Lets go shopping
I thought it would be a good idea to combine a
list of places where we could go shopping for articles for the
blind. To me, it makes more sense having it all in the one
area, making it easier to find websites that might sell what you
are looking for. I will add more as I come across them.
Remember postage prices may vary. Please check with the company or
provider that you are ordering from to see if items can be posted
to your location, if items are available, and to get current
pricing (and any applicable postage) on those articles.
Remember to also check companies policies before making a
purchase. A good site to help calculate exchange rates is http://www.x-rates.com/calculator/
The site has a currency calculator, which allows you to enter in a
foreign amount and have it converted to your local currency. This
allows you to compare costs and shipping when considering
importing items into New Zealand.
Some of the major
international providers of vision impaired and blindness
related products, services and information
The RNZFB shop in New Zealand (now known as the
0800 24 33 33
Vision Australia shop in Australia
Or when writing down the website for somebody, please visit http://www.visionaustralia.org.au/
and click on the link that says shop.
The RNIB shop in the United Kingdom
The Future Aids shop in Canada (also called braillebookstore.com)
Independent Living Aids New York
The Lighthouse Store New York
American Printing House for the Blind Inc. Louisville Kentucky
Speak To Me online catalogue Renton Washington
Cobolt talking products and vision impaired aides UK
Blind Mice Mega Mall Houston Texas
who specialise in a variety of eyesight related products
that you may also find useful
When out and about shopping, there are some
great alternative sources of products that we can also put to good
use. Some of these sources can be found locally, and others can be
found online within New Zealand. The good thing about discovering
some of these products locally, is that you may be able to test them out in store.
The links below are not an exhaustive list, however I hope you (or
the people that you pass this information onto), find these
sources just as useful as I have. If you have found other useful
stores or sites that sell eyesight related aides, please let me know so that
others can find out about them too. As with any store, it always
pays to ask what is currently in
stock as stock ranges and availability may vary.
Links to alternative
sources from within New Zealand and overseas
Some of these products may be able to be
purchased online, and for some of these products you may have
to go into the shop.
You will need to check the availability of any items that you
are interested in.
If you discover items that a blind or vision
impaired person may be able to use, please feel free to email
me and let me know where you found the item. In some cases,
you may need to add minor adaptations to enable that item to
be independently used (for example labelling the start, stop
and power level buttons on a microwave and so on). The more
information we can get out there, the more that people will
hear about these products and be able to try them for
Magnamail have a variety of
eyesight related items amongst their many items for sale. The
following items are some that we have come across that we
think might be useful dependent upon your level of vision. Of
course for current product availability and pricing, please
contact Magnamail directly via their free phone number 0800
170 270 or via their website.
Electronic Talking Scales
(catalogue number J1048); Classic
Magnifying Glass (catalogue number N652); Magnifying Makeup Mirror (catalogue number
H1326); Large Display Clock
with weather - which is actually a talking time and
temperature clock (catalogue number VC11); Easy Read Calendar Clock (catalogue number
VC14); Large Print Bible King
James (catalogue number N608); Folded Lighted Magnifier (catalogue number
U152). Give Magnamail a call if you would like their latest
catalogue posted out to you! It is also a good idea to search
their website as products may change from to time. It is also
possible that not all products may be listed online!
Please note: As auctions
on Trade Me begin and end continuously, please search TradeMe
for the item that you are looking for. They do have adaptive
technologies that come up on their website. Some examples
might be:talking clocks, big button
phones, hand held magnifiers, adaptive software and devices,
video magnifiers and so on.
online auction site Just like TradeMe, Ebay sells a variety of equipment
you may find useful.
Electronics NZ Jaycar have a range of items that may be
useful. These range from a
talking count down/up timer, to a variety of magnifiers.
NZ Magnifying desk
lamp with LED light.
Lighting Plus NZ Magnifying desk lamp with
2n5 shop New Zealand
An NZ store selling precut magnets,
wide clear tape, and
garden wire (for use
with the PenFriend). Also, thick markers, puffy
paint, phone bling for
tactile marking (aka adhesive rhinestones, crystal tattoo or
jewellery seal), puzzle / crossword / word find /
letter find books in large
playing cards, portable
dog bowls, and velcro
(for tactile marking and attaching penfriend labels to plastic
lids). Duo sock (sock
pairers) are now available in a pack of 5 to keep your socks
paired up as they go through the wash, onto the clothesline
and back into the sock drawer. Large print and braille pill boxes are
available in a range of styles. Tactile noughts and crosses (in the kids toy
section). Please ask at your local 2n5 store to see what items
are available. See also Best
for Less, Coin
saver and other similar shops for these items.
Harvey Norman New
Zealand An NZ store selling Apple products such as desktops, notebooks,
Leeming New Zealand An NZ store selling Apple products such as
computers, notebooks, ipods and ipads.
An NZ store selling a variety of products including the Doro 311C large button
phone, the Telemate big button phone,
the Cascade 17L manual
microwave oven and large print A4 calculators. They
also sell a tactile/audible challenging game called Bop-It,
XT as well as tactile noughts and crosses.
Electronics On their talking mp3players.com page they have
talking mp3 players featuring an fm radio, voice recorder
and expandable memory slot.
Quoted as being the simplest and easiest to use Audio
Bible player. Also available in a variety of versions,
narrators and languages.