Category Archives: Assistive Devices for Persons with Disabilities

Small and large metal type signature guides for vision impaired persons

Small and large metal type signature guides for vision impaired persons

Vision impaired persons can use a commercial signature guide that is approximately the size of a credit card, made of plastic or metal and has a rectangular cutout in the middle.

This type of signature guide is available in rigid and flexible versions.

A friend or a family member can line up the signature guide with the writing line, which will allow the vision impaired person to sign the name independently in the writing space. If you have low vision, this type of signature guide is usually black or darker-colored and provides good contrast with white or light-colored

Paper.

You can also create your own signature guide. There are many ways to create your own signature guide:

Ask a family member or a friend to make a sharp crease in the paper along the writing space. This will provide a tactile raised writing line to help guide your signature placement.

Place 2-3 layered “Post-it” notes along the writing line to make it easier to locate and feel. Write your name just above the “Post-its” and remove them when you are done.

Ask a family member or a friend to place the upper edge of a credit card just below the writing line. This will provide a raised writing line to help guide your signature placement.

Use the index and middle fingers of your non-writing hand to form a “V.” Place your hand forming the “V” palms down and sideways on the paper so that your index finger is directly below the entire writing line and your middle finger is angled above the line. Sign your name above your index finger and stay inside the “V” to help guide your signature placement.

Ask a family member or friend to cut a rectangular opening in either an expired credit or debit card, a facsimile credit card that is frequently sent with card offers, or a piece of cardboard cut to the size of a credit card. The opening should be 1/2″ by approximately 3″. Use this template in the same way

You would use a commercial signature guide.

If you have low vision, ask a family member or friend to use a marker pen and darken the writing line for you. This will make the signature line easier for you to see.

Please note: Before you sign any important document, ask a trusted friend or family member to read it to you before you add your signature.

The Employers’ Federation of Ceylon ICT Training Centre for Persons with Disabilities is equipped with signature guides and many more assistive devices for persons with disabilities.

Video:

Manique Gunaratne

Vice Chair Person – South Asian Disability Forum

Three line signature guide

Three line signature guide

 

The three line signature guide assists vision impaired persons to place the signature in the correct place. When the signature guide is placed at the correct place in any line out of the three lines the vision impaired person can place the signature without any difficulty. Trainees of The Employers’ Federation of Ceylon ICT Training Centre for Persons with Disabilities make use of this assistive device.

 

Video:Three line signature guide

 

Manique Gunaratne

Blog: http://efcnetworkondisability.employers.lk/

Special chess board for vision impaired persons

Special chess board for vision impaired persons

 

The chess board specially designed for vision impaired persons allows a vision impaired person to play the game either with another vision impaired person or with a sighted person. The vision impaired person is allowed to touch and identify the pawns even the pawns of the opposite side player. The black squares are raised up in the board and white squares are pressed down. There is a Braille dot on top of white pawns. The black pawns do not have a Braille dot. The Employers’ Federation of Ceylon ICT Training Centre for Persons with Disabilities is equipped with this special chess board. Watch the video.

 

Video:special chess board

 

ManiqueGunaratne

The Employers’ Federation of Ceylon,

385 J3 Old Kotte Road,

Rajagiriya,

Sri Lanka.

NEEDLE THREADER FOR VISION IMPAIRED PERSONS

Needle threader for vision impaired persons

 

The needle threader is very useful for vision impaired persons to insert the thread into the needle. The vision impaired trainees at The Employers’ Federation of Ceylon ICT Training Centre has the privilege of using the needle threaders. Especially the vision impaired women.

 

Video:

Manique N.T. VTS_01_1

 

ManiqueGunaratne

Founder Members Team – South Asian Women with Disabilities Network

 

 

THE EMPLOYERS’ FEDERATION OF CEYLON EXHIBITS ASSISTIVE DEVICES AT UNIVERSITY OF PERADENIYA

The Employers’ Federation of Ceylon Exhibits assistive devices at University of peradeniya

 

The Students Union of University of Peradeniya said that the exhibition stall done by The Employers’ Federation of Ceylon ICT Training Centre for Persons with Disabilities together with the students of the Special Skills Unit was one of the best stalls at the exhibition. In September 2015 the Students Union of University of Peradeniya organized an exhibition including all faculties of the University. Students with disabilities of the Special Skills Unit and The Employers’ Federation of Ceylon did a stall titled “Nayanalokaya” (which included assistive devices and technologies for persons with disabilities. More than 50 assistive devices specially designed for persons with disabilities were displayed at this stall.

Everyone who visited the stall was really impressed about the stall.

The EFC ICT Training Centre headed by Ms. ManiqueGunaratne is the only Centre in Sri Lanka which has the largest number of assistive devices and software for persons with disabilities especially for vision impaired persons.

The Sri Lanka Institute of Information Technology (SLIIT) has partnered with EFC ICT Training Centre to develop an application to learn English Language from the smart phone. Special feature of this application is that it has the speech facilities with the touch gestures. The SLIIT also displayed their device at this exhibition together with EFC. This application can be installed from EFC.

Please watch the video clip about the stall on the following link. The importance of this video clip is all persons involved in this video clip are persons with disabilities.

https://youtu.be/P5bfRyT3QJ4

 

Picture descriptions:

1 Devices displayed.

devices displayed

2 Manique explaining the devices.

manique explaining the devices

3 The Employers’ Federation of Ceylon stall.

manique with the banner

4 Visitors checking the devices.

visitors checking items

ManiqueGunaratne

Co-ordinator – ASSET (Advancing Special Skills for Economic Transformation) Project

 

 

PEDOMETER FOR VISION IMPAIRED PERSONS

Pedometer for vision impaired persons

 

The pedometer is an assistive device for vision impaired persons which has the talking facility. It makes your walking and jogging more easily with the talking facility. It speaks the distance and steps you have walked. It plays music while you are walking. It can be adjusted according to your jogging or walking tempo. Alarms can be also set according to the time you want to walk. You can also set the step length. Talking watch is also available in the pedometer. EFC ICT trainees make use of the pedometer at The Employers’ Federation of Ceylon ICT Training Centre for Persons with Disabilities.

pedometre

ManiqueGunaratne

Resource Person to Train, Promote & Develop Information & Communication Technology for Visually Impaired Persons

STAND MAGNIFIER FOR LOW VISION PERSONS

Stand magnifier for low vision persons

 

Sometimes it is believed that low vision persons are marginalized due to lack of assistive devices for them. The Employers’ Federation of Ceylon, ICT Training Centre for persons with Disabilities assists low vision persons to be equally capable as sighted persons. Training materials are provided in large print and screen magnifier is also used to zoom the text in the computer screen. The stand magnifiers are used to make the printed document enlarge so that the low vision person could read the text easily. It can be kept on the table so that the document can be easily read.

 

Video description:

Describing the stand magnifier

stand magnifier

ManiqueGunaratne

Tel. – 0094112867966