MAKING SENSE: July 2016

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CONTENTS

What You Need to Know about Lighting
What I Saw When I Went Blind
Come and Try the OrCam
Stitch It Up
An Apple for You
New at Second Sense – 1Touch Self-Defense 
Advanced Computer Training
Spotlight on Support
ACB and Chicago Park District Picnic
Learn to Play Golf
Visual Experience Foundation
Access Chicago at Navy Pier
War Paint at the Goodman
NFB Newsline Adds Job Search Site
Your iPhone and Emergencies

What You Need to Know about Lighting

Join Polly Abbott on Saturday, July 9 from 10:30 to 11:30 am to learn about the changes you can make in your lighting to protect your vision and ease strain. Polly shares important research on the damaging effects of blue light, the best bulbs for people with vision loss and environmental changes to make it easier to see. To register, call our front desk or email Polly Abbott.

What I Saw When I Went Blind – A Personal Story

On Monday, July 25 from 1:00 to 2:30 pm, Second Sense proudly welcomes John Erickson, published author and retired investment consultant, to our Second Sense Discussion group. John shares his story of his personal struggles coping with vision loss and how he became a successful professional. John brings up the tough issues that are hard to talk about like fitting into the wider community and pursuing personal goals. Don’t miss this inspiring and thought-provoking talk! To register, call our front desk or email Polly Abbott.

Come and Try the OrCam

On Friday, July 29 from 10:00 am to 12: 00 pm, representatives from OrCam are on hand at Second Sense demonstrating this new artificial visual device. OrCam is a camera mounted on a pair of glasses that reads print, recognizes faces and describes objects. The device has an easy-to-use interface and can increase independence. This presentation and demonstration is a part of our RP Meet Up at its new date and time, but everyone is invited to attend this exciting presentation. To register, call our front desk or email Polly Abbott.

Stitch It Up

Our Stitch It Up sewing class begins again on Tuesday, July 12! If you would like to learn how to thread a needle to make simple repairs or want to try your hand at learning to use a sewing machine, this class is for you! Classes meet on Tuesdays from 1:00 to 4:00 pm. To register, call our front desk or email Polly Abbott.

An Apple For You

Thinking about purchasing a smart phone or tablet but not sure if the device will meet your needs? Our Apple for You workshop on Thursday, July 21 from 1:00 to 4:00 pm gives you the information you need to make your decision. David Flament explains the difference between Apple and Android, the best accessibility options and the basic gestures to use your Apple device. If you already have an iPhone or iPad, bring it along! To register, call our front desk or email David Flament.

New at Second Sense – 1Touch Self-Defense Course

We are very excited to tell you about our new 1Touch Self-Defense course coming this fall! The course is designed specifically for people with vision loss to enhance your ability to protect yourself in a threatening situation. This training will begin in September with two classes scheduled: a six-week Thursday session and a monthly class on the second Saturday of the month. We encourage all interested participants to attend our introductory workshops on 1Touch Self-Defense that will explain the approach, requirements and training. Dates for these introductory workshops will be confirmed in August. To learn more, call Polly Abbott or email Polly Abbott.

Advanced Computer Training

If you have mastered the basics and want to take your computer skills to the next level, take advantage of our Advanced Word and Advanced Jaws classes on Saturday, Aug. 13. You can take one or both courses. Advanced Word is 10:00 am to 12:00 pm and Advanced Jaws from 1:00 to 3:00 pm. To register, call our front desk or email David Flament.

Spotlight on Support

Do you have a support group you’d like others to know about? We’re happy to post the details of any support group in Making Sense! If you are a support group leader, thinking about starting a group or involved with a support group, don’t forget about the resources for support group leaders on our website. This vast supply of practical information includes printable large print handouts, meeting topics to keep the group engaged, tip sheets for answering questions and so much more. Our support group manual, Starting and Leading a Vibrant Low Vision Support Group, is also available as a free download on our website. The Vision Exchange email discussion group is a great resource where you can ask other group leaders questions, share ideas and get information to make your group even better. To learn more, visit www.second-sense.org and click on the Resources for Support Group Leaders link. If you have questions, Polly Abbott, our director of rehabilitation services, is always glad to help you. Call Polly at Second Sense or email Polly Abbott.

ACB and Chicago Park District Picnic

On Saturday, Aug. 13, the Chicago Park District and the American Council of the Blind Metropolitan Chicago are holding their second annual picnic at Marquette Park, 6700 S. Kedzie, Chicago. Join in the fun with live entertainment, fishing, food and more from 12:00 to 4:00 pm. Call Maureen Heneghan at 773-294-3160 to learn more.

Learn to Play Golf

The Freedom Golf Association is dedicated to providing a sense of freedom for the special needs community through the game of golf. FGA has a number of clinics for adults and children with special needs and veterans with disabilities beginning in July. Nine-hole play dates and open clinics take place from July 11 through Aug. 23 at various Chicagoland golf courses. To see the full slate of clinics and to register, visit the events calendar or contact Mike Hainline or call 630-408-9129.

Visual Experience Foundation

The Visual Experience Foundation provides extraordinary opportunities to individuals who are losing their eyesight. The foundation offers “sight visits” that will last beyond their vision. The excursions burn a memory of the sight, sounds and smells of their experience to be remembered for a lifetime. Recent trips to Niagara Falls, the Grand Canyon and Hoover Dam are just some of the places individuals have visited. More details on how to be considered can be found at the Visual Experience Foundation website.

Access Chicago at Navy Pier

Don’t miss a great opportunity to have fun for the whole family! The Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities is sponsoring Access Chicago at Navy Pier on Wednesday, July 13. The day includes opportunities to participate in a wide variety of activities including cooking demos, gardening workshops, interactive art therapy sessions, adaptive sports, fun games and great entertainment. You’ll be able to receive free health screenings, test new products and learn about valuable resources and services. Try out the new navigation aids from Woodlake Technologies: the iBeacon that works with your smart phone and tactile maps to aid in independent travel! All drop offs and pickups are at Riva’s Restaurant turnaround and discounted parking is available in the East Garage, closest to Festival Hall. To learn more, visit www.cityofchicago.org and search for Access Chicago 2016.

War Paint at the Goodman Theatre

This world premiere musical tells the story of two famous women, Helena Rubinstein and Elizabeth Arden, and their fierce rivalry in the fashion industry. The two women were masters of self–invention and became the country’s first female entrepreneurs in an industry dominated by men. Audio-described performance takes place on Saturday, Aug. 6, curtain at 2:00 pm, touch tour at 12:30 pm. Tickets are $30. Call the box office at 312-443-3800.

NFB Newsline Adds Job Search Site

USA Jobs has been added to the jobs listing feature on NFB Newsline. USA Jobs is a web-based portal for open positions at federal government agencies. Subscribers to NFB Newsline can set up a search profile using a radius from a zip code, category, salary or specific search phrase. Multiple profiles can be created to search by geographic area or by type of employment. This addition complements the over 100,000 job listings provided on the site by Career Builder. To learn more about NFB Newsline and to subscribe, visit the website or call 866-504-7300.

Your iPhone and Emergencies

Did you know you can create a profile in the Health app on your iPhone with information about you in case of an emergency? This information could be crucial for first responders to provide the best care. None of the information you share in your Medical ID Emergency Access is shared with third parties. You can include information about allergies, special medical conditions, blood type, organ donation and an emergency contact. You can also switch on the emergency button to show on a locked screen. To complete the short profile, tap on your Health app and choose Medical I.D.