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SPONSORED BY THE NATIONAL SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY EDUCATION PARTNERSHIP (NSTEP)
This TechXplore project was completed by Blanche Ely High School, Pompano Beach, FL with technical support from Mr. Mark Eyerman. The project aimed at assisting the visually impaired by creating a clothes closet that can inventory, choose and organize outfits.
School: Blanche Ely High
City: Pompano Beach
Team: High School Team
Team Project Facilitator: Mr. Mark Eyerman
People who are visually impaired, have a difficult time as it is, performing, what may seem to us, simple, every day tasks. The color blind have to have their clothes separated before hand based on colors that they cannot make out, and the blind have to have their clothes organized so that they will not walk out looking as though they are going to perform in the circus. Picking out clothing that matches should not be a strenuous burden added to their never-ending missions.
Utilizing current and future technology, Crème de la Crème decided to create a clothes closet that can inventory, choose and organize outfits and clothes for the busy generation. This closet was meant to not only help this technologically dependant generation, but also to assist those who are blind as well as color blind in terms of selecting matching clothing; an essential aspect of everyday life.
There are plenty of simple practical ways that people with sight loss can use to organize and match their clothes. People can place their clothes in the same place and order so that they can find them again. They can learn which clothes are which by identifying different fasteners, textures or tags on their clothing.
Some people keep something distinctive in the pocket of a jacket or put on a brooch to help them identify the clothing. Different types of coat hangers can also denote different types of clothes. A person will know which way round their jumper is because the label is on the inside at the back. By pinning outfits together before they are washed can ensure that they remain color coordinated.
They do dress themselves and live alone...but how each individual person dresses themselves is up to them. Some people put dots on their clothing tags (one for a red shirt, two for a blue shirt....) while others have special hangers or designated drawers to know what matches and what doesn't.