Tipping tips

As a visually impaired traveler, I personally find it important to “pay it forward” by tipping those who help me out, as to give visually impaired travelers “cred”. If I can tip someone who helps me to the gate for my flight and that makes them more enthusiastic about helping the next visually impaired guest, then I have achieved my goal. My biggest problem is seeing the denominations on the bills and making sure I am offering a five dollar tip and not a fifty dollar tip. Let’s talk about it…


Before I leave the house for any trip, I always take time to organize my paper bills. I figure I need a few five-dollar bills for people checking me in, helping me to the gate, and helping me to baggage claim. I roll a few fivers’ and put them in my front pocket – with nothing else. That way, I know if I am reaching into that pocket I can grab a single bill and hand it to the person helping me with confidence. Just this one tip can make travel so much easier, especially if you are trying to find your gate, drag your luggage and in my case make sure my guide dog is sorted out.    


I can still see color, and I have found that the little colored post-it flags you use to mark pages in books work fantastic for identifying the bills in your wallet.  I use a system which uses red, yellow, green and blue flags. My singles and fives are flagged with green (for go), my tens are marked with blue, twenty-dollar bills are marked with yellow (for caution), and 50 and 100-dollar bills are always marked with red (for stop). Here is a link to the flags I use – They come right off the bills easily and this system allows me to enter a store as I travel and confidently find the proper denominations in my wallet.

Post-it Flags Value Count, Assorted Colors, 280 Count


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Smithsonian museums are becoming more accessible in D.C. with the implementation of new tech for the visually impaired.

Using the Aira app, Smithsonian museum visitors who are blind or have low vision can now access an app that uses their smartphone cameras or special glasses to provide wayfinding information coupled with on-demand verbal descriptions of everything from individual objects to entire exhibitions. For more information, you can read the entire article here:

Google Lookout now available!

If you are a Google Pixel user, you can now download the Lookout App from the Google Play store. The app helps Visually Impaired users identify objects and read labels. Google Says:

Google recommends wearing your Pixel device on a lanyard around your neck or keeping it in your front shirt pocket. From there, Lookout can tell you about people, read text, identify objects and more as you go about your day.

You can check out their blog post on the app https://www.blog.google/outreach-initiatives/accessibility/lookout-discover-your-surroundings-help-ai/

and read more about the app here:


El Paso joins growing list of airports to enhance accessibility to visually impaired travelers

The aira cellphone app (https://aira.io/) charges a monthly subscription to connect those who are visually impaired to a trained agent to help them see using the cell phone camera. Recently El Paso International Airport partnered with aira to allow visually impaired travelers to use the service for free while in the airport. El Paso International airport is among a few select airports implementing services which make traveling visually impaired easier.


How Guide Dog teams are matched

Very cool article about the process Guide Dogs for the Blind match their human/guidedog teams.

Blind parents face unfounded accusations regarding newborn

This sort of thing really makes me sad. I fully realize that lack of education for the greater public is fully to blame. I can see no logical reason why a blind couple could not raise a child. I would also wager that they will be better and more attentive parents than most are. In the article, the couple explains that they planned having their child for some time, It is easy for me to advocate because I am visually impaired, but if I can’t use this platform to advocate for this couple who will?

I have not talked with the couple, but I would love to interview them for this website. I have a feeling that the concerns being raised are likely nothing more than busy-body neighbors.

On December 21st 2018, Eagle Point residents Danial and Minh Turnbull gave birth to their first baby.

Since then, they’ve had three reports put into the Oregon Department of Human Services by various people questioning their fitness to be parents, which they say were unfairly based in the fact that they are both blind



Tucson International Airport adds service that helps visually impaired navigate facility

Bravo Tucson International Airport! Way to be an industry leader and support your visually impaired community with this new service!

Blind and low-vision passengers will get free help navigating Tucson International Airport with a system that connects them via mobile phone networks to a personal airport guide.

from Tucson.com


What do drivers do when encountering a blind pedestrian?

Wow the Louisiana white cane law takes no prisoners when it comes to laying out how drivers should deal with a visually impaired person crossing the street!


Inspiring story of a blind baker getting his dream job.

While this story is not about travel specifically, I feel a connection to the hero of this story because he lost his sight in 2005 in a car accident like I did. Traumatic and sudden sight loss has been equated to losing a limb. At least if you Glaucoma of other similar disease that gradually takes you vision, at least you have time to come to grips with the loss.


life-changing device for the visually impaired gets an upgrade.

The MyEye 2 is a small device which uses AI to scan and read objects in front of the user. It features multiple languages and is small enough to clip on a pair of glasses.


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