[nabs-l] access to appliances

Ashley Bramlett bookwormahb at earthlink.net
Tue May 26 01:59:33 UTC 2009


Jamie,
For now I use those techniques.  On the flat stove I imagine it.  I remember 
the layout from the previous model of stove that had
raised tactile burners.  I center the dishes the best I can with my vision 
and feeling.  I put my
hand over the stove and feel
where its hottest without touching it.
Still I think the tactile stoves were easier to use and not as much guess 
work!  That's why I'm wondering which companies if any still make accessible 
stoves.  When I am ready to shop for appliances, I will choose ones that are 
more accessible.

For flat pannel appliances I also had them labeled.
Although I didn't use dots because that isn't specific.  I used dimo tape 
and a rehab teacher helped me label the screen with numbers.  For some 
buttons we had to have one or two letters rather than the whole word as in 
print because of lack of space; braille takes more room.  So for instance on 
the oven BK is for bake, cl for clear and ST for stop.

Ashley
----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Jamie Principato" <blackbyrdfly at gmail.com>
To: "National Association of Blind Students mailing list" 
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Sent: Monday, May 25, 2009 8:10 PM
Subject: Re: [nabs-l] access to appliances


>I just guess. Usually the burners are always in the same places. It's the
> same as if the burners were raised, only they aren't so you have to 
> imagine.
> If I imagine the stove is laid out the way it would be if the burners were
> raised, there's no problem. I can place the pots in the correct general
> area. If I'm ever not sure, I let my hand hover over the stove while it's
> turned on and I can feel where its hottest without actually touching it 
> and
> burning myself.
> As for appliances with flat control panels, my boyfriend and I just label
> these with dots so we can both feel for the right buttons.
>
> On Mon, May 25, 2009 at 7:04 PM, Rania <raniaismail04 at gmail.com> wrote:
>
>> When you mean flat pannel for stoves do you mean the stoves not having 
>> the
>> nobs to tern the burnners on and off whare they would usually be on an
>> eletric or gas stove?
>> Rania,
>> ----- Original Message ----- From: "Ashley Bramlett" <
>> bookwormahb at earthlink.net>
>> To: "National Association of Blind Students mailing list" <
>> nabs-l at nfbnet.org>
>> Sent: Monday, May 25, 2009 6:34 PM
>> Subject: [nabs-l] access to appliances
>>
>>
>>  Hi all,
>>>
>>> Now a days it seems like more flat pannels out there!  Many students 
>>> live
>>> at home when not studying at college in the dorms.  For those of you in 
>>> your
>>> own places, a question.
>>>
>>> How have you made your appliances accessible?  All appliances are flat:
>>> microwaves, stoves, and ovens.  Dishwashers too.  These flat touch 
>>> screens
>>> can be labeled so we can use them.  Stoves are another problem though.
>>> I know there are talking microwaves.  Are there other talking 
>>> appliances?
>>> It would be neat to have a talking dishwasher so it could call out to 
>>> you
>>> when your dishes were done!
>>>
>>> Do you have stoves you can feel the burners?  Most stoves now have flat
>>> tops!  I was at Sears and another store and saw this.  I don't think a 
>>> flat
>>> stove would be real safe.  I have one at home here and use my vision for 
>>> it.
>>>  Its harder to center the pots.  When I could touch the burners I 
>>> touched
>>> them before turning on the stove.  I centered the pot and then turned 
>>> the
>>> stove on.  My point being flat stoves are not as accessible!
>>> When they started making flat stoves with flat burners they didn't think
>>> of low vision.
>>> I have tunnel vision.  The burners are not even a different color making
>>> it hard to see!  You can only see it after the stove is turned on and 
>>> the
>>> burner turns a redish color from the heat.
>>>
>>> Are there companies that have more accessible appliances than others? 
>>> If
>>> so, which ones? Any out there making the old type of stove where the 
>>> burners
>>> were raised?
>>> Just wondering what's out there.  If this is a problem, NFB should
>>> advocate for accessibility.
>>>
>>> Ashley
>>>
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