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Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Revised APH Signature Guide

Many agencies that provide aids and services for people who are blind or visually impaired offer signature guides. These are metal, plastic or cardboard frames that are laid down, usually by a sighted person, to place a boundary around an area in which the blind person must place his/her signature.

If a blind person finds himself/herself in the position of needing to sign a name in a precise location without a signature guide available, a straight edge, such as a ruler, an index card, or a credit card edge can be placed below the line, so its edge can be felt and followed. Still another technique is to crease the document to be signed along the signature line. The ridge of the crease should face upward to make it easy to follow.

APH Signature Guide

Aids people who are visually impaired in writing their signatures. Small, pocket-size frame has an opening with an elastic band. The band provides a guide for writing and flexes to allow for the descenders of letters.

Revised guide is made of durable, flexible plastic with the same rubber backing as before to prevent sliding. Measures 4 1/2" x 2 1/4". Recommended ages: 8 years and up.

Catalog Number: 1-03530-01
Click this link to purchase the APH Signature Guide

American Printing House for the Blind, Inc.
1839 Frankfort Avenue
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 6085
Louisville, Kentucky 40206-0085
Toll Free: 800-223-1839
Phone: 502-895-2405
Fax: 502-899-2274
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APH Shopping Home: http://shop.aph.orgAPH Signature

1 comment:

Talking Books Librarian said...

Just wanted to add that you can also make your own signature guides by using a cardboard cereal box and then cutting out the "signature" holes. It's a cheap and inexpensive way to make them if you're on a budget!

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