Making Sense: August 2015

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CONTENTS

An Apple For You
Honey Can You Please?
V.I.P. Meet Up, pg 4
Monday Afternoon Discussion
Taking the First Step
RP Day at Second Sense
The Other Side of the Desk
September Apple Workshops
BlindAlive and Eyes-Free Fitness
New in Apple’s App Store
Visit Costa Rica
Free Telephone Directory Assistance
New College Success Program
Blind Institute of Technology
Online College Guide
Attention Writers with Vision Loss
Reflections at Art Institute


An Apple for You

Our Apple for You workshop is designed for beginners to help you get started using your new Apple device. David Flament shows you how to use basic gestures to operate your device and how to use SIRI. You’ll also learn about the most accessible apps that will enhance your life like color identifier, money reader and bar code scanners. To register for An Apple for You on Thursday, August 13 from 1:00 to 4:00 pm, call David Flament or email david.flament@second-sense.org.

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Honey, Can You Please?

Maintaining a healthy relationship when one person has vision loss requires good communication, honesty and compassion. Join our panel of seasoned couples who have worked through the pitfalls and share how they balance their lives. Taking care of a home, socializing as a couple and raising children and grandchildren are all topics open for exploration. To register for this workshop on Friday, Aug. 21 from 1:30 to 3:00 pm, call Polly Abbott or email polly.abbott@second-sense.org.

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V.I.P. Meet Up

Our second date for our V.I.P. Meet Up group for young adults ages 18 to 35 is Saturday, Aug. 8 from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm. This is a great opportunity to make new friends who understand what it is like to live with vision loss. Don’t worry if you missed our first July date – just call Polly Abbott or email polly.abbott@second-sense.org if you’d like to attend.

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Monday Afternoon Discussion

Has vision loss affected your eating habits? Perhaps it has become too frustrating to prepare a meal or you’re having trouble judging portion sizes. On Monday, Aug. 24 from 1:00 to 2:30 pm, our Monday Afternoon Discussion group will be talking about the relationship between food and vision loss and discuss ways to take control in this part of your life. Everyone is welcome to attend, just stop by!

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Taking the First Step

When your vision changes and you are feeling anxious at the thought of going out, it is probably time to start thinking about orientation and mobility training. At our “Taking the First Step” workshop you will hear from individuals who have been in your shoes and have received O&M instruction. They will share the events that prompted them to make this important decision and the impact it has had on their lives. This workshop is designed for individuals who are new to vision loss, contemplating getting training or just beginning their training. To register for “Taking the First Step” on Friday, Sept. 18 from 1:30 to 3:30 pm, call Polly Abbott or email polly.abbott@second-sense.org.

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RP Day at Second Sense

Join us on Saturday, Sept. 12 from 8:30 am to 12:30 pm as we devote the morning to living better with retinitis pigmentosa. You can network with others who have RP, find and connect with local resources, learn about the latest in gene therapy and other experimental treatments and so much more. Exhibitors are on hand to demonstrate low vision products and other technology that can make living and working with RP manageable. To register for RP Day at Second Sense, call Polly Abbott or email polly.abbott@second-sense.org.

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The Other Side of the Desk

It goes without saying that you must prepare for a job interview, but can you anticipate what is going through the interviewers mind when the subject of vision loss comes up? In our “The Other Side of the Desk” workshop a hiring professional and experienced job interviewees will help you prepare for these questions so you can put the potential employer at ease for a less stressful conversation. To register for The Other Side of the Desk on Thursday, Sept. 24 from 10:00 to 11:30 am, call Polly Abbott or email polly.abbott@second-sense.org

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September Apple Workshops

In September, David Flament presents two Apple workshops to help you get the most from your iPhone or iPad. On Saturday, Sept. 19 from 10:00 am to 1:30 pm, David shows you how to use your device as a notetaker. Creating calendar appointments, using the calculator and managing contacts are all covered in this workshop. On Thursday, Sept. 24 from 1:00 to 4:00 pm, David shows you how to manage all those apps you have downloaded including deleting, switching and finding apps, creating folders and more. To register for either of these Apple workshops, call David Flament or email david.flament@second-sense.org.

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BlindAlive and Eyes-Free Fitness

Getting a proper workout to stay fit can be a challenge for someone with vision loss. It is difficult to get the correct guidance to follow exercise routines, not to mention just getting to the gym. BlindAlive and Eyes-Free Fitness has made it easier to get the exercise you need for a healthy life with a series of workout bundles>. Routines are available as a digital download or CD (via Amazon) and include a serious calorie-burning, strength-building Boot Camp, a full-body workout that tones, sculpts and promotes flexibility with the Stability Ball and lots more. All the workouts have extensive descriptions on how to perform the exercises and recommended equipment needed for each workout. A free 10-minute Morning Stretch is also available by signing up on the BlindAlive website. To learn about all their offerings, visit www.blindalive.com.

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New in Apple’s App Store

The American Foundation for the Blind has recently recognized Apple for accommodating its software for those with vision loss. To celebrate this accomplishment, Apple has created a new section in the AppStore to showcase 26 apps that are accessible with VoiceOver. Some of the apps included are YouTube, Flipboard, BBC News, DropBox and Shazam plus Apple’s own Pages, Numbers and Keynote. Check it out in the App Store!

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Visit Costa Rica

Atente Costa Rica, LLC provides assisted vacations and travel support to Costa Rica for seniors and people with disabilities. Don’t miss out on the lush forests, exotic wildlife and friendly people. Caregivers, lodging, transportation and meal services are included, giving you a carefree and secure travel experience. Prices start as low as $750 per week. To learn more, visit www.atentecostarica.com.

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Free Telephone Directory Assistance

We often receive calls at Second Sense about free directory assistance to avoid the high charges of traditional “411” service. You can call 800-373-3411 to access residential, commercial and government listings. You will need to listen to an advertisement before getting to the prompts. This number is voice activated and doesn’t require pressing any numbers on your telephone keypad.

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New College Success Program

Learning Ally has developed a research-based college support program designed especially for students with vision loss pursuing two- and four-year degree programs from an accredited institution. The program helps students identify their strengths and provides resources to improve weaknesses. The curriculum covers assessing technology skills, participating in extracurricular activities, advocating with professors, learning effective study habits and much more. Mentors are also available for additional support. The program is free. To learn more, visit www.learningally.org/CollegeSuccess.aspx.

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Blind Institute of Technology

Looking for a career in information technology? The Blind Institute of Technology (BIT), located in Colorado, works with training providers to make certification programs accessible. By partnering with corporations, BIT educates employers about the advantages of hiring someone with vision loss and connects job seekers with meaningful employment opportunities. To learn more about BIT’s programs, visit www.blindit.org.

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Online College Guide

Affordable Colleges Online has recently developed an accessible guide for students with vision loss who want to attend an online college. The guide helps students by providing information on navigating the online environment with technology, provides resources and services for students and families, lists available scholarships, accredited colleges, majors and lots more. To learn more, visit www.affordablecollegesonline.org/ .

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Attention Writers with Vision Loss

The San Francisco LightHouse is looking for writers with vision loss to contribute to their literary journal on a paid, free-lance basis. They are looking for first-person stories about not only living with vision loss, but what it takes to survive and thrive. Novices or professionals are encouraged to submit personal essays, travel writing, commentary, general humor, useful lists or anything that is dynamic and honest. You can submit articles or ideas to W. Butler at San Francisco LightHouse or to learn more visit www.lighthouse-sf.org/blog/submit/.

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Reflections at the Art Institute of Chicago

On Sept. 9, the Art Institute of Chicago is hosting “Reflections,” an opportunity for older adults to get reacquainted with the Art Institute’s collection. The day includes a variety of activities – a keynote lecture on the special exhibit, Degas: At the Track, On the Stage, volunteer-led discussions about the works in specific galleries, drawing and musical performances and, special this year, dancing with the Hubbard Street Dance Chicago. This is a free event for individuals 55 years and older and their adult care partners. To learn more contact Lucas Livingston at 312-857-7641 or email seniorprograms@artic.edu.

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