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      Tips for Writing Notes

      • Braille
        Braille is the best method to use for writing down notes, recipes, phone numbers, and other personal information. But If you haven't learned Braille yet, try one of these techniques:
      • Large Black Print
        Use a heavy black marker to write down notes, addresses and phone numbers. You can also purchase heavy-lined writing paper.
      • Audio Notes
        Speak phone numbers, recipes and notes into a tape recorder, MP3 player and any device that has recording capabilites. Then play the information back as you need it.
      • Type a Note
        All computers come with some type of word processing application, and touch typing on a computer keyboard is the best way to write letters. If you haven't learned touch typing yet, try it. Remember the best typists don't look at the keyboard.

      Using Writing Guides

      Several kinds of writing guides are available at a nominal cost from the Department's Aids and Devices Store. You can also try making one of your own.

      • Roll a piece of paper around a pencil. Slide out the pencil. Flatten and crease the rolled sheet of paper. When you unroll the sheet, you will have a piece of writing paper with evenly-spaced tactile lines on which you can neatly write a note or letter.
      • Using an unlined tablet and two wide rubber bands, wrap one rubber band around the top of the tablet. Then wrap the second rubber band one-half inch or so below the first one. Write between the rubber bands. After you have written the first line, move the top rubber band about one-half inch below the second one to create another line on which to write. Alternate the rubber bands as you fill up the page.

      Using Checks

      • Check-writing guides
        A check-writing gude is a template that sits on top of your personal check and has slots for the areas you would write in, such as a date slot, a pay to the order of slot, an amount slot, etc. This guide is available through the Department. Just place it over a standard check and fill in the blanks.
      • Raised-line checks
        Most financial institutions have raised-line checks so you can feel a line representing a place on the check where you would be writing. These checks are easy to use, but they usually cost more than standard checks.
      • Check-Writing Software
        If you have a computer, there are several different types of check-writing programs available for purchase.  Google "check-writing software" to find a listing.  

      Techniques for Signing Your Name

      • Ask someone to crease the paper on the signature line. Then use the crease as your guide for where to sign.
      • Ask someone to place a sticky note on the document so its top edge is on the signature line. Use this edge as your signature guide.
      • Use one of the signature guides available through the Department. Ask someone to place the guide on the signature line and then sign inside the guide.