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Making Sense Newsletter

Making Sense: March 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

Enjoying Leisure Time
Seeing Eye-to-Eye with Your Eye Care Professional
Windows 10 Computer Training
Stitch-It-Up
Do You Hear an Echo?
Apple Mac Basics
Imaging Recognition Apps
Save the Date
Are You a Gamer?
March Audio-Described Theatre
GoGoGrandparent
Free Legal Services
Nature for the Blind
Leader Dogs Summer Camp
Helpful Videos for Your iPhone

Recovering the Enjoyment in Leisure Time

The way you spend your leisure time is important for your well-being and contributes to maintaining your independence. Sometimes, though, it may be difficult to find the activity you find rewarding and fulfilling. On Monday, March 27 from 1:00 to 2:30 pm, our conversation explores ideas for accessible hobbies, sports and other fun activities to help you get the most from your leisure time. To register for our Monday Afternoon discussion, call our front desk or email Polly Abbott. Bring your ideas too!

Seeing Eye-to-Eye with Your Eye Care Professional

Do you run out of time at your eye exam to ask questions of your optometrist? Maybe you have questions you thought of on your way home? Vivien Yip, OD, is our guest speaker at our VIP Meet Up on Saturday, March 11 from 1:00 to 3:00 pm. Vivien is a recent graduate from the Illinois College of Optometry and is now completing her residency and seeing patients at the Chicago Lighthouse, Spectrios Institute and the Illinois Eye Institute. Her specialty is low vision and ocular disease. We’ll talk about good and bad experiences at eye exams, ways to better communicate with your eye doctor and a typical day in the life of an optometrist. To register for this informative Q&A, call our front desk or email Polly Abbott.

Comprehensive Windows 10 Computer Training

Thanks to a grant from the Richard A. Perritt Charitable Foundation, we have all new computers in our classroom and independent lab! This means our next 16-week computer training course beginning on April 3 will offer instruction on Windows 10 and Microsoft Office 2016 with screen-reader or screen-magnification programs. We are the only agency in Chicago for people with vision loss offering instructor-led, comprehensive computer training with the latest technology available. Our course covers the Windows 10 environment, MS Word, and Excel, web-based email and Internet browsing. You must be able to type at a steady pace to be accepted into this course. Need to brush up on your typing skills? Our classroom is open on Tuesday and Thursday mornings with lab assistants on hand to help out. Our independent lab is also available for your use Monday through Friday during our business hours. Don’t have time to take our 16-week course? Our Intensive Screen Reader course meets Monday through Friday, March 27 to 31 from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm. This course covers most of the same material in our 16-week course. Call for availability for our Intensive class. To learn more about our computer training offerings, call David Flament at 312-236-8569 or email David Flament.

Stitch-It-Up

Learning a new craft or discovering the adaptive techniques to enjoy a pastime you have given up can be extremely rewarding. In our Stitch-It-Up sewing class, you can learn the skills to meet your own personal goals, from threading a needle to working a sewing machine – it’s your choice! Our classes meet on Wednesday afternoons from 1:00 to 3:30 pm beginning March 8. To register, call our front desk or email Polly Abbott.

Do You Hear an Echo?

Did you see our recent blog post on Amazon voice products? David Flament provided a great introduction to the Echo, Tap and Dot on Second Opinions, but maybe you’d like to learn more? Join us on Thursday, March 9 from 1:00 to 4:00 pm for our hands-on workshop. You’ll learn the basics for getting started with your Amazon device and all the things Alexa can do for you. To register, call our front desk or email David Flament.

Apple Mac Basics

On Saturday, March 18 from 10:00 am to 1:30 pm, we are once again offering our Apple Mac Basics presentation at Second Sense. You’ll learn the differences between an Apple Mac and a Windows PC. We’ll also cover how to navigate the Mac system including inside apps, managing files and using the App Store. If you have an Apple Mac and need some help getting started, bring it along! To register for this educational presentation, call our front desk or email David Flament.

Imaging Recognition Apps at Apple Exchange

What is an imaging recognition app and how can it help you? Find out at this month’s Apple Exchange where we’ll talk about apps like Be Specular, KNFB Reader, Aipoly and many more. Share your favorite apps and bring your questions and expertise to Apple Exchange on Thursday, March 2 from 1:30 to 3:30 pm. To register, call our front desk or email David Flament.

Save the Date

Our 11th annual Technology Solutions conference is Saturday, May 13 from 8:30 am to 1:30 pm. This year our theme is “Building Your Technology Toolbox.” We have a great line up of presentations, guest speakers and vendors so you’ll want to make sure you mark your calendars! You can register early by calling our front desk or emailing David Flament. Watch for more details as our date draws closer.

Are You a Gamer?

If you’re interested in gaming on your Apple device, we have a new workshop for you on Thursday, April 13 from 1:00 to 4:00 pm. David Flament provides an in-depth look at a variety of games including text, strategy, arcade and RPGs. We’ll talk about accessibility for people with vision loss, places to find games and basics for playing a few of David’s favorites. To register for Apple Gaming, call our front desk or email David Flament.

March Audio-Described Theatre

March audio-described performances include Uncle Vanya at the Goodman Theatre on Sunday, March 5 at 2:00 pm (touch tour at 12:30 pm). This classic story centers on an elderly professor whose ailing health forces his family to contemplate their past and future. Discounted, reserved seating is available by calling the box office at 312-443-3800. Chicago Shakespeare is presenting Romeo and Juliet, the classic love story on Saturday, March 18 at 11:00 am. This short 75-minute production speaks to today’s youth about their own lives. Join the cast for a post-performance discussion! Appropriate for ages 10 and up. For ticket information, call the box office at 312-595-5600 or visit the website.

GoGoGrandparent

GoGoGrandparent is a new service taking advantage of the latest on-demand transportation technology. The service helps older adults maintain their independence while putting family members’ minds at ease. GoGoGrandparent connects seniors to Uber and Lyft to get to doctor’s appointments, bridge club or anywhere they want to go within 100 miles. Family members can be kept informed of their loved one’s arrivals and departures. No smart phone is required, just a touch-tone land or cell phone. The service charges a small concierge fee in addition to the standard fare. Operators are on call 24/7 to schedule rides, give quotes and answer any questions. Try out a demo from the GoGoGrandparent website or call 855-464-6872.

The Kane Legal Clinic can help individuals with vision loss with a number of legal issues at no cost. Services include Social Security Disability, unemployment benefits, workers compensation, wills, powers of attorney, landlord /tenant relations and small claims court. The attorneys at the clinic can also help with reading and organizing documents and completing and filing legal forms. The Kane Legal Clinic is located at the Chicago Lighthouse, 1850 W. Roosevelt Road, Chicago. To make an appointment with an attorney, email Carol Anderson or call 312-997-3667.

Nature for the Blind

Do you know how many sensory gardens and braille trails there are in the world? Over 165! You can find where they are by visiting Nature for the Blind. The Braille Nature Trail directory connects people with vision loss to a wide variety of outdoor resources including braille trails, sensory gardens, summer camps and sports organizations. The site also includes the history of braille trails and important information on why access to nature for people with vision loss matters.

Leader Dogs Summer Experience Camp for Teens

Leader Dogs for the Blind offers a summer camp for boys and girls ages 16 to 17 providing an opportunity to have fun while developing independent travel and leadership skills. Campers climb rock walls, kayak and ride tandem bikes while socializing with peers facing similar challenges. Teens also spend time with guide dogs and guide dog mobility instructors to learn about the responsibilities of being a guide dog handler. This camp has been accredited by the National Accreditation Council for Blind and Low Vision Services. This year’s camp runs June 23 to 30, 2017. Application deadline is April 1, 2017. The application download can be found at the bottom of the summer Experience Camp webpage.

Helpful Videos for Your iPhone

Are you looking to get the most from your iPhone but don’t know where to find a resource that’s easy to follow? Hadley Institute’s iFocus videos can help you get started using your phone or move to more advanced skills. The videos are nicely categorized and cover navigation, low vision, communications, web browsing and more. To access the videos, visit Hadley’s instructional videos webpage.