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Making Sense: May 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

More Than Just an Elbow
What’s in That Photo?
Join the Conversation
Support Group Leaders are Gathering
New Second Sense Instructors
Memorial Day Closing
National Library Service Survey
Looking for a Guide Runner
Attention Paratransit Customers
Phone-in Support Group
Oral Hull Adventure Camp
USABA Emerging Stars Camp
ADA and Service Animals
Ride Sharing Safety Tips

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#.

More Than Just an Elbow

Walking with a human guide can be enjoyable and graceful if you know the techniques! Our More Than Just an Elbow workshop teaches you and a partner how to navigate tight spaces like restaurants, stairs, narrow doorways and lots more. Learning these skills also helps you with those awkward situations when someone isn’t quite sure how best to help you. Join us on Wednesday, May 1 from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm and bring along a friend or family member! To register, call our front desk or email Polly Abbott.

What’s in That Photo?

Yes, taking a photo with your iPhone is doable, but what happens when you have a whole bunch of photos on your phone and you don’t know what they are? Don’t let this happen to you! Join us for Apple Exchange on Thursday, May 2 from 1:30 to 3:30 pm as Sumaya, our volunteer tech tutor, shows you how to rename your photos, organize them in albums and share your pics with your friends and family! Conference call is available. Remember, Apple Exchange is your group, so if there’s a topic you’d like to discuss, please let us know! To register, call our front desk or email Polly Abbott.

Join the Conversation

Our RP Meet Up is a great place to share your story and compare notes with others with RP and other similar conditions. Our May 11 meeting from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm is an open forum for discussion relating to vision loss. You’re welcome to join us in person or via our conference call in option. We hope you can join us! To register call our front desk or email Polly Abbott.

Support Group Leaders are Gathering!

We can’t believe it has been 10 years since our first Vision Exchange conference! Our annual gathering of support group leaders inspires us all to provide the support our members and clients need to meet the challenges of vision loss. This year we’ll be returning to our first host, Hadley Institute for the Blind and Visually Impaired in Winnetka. Hadley has recently finished a major renovation to their facility, so you’ll see firsthand how Hadley is staying on top of current trends to reach individuals who need support. Our Vision Exchange conference takes place Friday, June 7 from 9:00 am to 3:30 pm. Lunch and snacks are included in the $10 fee. To register, call our front desk or email Polly Abbott.

New Second Sense Instructors

Please join us in welcoming our new assistive technology and mobility instructors, Joseph Lee and Eleni Gaves! Joe Lee, formerly our technology tutor, is providing technology training on a one-on-one basis Tuesdays through Fridays. Eleni Gaves, COMS, is filling in for Rachael Eschbach as a part time orientation and mobility specialist. Eleni is working with clients out in the field and here at Second Sense. If you are in need of either technology or mobility training, Joe and Eleni are here to help you. To schedule an appointment, call Polly Abbot or email Polly Abbott.

Memorial Day Closing

Second Sense will be closed on Monday, May 27 for Memorial Day. Summer is finally here!

National Library Service Survey

The National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS) at the Library of Congress, in partnership with Gallup, is conducting a study to gather information on how users and potential users access and use technology. The results of this study will guide NLS in important decisions about how to best use technology to improve access and service. Your thoughts and opinions are important and will help NLS help you and others with reading disabilities. The recruitment survey only takes a few minutes and can be completed online or by phone at 888-305-6873.

Looking for a Guide Runner?

United in Stride is an online tool dedicated to connecting runners with vision loss and sighted guides. After registering, you can search by zip code and find sighted guides within a chosen radius. You can also view nearby profiles to find the best match for your running pace. A monthly email update tells you when a new user is registered within 20 miles. If you have already found a running guide, the website has a great tutorial for teaching sighted guide technique while running. What a great opportunity to be active in the coming summer months! For more information or to register visit the United in Stride website.

Attention Paratransit Customers

The currency exchange at 777 N. LaSalle Street in Chicago has closed. Paratransit tickets & Taxi Access Program (TAP) rides may be purchased in person at the currency exchange at 3158 W. Irving Park Rd, Chicago (corner of Kedzie and Irving Park). Pace is looking for a second location for in-person purchases, but all the other convenient methods to purchase ADA Paratransit tickets and TAP rides remain the same. Go to the Pace website and click on the Pace Store link for more information.

Phone-in Support Group

I3S Foundation in Maryland offers a phone-in support group facilitated by Reggie Pratt, assistive technology specialist, for those with vision loss. The group addresses issues at home, public interaction and ways to adjust to vision loss. With tips and advice, resources and support, the hope is that attendees will come away feeling inspired to make changes to adjust to vision loss. The group meets on Tuesday evenings from 7:00 to 9:00 pm eastern time. Call in number is 712-451-0220. For more information email the I3S Foundation.

Oral Hull Adventure Camp

Here’s a terrific way to spend your summer vacation! Oral Hull Adventure Camp in Sandy, Oregon offers three levels of retreat adventures from leisurely tours of gardens, museums and wineries to more active activities like kayaking, rafting and rock climbing. The six-day retreat cost is $650 to $750 depending on your choice of adventures and does not include air fare. Financial assistance may be available from a local Lions Club. Camps take place in June and August 2019. Space is limited. To learn more and to register, email Jennifer Jarrett or call 503-668-6195.

USABA Emerging Stars Camp

If you are a teen athlete age 14-18 aspiring to be a Paralympian and represent Team USA, you’ll want to take advantage of the first Emerging Stars ID Camp sponsored by the United States Association of Blind Athletes (USABA). The camp takes place July 21-25 at the Colorado Springs Olympic Training Center. You’ll be coached by Paralympic national team coaches who will help you through your athletic journey and help prepare you for future success. Sports include goalball, track and field, swimming, judo and triathlon. USABA is looking for multi-sport athletes who can complete three to four hours of exercise on three consecutive days. Coaches who work with athletes with vision loss are also encouraged to apply to increase their knowledge in Paralympic sports. Accepted athletes will have room and board costs covered along with a travel stipend. To learn more, email Kevin Brousard or call 719-866-3019.

ADA and Service Animals

More than 28 years have passed since the implementation of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Even today, questions still arise about guide and service animals. Peter Berg of the Great Lakes ADA Center will address many of these issues at the quarterly Guide Dog group meeting at Blind Service Association (BSA) on Tuesday, May 14 from 5:30 to 7:00 pm. Peter covers regulations relating to service animals in a variety of settings including the workplace, healthcare, public spaces, travel and more. Bring your questions and thoughts! Blind Service is located at 16 N. Wabash, 10th floor, Chicago. To RSVP call Pam Berman at 773-671-6624 or BSA at 312-236-0808.

Ride Sharing Safety Tips

Uber and Lyft have brought a new level of independence for many with vision loss. To be able to go wherever you need, whenever you need, wasn’t possible a decade ago. But, this new-found independence comes with some dangers, too. Recently, a woman got into what she thought was her Uber ride, and unfortunately, that wasn’t the case and the consequences were devastating. To be sure you are as safe as possible, Uber suggests performing these safety checks: Match the license plate number, match the car make and model and check the driver’s photo. While these checks may not be possible with low or no vision, here are some adaptations to accomplish the same task. First, ask the driver his name and make sure it matches what’s on your app. Second, ask the driver what kind of a car he is driving and see if it also matches. Lastly, ask the driver what his license plate number is to verify and make sure it is correct. You also may want to share your trip details with a friend or family member so they can track your trip. Downloading the app is not necessary for this feature. If you feel you are in danger, call 911. Uber offers many more safety tips.