Large Print and Tactile Marking and Labeling Materials and Supplies

Labeling for visually impaired
Labeling and Marking Basics for Visually Impaired

Marking and labeling strategies can be used in every area of your home, and are meant to make visual tasks easier. My goal in the Marking and Labeling course is to share different ideas/strategies/systems/tactics for marking and labeling using large print labels, tactile markings and audible recordings. You may have differing needs and different levels of usable vision, and different levels of hearing, tactile sensitivity, need for rapid identification of certain items and your own personal preferences. My intention for the course lessons are to provide an education about materials, tactics and techniques for marking and labeling to empower you to choose the organization system(s) that work best for individual needs. Below is an overview of the materials and needs based considerations, and the actual course offering will go into detail–providing strategies, techniques and tactics.

Low Vision Marking/Labeling Supplies and Materials

  • White unruled 3′′x 5′′ index cards
  • Wide-tip markers
  • Flair felt-tip pens
  • Sharpie or 20/20 pens
  • Jumbo colored paper clips
  • Colored adhesive labels
  • Colored Dymo labeling tape
  • Colored electrical or plastic tape
  • Laundry markers
  • Polymark fabric/craft paint, puffy paint, nail polish, glue dots
  • Masking tape
  • Rubber bands
  • Touch dots/bump dots locator dots
  • Hi-mark pen
  • Velour pads/furniture protectors, felt pads, cork marks
  • Safety pins
  • Stick-on Velcro
  • Pipe cleaners
  • Self-stick magnetic tape
  • Iron-on patches
  • Foam alphabet letters

    Needs-Based Considerations: 
  • Should the labeling system be permanent?
  • Can the labels be reused?
  • Does the labeling material have to be durable and withstand
    laundering and/or daily use?
  • How will the label be attached to an item?
  • Will the placement of the label interfere with the use of an item?
  • Are some items in a shared space, where clear labeling is preferred?
  • Will I use large print visual labels, or tactile and audible labels, or a
    combination of both?

    Given that you all have your own individual needs and preferences, the system and techniques you chose to use will be different. Take into consideration your level of vision, your hearing, tactile sensitivity, when implementing your new marking and labeling techniques. Some may implement some of these strategies on your own, with a family member or caregiver. For those of you who are participating in (or who plan to) rehabilitation therapy/training either via digital course or in the home, you can work with your vision rehab teacher to learn tactics and put them into action. (See Guides, Books and/or Course section for additional information.)


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