Activity 11 – Operating the telephone

Alternate senses contributing to this activity are: touch & hearing.

Assistive procedures helpful for maintaining this activity are:

  • Labeling.
  • Modifying or developing techniques.
  • Using Braille.
  • Using high technology devices or software.
  • Modifying objects or environment.
  • Utilizing a public service.

We will begin with:


Tactile stickers, available through low vision dealers, make phone buttons easier to identify.

Modifying or developing techniques

The numbers on every standard phone are easy to memorize and find by touch. The number 5 usually has a raised bump on it for getting your bearings.

Using Braille

Several companies feature cell phones with Braille touch pads.

Using high technology devices or software

Some cell phones are equipped with voice recognition software, which eliminates the need for dialing.

Phone can be purchased that include alerts, and name announcing for caller indentification.

Cell phones can also be purchased that include a talking global positioning system, or GPS, for finding your way.

Modifying objects or environment

Several phones are available with larger and fewer buttons.

Utilizing a public service

Most phone companies offer free, directory assistance and connection for those who qualify. Call your business office for information about applying for the service.

Here are free, Internet-like, telephone search services for making reservations, accessing weather reports, finding businesses, etc.:

  • For “Tell Me”, dial 1 – 800 – 5 5 5 – 8 3 5 5
  • For “Google Voice Local Search”, dial 1 – 800 – 4 6 6 – 4 4 1 1

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