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Making Sense: November 2021

Making Sense is made possible in part by donations from our readers.  These articles are not an endorsement by Second Sense.  Editor: Kathy Austin

CONTENTS

November Update
Holiday Closings at Second Sense
Keeping Your Identity Safe While Shopping Online
Apple Exchange
RP Meet Up
2022 Datebooks and Wall Calendars
2022 Braille Calendars
Chicago Guide Dog Group
Sensory Journey through Art
An Accessible Toastmasters Club
Ski for Light Returns to the Snow!
Blindness and Diabetes Webinar
Technology and Orientation and Mobility for 18-24 Year Olds
New Oak Park Low Vision Support Group
Rental Assistance for Chicago Residents
Live Audio-Described Theatre
Calendar of Events

November Update

We are carefully watching COVID19 numbers this fall to ensure that our environment is as safe as possible during your vision rehabilitation training.  If you need support or training on technology or have questions about completing any sort of daily task, don’t hesitate to call the office.  One of our staff members is happy to answer your questions and provide the training you need.  If getting around is your challenge, don’t wait to call!  While we have a wait list for mobility training, it is best to put your name on the list sooner rather than later.  We are working hard to shorten the wait time for training without sacrificing the quality of training and the needs of our clients.

Our virtual programs make it possible to learn something new and stay connected with others. You’ll find upcoming programs on our Second Sense website calendar.  As we move through the holiday season, we want to express our sincere gratitude for your patience through these many difficult and uncertain months.  Have a wonderful, safe and healthy Thanksgiving with all those close to you!

Holiday Closings at Second Sense

Second Sense will be closed on Veteran’s Day, Thursday, November 11, and for the Thanksgiving holiday, Thursday, November 25 and Friday, November 26. Please feel free to leave a message for one of our staff members or in our general mail box if you have any questions or concerns.

Keeping Your Identity Safe While Shopping Online

We are all doing a lot more shopping online, especially for those of us who find transportation to a brick and mortar store a problem.  Cyber criminals have now found numerous ways to steal your identity and the result may be your checking account being emptied.  And, that may be the least of your worries.  You can discover how to protect your identity at our workshop, Protecting Your Identity When Shopping Online. Eva Velasquez, CEO of Identity Theft Resource Center, a nonprofit organization helping those whose identities have been stolen, provides us with the steps you should take when shopping so you do not become a victim. You’ll learn how to know if your identity has been stolen, how to spot a scam and what to do if you’re not sure.  Don’t miss this important presentation on Wednesday, November 17 at 1:00 pm.  For questions, email Kathy Austin.

Apple Exchange

Its open discussion at our November 4 Apple Exchange!  We are excited to welcome back our tech tutor team, Marv Commerford and Jose Nonato, to answer your most exasperating iPhone questions.  Whether it’s a “How do I …” question or finding out the most accessible apps, you can ask our expert tech team.  We meet at 1:00 pm on our conference line, 312-809-1004.  For questions, email Kathy Austin.

RP Meet Up

Can you believe the holidays are almost upon us?  This year will hopefully, be better than last as we can gather together to celebrate. At our November 9 RP Meet Up, we’ll talk holiday traditions. Do you have a tradition you practice during the holidays? A special food you or someone in your family prepares? A ritual you must do or the holiday wouldn’t be the same? Whether it’s Turkey Day, Chanukah, Christmas or Ramadan, let’s share the traditions in your life. We meet at 7:00 pm on our conference line, 312-809-1004.  The RP Meet Up is for anyone affected by retinitis pigmentosa or other related inherited retinal conditions.  For questions, email Kathy Austin.

2022 Datebooks and Wall Calendars

Our shipment of 2022 datebooks and wall calendars has arrived! Both of these calendar styles feature great contrast, large numbers with lots of room for writing down those can’t miss appointments and special days.  The spiral bound datebook and wall calendar are each $15.00.  To place your order, call Brian Hollandsworth in our Product Center at 312-236-8569 or email Brian.

2022 Braille Calendars

The 2022 braille calendars are available from the American Action Fund for Blind Children and Adults.    These pocket calendars are free to braille readers and include the day, date and major holidays for each month.  To place your order, fill out this online form.  We are sorry, but Second Sense can no longer process your orders for braille calendars.  For questions, email actionfund@actionfund.org.

Chicago Guide Dog Group

Wiggles and wags are expected as the Chicago Guide Dog group reunites after a long COVID hiatus! The group is meeting in person at Sweetwater Tavern and Grill, 225 N. Michigan Avenue, Chicago on Saturday, November 13 at 11:30 am. The venue is providing a private dining area and separate checks for everyone.  You’ll find the menu here.  Space is limited to 15 handlers and their guides, so RSVP early to Pam Berman by calling 312-671-6624 or emailing pamelacberman@gmail.com.

Sensory Journey through Art

The North Carolina Museum of Art’s Mindful Museum offers a virtual sensory experience to explore art from all around the world. This experience is designed especially for people with vision loss or those with other learning needs who would benefit from a sensory experience.  A short relaxation exercise helps you focus in on the audio description of the art and a sensory kit mailed to you before the event will truly engage all your senses!  The next virtual Sensory Journey through Art is December 9 at 7:00 pm Eastern Time.  Space is limited and registration is required by November 28.  To learn more, email Felicia Ingram, Manager of Interpretation, Accessibility and Diversity.

An Accessible Toastmasters Club

Dynamic Possibilities Toastmasters Club is dedicated to making the experience accessible, possible, and fun.  This club is a part of Toastmasters International, an educational nonprofit organization teaching public speaking and leadership skills through their network of clubs.  Dynamic Possibilities encourages you to explore what Toastmaster’s has to offer. They are meeting virtually on the Zoom platform on Friday, November 5 at 5:00 pm and Friday, November 19, also at 5:00 pm. For more information, email Alyceann Crump or call Patricia Johnson at 312-715-8532.

Ski for Light Returns to the Snow!

After a successful virtual Ski for Light event last year, they are back on the trails on Snow Mountain Ranch in Granby, Colorado in 2022!  Ski for Light is an all-volunteer, nonprofit organization hosting a week long cross country skiing event where those with visual and mobility impairments are taught the basics of cross country skiing. Each skier is paired with an experienced, sighted cross-country skier who acts as ski instructor and on-snow guide. New participants will learn the thrill of gliding on the snow while veteran skiers hone their skills. You’ll experience a new level of inner confidence and make new friends!  This year’s event takes place January 30 through February 6, 2022.  Applications can be found at www.sfl.org.  For questions, email Melinda Hollands or call 231-590-0986.

Blindness and Diabetes Webinar

On Friday, December 3 at 12:00 pm Eastern Time, Accessible Pharmacy is hosting a webinar on blindness and diabetes.   The free webinar includes presentations by healthcare providers, diabetes experts and leaders in the blind and visually impaired community.   Discussion will center on nutrition, diabetic retinopathy, accessible glucose monitoring systems, medications, insurance coverage, exercise and much more!  Registration is required.  A recording of the webinar is available afterward if you register for the event but cannot attend.  For questions, email info@accessiblepharmacy.com.

Technology and Orientation and Mobility for 18-24 Year Olds

T.O.M., Technology, Orientation and Mobility is a virtual seminar for young adults ages 18 to 24 hosted by Leader Dog for the Blind. This free, week long virtual seminar is part self-directed and part live focusing on the next steps for independent travel, professional readiness and networking. Activities include a Q&A with Leader Dog guide dog orientation and mobility instructors, game night and a LinkedIn group to support social connection during and after the seminar.  Seminar runs January 10 to 14 from 8:00 to 9:00 pm Eastern Time.  Registration is required by Friday, December 3 at 5:00 pm.

New Oak Park Low Vision Support Group

A new low vision support group facilitated by former vision rehabilitation instructor, Mike Henson, is being hosted by the Oak Park Public Library. This peer support group is for adults who are looking to regain personal independence and receive emotional support after experiencing vision loss. You’ll discover resources and strategies for coping with vision loss in a friendly and supportive setting.  Initially, the group will meet virtually via webcam or phone.  First meeting takes place Wednesday, January 5 at 10:00 am.  To learn more, email Mike.

Rental Assistance for Chicago Residents

If you are worried about your ability to pay rent, the City of Chicago has several resources available to help.  Financial assistance is still available for tenants for up to 15 months of rent payments, along with utility assistance.  To apply or check on a previously submitted application, visit chicago.gov/renthelp.  If you need legal assistance for an eviction notice, contact Rentervention, a partnership with the Lawyer’s Committee for Better Housing at 312-347-7600 or rentervention.com.

In addition, the Cook County Legal Aid for Housing and Debt offers free legal help and mediation, plus connections to other resources including rental assistance.  Contact them at 855-956-5763 or cookcountylegalaid.org. For further resources for those facing eviction, visit chicago.gov/eviction.

Live Audio Described Theatre

The Chicago theatre scene is back!  The Goodman, Chicago Shakespeare, Skokie’s Northlight  and Steppenwolf theatres are all offering audio described performances.  Here’s a quick rundown of upcoming performances this fall.

The Goodman:
Box office: 312-443-3800

Fannie: The Music and Life of Fannie Lou Hamer
November 7, Touch Tour 12:30 pm, curtain 2:00 pm

A Christmas Carol
Saturday, December 11, Touch Tour 12:30 pm, curtain 2:00 pm

A note about Touch Tours at the Goodman: For the 2021/2022 season, patrons will not have access to the stage, but will experience a sensory introduction of the set, costumes and character elements. When purchasing tickets, please indicate the number of people in your party.

Chicago Shakespeare
Box Office: 312-595-5600

Remember This: The Story of Jan Karski
Sunday, November 14, curtain 3:00 pm

As You Like It
Sunday, November 21, curtain 2:00 pm

Q Brothers Christmas Carol
Sunday, December 14, curtain 2:00 pm

Northlight Theatre, Skokie
Box office: 847-673-6300

Mr. Dickens Hat
Saturday, December 18, curtain 2:30 pm

To arrange for audio description equipment, email Ruben Carrazana or call 847-324-1615.

Steppenwolf Theatre
Box office: 312-335-1650

Bug
Sunday, December 5 Touch Tour 1:30 pm, curtain 3:00 pm

Calendar of Events

Apple Exchange with our Tech Team
Thursday, November 4, 1:00 pm

RP Meet Up: Tuesday, November 9, 7:00 pm

Veteran’s Day – Second Sense Close
Thursday, November 11

Protecting Your Identity When Shopping Online: Wednesday, November 17, 1:00 pm

Thanksgiving holiday – Second Sense closed
Thursday, November 25
Friday, November 26