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Second Sense - Beyond Vision Loss

Monday Afternoon Discussion

Monday, March 28 - 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Second Sense
65 East Wacker Place
Chicago, IL 60601

Our Monday Afternoon Discussion Group offers you the opportunity to discuss different issues you are facing as an adult with vision loss. This group meets the fourth Monday of each month.  A different topic is set for each meeting. The group is lead by Polly Abbott, our Certified Vision Rehabilitation Therapist.  She will facilitate the discussions and share ideas about resources and training that can help group members tackle the challenges they are facing.

Our discussion topics for September 2015 – June 2016 are:

September 28: The Chair: The Emotional Toll of Eye Doctor Visits
Does the thought of another trip to the eye doctor cause you to ride a roller coaster of hope and despair? Is your family riding with you? We’ll take some time to share and compare experiences and talk about ways we can sit more comfortably in “the chair.”

October 26, 2015: Guest Speaker: John Gleichman, AIA, CSI, CCS
Meet John Gleichman, a Chicago area architect, living and working with retinitis pigmentosa. John shares his journey of living with vision loss, raising a family and reinventing his career as an architect.

November 23, 2015: Reflections
The year is drawing to a close and the holiday season is here. Come reflect over the changes you’ve made in the past year while enjoying some potluck snacks and beverages.

December: No meeting

January 25, 2016: Successful Vacationing
It’s cold outside! Are you dreaming of sun and warmth? Many people with vision loss want a vacation but hesitate when contemplating some of the challenges they might face when trying to enjoy it. Sometimes it is the simplest tasks such as navigating the hotel lobby that seem to take the relaxation out of time away from home. Maybe you love the idea of swimming in the ocean but worry about finding your way back to the beach? Let’s talk about what is stopping you from enjoying yourself and discover ways to take charge of your time away.

February 22, 2016: Significant Others
Today, we invite you to bring your significant other to talk about the situations that arise when vision loss is in the picture. This is a chance to meet others who have similar relationships and to compare the funny, sad, challenges and successes in our lives.

March 28, 2016: “What About Me?!”
It can be hard, and sometimes overwhelming, to care for aging parents, children or both when you feel as though you are the one who needs the support. Do you have feelings that your needs are not being considered when taking on this responsibility? Let’s talk about ways we can manage our feelings and responsibilities so everyone feels cared for.

April 25, 2016: People on the Street
How do you think the world at large views a person with a white cane? What has been your experience with the general public? Come tell us about the best and the worst of your experiences and how you can make your interactions with the public a positive one.

May 23, 2016: Community and Culture
We often hear about Deaf culture and the Deaf community. Is there a “Blind culture and community”? How does it co-mingle with the “sighted world”? Where do you see yourself belonging?

June 27, 2016: Consumer Groups: Why Join?
Today, we welcome two of our Second Sense volunteers who belong to well-known consumer groups, Maureen Heneghan with the American Council of the Blind of Metropolitan Chicago and Gina Falvo with the National Federation of the Blind, Chicago Chapter. Each will share their personal story about what belonging to a national consumer group has meant to them. Maureen and Gina provide insight on how being an active participant in their respective organizations has given them a sense of purpose and belonging.

To learn more, contact Polly Abbott or call 312-236-8569.