out help me get a job sooner?

I’m from Hungary.

17:18 UTC


Microsoft's Seeing AI is finally on Android

Hello all,

Just wanted to let you know that Microsoft's Seeing AI is finally on Android! You can download the app at https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.microsoft.seeingai

I am excited to see how it compares to Google Lookout.

17:13 UTC


Video series on hacking as a blind screen reader user

On this subreddit, I often see questions about how to do XYZ as a blind person, what to do now person X has gone/is going blind etc., which is what inspired me to post this here.

Quite often,, coding comes up in these discussions, and I would agree that coding is a viable career path for the blind. I did OK for myself and I'm fully blind, after all. Obviously this is leaving things like prejudice, the current job market and even getting a foot in the door entirely outside of this discussion.

But there's more to Information Technology than coding. Another quickly growing field is cybersecurity, and there's precious few resources out there on how to get started in that field when using a screen reader. This is something I'm intending to change.

Each year, TryHackMe, a well-known platform for learning about this field, hosts an event they call Advent of Cyber, which is meant to teach people with very little to no experience a thing or two by exposing them to gamified challenges, with the possibility to win prizes.

Unfortunately, when I participated in this event last year, a lot of these challenges were very inaccessible due to the way they were set up, and my feedback about this went largely unheard. So this year, I'm changing it up by documenting each challenge in the form of a YouTube video.

In this video, we'll go through the task, catalog the accessibility issues, dodge around them if we can, explain what we would have done if we can't, and provide the answers to the questions at the very end in case viewers who are taking the challenges on along with me get stuck at the same points I do. If anyone would like to be part of this journey with me, Here's the Youtube Playlist for you to do so. I get these in when I canso there's no consistent upload schedule, I therefore recommend subscribing to the channel or following me on My Mastodon account related to cybersecurity to be notified of new videos.

So far, several staff members have already taken notice of what I'm doing and this has led to several improvements across the board already, as well as discussions on Discord on how to tackle the more difficult to solve accessibility issues. With these videos I aim to teach THM, newbies to the field and any passer by who's interested so I'm stoked it's been going so well so far. I hope this is of use to some of you, as well.

14:30 UTC


Braille Christmas cracker jokes

G'day, r/Blind. I had some success last year making Christmas crackers with braille jokes in them, and I wanted to share it here in case others want to make their own.

The too-long-didn't-read version is that you can put jokes which are all braille, or which have a sighty-writing question and a braille answer, in Christmas crackers.

Now the long version:

My first idea was to buy a Christmas cracker "kit", which comes with the bits you need to make your own crackers. But they were sold out, so I got regular crackers, which are cheaper than a kit anyway, and partially disassembled them to replace the existing jokes.

To disassemble an existing cracker:

There is a ribbon at each end. Remove one ribbon. Mine were tied in a reef knot, so I stuck a spiky object (a toothpick would do) in the middle of the knot and wiggled it until the top half of the knot loosened. Then I pulled my spike away from the knot, which undid the top half of the knot. Then I put the spike under the bottom of the knot and similarly wiggled to undo it.

In mine, the cardboard had three tabs inserted into slots, a bit like the tab at the top of a cereal packet. One tab at each end, and one in the middle. I opened the tab at the end I'd just removed the ribbon from, and the tab in the middle. Each tab has sort of barbs at either side so it's positively held in place, so I had to wiggle a barb back through its slot, and then the tab came out fairly easily.

Then I propped the cracker open with whatever came to hand -- a bit of cardboard would do nicely -- and I could get to the contents. The other end of the cracker was still sealed, which meant that the cracker would roll closed without a prop. Having one end still sealed made later reassembly easier.

I googled for Christmas cracker jokes, and chose ones that had short answers. I made a PNG image of these, with the questions in sighty-writing and the answers in braille. This suited the audience, which was mostly sighties with a couple of blind people. My PNG had slightly more jokes than I needed, so I could make mistakes on a few and still be OK.

I mirror-flipped the braille text in the PNG, so that I could use a slate and stylus to punch the braille. I'm a sighty and my braille is far from good, so this made things simple for me. A blind person, making crackers purely for blind people, could just write whole cracker jokes on a Perkins brailler or whatever.

I cut out each joke onto a rectangle of paper. My PNG made each joke half a page wide, so about 10 centimetres or 4 inches wide, and a few centimetres or an inch or so high. Perhaps I should have marked the top left of each joke or something, to make it easier for people reading the braille to figure out which way up it was.

I removed the original jokes from the crackers, and put a new joke in each cracker, and reassembled them.

Below is a link to a PNG of 9 jokes. They're all reasonably PG-rated. It's all level 1 braille. It's a PNG rather than something more accessible so I could mirror-flip the braille text.


Here's a link to a text-only version of that image:


13:29 UTC


Germany- Granny is nearly blind - need little helper


my grandma is nearly blind, she can locate an open door if the room behind the door is light up. Now we search the web for helper/gadgets etc. She has

  • CD Player for audio books
  • gadget to not overfill cups
  • adhesive marker for washing machine etc(wheel knobs)
  • an iPhone 8 with Siri for weather and calendar

What else do you find helpful in your daily routine?

Do you know some games like solitaire but like a chess board? Only to kill time but maybe not every time solvable?

Thank you.

13:12 UTC

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