Activity 2 – Dressing

Alternate senses contributing to this activity are: touch and 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.

We will begin with:

Labeling

Create labels inside your clothes to identify colors. To the label that already exists, apply Braille dots, or your own special codes, with a Hi-Marks pen, available through low vision dealers. Once it dries, you can feel the raised bumps.

Put “key tags” or clothespins on the hanger with the same label. Or you can fold an index card in half, cut a small hole for the hanger, and label it. When re-storing the clothing, read the label and return it to the proper hanger.

Identify the color of an item with a safety pin in the hem. Turn the pin at different angles to represent different colors.

If you have a large number of shoes, keep them in their original boxes, labeled for identification and stored alphabetically.

Some low vision dealers offer an inexpensive voice labeling system called “Pen Friend.” This allows you to easily record, and re-record, information onto self-adhesive labels. It also works as a note taker.


Modifying or developing techniques

Keep coordinated outfits on the same hanger.

Keep all black items together, all blues together, etc. Consider keeping different colors on different types of hangers.

Have a trusted individual tell you honestly how you look.

If you doubt the cleanliness of an item, launder it.

Place accessories in a bag and hang them with the appropriate outfit.

To tell front from back, feel for the tag. Or, if there are hanger loops, tie a knot in the left or front loop. Or, sew a spare button in the left front hem. Be consistent.

Periodically feel the toes of your shoes for separation. Low vision people tend to trip and bang their shoes, causing the soles to deteriorate faster than normal.

When storing shoes, tie them together in pairs, or slip one inside the other.


Using high technology devices or software

Talking “color identifiers” are available in several models from low vision dealers. Point them at an object or piece of clothing, and they will speak the color.


Modifying objects or environment

Buy rubber soled shoes. Slippery leather soles are an unnecessary hazard.


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