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Ask The Coach
June 2022

Original Release: 6/1/2022

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How many times do we find ourselves either stuck or stymied, overwhelmed or overcome because of vision loss?

Or how many times do we find ourselves in a quandary or sinking in quick sand because of our sight loss?

No matter if we use the term blind or vision impaired or low vision to describe our circumstance, the fact remains that we often need varying degrees of help, assistance, mentoring, or advice to help us cope.

My name is Donna Jodhan and I am using my extensive experience as a sight loss coach as well as my lived experience to share and respond to questions that are submitted to me and I also invite you to share your thoughts on questions asked.

Question #1 of 3:

A question from Sheila in Louisville, Kentucky: Sheila wants to know if there are any talking appliances out there.

Response #1 of 3:

Sheila, there are two specific talking appliances that are a part of my kitchen.

My toaster oven and my microwave.

These are fully talkable in that their menus and control panels are accessible and their voice settings give a lot of information.

The voices are very clear and these appliances are very easy to use.

You can even set the voice levels for the volume.

Now, I am not sure if there are any other talking appliances out there and I am going to ask our readers for suggestions and feedback.

I think that we need to be made aware of more.

Question #2 of 3:

A question from Brent in Miami Florida: Brent wants to learn more about the importance of braille.

Response #2 of 3:

Brent, I will admit that Braille is very important for me as someone who has precious little vision.

I use Braille to label my packages, boxes, tins, and file folders.

Whenever I find myself in a pinch I take notes in Braille.

And I even use Braille to take notes for presentations and zoom sessions.

Sometimes I even use Braille to take notes when talking on my phone.

Question #3 of 3:

A question from Monique in Paris France: Monique wants to learn about some techniques for lighting an outdoor barbecue.

Response #3 of 3:

Monique, I do not own an outdoor barbecue but with barbecue season upon us, I took a bit of time to ask around and here is what I have been told.

First, make sure that you have fully oriented yourself to your outdoor barbecue.

Next, closely follow the instructions for maintaining and cleaning your barbecue.

Then make sure that before you light your barbecue, you apply the correct amount of oil or any other liquid that you are going to use.

Be sure to put your barbecue on low before lighting then use a long handle lighter to light it.

Do not stand too close to your barbecue.

I am being told that it would be safer to first arrange your vegetables and/or meat on your barbecue before lighting it.

Does anyone have any other suggestions? Tell us what you think! Share your feedback and let's get more ideas cracking! It's important for us to share how we do things!

To contact me with a question or a thought; please send an email to me at ✉ and I'll be sure to respond inside of 5 business days at the most. If you need me to respond earlier then put the word important in your subject line and I'll do my very best to respond more quickly.

Until the next time then!

I'm Donna wishing you a pleasant day and thanking everyone for their insightful feedback and suggestions!

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