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Top Ten Highlights from Apple’s Big Announcement

September 11, 2014 | Leave a Comment

by David Flament, Manager of Adaptive Technology at Second Sense

It is that time of year again, time for Apple’s annual extravaganza announcing their new products.  This year was rumored to be the biggest event since their iMac release in the late 1990s.  Yesterday’s announcement was pretty big and very exciting to follow.  Since everyone on the Web is giving their highlights, I thought I […] Read More »

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Please Don’t Open the Door for Me!

August 14, 2014 | 4 Comments

by Kathy Austin, Community Engagement Specialist at Second Sense

“Opening the Door” can be a euphemism for discovery and learning. Today, I’d like to “open the door” and provide a little education on opening a door for someone with vision loss. I know lots of people out there have kind souls and a genuine desire to help someone in need.  As a person with […] Read More »

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Relax, Take it Easy

July 21, 2014 | Leave a Comment

by Polly Abbott, Director of Rehabilitation Services at Second Sense

Relaxing is easier said than done. When life is stressful and challenges daunting, we need to take some time to relax and regain some energy to keep going. Stress is your body’s normal reaction to any demand for change.  How you handle stress varies from person to person.  Here are five reasons why you should […] Read More »

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Do I Really Need an iPhone?

June 16, 2014 | 1 Comment

by Marv Commerford

How I Lost the Battle! Since I’ve been involved with Second Sense for a long time, I knew about the iPhone’s accessibility from the time it was introduced with the 3GS.  Both staff and students were surprised that I didn’t jump on board with the iPhone early on because I do like new technology.  I […] Read More »

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What’s Stopping You?

May 15, 2014 | Leave a Comment

by Polly Abbott, Director of Rehabilitation Services at Second Sense

Last year I had the big idea to offer cooking classes based on different ethnic themes.  From a skill-building standpoint, it worked as all cuisines need slicing, measuring, and organization to successfully complete.  Unable to face another electric skillet pizza, I decided to offer dishes from Korea, Japan, Thailand, Italy and India. Spring rolls! Noodles! […] Read More »

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Have Intentional Discussions with Your Loved Ones

April 16, 2014 | 1 Comment

by Marcia Knudson, Manager of Counseling Services at Second Sense

If you’re anything like me, your thoughts and energies are directed toward lists and responsibilities. When your activity level goes up, so can your stress level. The close relationships we have go more smoothly when expectations and intentions are clear.  But they often aren’t clear, and misunderstanding, frustration and impatience ensues. Bringing some intention to discussions can […] Read More »

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Saying Good-Bye to Microsoft XP

February 19, 2014 | Leave a Comment

by David Flament, Manager of Adaptive Technology at Second Sense

If you have not said goodbye to Windows XP, time is running out fast.  On April 1, 2014, Microsoft will no longer offer support for Windows XP.  You may ask, “How does that affect your Windows XP computer?” What’s going to happen? Well, you know all those pesky updates Windows is always trying to install?  […] Read More »

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Join the Family and Friends Exchange!

January 15, 2014 | Leave a Comment

by Marcia Knudson, Manager of Counseling Services at Second Sense

We’re All In This Together Remember when our parents would say something like, “This is going to hurt me more than it’s going to hurt you,” right before imposing something on us that we clearly didn’t want?  They knew that we were going to be unhappy, and it hurt them when we were unhappy because […] Read More »

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Loretta proofs her braille at the braillerwriter

Are You Ready for Unified English Braille?

November 20, 2013 | Leave a Comment

by Polly Abbott, Director of Services at Second Sense

CNIB 2013 National Braille Conference I recently returned from the CNIB National Braille Conference in Toronto.  The conference is entirely devoted to braille: production, transcription, instruction and how it all intermingles with the new developments in technology. The morning keynote was given by Peter Osborne, Head of International Development, RNIB (Royal National Institute for Blind People). […] Read More »

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Masks and Mayhem

October 18, 2013 | Leave a Comment

by Fred Nickl, Sr., Guest Blogger at Second Sense

Forming the Shape I had the good fortune to be in Second Sense’s Masks and Mayhem workshop. The word Mayhem in the title is what really caught my attention.  That’s all it took to get me to sign up for the workshop. The workshop was led by Jeff Semmerling from Semmerling and Schaefer Mask Artists Studioand helped […] Read More »

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