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February 7, 2010

Can you read Braille?

We needed band aids and well I went to buy some. I stood there and studied the huge selection of different brands, styles, colors, medicated or not. When I finally decided how much I was willing to pay to cover a paper cut booboo and the average size of my typical booboo I grabbed a box. Said box …

to my surprise has Braille on it. Can you see it?Cool, no super Cool! Then I thought hey wait a minute why am I just now seeing a product that has Braille labeling? I know, you too huh? See this goes back to my rant about the salt grinders, well sorta. I mean come on even blind people or sight challenged folks need to buy stuff. Sure it may not matter what color the sheets that they buy are, but they do need to know the tread count and the size (for some things size does so matter and bed sheets is one of ‘em). And yeah, I’m sure the color does matter in an overall decorating scheme sort of way.

When was the last time you saw a sight challenged person shopping alone? Or God forbid not getting to shop! That would be awful, don’t you agree. I’m just saying it’s about time someone put Braille labeling on a product. Way to go Band Aid people!

FTC Disclaimer: I received no compensation for my opinion in this post (maybe I sould just make this statement a part of every post as I seem to never be compensated for any opinion I have)

10 comments:

Jeni said...

Agreed!

Deanna Schrayer said...

I cracked up at your disclaimer Paige. You're right - maybe we should just go ahead and make that part of the heading of our blogs.

I agree, there does need to be more braille labeling on products. I've never seen any myself, though they could be there and I've just overlooked them, but I would think I'd notice if I bought something and used it. I very rarely see a blind person out shopping; guess now I know why. Pitiful.

Zephra said...

You know what? You have a good point. I never thought about it before.

Linda said...

That's very cool -- I never noticed. There are quite a few blind or near-blind folks who shop, actually. I have a good writing friend who is legally blind, doesn't use a cane or a sight dog, but relies on braille for many things. I'll check out some products on my next Target run... peace, Linda

Snaggle Tooth said...

Here, here! All cardboard products should go the extra mile for the braille labels!

Just yesterday at the market, I kept encountering a woman n her sight-dog, who was doing a wonderful job. She had another person as a "product spotter" tho-

lol-word ver: fandebra

Erin Kuhns said...

Reading your blog just opened my mind a bit wider. Another thing I know I take for granted: my sight. But synchronistically speaking (love making those words up!), I'm currently reading "The Chalk Circle Man" by Fred Vargas, in which there is a blind character so I've been giving some thought to that world lately.

All this to say that I'm glad Band-Aid is thinking about the blind. Very impressive, indeed.

Dorraine said...

I have yet to discover something like this but I think it's way cool and long, long overdo. Imagine how much better their lives will be. I'll be checking for this now. Thanks for sharing this, Paige!

ElizabethR said...

You know, I never gave that a thought before, but how do they shop if they don't have a personal friend to go with them?

I too will be checking out the packages on everything for Braille.

Abandoned in Pasadena said...

The disclaimer made me laugh that I almost forgot what you were writing about...Oh yes it was braille on Band Aid packaging. I'm surprised that everything doesn't have braille on it somewhere. It's about time isn't it?

Karin Bartimole said...

I can honestly say that this is something i never thought of, but how right you are. I often find myself reading labels to elderly people in the grocery, when I notice them looking confused and ask if I can help. So many ingredients to make out, all in tiny print - could labels been blown up into large print with braille included on one side, because even having a braille title doesn't give all the info, when it comes to food items. It's a lot to think about...