Making Sense: May 2016

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These articles are not an endorsement by Second Sense. Editor: Kathy Austin

CONTENTS

After Work, What’s Next?
Sports Sense
Apple Mac: The Basics
Perkins Class
Vision Exchange
Apple Classes
Two June Technology Classes
Meet Up and Discussion Groups
North Shore Aging Well Conference
BSA Guide Dog Meeting
Visually Impaired Awareness Day
Goodman Theatre Presents
Job Fair
Bike the Drive
Financial Resources for Vision Care
Passionate Focus 2016

After Work, What’s Next?

You have made the decision to stop working – maybe it was your decision or maybe not.  What does the next chapter of your life look like?  What can you do to stay involved and live a meaningful life?  Our After Work, What’s Next workshop provides strategies for making the transition from work to leisure, ideas for staying connected and ways to cope with the past and plan for the future.  To register for After Work, What’s Next on Thursday, May 26 from 1:00 to 2:30 pm, call our front desk or email Polly Abbott.

Sports Sense

Would you like to actively participate in sports?  Perhaps you would rather follow your favorite team from the sidelines?  It’s all about sports at Sports Sense on Tuesday, May 17 from 1:00 to 4:00 pm.  Our guest speakers share their experiences participating in a variety of sports including rock climbing, downhill skiing, beep baseball, golf and bowling.  We’ll also tackle the best ways to get up-to-the-minute scores and how to get the most enjoyment from attending a game in person.  To register for Sports Sense, call our front desk or email David Flament.

Apple Mac: The Basics

We are proud to offer our first Apple Mac class on Saturday, May 14 from 10:00 am to 1:30 pm. Learn how to start Zoom and Voiceover, navigate through the system, manage files and use the app store.  Don’t have a Mac yet?  Don’t worry!  One of the first topics we cover is the difference between a Windows PC and a Mac to help you choose the right system.  While this workshop is a demonstration rather than hands-on, feel free to bring your MacBook should you have one.  To register, call our front desk or email David Flament.

Perkins Braille Writer Class

Feel the speed and power of using a braille writer to get your work done!  You’ll learn how to use all the functions of the machine and create useful documents like to do lists and appointment schedules.  Learn to make labels using paper or dymo tape, too!  This three-session course meets Tuesdays, May 17, 24 and 31 from 1:00 to 3:00 pm.  The course is best suited for those who know their braille alphabet and is geared toward beginners or anyone wanting to brush up on using the Perkins braille writer.  To register, call our front desk or email Polly Abbott.

Vision Exchange

Second Sense’s annual professional development day for support group leaders is Friday, June 3 at the Skokie Public Library, 5215 Oakton Street, Skokie.  This energizing day includes three presentations from experts in the field of vision loss and an opportunity to share and network with other support group leaders.  Our three informative presentations offer insight into the adjustment process to life without sight, details support group leaders need to know about guide dogs and new information on the way to use lighting.  Whether you are thinking about forming a support group or are an experienced leader, there is much to learn and share at Vision Exchange!  CEUs are available through Prairie State College.  Cost to attend is $10 and includes refreshments and lunch.  To register, call our front desk or email Polly Abbott.

Apple Classes

The Apple Pages class for intermediate and advanced users of iPhones and iPads has been rescheduled to our May 5 Apple Exchange.  We’ll learn about using the Pages app interface, importing and exporting files, and editing and formatting text.  Our second Apple class, Getting Where You Are Going: GPS Apps for your Apple Device has also been rescheduled to our Thursday, June 2 Apple Exchange.  Learn how your iPhone or iPad can help you know where you are, explore what is around you and get you where you want to go.  Apple Exchange meets from 1:30 to 3:30 pm.  To register, call our front desk or email David Flament.

Two June Technology Classes

Don’t miss our new workshop, The Net and Other Resources.  Building your knowledge is easy when you know where to look for answers!  We’ll share which websites have the best information for our community, great podcasts to learn about technology and strategies for finding exactly what you need.  This information-packed workshop is Saturday, June 25 from 10:00 am to 1:30 pm.  Due to the overwhelming response to last February’s Windows XP, 7 to 10 class, we are once again offering this important workshop on Saturday, June 11 from 10:00 am to 12:30 pm.  David Flament helps you sort through the changes in the new Windows 10 operating system so you can find what you need after you make the switch.  To register for these workshops, call our front desk or email David Flament.

Meet Up and Discussion Groups

Our RP and VIP Meet Up groups meet on Saturday, May 14 offering an opportunity to socialize, make new friends and learn a tip or two about living with vision loss.  RP Meet Up is from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm and VIP from 1:00 to 3:00 pm.  At our Monday Afternoon Discussion on May 23 from 1:00 to 2:30 pm, we’re delving into community and culture – where do you fit in, the sighted or non-sighted community or both?  To learn more about any of our groups, call our front desk or email Polly Abbott.

Aging Well Conference in Evanston

On Friday, May 6 from 8:00 am to 12:30 pm, the Merion (formerly the Chicago Retirement Hotel) at 1611 Chicago Avenue is hosting the 18th annual Aging Well Conference.  A wide variety of topics to promote smart and healthy living are offered in breakout sessions.  Our own Polly Abbott is presenting Living Well with Low Vision.  Transportation is available for individuals living in the 60201 and 60202 zip codes through the Levy Senior Center.  This free conference is geared towards seniors and service providers.  To learn more call 847-864-7274 or email aging@cityofevanston.org.

BSA Guide Dog Meeting

Sharing is Caring is the conversation topic at the quarterly guide dog meeting at BSA on Tuesday, May 10 from 5:30 to 7:00 pm.  Discussion centers on the many different ways people communicate.  This group is open to all guide dog handlers and anyone interested in learning about the guide dog lifestyle.  To RSVP, contact Pam Berman or call 773-671-6624.

Visually Impaired Awareness Day at College of DuPage

Achieving Independence and Mobility Center for Independent Living is sponsoring the 22nd annual Visually Impaired Awareness Day at the College of DuPage’s Student Resource Center North, Room 2000, 425 Fawell Blvd, Glen Ellyn. This free event on Wednesday, June 8 from 1:00 to 4:00 pm offers a wide variety of resources including technology, adapted products, educational resources and support groups.  To learn more, contact Pat Byrne or call 630-699-4730.

Goodman Theatre Presents

Enjoy an audio-described production of the Sign in Sidney Brustein’s Window at the Goodman Theatre on Saturday, May 28 at 2:00 pm (touch tour at 12:30 pm).  Written by Raisin in the Sun playwright, Lorraine Hansberry, Sidney Brustein is living the intellectual bohemian dream in Greenwich Village in 1960 until his controversial views put him at odds with his young wife, friends and neighbors.  Tickets are $30 when entering promo code “audio” when purchasing online or call the box office at 312-443-3800 and mention the audio-described performance.

Job Fair

The Progress Center in Forest Park is hosting a job fair on May 19 from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm at the Howard Mohr Community Center, 7640 Jackson Blvd, Forest Park.  Materials in accessible formats must be ordered two weeks prior to event.  To learn more and to register, call Sara Capetillo at 708-209-1500, ext. 39.

Bike the Drive

The Elmhurst Bike Club, Chicago Area Tandem Society and three west-suburban special recreation districts, NEDSRA, WDSRA and SEASPAR, are again offering tandem bike rides throughout the summer.  On Sunday, May 29, you can Bike the Drive along Lake Shore Drive with a sighted pilot and you as a stoker!  Five other rides are planned to various locations including the Morton Arboretum, Busse Woods, Octoberfest in Villa Park and Sunny Acres Fall Fest.  Deadline to register for Bike the Drive is Friday, May 13. Have some fun, get some exercise and meet new people all for only $8!  To register and learn more, call Lori Miller at NEDSRA at 630-576-4034.

Financial Resources for Vision Care

If you are in need of financial assistance for eye care and prescription medication, the Low Vision Resources Center on the Prevent Blindness website has an in-depth listing of places to turn for help.  To access the Low Vision Resources Center.

Passionate Focus 2016

The extraordinary artwork selected for this year’s Passionate Focus art exhibit will be on display at Second Sense’s annual benefit on May 12 and at the Illinois College of Optometry from May 16 to June 24.  Call Second Sense for more details.