Making Sense: November 2015

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Making Sense: November 2015

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

Get Linked In
Apple Exchange
Soup’s On
Monday Afternoon Discussion
V.I.P. Meet Up
RP Meet Up
Comprehensive Computer Classes
2016 Calendars
Second Sense Email discussion Groups
Thanksgiving Closing
It’s All About Guide Dogs at BSA
Enjoy the Theatre
Creative Art Project
Spotlight on Support
Boomers and Beyond Resource Fair
Open Taxi by Open Doors
Correction


Get LinkedIn

LinkedIn is an essential tool for anyone who is job hunting or looking to expand their professional network. To help you navigate this valuable tool, our hands-on class on Saturday, Nov. 14 from 10:00 am to 1:30 pm helps you use the site with adaptive technology to connect with others, join groups you are interested in and post to your page. This class is a must for anyone who is in the job search process! To register, call our front desk or email David Flament.

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Apple Exchange

Learn to do more on your Apple iDevice at our new Apple Exchange! Join us on the first Thursday of every month as we work together to learn how to do something new on your iPhone or iPad. We are also talking about apps, so bring your questions, suggestions and experiences to the group! Whether you are a new or veteran user, you’ll learn something each time you come. Our next meeting is Nov. 5 when we are talking about closing and switching apps. To register, call our front desk or email David Flament.

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Soup’s On!

Improve your skills in the kitchen and make some delicious homemade soups just right for the season! Our Soup’s On classes meet once a month and will help you refine your chopping, peeling and measuring techniques while practicing safety in the kitchen. First class is Nov. 11 from 1:00 to 4:00 pm. To register, call our front desk or email Polly abbott.
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Monday Afternoon Discussion

The end of the year is approaching fast. This month’s discussion topic reflects on the changes we have made this year and how they have impacted our lives. Everyone is welcome to join us on Monday, Nov. 23 from 1:00 to 2:30 pm for some potluck refreshments and constructive conversation. To learn more, call our front desk or email Polly abbott.

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V.I.P. Meet Up

Are you between the ages of 18 and 35 and want to connect with people with vision loss, but can’t find a group that shares your same life issues? Our V.I.P. Meet Up is a great way to make new friends and create new supportive connections. We’re talking about sports and recreation, social activities and career planning. This month’s meeting is Saturday, Nov. 14 from 1:00 to 3:00 pm. To register, call our front desk or email Polly abbott.

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RP Meet Up

Do you have retinitis pigmentosa and want to meet others who are working through the same challenges you are facing? We’ll share stories and resources every second Saturday morning of the month. Our next meeting is Nov. 14 from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm. Anyone with RP is welcome to attend, just stop by. To learn more and to receive email notifications, call Polly Abbott or email Polly abbott.

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Comprehensive Computer Classes with Adaptive Technology

Our ZoomText, MAGic, JAWS or NVDA you’ll learn to use these programs while you navigate the Windows environment, Microsoft Word, Excel and the Internet. These courses are free and no referral is required. JAWS/NVDA classes meet Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm. ZoomText/MAGic classes meet Monday and Wednesday from 1:00 to 4:00 pm. Our next classes begin Dec. 2. Space is limited. To register, call our front desk or email David Flament.

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2016 Calendars

It’s time to order your 2016 calendar from our Product Center at Second Sense. We offer a large print wall calendar, spiral bound date book or a braille calendar. These are terrific tools to help keep all your appointments, birthdays and special occasions together in one place. Calendars also make a great gift for the holidays. Free shipping while quantities last! Brian can also help you select the right product for you or gift for your loved one with vision loss. Call Brian Hollandsworth or email Brian Hollandsworthto place your orders.

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Second Sense Email Discussion Groups

Are you a member of one of our email groups? Tech Exchange, Vision Exchange and Family and Friends are moving to a new service. These popular email lists will now be hosted by Electric Embers. If you are a member of one of these lists, your email will be automatically transferred to the new list and you will receive a welcome email with all the details. A new feature with our new lists is the ability to reply just to the sender or the entire list. We hope this will eliminate issues with too many emails. If you have left one of our lists for this reason and want to rejoin, please contact either David Flament or Polly Abbott. to be added to the list.

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Thanksgiving Closing

Second Sense is closed Thursday and Friday, Nov. 26 and 27 for the Thanksgiving holiday. We wish you the very best Thanksgiving season filled with family, friends and food!

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It’s All About Guide Dogs at BSA

Blind Service Association (BSA) at 17 N. State St., Chicago is hosting two gatherings in November to learn and talk about guide dogs. On Tuesday, Nov. 3 at 1:00 pm, Pam Berman, outreach coordinator for Guide Dogs for the Blind in California, provides an in-depth look at what it’s like to work with a guide dog, eligibility requirements, application process and an overview of Guide Dogs for the Blind’s class training experience. This workshop is great for anyone who is considering a guide dog for a mobility tool. Pam also leads the quarterly guide dog group at BSA and the Tuesday, Nov. 10 regular meeting at 5:30 pm discusses the challenges guide dog handlers face when their guides pass away or retire. It will be a time of sharing and celebration! Everyone is welcome no matter what school your dog is from. To attend, email Pam or call 773-671-6624.
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Enjoy the Theatre

Audio-described theatre performances and touch tours are becoming more popular with several theatres in the Chicago area offering this service. Steppenwolf, Goodman, Lookingglass, Chicago Shakespeare, and Steep Theatres all devote a special day for you to enjoy their stage performances, enhancing the experience for a person with vision loss. Preferred seating is usually provided and many of the ticket prices are reduced, too! Help support these theatres in their efforts to make theatre inclusive by taking in a performance! You can find schedules by visiting the theatre websites or by phone. Second Sense also posts notices on our Facebook page of upcoming performances, so check it out.

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Creative Art Project

Luis Mejico, a student from the Art Institute of Chicago, is looking for individuals with vision loss to collaborate on a suite of art projects that are audio or sound based. Anyone with vision loss can submit a piece in any medium, poetry, photography, painting, etc. The piece will be translated into a sound piece such as a radio drama, short story, sound scape or interview. Regardless of the form the project takes, the piece would be inspired by the content of the original submission. Luis has completed 30 of these performance art projects and this time he will focus specifically on work created by people with vision loss. His performance art projects have been performed at the Museum of Contemporary Art and other notable Chicago art galleries. To learn more, visit the For Me/For You Project page.
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Spotlight on Support

Looking for a support group on the southwest side of Chicago? Sights Unlimited meets twice monthly on the second and fourth Mondays from 12:00 to 2:00 pm at 4343 Southwest Highway, Hometown, Illinois. The group has been meeting for 30 years offering a friendly atmosphere to learn about living with vision loss. Meetings offer lively discussions, guest speakers, resources and refreshments. To learn more, contact Carol Lampe.

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Boomers and Beyond Community Resource Fair

The Skokie Commission on Family Services is hosting the second annual Boomers and Beyond Community Resource Fair at Oakton Community Center, 4701 Oakton St., Skokie on Friday, Nov. 6 from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm. Healthcare professionals and other experts in the field of aging provide information on local resources, community-based programs, state and federal benefits, volunteer opportunities, fitness and nutrition, legal and financial assistance, social and cultural activities, lifelong learning and senior housing. Wellness screenings and educational seminars are also available. Stop by the Second Sense table and visit with Polly Abbott to discuss living better with vision loss! Everyone is welcome. For more information, call Beth Lindley at 847-933-8208.

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Open Taxi by Open Doors

If you are in need of a wheelchair accessible taxi in the Chicago area, you can call Open Taxi, the centralized dispatch, 24/7 at 855-928-1010 or via text to to reserve a ride. To learn more visit www.opentaxis.com.
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Correction

In October’s Making Sense, the phone number for the Adaptive Climbing Group was incorrect. The correct number is 646-389-2892. We apologize for the error.

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