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Making Sense NewsletterThese articles are not an endorsement by Second Sense. Editor, Kathy Austin

CONTENTS

May at Second Sense A Note About Our Move Assistive Technology Showcase Great News for RTA ADA Paratransit Riders Apple Exchange: Notetaking All About Guide Dogs, Part 4 RP Meet Up Blind Community Group Meeting with Equip for Equality Chicago Guide Dog Quarterly Meeting Windows Screen Reader Primer Correct Link for Appliance Labels from GE In-Home Orientation and Mobility Services Joe Turner’s Come and Gone at the Goodman Theatre Broadway in Chicago Presents Calendar of events

May at Second Sense

At Second Sense, we help you face the emotional and practical challenges of living with vision loss. Our certified professionals work with you to select training that meets your individual goals. These client-centered services emphasize practical applications so you can manage the complex issues of living with vision loss.  We can help with learning the basics of your iPhone or using new apps that increase your independence. Our staff can also teach you new ways to cook, clean and manage your daily life’s   routine. You can learn to use a computer with assistive technology to shop, use popular Microsoft applications or brush up on your keyboarding skills. Orientation and mobility training is available to teach you the different white cane techniques, how to cross streets safely and how to use public transit. We want to reduce any barriers to finding the help you need. Our intake process is easy and will help you get started working with our staff as soon as possible. To inquire about any training or service you need, please call our office at 312-236-8569 or email Kathy Austin.

A Note About Our Move

Our move date to our new office at 1 N. LaSalle Street is scheduled for the first week of September. It is easily accessible by public transit with buses and trains very close by. A popular lunch spot is located right inside our building for those who need a pick me up or a place to lunch with other Second Sense friends. We’ll keep you informed on other logistics as the time grows near!

Assistive Technology Showcase

Don’t miss this special event at Second Sense! On Wednesday, May 15, we are excited to welcome Sloan Morris from Innovative Vision Products, who will be demonstrating some of the latest assistive technology for those with vision loss! These products can make those frustrating tasks of reading mail, keeping notes and getting around much easier. This is a great opportunity to try out some versatile electronic magnifiers. You can also check out Stand-alone GPS devices– great for when you don’t want your phone exposed to the public when traveling. And, don’t miss the cutting edge LyrQ text to speech reader! Sloan, who uses many of these devices himself, can talk with you to find the best device to suit your needs. Join us at 10:00 am to take a look at the wide assortment of products. At 10:30 am, Sloan will provide a brief presentation on all the products he has brought to Second Sense, then there’s time to try out the products and ask questions. Sloan will be with us from 10:00 to 12:00 pm so there’s plenty of time to get some great advice and hands-on experience with some great technology!

Great News for RTA ADA Paratransit Riders

Getting around Chicago and the suburbs for RTA ADA paratransit riders has gotten a lot easier with the new program just launched by Pace. The Ride Share Access Program (RAP) provides a subsidy to use either Uber or UZURV to travel to a destination within the RTA ADA paratransit service area. For an initial $2.00 fee, Pace will cover the expense up to $30. On Monday, May 20 at 1:30 pm, we welcome Christine Rose, community relations representative from Pace, to explain how the new RAP program works. Christine will share everything you need to know including applying for the program and using the service. You will also learn about the Pace Free Rides on fixed route buses. Don’t miss this important informational presentation to get started traveling on your terms for an affordable cost! Join us on the conference line by calling 312-809-1004.

Apple Exchange: Notetaking

Keeping track of bits of information you need on a regular basis makes for lots of frustration. Once again, your iPhone comes to the rescue! At our Thursday, May 2 Apple Exchange, Taurus Smith, CVRT, shares a variety of ways you can use both the native Notes and Voice Memos apps to keep track of information you need to keep handy. Taurus provides tips on which apps work best in different situations and how to title, format and organize your notes.  Join Taurus on the conference line at 1:00 pm by calling 312-809-1004.

All About Guide Dogs, Part 4

In the fourth presentation in our All About Guide Dogs series, we are getting acquainted with two more guide dog schools, OccuPaws and The Seeing Eye. Jeff Flodin, an alumna of OccuPaws, shares his experience with this Madison, WI based, in-home training program. We also welcome Chelsea White, outreach specialist, from The Seeing Eye in Morristown, NJ, the oldest guide dog school in the country. This is a great opportunity to learn about these two very different programs.  If you are considering a guide dog, you’ll find information helpful to making your guide dog school choice. We meet virtually via our conference line on Friday, May 10 at 1:00 pm. Join us via our conference line, 312-809-1004.

RP Meet Up

If you have retinitis pigmentosa or related inherited retinal conditions, we invite you to join us the second Tuesday evening of the month for our RP Meet Up. Our group talks about a variety of topics including dealing with transitioning from low vision to more severe vision loss and the challenges that change brings. From knowing if it is time to pick up the white cane, to dealing with employment issues to learning about technology, our members bring a variety of topics to the group. Guest speakers also visit with information and tools for remaining independent. This month, we’ll have open discussion, so bring your challenges, tips and experiences on Tuesday, May 14 at 7:00 pm.  We meet via conference call at 312-809-1004. For questions, email Kathy Austin.

Blind Community Group Meeting with Equip for Equality

The quarterly meeting for the Blind Community Group at Equip for Equality is Wednesday, May 1 from 10:30 am to 12:00 pm. Featured speakers are Stephen McMinn, director, and Sheri Day, outreach librarian, from the Talking Books and Braille Services for Illinois. They will provide an update to new developments and initiatives for the library service and can answer any questions. Contact Equip for Equality for more information at 312-341-0022 or email Andrew Webb, staff attorney.

Chicago Guide Dog Quarterly Meeting

The Chicago Guide Dog Group welcomes Owen Winder, stakeholder manager for Illinois airports with the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), to their quarterly meeting on Saturday, May 18 from 10:30 am to 12:00 pm. Owen will share important information for people who need special assistance including traveling with a guide dog.  You’ll also learn about the TSA Cares program and their passenger support specialists who provide assistance. This meeting is open to all guide dog handlers regardless of the school you attended. Meet at Blind Service Chicago, 17 N. State St., Chicago. Please RSVP to BSC at 312-236-0808 or to Pam Berman at 773-671-6624.

Windows Screen Reader Primer

If you are a beginner or intermediate screen reader user, you may want to download the latest edition of David Kingsbury’s Windows Screen Reader Primer. Whether you are using JAWS, NVDA or Windows Narrator, this comprehensive manual is a must-have tool in your technology tool box. The free manual helps you work with today’s most important PC applications such as Microsoft Office including Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook. You’ll find the help you need for using web browsers and email clients, working with Adobe Acrobat Reader and PDF files and hosting, participating and scheduling Zoom meetings. New in this edition is information on Google Workspace, artificial intelligence and audio and video editing. You’ll find more information on this terrific manual when you visit the Carroll Center who offers this as a free download in Word or EPub.

Correct Link for Appliance Labels from GE

A corrected link for the accessible appliance labels from GE was provided after our April newsletter publication date. You’ll find more information at this link, along with the estimated in-stock date.

In-Home Orientation and Mobility Services

Leader Dogs in Rochester Hills, MI, is now offering in-home orientation and mobility training. This in-home training is great for individuals who cannot travel to campus due to health concerns, cannot be away from home for an extended time due to work or family obligations or for those who live in a complex environment. The in-home program is in addition to their immersion program where you can obtain 20 to 25 hours of training by attending their week-long program on their Michigan campus. To learn more and to apply visit O&M at Leader Dog.

Joe Turner’s Come and Gone at the Goodman Theatre

Don’t miss this much loved and compelling play by August Wilson and interpreted by Chuck Smith on Saturday, May 11 at the Goodman Theatre. Harold Lewis searches the country with his young daughter to find his estranged wife. First he must regain a sense of his own heritage and identity. Touch tour is 12:30 pm and performance at 2:00 pm. Discounted $30 tickets are available by using code “audio” when purchasing online or call the box office at 312-443-3800.

Broadway in Chicago Presents

Another opportunity for an audio-described performance! Broadway in Chicago is presenting the Simon and Garfunkel Story on Wednesday, May 1 at 7:00 pm. Performance is at the CIBC Theatre, 18 W. Monroe St., Chicago. The performance is two hours, 20 minutes with an intermission. Call CBIC Disability Services, 312-977-1700, ext. 1259 for more information. Calendar of events Wednesday, May 1 10:30 am to 12:00 pm Blind Community Group Meeting at Equip for Equality Wednesday, May 1 7:00 pm The Simon and Garfunkel Story at Broadway in Chicago Thursday, May 2 1:00 pm Apple Exchange: Notetaking Friday, May 10 1:00 pm All About Guide Dogs, Part 4 Saturday, May 11 12:30 pm touch tour, 2:00 pm performance Joe Turner’s Come and Gone at the Goodman Tuesday, May 14 7:00 pm RP Meet Up Wednesday, May 15 10:00 am to 12:00 pm Assistive Technology Showcase with Innovative Vision Products Saturday, May 18 10:30 am to 12:00 pm Chicago Guide Dog Group Meeting Monday, May 20 1:30 pm Pace Ride Share Access Program presentation

Making Sense — May 2024

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

CONTENTS

May at Second Sense
A Note About Our Move
Assistive Technology Showcase
Great News for RTA ADA Paratransit Riders
Apple Exchange: Notetaking
All About Guide Dogs, Part 4
RP Meet Up
Blind Community Group Meeting with Equip for Equality
Chicago Guide Dog Quarterly Meeting
Windows Screen Reader Primer
Correct Link for Appliance Labels from GE
In-Home Orientation and Mobility Services
Joe Turner’s Come and Gone at the Goodman Theatre
Broadway in Chicago Presents
Calendar of events

May at Second Sense

At Second Sense, we help you face the emotional and practical challenges of living with vision loss. Our certified professionals work with you to select training that meets your individual goals. These client-centered services emphasize practical applications so you can manage the complex issues of living with vision loss.  We can help with learning the basics of your iPhone or using new apps that increase your independence. Our staff can also teach you new ways to cook, clean and manage your daily life’s   routine. You can learn to use a computer with assistive technology to shop, use popular Microsoft applications or brush up on your keyboarding skills. Orientation and mobility training is available to teach you the different white cane techniques, how to cross streets safely and how to use public transit. We want to reduce any barriers to finding the help you need. Our intake process is easy and will help you get started working with our staff as soon as possible. To inquire about any training or service you need, please call our office at 312-236-8569 or email Kathy Austin.

A Note About Our Move

Our move date to our new office at 1 N. LaSalle Street is scheduled for the first week of September. It is easily accessible by public transit with buses and trains very close by. A popular lunch spot is located right inside our building for those who need a pick me up or a place to lunch with other Second Sense friends. We’ll keep you informed on other logistics as the time grows near!

Assistive Technology Showcase

Don’t miss this special event at Second Sense! On Wednesday, May 15, we are excited to welcome Sloan Morris from Innovative Vision Products, who will be demonstrating some of the latest assistive technology for those with vision loss! These products can make those frustrating tasks of reading mail, keeping notes and getting around much easier. This is a great opportunity to try out some versatile electronic magnifiers. You can also check out Stand-alone GPS devices– great for when you don’t want your phone exposed to the public when traveling. And, don’t miss the cutting edge LyrQ text to speech reader! Sloan, who uses many of these devices himself, can talk with you to find the best device to suit your needs.

Join us at 10:00 am to take a look at the wide assortment of products. At 10:30 am, Sloan will provide a brief presentation on all the products he has brought to Second Sense, then there’s time to try out the products and ask questions. Sloan will be with us from 10:00 to 12:00 pm so there’s plenty of time to get some great advice and hands-on experience with some great technology!

Great News for RTA ADA Paratransit Riders

Getting around Chicago and the suburbs for RTA ADA paratransit riders has gotten a lot easier with the new program just launched by Pace. The Ride Share Access Program (RAP) provides a subsidy to use either Uber or UZURV to travel to a destination within the RTA ADA paratransit service area. For an initial $2.00 fee, Pace will cover the expense up to $30. On Monday, May 20 at 1:30 pm, we welcome Christine Rose, community relations representative from Pace, to explain how the new RAP program works. Christine will share everything you need to know including applying for the program and using the service. You will also learn about the Pace Free Rides on fixed route buses. Don’t miss this important informational presentation to get started traveling on your terms for an affordable cost! Join us on the conference line by calling 312-809-1004.

Apple Exchange: Notetaking

Keeping track of bits of information you need on a regular basis makes for lots of frustration. Once again, your iPhone comes to the rescue! At our Thursday, May 2 Apple Exchange, Taurus Smith, CVRT, shares a variety of ways you can use both the native Notes and Voice Memos apps to keep track of information you need to keep handy. Taurus provides tips on which apps work best in different situations and how to title, format and organize your notes.  Join Taurus on the conference line at 1:00 pm by calling 312-809-1004.

All About Guide Dogs, Part 4

In the fourth presentation in our All About Guide Dogs series, we are getting acquainted with two more guide dog schools, OccuPaws and The Seeing Eye. Jeff Flodin, an alumna of OccuPaws, shares his experience with this Madison, WI based, in-home training program. We also welcome Chelsea White, outreach specialist, from The Seeing Eye in Morristown, NJ, the oldest guide dog school in the country. This is a great opportunity to learn about these two very different programs.  If you are considering a guide dog, you’ll find information helpful to making your guide dog school choice. We meet virtually via our conference line on Friday, May 10 at 1:00 pm. Join us via our conference line, 312-809-1004.

RP Meet Up

If you have retinitis pigmentosa or related inherited retinal conditions, we invite you to join us the second Tuesday evening of the month for our RP Meet Up. Our group talks about a variety of topics including dealing with transitioning from low vision to more severe vision loss and the challenges that change brings. From knowing if it is time to pick up the white cane, to dealing with employment issues to learning about technology, our members bring a variety of topics to the group. Guest speakers also visit with information and tools for remaining independent. This month, we’ll have open discussion, so bring your challenges, tips and experiences on Tuesday, May 14 at 7:00 pm.  We meet via conference call at 312-809-1004. For questions, email Kathy Austin.

Blind Community Group Meeting with Equip for Equality

The quarterly meeting for the Blind Community Group at Equip for Equality is Wednesday, May 1 from 10:30 am to 12:00 pm. Featured speakers are Stephen McMinn, director, and Sheri Day, outreach librarian, from the Talking Books and Braille Services for Illinois. They will provide an update to new developments and initiatives for the library service and can answer any questions. Contact Equip for Equality for more information at 312-341-0022 or email Andrew Webb, staff attorney.

Chicago Guide Dog Quarterly Meeting

The Chicago Guide Dog Group welcomes Owen Winder, stakeholder manager for Illinois airports with the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), to their quarterly meeting on Saturday, May 18 from 10:30 am to 12:00 pm. Owen will share important information for people who need special assistance including traveling with a guide dog.  You’ll also learn about the TSA Cares program and their passenger support specialists who provide assistance. This meeting is open to all guide dog handlers regardless of the school you attended. Meet at Blind Service Chicago, 17 N. State St., Chicago. Please RSVP to BSC at 312-236-0808 or to Pam Berman at 773-671-6624.

Windows Screen Reader Primer

If you are a beginner or intermediate screen reader user, you may want to download the latest edition of David Kingsbury’s Windows Screen Reader Primer. Whether you are using JAWS, NVDA or Windows Narrator, this comprehensive manual is a must-have tool in your technology tool box. The free manual helps you work with today’s most important PC applications such as Microsoft Office including Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook. You’ll find the help you need for using web browsers and email clients, working with Adobe Acrobat Reader and PDF files and hosting, participating and scheduling Zoom meetings. New in this edition is information on Google Workspace, artificial intelligence and audio and video editing. You’ll find more information on this terrific manual when you visit the Carroll Center who offers this as a free download in Word or EPub.

Correct Link for Appliance Labels from GE

A corrected link for the accessible appliance labels from GE was provided after our April newsletter publication date. You’ll find more information at this link, along with the estimated in-stock date.

In-Home Orientation and Mobility Services

Leader Dogs in Rochester Hills, MI, is now offering in-home orientation and mobility training. This in-home training is great for individuals who cannot travel to campus due to health concerns, cannot be away from home for an extended time due to work or family obligations or for those who live in a complex environment. The in-home program is in addition to their immersion program where you can obtain 20 to 25 hours of training by attending their week-long program on their Michigan campus. To learn more and to apply visit O&M at Leader Dog.

Joe Turner’s Come and Gone at the Goodman Theatre

Don’t miss this much loved and compelling play by August Wilson and interpreted by Chuck Smith on Saturday, May 11 at the Goodman Theatre. Harold Lewis searches the country with his young daughter to find his estranged wife. First he must regain a sense of his own heritage and identity. Touch tour is 12:30 pm and performance at 2:00 pm. Discounted $30 tickets are available by using code “audio” when purchasing online or call the box office at 312-443-3800.

Broadway in Chicago Presents

Another opportunity for an audio-described performance! Broadway in Chicago is presenting the Simon and Garfunkel Story on Wednesday, May 1 at 7:00 pm. Performance is at the CIBC Theatre, 18 W. Monroe St., Chicago. The performance is two hours, 20 minutes with an intermission. Call CBIC Disability Services, 312-977-1700, ext. 1259 for more information.

Calendar of events

Wednesday, May 1
10:30 am to 12:00 pm
Blind Community Group Meeting at Equip for Equality

Wednesday, May 1
7:00 pm
The Simon and Garfunkel Story at Broadway in Chicago

Thursday, May 2
1:00 pm
Apple Exchange: Notetaking

Friday, May 10
1:00 pm
All About Guide Dogs, Part 4

Saturday, May 11
12:30 pm touch tour, 2:00 pm performance
Joe Turner’s Come and Gone at the Goodman

Tuesday, May 14
7:00 pm
RP Meet Up

Wednesday, May 15
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Assistive Technology Showcase with Innovative Vision Products

Saturday, May 18
10:30 am to 12:00 pm
Chicago Guide Dog Group Meeting

Monday, May 20
1:30 pm
Pace Ride Share Access Program presentation