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Making Sense: September 2021

Making Sense is made possible in part by donations from our readers. These articles are not an endorsement by Second Sense. Editor: Kathy Austin

CONTENTS

COVID19 Update
Creating a Digital Copy of Your Vaccination Card
RP Meet Up
What’s NFB Newsline?
Fall Fun with the Chicago Park District
Free Will
JAWS Training from Freedom Scientific
News from BeMyEyes
Accessibility Help Numbers

COVID19 Update

We were very excited to begin to welcome you all back to Second Sense. Unfortunately, the COVID19 case count has been escalating rather rapidly in the last few weeks causing us to roll back our indoor, in-person services. We are still able to provide in-person training for orientation and mobility clients. In-person training on mobile devices can also be provided outdoors, weather permitting. Anyone receiving in-person services must be fully vaccinated and masks will be worn by both client and staff member. Remote support from our staff is always available via phone, FaceTime or TeamViewer for computer issues. Our volunteer technology tutor, Marv Commerford, continues to work with clients remotely by appointment. We are working on virtual workshops to help fill the void of services –check our Product Center can take your phone orders and items can be shipped directly to your home. If you are in need of any support or training, please call the office at 312-236-8569 and we will do our very best to meet your needs. We hope this roll back will only be temporary. Please be safe!

Creating a Digital Copy of Your Vaccination Card

Many places like sporting events, restaurants and concert venues are now asking for proof of your COVID19 vaccination. The oversized business card with your information can be difficult to store safely, but there’s a way you can keep your card secure on your iPhone. At our September Apple Exchange, we’ll show you how to make a digital copy of your card using the Photos and Notes apps. We’ll also talk about accessible apps that can securely store your card to prevent loss or theft. Join us on our conference line, 312-809-1004, Thursday, September 2 at 1:00 pm to learn about this handy way to have your card with you wherever you go!

RP Meet Up

Our RP Meet Up takes place virtually on Tuesday, September 14 at 7:00 pm. Have you come across an online support group or Facebook page you’ve found helpful? Let’s share any interesting online resources, whether it be for emotional support, medical information or clinical trials for treatments. Our RP Meet Up is for anyone with retinitis pigmentosa or related inherited retinal conditions. Call the conference line at 312-809-1004 to join the discussion. For questions, email Kathy Austin.

What’s NFB Newsline?

The National Federation of the Blind (NFB) has a great resource in their Newsline service. Newsline offers over 300 newspaper and magazines you can access from your telephone or their smart phone app. You’ll also find loads of blindness related information from other organizations across the nation, and that includes this Making Sense newsletter! Job listings, weather alerts and so much more is available to you at no cost. If you’d like to learn more about Newsline or want to sign up to access this service, join us on Tuesday, September 14 at 10:30 am as we welcome David Meyer from the Chicago chapter of NFB, who will explain the service and sign you up if you are interested. Call the conference line at 312-809-1004. For questions, email Kathy Austin.

Fall Fun with the Chicago Park District

Looking to learn something new? Meet some new people? Looking for a new hobby or getting some physical activity? The Chicago Park District (CPD) has many programs for people with vision loss and you can learn about them at our Thursday, September 9 presentation at 11:00 am. Sheena Hager, special recreation coordinator, shares all the details on the many activities offered by CPD. To join our discussion, call the conference line at 312-809-1004. For questions, email Kathy Austin.

Free Will

Do your loved ones know what your wishes are if you were to pass away? Most people do not have a will or the proper medical and financial documents in place in case you are unable to make decisions for yourself. With the COVID19 virus still circulating, you may want to consider creating your last will and testament so your loved ones can avoid the hassles that come without having one. Free Will is an easy online tool you can use to create a legal will and other advance directives. By completing the step-by-step questionnaire, Free Will creates the legal documents you need at no cost. Their blog has good information about the reasons you should have a will and explanations of more complex documents. The site is supported by nonprofit organizations, is safe and secure and there is absolutely no cost to you. Free Will stands by their accessibility, recommending using NVDA with a Windows operating system. To learn more, visit the Free Will website.

JAWS Training from Freedom Scientific

Whether you are a beginner or advanced JAWS user, or a teacher working with students, Freedom Scientific offers some great podcasts on using JAWS with common programs. Topics include tips and tricks for many Microsoft programs including PowerPoint, Outlook, Word and Excel. Teachers will find 10 modules that build on prior lessons of working with JAWS, plus a Back-to-School session. You can sign up to receive notifications on upcoming webinars or download them on demand from the Freedom Scientific training page.

News from BeMyEyes

Pasta lovers will be delighted to know that Barilla Pasta and Sauce, a highly regarded Italian food brand, has joined the BeMyEyes team! Their experts are on hand to answer your cooking questions, plus you can get some great recipes! Check them out under Food and Beverage in the specialize help section.

In addition, Eyemart Express, an optical retailer, is encouraging their over 2,000 team members to become BeMyEyes volunteers. These volunteers will provide sighted assistance through a smartphone camera to those who find themselves needing that extra pair of eyes.

Accessibility Help Numbers

Even the most tech savvy folks run into problems at times. One of our favorite technology resources, Top Tech Tidbits, pointed us in the direction of a good list of accessibility help numbers to keep handy for when you get stuck. Thanks to Web Friendly Help for putting this list together! More information on these help lines can be found on this post at Web Friendly Help.