My Signature is No Different

by Donna J. Jodhan

If there is anything in this world that puts me on an equal footing with the mainstream person it is this: Signatures that are almost impossible to decipher. It does not matter you can see or not, at the best of times it is almost impossible to decipher the majority of signatures.

When I had vision I learned how to sign my name and according to my mom it was somewhat legible if I took the time to concentrate when I was signing but now without enough vision it is almost impossible for anyone to decipher. There are signature guides that a blind person can use when signing their name but before using this they need to learn how to form their letters. These signature guides are very inexpensive and easy to make if you do not know where to purchase one.

Here’s how it works. It is made out of a piece of material that does not slip when placed on a sheet of paper; like rubber or sturdy cardboard. The shape of the signature guide is usually rectangular with a space in the middle. The bottom half of the guide is placed on the bottom line where the signature is to be written, the space is where the person is supposed to place their pen to sign, and the top half of the guide is meant to prevent the person from going above the space where their signature is supposed to be. The left and right bars of the signature guide are meant to help the person remain within the designated spot so that they do not start before and finish after the spot.

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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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