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Kathleen is a single woman in her seventies who is living alone after the death of her husband several years ago. She has low vision that causes severe sensitivity to light. She was looking for low tech options that would help her to read printed material and to keep track of appointments and phone numbers. By contacting Sharon Lotoczky, at Work/Life Solutions, LLC, a subcontractor with the Michigan Assistive Technology Program, she was able to receive a device demonstration and explore large print address books and calendars. Her most exciting discovery was the simple use of color to enhance contrast. She was able to see a difference in reading printed material on yellow paper which reduces glare. She believes that using the yellow shields outdoors and using the yellow reading guide would help her to locate and read a specific address in a large print address book.
She also found the writing guide kit to be most helpful for addressing envelopes and check writing. Using something as simple as a visor cuts out overhead glare and helps her to see a little better. Because she is not comfortable with the higher technologies, she is delighted to find that these simple, low tech tools could still be very helpful to her.
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