Aids to independent living
Our aids and equipment are available at the IRIS Centre and at our Low Vision clinic in Macclesfield, where we can demonstrate and supply equipment to help with everyday living, from threading needles to cooking a meal. There are numerous items of equipment which can help people with a visual impairment, from simple signature guides which help you sign cheques and letters through to more sophisticated (and expensive) items of new technology which enable computers to speak to you or letters, books and magazines to be magnified and presented to you for easy reading on your TV screen. There is also much between these two extremes, including clocks and watches that speak the time (and if need be the date); cooking and healthy living aids such as talking kitchen scales (and personal weighing scales if you wish) through to measuring utensils, talking microwaves, pill organisers, personal timers and simple bump-ons which are small adhesive rubber dots which you can use as tactile markers to show you (by feel) the temperature dial on your oven or the on/off button on an item of equipment. You can see how cooking can be made simpler and safer by visiting our sight-loss friendly kitchen at the IRIS Centre. We also want you to enjoy life, so we stock a large supply of anti-glare sunglasses for when you’re out and about as well as supplies of large print cards, puzzle books and board games for when you’re in. We even have in stock some tactile dominoes and large piece jigsaws, and a rich variety of task lighting and large dial telephones which plug simply into your existing phone system. If you want to check whether we stock any of these items of equipment, or wish to order them to be put aside for collection, ring IRIS on 01270 250316. You can normally return anything you buy from us within 30 days if you find it unsuitable or unhelpful – we’ll give you a complete refund if the item is undamaged and in its original packaging and you can supply the receipt we gave you. IRIS is a trading partner of the Royal National Institute of the Blind (RNIB) and can order for you items from their online shop at www.rnib.org.uk. Contact the IRIS offices for details.