By Beth Gustin
Short story of validation that to me is a reminder of why we do what we do, and that we are where we are meant to be.
I started a new group in Denver in December. The group had tried to form before but faded out, so it was a surprise to me when six individuals came to the first group. A general discussion was held explaining a multitude of options and possibilities for a myriad of situations one might face when experiencing vision loss. Labeling and marking appliances came up and the residents wanted to mark their mailboxes and washers and dryers. I was told that someone would have to talk to “the powers that be” and that it may be a challenge.
The next month I brought labeling as the topic including a variety of labeling options. I gave examples of a few types of dots used to mark appliances to a resident who is on the Residents’ council and who was in contact with “the powers that be.”
Today, someone from maintenance came to the group and was extremely excited and willing to help make mailboxes, keyholes in doors, and washers and dryers accessible. She had already ordered more dots, and planned to keep a supply on hand for any new residents with vision loss. She took down names and apartment numbers and stated the requested dots would be on their doors or mailboxes by tomorrow. She also was interested in using fabric paint or other more permanent marking for the community washers and dryers.
Pretty neat when a facility cares so much about their residents, and embraces accessibility!
We are now tackling the non-working CCTV in their computer lab, as it apparently may just need to be plugged in and then training given to individuals to use it.
Thanks for reading,
Beth Gustin MA, NCC, LPC
LSAC Program Manager
Adjustment Counseling Program
Beyond Vision Program
Center for People With Disabilities
10351 Grant Street Suite 1
Thornton, CO 80229