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DocuSign: Useful App for Individuals with Disabilities

Believe it or not, this is my signature!

These past few weeks had been super busy for me.  Appointments and family events have me rolling here and there.  In between I have been trying to get on top of my blogging duties, but failing miserably!  I have heard the saying, “Don’t work harder, work smarter”.  Recently, I discovered the true meaning of these wise words.

Earlier this month, I received a contract through email with instructions to sign and return. My scanner was not cooperating, so I simply took a picture with my phone and sent it. My contact requested that I sign it using the signature app, SignNow. Up until a few weeks ago, I had never even heard of such a thing!

My mom downloaded SignNow on her phone to sign that particular contract.  However, we later discovered that SignNow was not available on either one of our laptops.  We searched through multiple apps, many of them had free trials.  However, after 30 days there would be a monthly fee.  We kept searching!

DocuSign Dashboard

Xodo was free but we found it difficult to use.  Quick and easy is a necessity for me, so the search continued.  Finally, we came across DocuSign.  It is not quite as easy to use as SignNow, but it definitely comes in a close second.

DocuSign has a free plan.  For personal use, the free version is quite sufficient.  In the free version, I can upload documents that need a signature and simply insert my signature, Initials, address, date, company name and phone number.

One of the features I love about DocuSign is the ability to resize and reposition a signature.  My limited hand control and visual perception deficit makes lining up my signature very difficult.  I always end up signing off the line and over the signature boundary.

I needed help initially setting up my signature in DocuSign, as you had to click and release while signing.  My left hand is not coordinated enough for that.  My mom helped me do that.  However, DocuSign allows you to save your signature, so from this point forward, I am able to do this on my own.  Another option is to snap a photo of your signature.  I would have also needed help with this as well!

This site is secure and the documents are encrypted.  I will be using this to send and receive future contracts and other documents.  Upgraded plans are available for personal and business use.  I found the free version to be adequate for my needs.

DocuSign and other signature apps allow individuals with physical limitations to receive, sign and send important documents independently.  I have found DocuSign to be easy to use and time saving.  Now if I could only find an app that could give me the ability to sign my full name in cursive rather than my chicken scratched initials!

Until next time, Keep Rollin’ and Keep Smilin’


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