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Second Sense - Beyond Vision Loss

Guest speaker John Erickson: What I Saw When I Went Blind

Monday, July 25 - 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Second Sense
65 E. Wacker Place, Suite 1010
Chicago, IL 60601

Second Sense Discussion Series: Working Through the Challenges of Vision Loss

Each month we offer a thought provoking topic to help you explore the many issues you face as a person with vision loss. The topics help you delve into the emotional and practical aspects of adjusting to a new way of living. Polly Abbott, Certified Vision Rehabilitation Therapist, leads the discussion and shares ideas and strategies for tackling the challenges you are facing.

Our discussions are generally held on the fourth Monday of each month from 1:00 to 2:30 pm. Some deviation from this schedule is noted below.

To register for any of our discussions, call our front desk or email Polly Abbott.

Upcoming dates and topics:

Monday, July 25
Guest speaker John Erickson: What I Saw When I Went Blind

John, a published author, shares his story of the personal struggles of coping with vision loss and how he became a successful professional. John brings up the tough issues that are hard to discuss like fitting into the wider community and pursuing personal goals.

Monday, August 22
Guest Speaker Rose Karasti, LCSW: Aging with Vision Loss

Rose Karasti, LCSW of North Shore Senior Services and former vision loss support group leader addresses issues of aging in today’s society. Rose provides strategies for staying positive and independent as you age. Polly Abbott, CVRT, also provides special considerations on the impact of aging with vision loss.

Monday, September 26
Guest Speaker Pam Berman: Facing Your Fears of Traveling Alone; Can a Guide Dog Really Help?

Pam Berman, outreach coordinator for Guide Dogs for the Blind, discusses the difference between cane and guide dog travel. She shares her personal experience of what it is like to work and live with a guide dog. Information on obtaining a guide dog, including the application and training process, is provided.

Monday, October 24
Guest Speaker Brian Hollandsworth: Products for Independence; Does this really work?

Brian Hollandsworth, Second Sense’s Product Center coordinator, provides a look at the best products to help you remain independent. He’ll share his special tips to help you adjust to vision loss.

Monday, November 28
Friends vs. Helpers: What is the Impact of Vision Loss on Current and Future Friendships?

Friends are an important part of anyone’s life, but has vision loss interfered with your ability to keep your old friends or make new ones? Polly Abbott leads the discussion to explore ways you can develop the real friendships that really matter.

Thursday, December 1
What About Me: Caring for others

Please note: This is a special phone-in discussion on our Second Sense conference bridge. Call in number and access codes will be provided at time of registration.
It is hard, and sometimes overwhelming, to take care of aging parents or children when you feel you are the one who needs the support. Polly Abbott leads a discussion on finding ways to manage feelings and responsibilities so everyone feels cared for.