Living with Deafblindness

Everyday Living Products

This section provides information on a range of products that may be useful for people who have dual sensory loss.

Examples of aids and devices covered in this section are not exhaustive. There will be many more options for products shown that may be just as effective.

Independent Living Centres (ILC’s) are based in each State and are a good source of information. Demonstrations can be arranged to trial equipment, with advice and guidance on what may be suitable. ILC’s do not sell equipment, they will however, provide a list of suppliers in local areas.

Another source of suppliers of some of these products are organisations providing services to people with vision impairment.

Many items can be found in mainstream stores and department stores

Contrasting Non-Slip Mats

  • Textured non-slip mats are sold in many large stores either pre-cut or on a roll to be cut to size
  • Contrasting colours make it easier for people with vision impairement to locate items placed on them
  • Texture of mats also act as a tactile cue
  • Mats grip to surface so that items placed on the mat will be less likely to slip


Chopping Board with Swivel Knife

  • Knife tip pivoted
  • Food is placed under blade, knife is swiveled into position, move free hand away before cutting to avoid injury to fingers
  • Can be used with both hands holding knife to push down and cut food

chopping-board-with-swivel-knifePalm Peeler

  • Easy to grip
  • Slide along vegetables to peel

Safe Slice

  • Can be used as a tactile guide for knife without coming into contact with fingers
  • Protect fingers when preparing and slicing food

 Jar Openers

  • Available in different styles and sizes
  • Assists when opening jars and bottle lids

Hands Free Can Opener

  • Battery operated can opener
  • Attached to tin magnetically
  • Press button to operate
  • Removes lid off completely which can be released into bin without needing to handle

Ring Pull Openers

  • Available in different styles
  • Plastic hook lifts ring pull to peel back lid

 Silicon Shelf Guard

  • Heat resistant strips clip on oven shelf
  • Provides visual contrast when locating oven shelves
  • Protects fingers and hands when reaching into oven

Oven Gloves

  • Protect hands when removing items from oven
  • Silicon oven gloves are heat and slip resistant
  • Can be used to pick up hot food items
  • Washable in soapy water

Other options are available to protect against being burnt such as:

  • Heat resistant woven gloves that fit more securely on hands
  • Oven gloves with extra long sleeve

Tactile Markers

There are a number of options to mark control settings to enable people with dual sensory loss to maintain independence and operate appliances and remote controls independently. For example:

  • Bump-ons
  • Puff paint
  • Velcro dots



Liquid Level Indicator (LLI)

  • Hook LLI over side of cup/glass
  • As liquid rises and makes contact with prongs the gadget buzzes and vibrates to alert user to stop pouring
  • Avoids risk of scalding and spillage when pouring hot water


Self Opening Kitchen Scissors

  • Slip resistant grip outside of handles
  • Lightweight spring loaded scissors


Breville 6 L Stainless Steel Urn

  • Reduces risks when making hot drinks
  • Urn is placed on counter, no need to lift when pouring hot water
  • Place cup/mug under water outlet and release tap lever


Talking Measuring Jug

  • Speaks liquid measurements in metric and imperial
  • Male voice with adjustable volume
  • At the press of a button reading can be re-set to zero to add additional liquid to be measured without having to empty the jug
  • Holds up to 2 litres of liquid


Talking Kitchen Scales

  • Weighs in metric and imperial
  • Clear male voice
  • Adjustable volume control
  • Buttons are both tactile and large print