4 Ways to Pass the Time if You’re Visually Impaired

Entertaining yourself when you have trouble seeing can be a challenge sometimes. Luckily a variety of fun activities exists that can help you pass the time. Here’s our list of 4 ways to pass the time if you’re visually impaired.

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4. Rubik’s Tactile Cube: Starting off our list is the Rubik’s Tactile Cube. The Rubik’s Tactile Cube works like a normal Rubik’s Cube but each tile has a marker on it so those who are blind have a way to match the tiles. They cost roughly $14 on Amazon and if you miss being able to solve a Rubik’s Cube or have never previously owned one I’d recommend giving it a shot.

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3. Large Print Playing Cards: Messing around with a deck of cards has been a favorite pass time for as long as anyone can remember and I doubt it’s going away anytime soon. Luckily for those who are visually impaired they make large print card decks, so if you’re in dire need of a time waster, for $7 this is a safe bet.

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2. Podcasts:  whether you’re working and need something to listen to or are just bored, podcasts are an excellent way to pass the time. Podcasts are available on  itunes, Google Play, Spotify, and Amazon.

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1.Audible: Rounding off our list is Audible, Amazons digital store front for audio books. Audible is a great way for those unable to read for themselves to still be able to enjoy literature. While the storefront is free to use Audible has a membership plan (Free if you have Amazon prime) that gets you one free book a month as well as discounts.

Thanks for reading our list of ways to pass the time if you’re visually impaired. If you feel we missed something feel free to leave a comment.

Top 5 Most Useful Tools for the Visually Impaired.

Being blind or visually impaired can be pretty difficult, luckily there’s a variety of tools and devices that can make navigating the world a lot easier. Before we get started I’d like to mention that most (if not all) of the items on this list can be obtained through your local center for the blind if you are registered with them. With that out of the way here’s our list of the 5 most useful tools for the blind and visually impaired.

5. Talking Alarm Clocks/Talking Wrist Watches: It’s hard being able to tell the time when you can’t read a normal clock, luckily talking time pieces exist to make life a little easier. The alarm clocks are basically just a giant button that speaks the time and are reasonably priced at about $30. The wrist watches look like a normal wrist watch but the clock face is in large print, so this is a good buy for those who are fully blind as well as those who are legally blind.  The wrist watches are also reasonably priced between $20-$60. 

4. Large Print Keyboards: For those who are legally blind and don’t know how to touch type, this is probably something you should look into getting. They’re on the cheaper end of things at about $25, so if you do a lot of computer work this is probably worth the investment.

3. Kindle Fire: This may seem like an odd one, but for those who are going blind and still like to read, or just want an affordable tablet with excellent accessibility features then this is great option. The text size is highly adjustable so you can make the text as large as you need. The Kindle Fire has Audible pre-installed for those who are fully blind or just find Audible easier. The 10 inch Kindle Fire normally retails about $150 but frequently goes on sale for $120.

2. Magnifiers: If your vision is worse than a 20/200 (legally blind) then having a magnifier is a must. Non-electronic magnifiers are normally fairly cheap ranging from $13-$25, while electronic magnifiers that can digitally zoom in are a bit more on the pricey side at around $150. 

1.Canes: This one’s a no-brainer, but it’s an invaluable tool worth mentioning. If you are legally blind, night blind, or fully blind and don’t have one of these I highly suggest you get one. They’re pretty cheap at about $20 on amazon, or check with your local center for the blind as they normally provide canes to those who need them.

If you think there’s an item that should have been on this list please leave a comment. Tanks for reading.