Five Life Hacks for the Visually Impaired

As told by Bryan of Two Blind Brothers

1. Zoom function on the iPhone

This is my lifesaver! Before the zoom function, I’d carry a magnifying glass with me to read texts or I would screenshot and zoom in. It made texting hard and not really fun. Just go to Settings> General> Accessibility> Zoom and set it up with your preferences!  

 

2.  Dictation via Siri

Sometimes we look crazy on the street because we’re yelling into our phones saying “read text!” “coming over tonight!” Voice dictation is great when you’re tired of having your phone right up to your face to see the screen.

 

3. “What’s your favorite thing on the menu” -I say this at almost every restaurant I go to.

 

It’s always the most expensive thing. Real shocker, I know. But this trick is great when you’re out without a friend and your waiter is your only resource to know what the restaurant has to offer. You eat a lot of eccentric food this way! Another alternative to this would be to take a picture of the menu and zooming in.

 

4. Looking at the crosswalk signal on your side of the street

You step into the street and look at what the sign says on your side of the crosswalk. Sometimes it’s hard to decipher the number counting down from where you are, so it’s always better to be safe than sorry. But if you happen to see a mother and child walking across at the same time, it’s normally a good sign!

 

5. Taking a photo of a menu/check/everything and then zooming in on the picture.

 

When in doubt- take a picture! When you look at my iPhoto library it’s about 75% selfies and a solid 25% of random things I come across in daily life. The camera on the iphone is better than our eyes. So if I’m out and shopping by myself and I need to verify the price of a shirt, or say, check out how amazing the metal tags are (shameless plug) I’ll take a photo, zoom in, and have a look myself.

 

Hope these were helpful! What are YOUR tips and tricks for living with visual impairment?


 

Meet the Two Blind Brothers Team!

Some fun facts about our team and our 2016 Summer interns. 

Bryan Manning

 
 

Age: 25

 

Education: B.S. in Statistics from the University of Virginia

 

Where’ya from? Charlottesville, Virginia

 

Any hidden talents? Dancing

 

Your spirit animal? Octopus

 

One word to describe you, GO: Enthusiastic!

Bradford Manning

 
 

Age: 31

 

Education: Bachelor of Science in Finance from the University of Virginia and a Master of Arts in Psychology from Columbia University

 

Where’ya from? Charlottesville, Virginia

 

Any hidden talents? Swimming

 

Your spirit animal? Dolphin

 

One word to describe you, GO: Ambitious. 

 

Janice

 

Age: 23

 

Education: Lynchburg College class of 2015

 

Where’ya from? I went to high school in NJ

 

Any hidden talents? I've been horse back riding since I was 7 years old

 

Your spirit animal? Butterfly

 

One word to describe you, GO: Ambitious 

 

 

Summer 2016 Interns

 

Briana

 

 

Age: 21

 

Education: Trinity College

 

Where’ya from? Long Island, NY

 

Any hidden talents? I can tell you every cupcake shop in SoHo

 

Your spirit animal? Sloth

 

One word to describe you, GO: Sweet (from all those cupcakes!)


 

Fernanda

 

Age: 19

 

Education: Parsons the New School for Design

 

Where’ya from? I was born in the Dominican Republic, but raised in New York City

 

Any hidden talents?

 

Your spirit animal? Hedgehog

 

One word to describe you, GO: Innovative

 

 

Rachel

 
 

 

Age: 19

 

Education: S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University

 

Where’ya from? Who knows :) (Malaysia)

 

Any hidden talents? Used to swim kinda fast (Was an international competitive swimmer)

 

Your spirit animal? Honeybadger

 

One word to describe you, GO: Passionate


 

Nicole

 
 

 

Age: 22

 

Education: Florida State University (Go Noles!)

 

Where’ya from? Miami, FL

 

Any hidden talents? I’ve tap danced since I was four.

 

Your spirit animal? Sloth, as verified by Buzzfeed.

 

One word to describe you, GO: Enthusiastic!


 

 

Ceili

 

 

Age: 20

 

Education: Fashion Institute of Technology

 

Where’ya from? North Jersey

 

Any hidden talents?  I can eat a whole pizza in one sitting!

 

Your spirit animal? Koala

 

One word to describe you, GO: Sassy