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Love the suggestions. Thanks for sharing.

Have great weekend everyone.

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this is so awesome thank you . Hugs for a great week

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What a fantastic article with great information. I still have vision in one eye but know the day could come where I won't. This is very helpful. Thanks for taking the time to post. Looking forward to more.

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Do you struggle to organize your clothes and/or rely on someone else to pick out your clothes because you can't see the colors to match them? Do you want to make it easier for yourself?

I've decided to start doing threads on daily living activities and wanted to start with this topic because it is one that I know a great deal about. So here goes:

The simplest method of labelling your cllothes if you have some sight is to write the color and any identifying patterns on a large index card with a permanent marker, then attach it to the article of clothing with a safety pin. This is simple to do, but can be tedious and has to be taken off to wear the clothing and wash it, then reattached when you put the clothing in the closet. Thus, this will porbably mean using an aide or friend to help you reattach the index cards to the proper article of clothing.

Another system is similar, but is also for the blind person, not just those with low vision. Take that same index card and use a slate and stylus or a Braillewriter to Braille the index card with the information you need to identify the article of clothing. Then, attach the index card like above. This system is also tedious and requires you to unattach and reattach the labels, meaning you will likely need an aide or friend to help you replace the labels. Also, Braille on paper will eventually rub down, so you'll have to replace the index cards or re-Braille the one with the rubbed-down Braille.

For either print or Braille, there are also label wands that can create cloth labels that you can either safety pin to the tag or sew into the article of clothing. These are great because they don't have to be removed for wearing or washing, so there's no time-consuming replacement of the tags. For Braille users, there are also metal tags with short abbreviations for colors and patterns. These can also be sewn in or safety pinned to the tag.

For a higher tech method of labelling and reading the labels, especially important for blind people who don't read Braille for whatever reason, there are companies that will sell you cloth tags with barcodes, which you sew into or pin onto your article of clothing. Then, you use their app to take a picture of the barcode and record your message. Finally, whenever you want to know about that piece of clothing, just take a picure of the tag with your smartphone app, and it will play the recording of you saying what the item is. Such companies include Digit Eyes, which has an IOS app (I don't know if there is an Android app for Digit Eyes). The up-side of this method is that you can reuse the labels for anything you want, they also have paper sticker labbels that you can put on cans and much more, and it's very accurate. The downside is that you will have to align your camera just right to get an accurate reading, but you can learn to align it automatically with practice.

*Color Identifying*
The lowest tech for color identifying is to just label it with the color on a tag, with whatever method you chose in the labelling section above. Simply read the label to find out what color, pattern, or design is on the shirt, pants, skirt, or other article oof clothing.

Next, there are handheld color identifiers. One example is the Speech MasterColor Identifier, which is available from Independent Living Aids, and costs $ comes with an earphone and instructions in large print, with Word instructions available in a download. with volume control and a pleasant male voice, this color identifier can take a quick snap of a fabbric's color when held up to it in good light and will identify the color immediately. Doubling as a light detector, color identifiers in general are great because they are easy to store away when not in use, are instantaneous, and identify many colors with various nuances (like very, bright, very bright, pale, etc.). However even a good one will not always be accurate and you may want to press the button several times to ensure you get the most accurate color. These identifiers will also not tell you if the clothing is patterned or has a design on it.

Finally, there are apps like Tap Tap See and Microsoft's Seeing AI which will identify colors and much more. Tap Tap See is an app that takes a picture of your clothing and can identify not only the color, but also the pattern, design, or what article of clothing it is! This is my favorite way of identifying clothes, personally, because it is almost 100% accurate and is simple to use (just press the camera button to take a picture and it'll say out loud the result). Seeing AI is newer on the scene, but also has document identification, photo identification, and even handwriting identification. Both of these apps are free (I know they are on IOS, but I'm not certain about Android).

There are many ways to organize your clothes and identify what they are. If none of these methods work for you, make up your own! I know one person who uses bump dots in a certain pattern (like large bump dot, small bump dot for red), putting the bump dots on an index card and pinning them to the article of clothing. I have another friend who uses beads on a safety pin for her system. Whatever system you choose, it has to work for you. If it doesn't work for you, why are you doing it in the first place?

I hope you enjoyed this topic and will leave comments or questions for me in the area below. If people seem to like them, I will do many more!

Edited by: HEREKITTYKAT97 at: 3/21/2019 (17:16)
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