Current List of Audio Lessons

How to Use E.A.R.S. Lessons
• List of the subjects the lessons cover
• Recommended ways to work with the lessons
• Common attitudes about the onset of blindness
• Overcoming depression because of sight loss

The Kitchen Environment
• Lighting: brightness, glare and shadowing
• Using contrasting colors to increase visibility
• The use of a magnifying glass
• Plugging in electrical appliances
• General kitchen safety tips with low vision

Marking the Stove and Microwave
• Safely checking the burners for heat
• Accurately setting the burners and oven temperature
• Marking the controls with tactile dots
• Using the tactile indicators
• Marking the microwave controls

Basic Kitchen Skills
• Modifying kitchen organization for low vision
• Techniques to identify foods and spices
• Pouring liquids without spilling
• Methods for accurately measuring liquid and dry ingredients
• Safely using a sharp knife
• Preparing for and cleaning-up a major spill

Eating Without Embarrassment SAMPLE INTRO
• Locating and identifying items at a place setting SAMPLE LESSON
• Picking up and setting down a glass without spilling
• Using a fork to identify food items on a plate
• Cutting bite sized pieces of meat
• Identifying and using the salt and pepper shakers
• Eating soup and salad with less of a mess
• Restaurant Tips on dining out

Indoor Mobility
• The “trailing technique” for safe in-home travel
• Forearm protective positions
• Orienting by “squaring off” from a known location
• Identifying and using landmarks
• Minimizing potentially hazardous situations

Using a Sighted Guide
• What is a sighted guide
• Holding on to a sighted guide
• Switching to the other side of the guide
• Changing directions
• You and the guide in narrow places
• Going through a doorway
• Going up and down stairs
• Teaching a new person to be your sighted guide

Managing Medications
• Using over the counter remedies while taking prescription drugs
• Using a seven day pill box organizer
• Identifying your various prescription bottles
• A marking system to identify various drugs and their dosage
• Making and using a big-print prescription information notebook
• Administering eye drops
• Measuring oral liquid medications

Personal Grooming
• Bathroom organization
• Tactile marking systems for identifying personal care products
• Using contrasting colors to aid with grooming
• Bathroom lighting
• Using a magnifier
• Grooming tips: shaving, hair, make-up

Doing the Laundry
• Sorting the clothes for consistent organization
• Pinning pairs of socks together
• Safely going up and down the basement stairs
• Accurately measuring detergent and bleach
• Marking the dials of the washer and dryer

Using the Telephone
• Dialing the telephone without looking
• Making and using a big-print phone directory
• Services available for legally blind phone consumers
• Large print attachments for the phone

Adaptive Devices & Techniques
• Video magnifiers - CCTV choices and use
• Glass lens magnifiers and accessories
• Maximizing lighting for task at hand
• Some popular and useful adaptive devices
• Talking devices
• Support canes - choosing and using
• Identifying money and making change
• Clothing colors - identification and tactile marking
• Safety devices for ironing clothes

Advanced Cooking Techniques
• Making a big print recipe notebook
• Techniques for peeling, grating, chopping foods
• Useful adaptive devices
• Techniques for boiling foods
• Techniques for frying foods and baking foods
• Simplifying meal preparation and useful gadgets

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