Making Sense Newsletter

Making Sense: May 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

Building Your Technology Toolbox
Attention Support Group Leaders!
New Technology Tutor
What is Beautiful?
RP Meet Up
It’s All About Social Media
Free Wireless Directory Assistance
Memorial Day Closing
Low Vision Fair
Summer Braille Literacy Programs
Visually Impaired Awareness Day
New Disability Rights Regulations
Are You a Crafter?
New App for Audio Content
Helen Keller Archives

Building Your Technology Toolbox

What do you need in your technology toolbox? We’re talking high tech, low tech and future tech at our 11th annual Technology Solutions conference, Saturday, May 13 from 8:30 am to 1:30 pm. Our panel of experienced technology users discusses the vital technology in their personal tech toolboxes and shares how they may help you too. If high tech isn’t your thing, Cody Froeter, CVRT at Second Sense shares simple and practical low tech options for your toolbox. We also look into the future to imagine how technology will be a part of our everyday lives in the coming years. Stop by our vendors and nonprofit organizations to see what you’ll want to include in your own tech toolbox! To register, call our front desk or email David Flament.

Attention Support Group Leaders!

Don’t miss Vision Exchange on Friday, June 2 from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm! We have an exciting day of learning and networking planned for you. The day includes an important presentation by Violet Potochi, OT/L, who is also a certified driver rehabilitation specialist. Violet provides critical information to help you address the sensitive issue of driver safety with your group members. In our “Touch of Braille” presentation, we’ll clear up common misconceptions about braille, when to learn it and how it can help an older adult with vision loss. Working together, we will also help you address common issues to keep your group interesting and productive. A hearty thank you to The Mather at 425 Davis Street, Evanston for hosting this year’s Vision Exchange. Remember, 4.0 CEUs from IDFPR are available through Prairie State College. CEU registration form and payment are due by May 26. Cost of Vision Exchange is $10 and includes snacks and lunch. To register, call Polly Abbott at 312-236-8569 or email Polly Abbott.

New Technology Tutor

Welcome Joe Lee, CVRT, as our new technology tutor! Joe is a recent graduate from the master’s program in vision rehabilitation at Northern Illinois University and can help you with Microsoft Office, JAWS and ZoomText. Joe has appointments available on Tuesday mornings between 9:00 and 11:00 am and also at 1:00 pm. To request a tutoring appointment with Joe, please contact our front desk.

What is Beautiful?

Vision loss can impact the way we perceive beauty in people, places and things. Do you have new criteria on how you judge what is beautiful to you? Are you struggling with the loss of panoramic views, art and photos of loved ones? On Monday, May 22 from 1:00 to 2:30 pm, we explore ways to see beauty in the world. To register, call our front desk or email Polly Abbott.

RP Meet Up

If you have retinitis pigmentosa and are looking for a place to connect with others facing common challenges of this condition, join us on Friday, May 26 from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm. Our RP Meet Up is a safe place to talk about the transitions you may be facing, handling relationships with family and friends and discovering the practical solutions to common problems. To register, call our front desk or email Polly Abbott.

It’s All About Social Media

Are you looking to get on Facebook to see what all your friends are up to? Want to know what your favorite celebrity or organization is tweeting about? We can help! Our popular workshop, Putting Your Face on Facebook shows you how to navigate the mobile version of Facebook on your computer with a screen reader and also on your iPhone with VoiceOver. Learn how to post status updates and comment on other’s posts. At our Twitter on the Go class, you’ll learn how to use the native Twitter app on your iPhone. We’ll cover following Twitter accounts, posting tweets, retweeting and direct messaging. You must have a Facebook and/or Twitter account to participate. If you need help creating an account, please contact our technology tutors for assistance. Both workshops are Saturday, June 10, Twitter from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm and Facebook from 1:00 to 3:00 pm. To register for one or both workshops, call our front desk or email David Flament.

Free Wireless Directory Assistance Forms

If you would like to apply for free directory assistance for your wireless phone, Second Sense can supply you with an electronic copy of the application for wireless carriers Sprint, AT&T, Verizon or T-Mobile. Email Kathy Austin with the name of your carrier. Please put “Free Directory Assistance Application” in the subject line.

Memorial Day Closing

Second Sense will be closed on Monday, May 29 for the Memorial Day holiday. Welcome summer!

Low Vision Fair

The North Suburban Library Low Vision Consortium is sponsoring their 10th annual Low Vision Fair on Friday, May 12 from 1:00 to 4:00 pm at the East Wing Glenview Senior Center, 2400 Chestnut Avenue, Glenview, IL. Dr. Avid Shahi, O.D. from Boyce Family Eye Care will address senior eye health at 1:30 pm. Assistive technology vendors, supportive service agencies, glaucoma and diabetic retinopathy screenings are also available. Light refreshments will be served. For more information, call the Niles Public Library District Outreach Department at 847-663-6648.

Summer Braille Literacy Programs

This summer, the National Federation of the Blind of Illinois is hosting two BELL Academies (Braille Enrichment for Literacy and Learning) for students with vision loss, one in Chicago and one in Springfield. Chicago BELL, a day program, runs for two weeks from July 17 to July 28. The Springfield BELL Academy is a week-long residential program held July 31 through August 4, with learning activities for both students and parents. For more information, visit the BELL Academy website.

Visually Impaired Awareness Day

Achieving Independence and Mobility Center for Independent Living is proud to sponsor the 23rd annual Visually Impaired Awareness Day on Wednesday, June 14 from 1:00 to 4:00 pm at the College of DuPage Student Resource Center North, Room 2000, 425 Fawell Boulevard, Glen Ellyn, Illinois. This event is open to anyone with vision loss, their families and friends at no charge. Exhibits include computers and other personal data organizers adapted for people with vision loss, information about educational services and programs and support groups. For questions, contact Pat Byrne or call 630-469-2300.

New Disability Rights Regulations

On Tuesday, May 9 from 5:30 to 7:00 pm, The BSA Guide Dog meeting welcomes Deputy Commissioner Matthew Lango from the Chicago Commission on Human Relations (CCHR). Mr. Lango provides an update on the new disability rights regulations recently passed by the CCHR and going into effect on July 1, 2017. These regulations specify what Chicago businesses must do in order to make their goods and services accessible to people with disabilities and the complaint process for violations. Meeting takes place at Blind Service Association, 17 N. State Street, Suite 1050, Chicago. Everyone is welcome, regardless of your dog’s school, or even if you’re in the “considering a guide dog stage.” Please RSVP by May 5 at 312-236-0808. For questions, contact Pam Berman or call 773-671-6624.

Are You a Crafter?

A new telephone support group, Feeling with Fingers, is being formed to provide a place for people with vision loss to receive assistance with crafts like knitting, crocheting and tatting. The group is for anyone who is into or wants to learn crafting. Feeling with Fingers meets by phone every Friday at 2:00 pm central time. Future projects may include pine needle basket making, braided rug making and holiday crafts. To participate, call 712-770-5021 and use pass code 809067#. To learn more, email Sue Brasell.

New App for Audio Content

The Sero app (formerly iBlink Radio) developed by Serotek Corporation, provides content tailored specifically to people with vision loss. With both free and paid versions, you can find a wide range of information, resources and entertainment. Free content includes community radio stations operated by people with vision loss, podcasts on assistive technology and blindness topics plus reading services. Premium content includes featured audio described movies and TV shows, accessible games, audio books, along with the ability to create your own website and your own Serotek email account. The app is available in both iOS and Android. To learn more, visit www.serotek.com/sero.

Helen Keller Archives

Thanks to the American Foundation of the Blind and the National Endowment for the Humanities, the over 80,000 items in Helen Keller’s archive are being digitally reproduced making this archive accessible to people who are blind, deaf, deaf-blind, sighted and hearing. The collection, the largest repository of materials by and about Helen Keller, includes letters from US presidents, speeches, scrapbooks and invaluable artifacts from her travels around the world. The preservation of this archive will make it possible for students with vision loss to have a primary resource accessible to them and teachers will have the ability to create curriculum for students and educators. To learn more about the archive, visit the website.

 

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