Making Sense: October 2015

 

Making Sense: October 2015

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CONTENTS

Unfolding the Cane
Twitter On the Go
Words Wide Open
Cast On
Soup’s On
Apple Exchange
RP Meet-Up
V.I.P. Meet-Up
Monday Afternoon discussion
NFBI Fall Convention
New Webinar for Service Providers
Mid-Valley Support Group
Special Family Day with BSA
Ela Area Library Vision Fair
Adaptive Climbing Group
Job Seekers Club
2016 NASA Internships


Unfolding the Cane

Have you been contemplating pursuing orientation and mobility training but have questions about the actual training experience? Our panel of certified orientation and mobility specialists will answer your questions, describe what training is like and provide tips on how to get the most out of your training. This informative workshop on Friday, Oct. 16 from 1:30 to 3:00 pm will benefit anyone who is considering or just starting orientation and mobility training. To register, call our front desk or Polly Abbott.

Twitter on the Go

Twitter is a great way to get the news that’s most interesting to you. Follow your favorite newspaper, celebrity, sports team or organization – the list is endless! In this hands-on Twitter workshop, you’ll learn how to use the native Twitter app on your iPhone or iPad to post tweets, find people to follow and check notifications and messages. You’ll need the Twitter app installed on your iDevice to get started. If you need help setting up a Twitter account or getting the app on your device, please give us a call for assistance. To register for our Twitter class on Thursday, Oct. 22 from 1:00 to 4:00 pm, call our front desk or email David Flament.

Words Wide Open

Have you considered using writing to share your thoughts or sort through your feelings? Our Words Wide Open workshop is a great way to get started! Session one of this three-session workshop features Jeff Flodin, author of Jalapenos in the Oatmeal, who explains what writing is all about. In session two, we are honored to have Al De Genova, poet and After Hours magazine editor, who provides inspiration through reading and writing exercises and gives expert feedback on how to improve your writing. In our last session, Polly Abbott, our Director of Rehabilitation Services and Stella De Genova, founder of Vision Through Words, will help process and explore your work. To participate, you must be able to use a computer with little or no assistance. Words Wide Open takes place on Thursdays, Oct. 8, 15 and 22 from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm. To register, call our front desk or email Polly Abbott.

Cast On

Ever want to learn how to knit or crochet? Our Cast On classes introduce you to this fun activity. Learn the basic knit and purl stitches, casting on and off, and single and double crochet stitches. You’ll create your own piece such as a potholder, slippers or scarf. No previous experience is necessary. Participants must provide their own supplies. Classes meet Wednesday mornings from 10:30 am to 12:00 pm from Oct 7 through Dec. 16. To register and to obtain a suggested supply list, call or email Polly Abbott.

Soup’s On

There’s beginning to be a chill in the air, so why not practice your knife techniques and build your confidence in the kitchen while preparing some delicious homemade soups! Our Soup’s On class focuses on chopping, peeling, measuring and handling hot pots. This five-session training class meets on the second Wednesday of the month from 1:00 to 4:00 pm beginning Nov. 11 through Mar. 9. Space is limited. Watch for our recipes to be posted on our website and Facebook page. To register, call or email Polly Abbott.

Apple Exchange at Second Sense

Would you like to learn to accomplish more things on your Apple iDevice? Beginning this October, David Flament is leading a hands-on, one-day, one-skill class. Come to class with your iPhone or iPad and learn one specific skill. In addition, we’ll spend some time talking about apps – new apps, accessible apps and questions about apps. We will meet the first Thursday of every month from 1:30 to 3:30 pm. Our first meeting on Oct. 1 covers tips and tricks for using the rotor. To register, call our front desk or email David Flament.

Saturday 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 beginning Oct. 10 from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm at Second Sense. 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.

V.I.P. Meet-Up

If you are between the ages of 18 and 35 and are interested in meeting others with vision loss, our V.I.P. Meet Up group is for you! We’re talking about issues that are important to you like dating, children, work and anything else that’s on your mind. October’s meeting takes place on Friday, Oct. 30 from 2:30 to 4:15 pm. Beginning in November, our meetings move to the second Saturday of the month from 1:00 to 3:00 pm. To register, call our front desk or email Polly Abbott.

Monday Afternoon Discussion

Our October Monday Afternoon Discussion welcomes John Gleichman, AIA, CSI, CCS, a Chicago area architect who shares his story of living with retinitis pigmentosa, raising a family and reinventing his career. Don’t miss this inspirational talk to learn how others have met the challenges of living with vision loss. Everyone is welcome at Monday Afternoon Discussion, just stop by. This month’s meeting is Monday, Oct. 26 from 1:00 to 2:30 pm. To learn more, call or email Polly Abbott.

NFBI Fall Convention

The National Federation of the Blind of Illinois’ fall convention takes place at the Naperville Marriott Oct. 30 to Nov. 1. This year’s convention features an employment panel, a seminar on exercise, advocacy during the rehabilitation service process and a meeting for parents with blind children. Our own David Flament is presenting on tech options for individuals with vision loss. Advanced registration is $5 by Oct. 16, $15 after that date. To register and pay online, visit NFBI or contact Patti Chang at 773-307-6440.

New Webinar for Service Providers

The American Foundation of the Blind (AFB) and Flying Blind, LLC have partnered to produce a new webinar for professionals to introduce students to the iPad for optimal use in the classroom. IOS in the Classroom: iPad Learning Success for Students with Vision Loss is available from the AFB eLearning site. ACVREP professional development credits are available. To learn more, visit eLearning Center.

Mid-Valley Low Vision Group

A new low vision support group is meeting at the St. Charles Public Library on Wednesday, Oct. 21 from 1:00 to 2:30 pm. The group plans to identify programs and areas of discussion that will help deal with the challenges of living with vision loss. If you are in the St. Charles area, stop by and get acquainted! To learn more, contact Dave Peterson or 630-918-0546.

Family Day with Blind Service Association

Blind Service Association and Statues Stories have teamed up to offer a special tour of Chicago’s new, exciting art project that gives voices to some of the city’s most beloved statues. Blind and visually impaired youth and their families are invited to meet at the east side of The Bean in Millennium Park at 1:00 pm on Saturday, Oct. 3. The tour is a leisurely one-mile walk and includes refreshments. A smart phone is required to access the monologues. For more information and to RSVP, contact Bill Green at 312-236-0808.

Ela Area Library Vision Fair

The Ela Area Public Library in Lake Zurich is holding a low vision resource and screening fair on Friday, Nov. 6 from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm. Get the facts about living with low vision and hear physicians discuss the latest treatments for macular degeneration and glaucoma. The Lions Club International vision screening bus will provide free vision screenings on a walk-in basis in the parking lot until 3:00 pm. Space is limited. To register and for more information, contact Christy Wagner at 847-438-3433.

Adaptive Climbing Group

For fans of exciting physical fitness, the Adaptive Climbing Group and the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago are offering a night of indoor rock climbing for people with disabilities at Brooklyn Boulders, 100 S. Morgan St., Chicago 60607. The group meets on Wednesday evenings from 6:00 to 8:30 pm. Cost is $11 and includes climbing gear. No experience necessary! To learn more, call 646-398-2892 or visit www.adaptiveclimbinggroup.org.

Job Seekers Club

The Progress Center in Forest Park introduces the Job Seekers Club to assist anyone working on their resumes, cover letters and portfolios; and anyone wanting to improve their communication skills to help land that new opportunity. The club meets every Thursday from 1:30 to 3:30 pm beginning Sept. 24 until Dec. 17. To learn more, contact Sara Capetillo or call 708-209-1500.

2016 NASA Internships

Attention students with disabilities interested in the STEM fields, NASA has internships available! These paid internships are ten and six weeks long (college and high school respectively) and students must carry a 3.0 GPA. Interested students can begin the application process after Nov. 1 for the 2016 summer program. To learn about all the available opportunities, visit NASA’s Student Opportunities and Recruitment Tools page or contact Kenneth A. Silberman at 301-286-9281.