One of the common tasks of independent living is changing batteries. So many things in our technocentric society are battery-operated. Remote controls, thermostats, bathroom scales, those horrendous loud toys that our children’s grandparents buy for our kids just to annoy us—all of these require batteries to work.
Changing batteries is something many of us do regularly, even if we would rather just toss that annoying loud toy out the window. This task is particularly relevant for individuals who are blind or have low vision, who use battery-operated assistive technology on a daily basis. However, for students with vision impairments, this task may not be intuitive. The activity below will teach students how to change batteries, a small but important task that can help them prepare for the various demands of adult life.