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Making Sense: March 2020

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

CONTENTS

Saying Good-Bye
Census Help at Second Sense
Come and Experience AccessLive
Get Moving
1Touch Warm Up and Intermediate Class
Podcast Club
Emergency, Emergency
RP Meet Up
April Workshops at Second Sense
Graveyard Shift at the Goodman
NFB STEM Summer Camp for Teens
Northwestern University Accessibility Research Registry
Reminder—Election Day is March 17

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#.

Saying Good-Bye

After 14 years of providing independent living training to our clients at Second Sense, Polly Abbott is on her way to a new adventure. Polly’s husband has accepted a new position and they are relocating to the west coast. Polly appreciates all the connections and relationships she has made over the years. “Second Sense is not only a place for rehabilitation training, but a place to make and develop meaningful connections. It has been an extremely rewarding experience to work with the clients at Second Sense and to see them find their independence again.” If you would like to send any good-byes, you can email her for the next month or so at pollyabbott2020@gmail.com. We wish Polly and George the very best on their adventures in a new city! We are actively looking for a new vision rehabilitation therapist to join us at Second Sense, so please bear with us as we make this transition.

Second Sense Helps You Respond to the Census

Census Day is approaching! Every 10 years our Constitution requires that everyone in the United States be counted. Census results help determine how the hundreds of billions of federal dollars are allocated to communities throughout the United States. Not being counted can negatively impact many aspects of life including Medicare and Medicaid, SNAP, housing assistance and even the funds Second Sense receives to provide vision rehabilitation services at no charge. It is vital that one person in your household complete the Census form about the individuals living at your address. Your responses are kept confidential and cannot, by law, be released for 72 years. The information gathered in the Census is used for statistical purposes only and cannot be used against you by any government agency or court. Even if you are not a U.S. citizen, you still must be counted. Between March 12 and 20, your household will receive a black and white envelope asking for your Census response. You can respond to the Census in three ways – on paper, online and by phone. Second Sense is here to help you respond to the Census. On April 2 and 15, we will have volunteers at our office to help you complete your form online. Bring in your Census letter with the 10 digit number and we can complete your response online or answer any questions you have. Please contact our front desk or email Kathy Austin if you would like assistance on either April date.

Come and Experience AccessLive

If you enjoy audio-described live theatre, you won’t want to miss the demonstration of AccessLive at Second Sense on Wednesday, March 11 from 10:30 am to 12:00 pm. This new app lets you use your own iPhone and wired headset to listen to the audio description at a live theatre event. Martin Wild, co-creator of the AccessLive app and professional audio describer, shows you how easy the app is to use and the high quality of the sound. For the best user experience, download the app on your iPhone or iPad prior to the workshop. The app is available for iOS only and can be found by entering “AccessLive” into the Apple Apps Store search box. To register, call our front desk or email Kathy Austin.

Get Moving!

Yoga is back with certified yoga instructor Marilyn Green! Our eight-week session begins on Wednesday, March 25 from 8:45 to 9:45 am. Yoga is a great way to improve your balance, reduce stress and increase your strength — all things that can suffer when you have vision loss. To register, call our front desk or email Kathy Austin.

1Touch™ Warm Up and Intermediate Class

Have you participated in our 1Touch Beginners class and want to brush up on some of the self-defense moves? Maybe you’d like to take it to the next level and be a part of our intermediate level class? We have the class for you! On Thursday, March 19 from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm, Lisa Manabat, certified 1Touch coach, reviews many of the most common locks and releases covered in our beginner class. This class is highly recommended for anyone who would like to move on to the Intermediate class. Our 12-week Intermediate class begins on Thursday, April 2 from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm. To register for these classes, call our front desk or email Kathy Austin.

Podcast Club

Our Podcast Club is a great way to find a new source of entertainment that is especially suited to people with vision loss. No vision is required! Whether you want something educational, fun, fact or fiction, there’s a podcast to entertain you. At our March 13 meeting, we’ll be listening to a Hidden Brain podcast entitled “Did that Really Happen?” It’s all about how memories can betray us. Even if you are not yet comfortable with using a podcast app, come join us to listen and be a part of the conversation. We’d love to hear your podcast suggestions, too! Conference call is available. To register, call our front desk or email Kathy Austin.

Emergency, Emergency!

Are you aware of how your iPhone can be a help to you in an emergency? Do you know how to make an S.O.S. call to the police if you are in danger or how to avoid calling 911 by accident? At our Thursday, March 5 Apple Exchange from 1:00 to 2:30 pm, we’ll be talking about how to set up an emergency contact, how to let first responders have access to important medical information if needed and how to alert your friends to your whereabouts. Conference call is available. To register, call our front desk or email Kathy Austin.

RP Meet Up

Listening to music can lift your spirit or can bring you down. What are the songs that you identify with that relate to your vision loss? What type of music will brighten your mood? Bring the names of your favorite songs and we’ll have some fun listening and talking about how music can help you cope with vision loss. Kathy Austin will be facilitating this RP Meet Up on Saturday, March 14 from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm. Conference call is available. To register, call our front desk or email Kathy Austin.

April Workshops at Second Sense

It’s going to be a busy April! We’re gearing up to get everyone in the blind and visually impaired community counted for the 2020 Census! April 2 and 15 are Census Days at Second Sense. (See article 2). As mentioned in our 1Touch article, the Intermediate 1Touch™ 12-week class begins under the expert instruction of certified 1Touch coach, Lisa Manabat. Kelly and Beth from the Regional Transportation Authority (RTA) are here on April 8 to talk about RTA Travel Training so you can feel more comfortable getting around on public transit. And of course, there’s Apple Exchange and our new Podcast Club, too! Check out our calendar on the Second Sense website for more dates, times and information.

Graveyard Shift at the Goodman

Graveyard Shift is a story about a young woman relocating from Illinois to Texas and a small town police officer who is coping with the harsh realities of change. The story is inspired by the tragic death of Sandra Bland, a young woman who died in a Texas jail cell after being arrested for a traffic stop in 2015. This audio-described performance is Sunday, March 1, touch tour at 12:30 pm and curtain at 2:00 pm. To purchase tickets, call the box office at 312-443-3800or email access@goodmantheatre.org

NFB STEM Summer Camp for High Schoolers

The National Federation of the Blind (NFB) is holding Engineering Quotient (EQ) at the Science Museum of Minnesota in St. Paul, June 21-27. This week-long summer camp engages high school students grades 9-12 in hands-on lessons and fun recreational activities. No engineering experience necessary. Transportation, lodging and meals are provided by NFB. Application deadline is March 29. To apply and for more information, email stem@nfb.org or call 410-659-9314 ext. 2418.

Northwestern University Accessibility Research Registry

Northwestern University in Evanston is working to better understand and improve the design of accessible and assistive technology. The team at Northwestern is creating an Accessibility Research Registry where individuals with vision loss can be connected with researchers who want to create and study new accessible technology. To participate, you must be 18 years or older, speak English and identify as a person with vision loss. Future research studies may include surveys, interviews or technology testing sessions. Some research studies provide compensation. You do not have to reside in the Chicago area to participate. To sign up, visit arr.soc.northwestern.edu or call 847-467-2180.

Reminder — Election Day is March 17

Voting for your favorite candidate can be a frustrating experience. Hadley Institute for the Blind and Visually Impaired recently conducted a panel discussion about voting when you have vision loss and offered a number of tips to make the process less stressful. Topics covered are finding the location of your polling place, voting absentee, talking voting machines, bringing a trusted person with you to help cast your vote and getting transportation to your polling place. You can find the recorded discussion at www.hadley.edu and click on Hadley Presents. Other helpful websites about voting can also be found at www.rockthevote.org and www.headcount.org.