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Making Sense: December 2018

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

More Than Just an Elbow
Technology Training to Meet Your Needs
It’s Game Day at Braille Class
What’s a Siri Shortcut?
Open Discussion at RP Meet Up
Cast On, Knit and Crochet
New 1Touch Self-Defense Classes
Yoga Classes Resume in January
Happy Holidays from Second Sense
BSA Cultural Tour Events
Equip for Equality Employment Help
Parenting Chat Group
Need a Tactile Map?
Lions Ski for Sight Weekend
Meeting for Paratransit Riders

More Than Just an Elbow

Would you like to make moving with a sighted guide more fluid and enjoyable? Perhaps you have already learned the human guide technique, but would like a brush up to improve your skills? Then this workshop is for you! Bring a partner and join us on Thursday, Dec. 6 from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm for this active More Than Just an Elbow workshop. You’ll learn or refresh your skills on using body cues for stopping and starting, switching sides and direction and navigating stairs, curbs and narrow passageways. To register, call our front desk or email Polly Abbott.

Technology Training to Meet Your Needs

We are always striving to improve our programs to serve the needs of all our clients. We believe that a one-size-fits-all program isn’t for everyone. Looking closely at our computer training model, we find that students are gaining more knowledge when they can learn at their own pace and choose just the training they need. With this in mind, we are now offering one-on-one computer training with David Flament. You can learn it all – Word and Excel in the Microsoft Office Suite, Internet browsing and email – or pick and choose what is most important to you. We have also expanded our computer training practice time to include an open lab with technology tutors on hand to provide additional guidance on what you are learning. Open Lab is Monday through Friday from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm. No need for an appointment, just drop by. Our other technology training options include one-on-one appointments with a technology tutor for screen readers and magnifiers, Apple products using VoiceOver and Zoom, Victor Reader Stream and Microsoft Office. New tutors with specific skills are available throughout the week. Let our front desk volunteers know what area you would like help with, and they will set you up with a tutor who best meets your needs. Our computer lab is also open for your use during business hours with computers equipped with the latest Windows operating systems and assistive technology programs. Watch for future articles in Making Sense for group workshops on a variety of technology topics. To learn more about our computer training and to discuss your needs, call David or email David Flament.

It’s Game Day at Braille Class

The last session of our Year of Braille is a fun day of games! Join us on Friday, Dec. 14 from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm and test your strategizing skills in games of Fish, Uno or Scrabble and get in this valuable practice time. Braille is a valuable tool for many things, so if you’re interested in learning braille, please contact Polly Abbott at 312-236-8569 or email Polly Abbott.

What’s a Siri Shortcut?

Apple has done it again with the new Siri Shortcuts that came out in the recent iOS 12 software update. Not only does this new feature make it easier to do everyday tasks like listening to music or sending a text, but it helps save your vision for more important things. Join us at Apple Exchange on Thursday, Dec. 6 from 1:30 to 3:30 pm to learn how to take advantage of this powerful new feature. Conference call in available at 312-582-2994, bridge 301, pin 1111#. To register, call our front desk or email David Flament.

Open Discussion at RP Meet Up

Our last RP Meet Up for 2018 is Saturday, Dec. 8 from 10:00 to 12:00 pm. Bring your questions, thoughts, experiences and anything you would like to share. We’re planning some great guest speakers and topics for 2019, so stay tuned for future updates via email and this newsletter. Feel free to suggest new topics, too! If you want to call in via conference call, dial 312-582-2994, bridge 301 and pin 1111#. To register, call our front desk or email Polly Abbott.

Cast On, Knit and Crochet

Would you like to learn how to knit or crochet or discover how to relearn this craft with vision loss? Whether you are a first timer or have previous experience, we welcome all levels at our Cast On knit and crochet class. We can teach you the stitches and adaptations so you can create a project you can be proud of. Class meets on Tuesdays from 10:30 am to 12:00 pm. To register and for more information, call our front desk or email Polly Abbott.

New 1Touch Self-Defense Classes

Interested in participating in our popular 1Touch Self-Defense Course? These classes are a hands-on approach to teaching self-defense techniques to people with vision loss. Participation in 1Touch helps you feel more confident travelling independently, as well as enhances your spatial orientation, mobility, dexterity and tactile sensitivity. Our beginner course starts on Jan. 8, 2019 from 1:00 to 3:00 pm taught by Rachael Eschbach. An intermediate class begins Thursday, Jan. 10, 2019 from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm taught by Polly Abbott. Both classes meet for 12 weeks. Call our front desk or email Polly Abbott. to reserve your spot.

Yoga Classes Resume in January

Marilyn Green, certified yoga instructor, is back at Second Sense conducting her weekly yoga classes on Wednesday mornings from 8:45 to 9:45 am beginning Jan. 9. Yoga can help you improve your mobility skills by relieving stress, increasing strength and improving flexibility and balance. Marilyn can adapt exercises to meet your physical abilities. Remember to wear comfortable clothing and bring a yoga mat or large towel for floor practice. Please check with your doctor to make sure you are able to participate, as some yoga exercises can be harmful for some eye conditions. To register, call our front desk or email Kathy Austin.

Happy Holidays from Second Sense

Wishing all of you the happiest of holiday cheer! Second Sense will be closed at noon on Wednesday, Dec. 5 for our staff holiday party and from Monday, Dec. 24 through Tuesday, Jan. 1. We’re looking forward to serving you in 2019!

BSA Cultural Tour Events

Blind Service Association is hosting two exciting cultural events during December. On Wednesday, Dec. 5 at the Art Institute of Chicago, a touch tour of the Arms and Armory collection and a guided tour of James Webb’s Prayer, a sound art installation, takes place from 2:00 to 3:15 pm. A tour of the Chicago Cultural Center takes place Tuesday, Dec. 11 from 1:00 to 2:00 pm offering attendees a behind the scenes look at this historic Chicago landmark. Space is limited. To find out more and reserve your spot, contact Bill Green at 312-236-0808.

Equip for Equality Employment Help Line

If you have any issues relating to employment, whether in the application process, requesting accommodations or disclosing your disability, the Equip for Equality Employment Help line is a vital resource. When calling, a staff member will talk with you in-depth about your situation to help you find the best course of action. In addition, Equip for Equality can provide you with fact sheets, template letters and referrals. The number to call is 844-744-4879. You can also visit the Equip for Equality website.

Parenting Chat Group

If you are a parent with vision loss looking to connect with other visually impaired parents, you are invited to join a parent’s chat with Sharon Howerton, mother and instructor at Hadley Institute for the Blind and Visually Impaired. The group meets weekly via phone on Wednesdays at 1:00 pm. Whether you are dealing with the challenges of sick children, handling outsider’s preconceived notions about your ability or looking for good advice, this group can provide the support you may need. To learn more, contact Sharon at 847-784-2858.

Need a Tactile Map?

Moving to a new city and need a physical map to learn your way around? Perhaps you’re going off to college and want to familiarize yourself with your new campus? The San Francisco LightHouse’s MAD Lab can help! By calling their product specialists and telling them the specific street address of the map you need, within two business days, a tactile map kit will be shipped to you. Your kit includes three map versions (simple, moderate and dense map scale), a tactile map key and an introductory page. All maps are printed on 11” x 11.5” embossed paper and include both large print and braille labels. To order your TMAP, call the Adaptations Store at 888-400-8933.

Lions Ski for Sight Weekend

The Southwest Region District 1-J Lions Club is sponsoring the 2019 Ski for Sight weekend taking place near DeKalb, IL Jan. 25-27. This is a physically strenuous cross country ski activity, so make sure you consider your physical capabilities before signing up. Space is limited to 66 skiers. You can bring your own sighted guide or one can be provided for you. Hotel reservations can be made at the Red Roof Inn and Suites, DeKalb by calling 815-758-8661. Applications are due no later than Dec. 8. To learn more and for a paper application, contact Lion Jerome Perez at 815-501-0101.

Important Meeting for Paratransit Riders

The Disability Rights Consortium is holding a meeting at Equip for Equality on Wednesday, Dec. 12 from 9:30 to 11:00 am. The featured speaker is new Interim Director of Pace, Rocky Donahue. Mr. Donahue will provide an update to the work Pace is doing on paratransit services and would also like to hear from riders and advocates on issues of concern. A teleconference call has been set up for those who cannot attend in person at 800-910-8278, access code 1940990. Equip for Equality is located at 20 N. Michigan Ave., Suite 300, Chicago.