York’s Blind And Partially Sighted Society making life a little bit easier

York Press: Deborah Cairns with a measuring jug with a removable scale Deborah Cairns with a measuring jug with a removable scale

CAMPAIGNERS are urging blind and partially sighted people to take advantage of they help they can offer.

Specially adapted equipment and small changes in the home can help people with sight problems get on with their everyday lives, says York’s Blind And Partially Sighted Society.

The society has a specialist store of equipment which can help people in their own homes, and can arrange advice and assessments to make sure people are getting the right help.

Deb Wheller, who works in the equipment and information centre, said even the simplest alterations like improved lighting can make a difference to people who are losing their sight.

“If people are struggling with something they can come here for help and advice, and we can make sure they are making the most of the equipment they already have.”

Evelyn Shead, from Strensall, has lost her sight gradually over many years, and uses some of the specialist equipment, like a talking microwave, to carry on cooking in her own home.

“My husband Bob gives me quite a lot of support, and can check things for me, but I can do most things myself.”

She said the talking microwave is helpful, as is a measuring jug with a removable scale which is easier to read. And raised markings stuck onto everyday objects like her oven and dishwasher help her use them without help.

Evelyn also uses extra strong oven gloves to make sure she doesn’t burn herself on hot dishes.

“When you can’t see you have to be very organised, and make sure you always have somewhere to put the hot dish when you get it out of the oven,” she added.

As well as kitchen equipment the centre also stores household good like talking bathroom scales, large print books, and even special footballs which contain a bell so they can be heard as well as seen.

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