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Making Sense: September 2019

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

Employment with the Census
More Than Just and Elbow
Support Group Leader Call
Join Us for Yoga
Upcoming Apple Exchanges
1Touch™ Beginner Course
RP Meet Up News
Obtaining your Braille Calendars
Learn a New Craft
Dana H. at the Goodman
Macular Degeneration Awareness
Formatting Word Documents with JAWS and NVDA

Please note: You can join some of our workshops (where noted) by calling in on our conference line. Dial 312-582-2994, conference bridge 301 and pin 1111#.

Employment Opportunities with the Census

Did you miss our August workshop about jobs for the 2020 Census? No worries, we’re holding another workshop on Wednesday, September 25 from 1:00 to 4:00 pm. You’ll learn about the types of available positions and application process. The pay rate for open positions in Chicago is $18 to $22 per hour. Census results determine the number of seats each state has in the U.S. House of Representatives, as well as how funds are spent on schools, hospitals and services. Services include SNAP, TANF and even funds for the services you receive at Second Sense. After the workshop, you’ll have an opportunity to apply for a position in our computer classroom. Our Census 2020 representatives can walk you through the process. If you’d like to get a jump on this now, you can apply at 2020census.gov/jobs. To register for this workshop, please call our front desk or email Kathy Austin.

”More Than Just and Elbow

Do you travel with a friend or family member and find it a bit clumsy? Perhaps your guide is running you into things and not mentioning what the terrain you’re traveling through looks like? Here’s the class for you and your favorite partner! Our More Than Just and Elbow class teaches you and your partner how to walk safely and gracefully while avoiding obstacles in your path. You’ll learn to navigate narrow spaces and doorways. Taking this class also helps you better communicate your needs, not only to the person who guides you most often, but others who may not be aware of how best to help you. Our class meets on Tuesday, Sept. 10 from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm. This is an active class requiring walking throughout our suite. Bring along a partner or you can work with one of our volunteers. To register, call our front desk or email Polly Abbott.

Support Group Leader Call

Are you mixing it up? As a group leader, you may be tempted to keep a meeting routine that works and stick with it. But, if you are noticing a drop off in numbers, it may be time to mix it up. At our Vision Exchange conference call on Tuesday, Oct. 1 from 12:15 to 1:15 pm CDT, we’ll be sharing some of the ways you have experimented with different activities – outings, creative meetings or social events. Do you feel you are providing a balance between support, education and fun? Let us know how you planned, what worked and what didn’t. To register, email Polly Abbott.

Join Us for Yoga

Beginning Wednesday, Sept. 4 Marilyn Green, certified yoga instructor, is back for Experience Yoga! Marilyn brings her own experiences of living with vision loss and adapts the yoga poses to each person’s abilities. Yoga is great for reducing stress, increasing flexibility and strength and improving spatial awareness. Class meets from 8:45 to 9:45 am for eight weeks. Please check with your doctor before starting any exercise routine and be aware that some yoga poses can be harmful for some eye conditions. Wear comfortable clothing and bring a yoga mat or large towel for floor practice. To register, contact our front desk or email Kathy Austin.

Upcoming Apple Exchanges

You spoke and we listened! Recently our volunteers surveyed those of you who have been coming to Apple Exchange. We asked about your needs and what topics would help you make the most use of your iPhone. Based on your feedback, we’ve scheduled our topics for fall. On Thursday, Sept. 5, we’ll be addressing typing and dialing on the keyboard and keypad. While you can ask Siri to do a lot, there are times when you need to input a password or need to use the menu options when calling a business, doctor’s office or customer service. In October, in honor of White Cane Day, we’ll be talking about GPS and mobility. We’ll be discussing safety, of course, and how to make the most effective use of these apps. In November, we’ll be talking about magnification options for our low vision folks. What else can your iPhone do for you? Come to our December meeting and find out! Conference call in is available. To register, call our front desk or email Polly Abbott.

1Touch™ Beginner Course

If you feel vulnerable when traveling with your white cane or guide dog, consider taking the 1Touch Beginner course we offer at Second Sense. This course teaches self-defense moves designed specifically for people with vision loss. You will feel more secure knowing what to do if someone were to move aggressively towards you. It also helps with those overly helpful do-gooders who mean well, but may get you into more trouble than not. 1Touch also improves your tactile sensitivity, mobility and self-confidence. No Martial Arts experience necessary. This 12-week class meets on Thursdays beginning Sept. 12 from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm. To register, call our front desk or email Polly Abbott.

RP Meet Up News

We’ve created a new way for our RP Meet Up group to connect with each other! On our RP Group listserv, you can ask a question, provide a resource or just connect socially with a fellow group member. If you are familiar with our Tech Exchange listserv, it works the same way. For those of you who have already been on our RP email list, you have received a welcome email with instructions. If not, and you would like to join, send an email to Kathy Austin and we’ll send you step-by-step directions to subscribe. For those of you who are already subscribed, you can send an email to rpgroup@lists.second-sense.org to engage with the group. We hope this way to connect and share information will be helpful for you. Feel free to share the listserv with others with RP and related conditions. As for our upcoming RP Meet Ups, our Sept. 14 topic is a “how-to” for doing any number of tasks from simple ideas like how to identify a product or piece of clothing to tricks for getting around. If you ride the CTA, you won’t want to miss our Saturday, Oct. 12 meet up featuring Angela Davis, chairperson for the CTA’s ADA advisory committee. Angela will be talking about the accessibility improvements CTA is making for people with disabilities and your feedback is wanted! We meet from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm. Conference call in is available. To register, call our front desk or email Polly Abbott.

Changes in Obtaining Your Braille Calendars

The distribution process for the free braille calendars we have been distributing for many years has changed. The American Action Fund for Blind Children and Adults will fill individual orders directly from their facility. You can call 410-659-9315, option 2 or email actionfund@actionfund.org. We can no longer fill these orders. There is a limit of three calendars per person.

Learn a New Craft

Here’s a great opportunity to learn to knit or crochet! This is a fun activity to keep your hands busy while watching or listening to your favorite programs or socializing with friends. You can use your creativity to make items to enjoy or give as gifts. No experience is necessary! Come learn the basics and join our other knitters and crocheters. We meet every Tuesday morning from 10:30 am to 12:00 pm. To register, call our front desk or email Polly Abbott.

Dana H. at the Goodman

Live Theater with audio description? Absolutely! Come enjoy a completely accessible performance along with a Touch Tour at The Goodman Theatre on Sunday, Sept. 29 (touch tour, 12:30 pm, curtain 2:00 pm). Dana H., based on a true story, is a gripping thriller about a woman who’s abducted by an ex-con looking for revenge. This performance is recommended for those 16 years and older due to dark themes and descriptions of violence. To order tickets, call the box office at 312-443-3800 or email access@goodmantheatre.org.

Macular Degeneration Awareness Symposium

The Macular Degeneration Association provides information on the latest research and advocacy efforts for patients with macular degeneration and diabetic macular edema. They are holding a symposium on Saturday, Sept. 21 from 8:30 am to 12:00 pm. Featured speaker is retina specialist Dr. Joshua Mali. You’ll learn about the latest treatments, research and innovations to treat these eye conditions. The symposium takes place at the Double Tree, Chicago North Shore Conference Center, 9599 Skokie Blvd, Skokie, 60077. Space is limited and a free breakfast is provided. To reserve your place, call 855-962-2852.

Formatting Word Documents with JAWS and NVDA

If you’re heading back to school, you know you’ll be preparing papers using Microsoft Word. Want to make sure your docs look good and don’t have those visual snafus like changing fonts, misplaced italics and other such embarrassing mistakes? National Braille Press has a new publication, Format Your Word Documents with JAWS and NVDA, that pays particular attention to formatting for academic styles, MLA and APA. Citations, bibliographies, headings, styles, tables and tools for proofreading are all addressed. The publication comes in braille, Word and DAISY formats. To order, visit www.nbp.org and enter the name of the publication in the search box or call customer service at 800-548-7323.