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. 




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





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!)




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






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





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!






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