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Making Sense: February 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

Apple Michigan Avenue Tour
Cooking with Braille
Apple Mac — The Basics
Writing Your Story
RP Meet-Up Reminder
Sew, Knit and Crochet
March Apple Classes
New Arrival in Our Product Center
Finding and Lending Support
Holiday Closing
Guide Dog O&M Immersion Program
Radio-Locator.com
Scheigert Scholarship
Fashionable Medical ID Bracelets
Protecting Your iPhone from Cold

Apple Michigan Avenue Tour

Did you miss the Saturday, Jan. 20 tour of the new Apple Michigan Avenue store? You can still sign up for our Thursday, Feb. 1 tour from 9:00 to 11:00 am! This is a terrific opportunity to learn your way around the store, to locate customer service, mobile devices and Macs, the Genius Bar, and elevators and stairs. To go along with your tour, Apple representatives will provide an accessibility session on all the ways Apple products can work for people with disabilities. To register, call our front desk or email David Flament.

Cooking with Braille

In our February braille workshops, we’re putting our braille skills to work in the kitchen! In our first session on Friday, Feb. 9, we’ll refresh our knowledge by practicing reading and writing fractions and other measurements used when cooking. Then, on Friday, Feb. 23, we’ll read from a braille recipe to prepare a fun treat. This workshop series is for people who are in a braille program, have braille knowledge or who know the braille alphabet. If you are interested in refreshing your braille skills in any of the topics this year, we ask that you commit to attending both sessions that month. If you are unsure whether this course is right for you, please call Polly Abbott. We have other ways you can build your braille skills and we can help you find the right solution for you. To register, please call Polly at 312-236-8569 or email Polly Abbott.

Apple Mac — The Basics

Are you thinking about getting an Apple Mac? Or maybe you have one and need to learn the basics to get started? Come to our workshop on the Apple Mac, Saturday, Feb. 10 from 10:00 am to 1:30 pm. You’ll learn how to navigate the system, navigate within apps, and manage files and folders. We’ll also discuss the difference between an Apple Mac and a Windows PC. If you have an Apple MacBook, bring it along! To register, call our front desk or email David Flament.

Writing Your Story

Writing about your experiences can often help you process emotions and come to terms with them. Whether you want to explore your feelings, share an important story with family and friends, or are looking to go on to publish a memoire, you won’t want to miss our informative discussion with John Erickson. John is a retired investment advisor and bond fund manager who is the author of What I Saw When I Went Blind. His book tells his story of losing most of his sight as a teen and his journey through college and career. On Thursday, Mar. 22 from 1:30 to 3:00 pm, John shares his experiences in writing, editing, publishing and marketing. To register, call our front desk or email Kathy Austin.

RP Meet-Up Reminder

Don’t miss our RP Meet-Up on Saturday, Feb. 10 from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm. If you can’t make it in person, call in on our conference call line at 312-582-2994, bridge #301, pin 1111. If you’d like to receive reminders by email and other notes we share, email Polly Abbott.

Sew, Knit and Crochet

Come join us on Tuesdays to knit, crochet or sew! Our popular Stitch-It-Up sewing class begins Tuesday, Mar. 20 from 1:30 to 3:30 pm. This 12-week class starts with the basics and takes you as far as you’d like to go. Whether you want to learn to sew on a button, repair a hem or get back into machine sewing, our 12-week class will help you accomplish your goal. In addition, our Knit and Crochet class will now meet on Tuesday mornings beginning Mar. 20 from 10:30 am to 12:00 pm. Gina, our volunteer class leader, walks you through the basic skills to either knit or crochet and helps you through a project of your choice. To register and to get a materials list for either class, please contact Polly Abbott at 312-236-8569 or email Polly Abbott.

March Apple Classes

Mark your calendars for our Apple classes coming in March! For the new Apple user or for those who are thinking about purchasing an Apple device, our Apple For You class on Thursday, Mar. 8 will help you understand the differences between smart phones, tablets, Apple, Android and Windows. You’ll also learn what you need to know to get started. On Thursday, Mar. 15 we’re traveling with our Apple devices in our Apple: Getting There Safely class. Rachael Eschbach, our certified orientation and mobility specialist, joins David Flament for this advanced class focusing on navigation apps and using them safely while traveling. Both classes meet from 1:00 to 4:00 pm. To register, call our front desk or email David Flament.

New Arrival in Our Product Center

We are now stocking an ADA-inspired padlock by Master Lock. This padlock has a spring mechanism making it easy to operate. The lock comes with four keys and two oversized key heads for easy gripping. The lock is great for school, gym or employee lockers. To order, email Brian Hollandsworth.

Finding and Lending Support

Would you like to reach out to others who are experiencing the challenges of living with vision loss? Do you know people in your community who may need support? Have you thought about starting a low vision support group? We can help! Our Starting and Maintaining a Vibrant Low Vision Support Group manual provides you with all the “how tos” — how to get started, how to keep it going and how to keep it interesting. Leading a support group is a great way to find a network of people who can lean on each other when times get hard and celebrate the triumphs when challenges are overcome. The booklet is available in large print or as a download on our website. To learn more, call Polly Abbott at 312-236-8569 or visit the Second Sense website and click on the Support Group Leaders link.

Holiday Closing

Second Sense will be closed for the President’s Day holiday on Monday, Feb. 19.

Guide Dog O&M Immersion Program

Did you know the most common reason a person is not accepted into a guide dog program is due to poor orientation and mobility skills? Guide Dogs for the Blind is helping people master the relevant skills and nuances of guide dog travel in their new immersion program. The program builds on previous O&M skills and emphasizes the non-tactile information important for successful guide dog travel. The week-long program takes place at the San Francisco LightHouse with transportation, meals and lodging at no charge to the student. Students receive 20 to 25 hours of training, working one-on-one with an O&M Specialist from the San Francisco LightHouse who has received special training in guide dog travel. This immersion program is designed for those who are strongly motivated to becoming an independent guide dog traveler. Some prerequisites are required. To learn more, contact Marc Gillard at 800-295-4050 ext. 4061.

Radio-Locator.com

Would you like to explore the vast landscape of radio? Now, with most traditional radio stations streaming their content on the Internet, a vast amount of content is available for you to access. Radio-Locator.com is a radio station search engine with access to over 15,200 radio stations and webpages, as well as over 10,500 audio streams from stations in the U.S. and around the world. It is easy to search by format, country or geographic location. To go exploring, visit the Radio Locator website.

Scheigert Scholarship Program

College students with low vision are invited to apply for the Fred Scheigert Scholarship program. Three awards of $3,000 are awarded to deserving, full-time college students with low vision who meet the academic and visual acuity guidelines. The online application, most recent transcripts, two professional or academic letters of recommendation and verification of low vision are due by March 15, 2018. For more details and to access the application, visit the scholarship website.

Fashionable Medical ID Bracelets

After being diagnosed with cancer and going through some complicated medical experiences, Abbe Sennett, a local jewelry designer, saw a critical need to protect people in medical emergencies. She saw too many people not wearing medical bracelets because they were not very attractive and drew too much attention to very personal illnesses. Abbe designs custom-sized medical ID bracelets in designer stainless steel, precious metals and beautiful beads. She calls every customer to make sure each bracelet is a perfect fit for their lifestyle with all critical medical information properly included. For more information, call 847-638-2223 or visit the Medical ID Fashions website.

Protecting Your iPhone from the Cold

It’s cold out there this winter and when you’re traveling outdoors, your iPhone is cold, too! Apple designs their phones to operate in temperatures 32 degrees Fahrenheit and above. When temperatures get below that, you may experience your phone quickly running out of its battery charge, shutting down completely, having display problems or even developing a shattered glass screen. Here are a couple of tips to protect your phone when you have to be out in these arctic temperatures: First, keep your phone in your pocket, as your body temperature will help keep it warm. Don’t leave your phone in a parked car without heat for an extended period of time. Use a special insulated case. Don’t charge your phone when it is cold as this can cause further damage.