Making Sense Newsletter

Making Sense: April 2017

Making Sense is made possible in part from donations by our readers. Second Sense thanks Horizons for the Blind for the braille transcriptions of Making Sense.

These articles are not an endorsement by Second Sense. Editor: Kathy Austin

CONTENTS

Passionate Focus 2017
Technology Solutions 2017
The Accessible Pantry
Facing Transitions
Become a 1Touch Certified Coach
Apple Gaming
Yoga Class
Podcasts: What’s the Story?
Pathways Vision Conference
Chicago Park District Programs
Chicago Lighthouse Job Club
Audio-Described Theatre
Camp GDB
For You and Your Guide Dog
Shopping Assistance on Amazon

Passionate Focus 2017

The artwork for this year’s Passionate Focus art exhibit is set. The jury selected 40 pieces by 22 artists who come from all four corners of the US, Canada and France! You can view all of the amazing and creative works on our website www.second-sense.org and follow the Passionate Focus link. You can also see the artwork in person at our opening night reception on Thursday, April 20 at the Fairmont Hotel and at the Illinois College of Optometry from April 24 through June 26. To learn more about our Passionate Focus art exhibit, email Cheryl Megurdichian or call 312-236-8569.

Technology Solutions 2017

What do you need in your tech toolbox? Find out at our 11th annual Technology Solutions conference on Saturday, May 13 from 8:30 am to 1:30 pm. Discover what other techies with vision loss are using to make their lives easier and more enjoyable. We’ll share resources to help you find the latest technology tools that impact our community. And, what does the future hold for us? We’re looking several years out to imagine how technology will be a part of our everyday lives. Stop by and talk with our many vendors and nonprofits providing the tools you’ll want in your technology toolbox! To register, call our front desk or email David Flament.

The Accessible Pantry

Eating healthy, on a budget, with vision loss is not an easy task. Our new workshop, The Accessible Pantry: Eating Healthy on a String Bean Budget is packed with ideas to help you maintain healthy eating habits, stay on a budget and give you the confidence to do it all independently! Join Polly Abbott at the Harold Washington Library, 400 S. State St., 7th floor Chicago Author’s room on Thursday, April 27 from 1:00 to 2:00 pm. She will share a wide array of tips and ideas to help you become a resourceful and capable meal preparer. You’ll discover how to find inexpensive foods and where to find accessible recipes. Polly will also provide storage tips to minimize waste. To register, contact Patrice Johnson at 312-747-1616.

Facing Transitions

Do you have a progressive eye disease? Do you have eye surgery scheduled that may have an uncertain outcome? Is your vision worsening and are your coping methods no longer working? If this is you, you’re invited to join us for Facing Transitions on Monday, April 24 from 1:00 to 2:30 pm as we discuss the worries you may be facing. We’re talking about the practical and emotional issues that come with decreasing vision and searching for ways to face these new challenges. To register, call our front desk or email Polly Abbott.

Become a 1Touch™ Certified Coach!

Second Sense is excited to be hosting a 1Touch Coaching Certification course June 12-14, 2017! This course prepares you to teach the 1Touch Self-Defense program to people with vision loss. The course provides three days (24 hours) of intensive training. You will receive an audio-described DVD and instructor’s manual with a sample curriculum. The $600.00 fee also includes a three-month review, six-month final written and physical exam, and a support system network. If you would like to observe a 1Touch class or want more information, please contact Polly Abbott at Second Sense or email Polly Abbott. More information on this 1Touch certification course can be found on the Second Sense web calendar. To register, email Miranda Brown or call 319-208-1683. Deadline to register for this course is May 1, 2017.

Apple Gaming: Don’t miss out on the fun!

Technology makes it possible for people with vision loss to play a wide variety of games on an Apple device and David Flament can show you how! Join him on Thursday, April 13 from 1:00 to 4:00 pm for Apple Gaming to learn about the different types of games: strategy, text, arcade and RPGs. Find out where to get accessible games and learn some of the basics of how to play. David will demonstrate some of his favorites, too. To register, call our front desk or email David Flament.

Yoga Class

Get fit, increase your flexibility and improve your balance with our next round of yoga classes! Marilyn Green, our volunteer certified yoga instructor, helps you learn many yoga poses and can adapt the exercises to fit your individual ability. Our next eight-week course runs Wednesdays, April 12 through May 31 from 8:45 to 9:45 am. Please wear comfortable clothing appropriate for movement and bring a yoga mat or large towel. To register, call our front desk or email Kathy Austin.

Podcasts: What’s the Story?

Everybody’s got one – radio stations, TV networks and bloggers of all sorts. The subject matter for podcasts is vast – politics, fictional series, documentaries, religion, comedy, science fiction, sports, news – the list is endless. Some statistics report there are anywhere from 180,000 to 250,000 podcasts in existence. We’ll sort it all out at our April 6 Apple Exchange from 1:30 to 3:30 pm! Find out what a podcast is, how to get one and discover what you might be missing! To register, call our front desk or email David Flament.

Pathways Vision Conference

Attention parents, children, young adults and educators! The Pathways Vision Conference is Friday, May 5 at Schaumburg School District 54, 524 E. Schaumburg Rd., Schaumburg, IL. This free conference includes programs on technology, personal care, sports, mobility, and college or employment transitions. Registration begins at 8:00 am. Breakfast, lunch and breaks included. To learn more and to register, email Maryjo Morley or call 847-357-5123.

Chicago Park District Spring Programs

The Chicago Park District is offering several programs for people with vision loss beginning the first week of April. Ceramics is being held at Athletic Field and Ridge Park, aquatic fitness at Homan Square and Ellis Parks and para triathlon training at Ellis Park. For park locations, dates, times and more information, email Allen West or call 312-745-2176.

Chicago Lighthouse Job Club

The Chicago Lighthouse’s job club meets Thursdays from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm at the Lighthouse, 1850 W. Roosevelt Rd., Chicago. Each session is meant to help further the job readiness process from setting your employment goals and focusing your job search, all the way to how to succeed once you are in a new position. To learn more, email Maureen Reid or call 312-997-3655.

Audio-Described Theatre

Queen is being performed at Victory Gardens, 2433 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago on April 28 at 7:30 pm (touch tour at 6:00 pm) and on Sunday, May 7 at 3:00 pm (touch tour at 1:30 pm). For tickets, call 773-871-3000 or visit www.victorygardens.org. The Goodman Theatre at 170 N. Dearborn, Chicago presents two shows, Destiny of Desire on Saturday, April 8 and King of the Yees on Sunday, April 23. Both performances have touch tours at 12:30 pm with curtain at 2:00 pm. For tickets, call 312-443-3800 or visit the Goodman Theatre for more details.

Camp GDB

Guide Dogs for the Blind based in San Rafael, CA is offering their summer camp program for legally blind students ages 14 to 17 July 20 to 24. This summer camp experience introduces youth to the guide dog lifestyle with an emphasis on the orientation and mobility skills, fitness and endurance needed to be a successful guide dog handler. This year Guide Dogs for the Blind is partnering with the Lighthouse San Francisco and is holding camp at Enchanted Hills, Napa, CA. Space permitting, campers may also choose to continue for a second week with the Lighthouse’s teen camp. Summer camp is free of charge and transportation to and from the San Francisco airport is provided; however, transportation to and from California is not included. To learn more, email Jane Flower or call 800-295-4050. Applications can be downloaded by visiting the website.

Products for You and Your Guide Dog

On the Go is a new vendor in the Blind Mice Mega Mall. Julie, the owner and founder of On the Go, is a guide dog user and has tested the products for comfort, color and function. Custom orders are available. Some helpful products include a soft finger toothbrush, first aid kit, LED collars, converting leashes and pick up bag holders. Visit Blind Mice Mega Mall and enter On the Go in the search box. Each merchant in the Blind Mice Mega Mall is managed or owned by someone with vision loss.

Shopping Assistance on Amazon?

Retail sales at brick and mortar stores are falling according to many business reports and shopping online seems to be an increasing trend. While it might be easier for someone with vision loss to shop online from the comfort of home, it is sometimes difficult to get a “feel” for the product you may want to purchase. Amazon is trying to improve your shopping experience by offering “real person” help to describe the images of products on the web page. In addition, the “real person” assistance can help you with putting items in your cart and navigating the website. The Amazon Help Desk can be reached at 888-283-1678 and is open from 5:00 am to 12:00 am CST.