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Making Sense: April 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

David Flament Says Good-Bye
Learning to Live with Vision Loss
Beginner 1Touch™ Self-Defense Class
Paring Up
Talking O&M at RP Meet Up
New in Our Product Center
More Than Just an Elbow
Braille Game Day
Cast on Knit and Crochet
Transition Time
Smithsonian and National Zoo
Judd Goldman Sailing
Assistive Technology Resource
Pulitzer Prize Drama at the Goodman

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#.

David Flament Says Good-Bye

After 17 years of teaching assistive technology at Second Sense, David Flament is retiring. David says it is hard to say good-bye as he will miss all the students who have touched his life. “I always felt like I learned as much from my students as they learned from me. Surely there is no more rewarding career one could work in. Thank you all so much!” David is off to North Carolina to be with family and new adventures. We wish him well in his retirement!

Learning to Live with Vision Loss

When you are first diagnosed with permanent vision loss, it may come as a shock and you may not know what to do next. Getting back to being yourself is a process that takes time. Second Sense can help you through this next chapter in your life. Our Learning to Live with Vision Loss series shows you all the ways our training can help you tackle the challenges that lie ahead. Discover how you can make simple changes that reduce frustration, use technology to be more independent and find ways to get where you want to go safely. If you or someone you know is new to vision loss and looking for support, this workshop is a great place to start. Conference call is available if traveling is difficult. To register, call our front desk or email Polly Abbott.

Beginner 1Touch™ Self-Defense Class

Feel safer and become a confident traveler when you take part in our 1Touch Self-Defense classes! This popular 12-week course teaches you techniques to protect you from an aggressor or just that overly helpful passerby. Past students have told us they feel more confident when traveling and the movements and techniques they learned are very helpful in many situations. Classes meet on Thursdays from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm beginning April 18. To register, call our front desk or email Polly Abbott.

Pairing Up

Do you know how to get a bluetooth speaker to play music from your iPhone? Would you like to connect your bluetooth headphones or a keyboard to your iPad? Apple Exchange can help you do just that! Marv, our technology tutor, walks you through how to pair up your iPhone to several different devices. Bring along your speaker or bluetooth headphones and you’ll get some hands-on experience to set it all up. We meet from 1:30 to 3:30 pm on Thursday, April 4. Conference call in available. Bring along your questions, share your troubles and celebrate your successes! To register, call our front desk.

Talking O&M at RP Meet Up

Pam Berman, outreach coordinator for Guide Dogs for the Blind, is our guest speaker at our April RP Meet Up. Pam has just returned from Guide Dogs for the Blind’s O&M Immersion program and will talk about the impact this experience has on her orientation and mobility skills. Don’t miss this informative presentation and discussion on Saturday, April 13 from 10:00 to 12:00 pm. Conference call is available. To register, call our front desk or email Polly Abbott.

New in Our Product Center

Proper lighting can make a big difference in your ability to complete many tasks. Brian in our Product Center has found a terrific new lamp you’ll want to check out – the OttLite LED Cobra Desk lamp. With a sleek design, the Cobra lamp flexes and twists to get the light where you need it. You can adjust the brightness with a touch of a button and charge your smart phone or tablet with the built-in USB charger. The Cobra has three color modes, warm light, cool light and natural daylight. This is an excellent addition if you need that extra illumination to read or focus on detailed tasks. The OttLite LED Cobra Desk Lamp also helps to reduce glare and eye strain. To learn more and for a demonstration at Second Sense, call 312-236-8569 or email Brian Hollandsworth.

More Than Just an Elbow

Do you find it awkward when someone tries to guide you from one place to another? Is this well-meaning person grabbing your arm and pulling you through a maze of chairs and tables while you hit your knees, shins and other body parts on the obstacles in your path? There’s a better way! If you know the human guide techniques, you can help this well-intentioned person learn how to guide you gracefully and without injury. On Wednesday, May 1 from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm, join our More Than Just an Elbow workshop, and Polly Abbott will show you the techniques you can use with others to walk gracefully with your human guide. If you have a friend or loved one who would also like to learn this useful skill, bring them along! To register, please call our front desk or email Polly Abbott.

Braille Game Day

Join the fun and get in some solid practice using your braille skills at our Braille Game Day! Playing card and board games in a relaxed atmosphere helps to reinforce the skills you have learned and makes it easier to put them into practice in your daily life. If you know the braille alphabet, come join us on Friday, April 26 from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm. To learn more about our braille instruction, Polly Abbott would be happy to talk with you. To register for Braille Game Day, call our front desk or email Polly Abbott.

Cast on Knit and Crochet

Knitting and crocheting are wonderful hobbies that not only produce creative items you can give as gifts, but can also increase your tactile sensitivity that is useful in other areas of your life. Our knit and crochet group, led by volunteer Gina Falvo, meets every Tuesday morning from 10:30 am to 12:00 pm. Whether you have given up this hobby because of vision loss or have never picked up a crochet hook or a pair of knitting needles, Gina can show you the basics to get started. To register, call our front desk or email Polly Abbott.

Transition Time

Though change is always hard, it also brings new opportunities. The search is on to find a new instructor to continue the great work David has done in Second Sense’s assistive technology program. During this transition time, our technology tutors are still here to help with your technology needs. Our classroom is open Monday through Friday from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm with a lab assistant here each day. Marv, Joe and Barb are also available for one-on-one appointments. Our experienced tutors can help you with a wide variety of needs, including typing practice, Microsoft Office, Internet browsing, iPhones and iPads. Give us a call and we’ll help you find the tutor that best matches your needs.

Smithsonian Museums and National Zoo More Accessible

Visiting a museum or zoo with vision loss can be a little boring unless you have a companion or docent who is a terrific audio describer. Now, if you are visiting any of the Smithsonian museums or the National Zoo in Washington D.C., you can use the Aira service for free! The Aira app connects you to a live agent who is specifically trained to help people with vision loss. The agent uses the camera on your smart phone to describe what you are looking at and also helps you navigate your environment. Imagine having someone talk in your ear to direct you to the exhibit you want to see, then have the details of the exhibit described to you! Other services such as braille and large print brochures and docent-led tours are also available. Talking tactile floor plans are coming soon to the National Museum of American History, too. To learn more, call Aira at 800-835-1934 or visit the Smithsonian Institute website at www.si.edu.

Judd Goldman Sailing

A chill is still in the air, but summer will be here soon. Imagine the warm breezes on Lake Michigan in a sailboat you are commandeering! Sound like fun? Why not learn more about the Judd Goldman Adaptive Sailing program! Judd Goldman is kicking off the 2019 sailing season with their annual open house at the sailing center, 1362 Linn White Drive, Burnham Harbor. Mark your calendars for Saturday, June 1 from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. To learn more, call Kerry Tarmey at 312-644-3200 or visit www.juddgoldmansailing.org.

Assistive Technology Resource

Mystic Access is managed by individuals with vision loss who understand the frustrations of learning new technology. Here’s a one-stop shop to find help to learn assistive technology with audio tutorials, one-on-one consulting, virtual events, podcasts and more. They offer a wide range of topics for both software and hardware products. Amazon, Apple and Google products, bluetooth speakers and headphones, braille displays and VoiceOver tutorials are just some of the offerings available at Mystic Access. Prices range from $5 and up with a few tutorials at no charge. To learn more, visit www.mysticaccess.com.

Pulitzer Prize Drama at the Goodman

Don’t miss the critically acclaimed drama, Sweat, at the Goodman Theatre! This powerful and timely story revolves around a group of friends in a rust belt town who have shared laughs and secrets at their jobs in the factory. When rumored layoffs begin to fray their trust, sides are taken as they fight against each other in a heart-wrenching battle. Audio-described performances are Saturday, April 6 and Sunday, April 14, 2:00 pm curtain and 12:30 pm touch tour for the April 6 performance only. For tickets, email access@goodmantheatre.org and use promo code “audio” for reserved seating. Tickets can also be purchased by calling the box office at 312-443-3800.