The Little Things in Life - Kari’s Story

As I write this, the news of the world is shocking. With Covid-19 death figures increasing, grieving families much in my thoughts.

But then the LARGE issues were soon replaced when I prepared my lunch.  Frustration took over with a little issue!

No matter how many helping tools I gathered, I could not read the recycling number on the throw-out container. I had my reading glasses, torch, and the wonderful magnifying glass with the light attached. My fingertips are not trained to detect things, as I have only been “Low Vision” for two of my 82 years!

Some engineer had better start working on the stamping symbol to make it much bigger.

Oh – more frustration – the ‘hole in the wall’ ATM money machines. Where do I start? Sun on the screen makes seeing the text impossible and there is not enough time to read the screen, if you can block out the sun. Nor is there enough time to grab the money while trying to read the balance!

Seems as though design engineers will be kept in work for a very long time.


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