MAKING SENSE: August 2016

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

What is 1Touch Self-Defense?
Aging with Vision Loss
Comprehensive Computer Training
Meet Ups at Second Sense
Advanced Computer Workshop
Ride Sharing with the Apple iPhone
Downloading Materials from BARD
Chicago Talking Book Center
Sight Savors in Oregon, Illinois
Shakespeare in the Park
Lay-Away Plan for Stream
Research Opportunity
Computers for the Blind
Golf Anyone?
Free NVDA Tutorials

What is 1Touch Self-Defense

Often, people with vision loss feel vulnerable when out and about conducting their daily activities. At Second Sense, we are excited to include the 1Touch Self-Defense course as a part of our regular programming to help empower individuals with vision loss to feel increased self-confidence and independence. On Saturday, Aug. 13 from 10:00 to 11:30 am you can learn about this unique course, see a demonstration and find out how you can participate in our class options. No prior Martial Arts background is required for this course. To register for the introductory presentation, call our front desk or email Polly Abbott.

Aging with Vision Loss

We are excited to welcome Rose Karasti, LCSW, from North Shore Senior Services and former vision loss support group leader to our Second Sense discussion group. Rose addresses the many issues of aging in today’s society and provides strategies for staying positive and independent. Don’t miss this informative talk! To register, call our front desk or email Polly Abbott.

Comprehensive Computer Training

Want to improve your computer skills for employment reasons or to better access information? Our comprehensive computer training with either screen-magnification or screen-reader software will help you build powerful technology skills that can increase your independence. Our next round of classes begins Aug. 15. Screen reader class meets Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm. Screen magnification class meets Mondays and Wednesdays from 1:00 to 4:00 pm. You’ll learn the Windows environment, Microsoft Word and Excel and how to surf the Internet and use a web-based email program. To register, call our front desk or email David Flament.

Meet Ups at Second Sense

If you would like to get to know others who are working to maintain independence with vision loss, you’re welcome to join us at Second Sense for our Meet Up groups. Our RP group for people with retinitis pigmentosa now meets the last Friday of the month from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm (next meeting is Aug. 26). Our VIP group meets on the second Saturday of the month from 1:00 to 3:00 pm (next meeting is Aug. 13). Anyone with RP who cannot attend the Friday time is welcome to come to the Saturday afternoon group. To register, call our front desk or email Polly Abbott.

Advanced Computer Workshop

Want to maximize your efficiency with JAWS? Perhaps you’d like to learn more about Microsoft Word? On Saturday, Aug. 13, we are offering Advanced Word from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm and Advanced JAWS from 1:00 to 3:00 pm. These courses are designed for those who are comfortable with adaptive technology and want to build on present skills. To register, call our front desk or email David Flament.

Ride Sharing with the Apple iPhone App

Ride sharing is a great way to get around when driving yourself is not possible. In this new Apple workshop, you’ll learn how ride sharing works and the process of hailing a ride on Uber and Lyft. David Flament explains the layout of each app including managing your account settings and checking your account history and rating. You’ll also learn important tips for using ride sharing as a transportation option when you have vision loss. To register for our Ride Sharing workshop on Thursday, Sept. 8 from 1:00 to 4:00 pm, call our front desk or email David Flament.

Downloading Materials from BARD

As many of you may be aware, the Chicago Talking Book Center at Harold Washington Library has severely reduced their services. Second Sense would like you to know that we can help you with downloading your reading materials from the NLS BARD website to thumb drives and can help with accessing and making changes to your BARD account. Every Tuesday and Thursday, our computer lab is open and our lab assistant can provide this service during business hours. To learn more about the changes to the Talking Book Library system, please see the following article. If you have any questions, please contact our front desk at 312-236-8569.

Chicago Talking Book Center Consolidation

Effective July 1, 2016, the services offered by the Chicago Talking Book Center at Harold Washington Library have been transferred to the Illinois State Library in Springfield. The Springfield location now handles all talking book and braille materials via mail for qualifying residents of Illinois. To order materials by phone or to consult a reader advisor, call 800-665-5576. Harold Washington Library still offers a state-of-the-art adaptive technology center on the 5th floor open during library hours. The quarterly book club will continue to meet at Harold Washington Library until further notice. In addition, Harold Washington Library offers a wide variety of e-books that can be used with most screen readers. New descriptive videos can also be borrowed on a walk-in basis or by calling the library at 312-747-4700 and asking for your selections to be sent to your local library branch. Suburban patrons please note: at this time, the Illinois Talking Book Outreach Center in Burr Ridge is not affected by these changes.

Sight Savors in Oregon, Illinois

The Sight Savors vision loss support group in Oregon, Illinois, about 80 miles west of Chicago, has been meeting for over 12 years. The group has covered many topics over the years including discussions on Charles Bonnet syndrome, handling family members who do not understand vision loss and working through the challenges of depression. Trips to the Center for Sight and Hearing in Rockford and presentations by eye doctors at the Rock River Falls Center are also a part of the Sight Savors activities. This group meets the first Tuesday of the month from 1:00 to 2:00 pm at the Rock River Falls Center, 810 S. 10th Street in Oregon, Illinois. To learn more about this group, contact Anne Jones or call 815-732-3598.

Shakespeare in the Park

The Chicago Shakespeare Theatre is bringing free, audio described performances of the Twelfth Knight to two Chicago parks this August. At each location, a specially equipped truck rolls into the park, a stage unfolds and a company of professional actors perform Shakespeare’s romantic comedy. Performances take place at Eckhart Park, 1330 W. Chicago Ave. on Saturday, Aug. 13 at 6:30 pm and Ping Tom Memorial Park, 1700 S. Wentworth Ave. on Sunday, Aug. 14 at 4:00 pm. To learn more, visit the Shakespeare in the Park website.

Lay-Away Plan for Victor Reader Stream

Accessible Electronics is offering a new lay-away plan for the New Generation Victor Reader Stream. You can make a payment each month that fits your budget and when you reach the purchase price of $349.99, your new Stream is sent to you. No other charges will be incurred. This purchase opportunity is only available via email, phone or Skype. To learn more, email, call 727-498-0121 or Skype lazmesa.

Research Opportunity

The Communications Department at Northwestern University is recruiting adults over age 65 with vision loss who have telephone access to participate in a research study. This 10-week study involves using a new form of online messaging that can be used on a land line telephone to communicate with family and friends. You will be interviewed in person at the beginning and end of this time for no more than one hour. Periodic informal check-ins by phone or in person may also be conducted. In person interviews take place at a location convenient for you. No technology experience is needed. Participants will be compensated up to $40. To learn more and to participate, contact Robin Brewer or call 847-467-3760.

Computers for the Blind

Computers for the Blind provides refurbished computers with installed adaptive software and hardware accessories to people with vision loss. Generally, computers cost $110 and notebooks $160. While quantities last, individuals who are receiving SSI benefits can purchase a computer for $50. To learn more, call 214-340-6328 or email the organization.

Golf Anyone?

You are invited to join the Calumet City Lions Club for a fun afternoon of golf at the Lincoln Oaks Golf Course, 395 E. Richton Rd., Crete, IL. This event, on Sunday, Sept. 25, teams visually impaired and sighted golfers together playing the scramble format. Each team consists of one golfer with vision loss and three sighted golfers. The outing includes 18 holes of golf, cart, hot dog and a soft drink. A split the pot raffle, closest to the pin, best putt and other prizes are all part of the day. Cost for sighted golfers is $45 and free for golfers with vision loss. Reservation form is due by Aug. 25. To learn more or if you would like to volunteer, contact Chuck Eggebrecht at 708-895-2339.

Free NVDA Tutorials

The American Foundation of the Blind has created free online video tutorials to help you master your adaptive technology skills using Non Visual Desktop Access, NVDA, a free, open source screen reader. The tutorials take you through the installation process, using hot keys, using Microsoft Word and Excel and much more. Each video has step-by-step instructions with audio of a presenter using NVDA and video of the computer screen. To learn more and to download these tutorials, visit the AFB website and type “learn NVDA” in the search box.