"There's order everywhere else in German life – even the handicapped are labelled with yellow (yellow!) armbands."
A representation of the armband worn by some visually impaired people in Germany and Austria today - Credit: Susannah Worth
The yellow arm band with three black dots is not compulsory, but visually impaired people are only guaranteed to avoid liability in the case of an accident if they wear one. A wearer can be seen in Simon Høgsberg's We're All Gonna Die - 100 meters of existence
, mentioned in the Bookmark for page 261.
There is some controversy over this labelling device, not least because the symbol resembles so closely the armband worn by blinded soldiers in World War II – an original can be seen here on a site dedicated to military memorabilia (about two thirds down the page).