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Making Sense: May 2022

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

May at Second Sense
Learn About the A.S.P.E.C.T. Program from Prevent Blindness
Snapping Photos at Apple Exchange
RP Meet Up
In-Person Technology Tutoring is Available
Free Tickets to Intimate Apparel at Skokie’s Northlight Theatre!
Free Uber Rides for DuPage County Pace Users
Judd Goldman Adaptive Sailing Open House
Let’s Talk Money Free Webinar Series
Vision Loss Support Group Hosted by Oak Park Public Library
Calendar of Events

May at Second Sense

We are working hard to reduce our wait list for Second Sense training and are making good progress!  If you are in need of any support or training, please give us a call so we can make sure you are referred to the best staff member to meet your goals.  From tackling your morning routine, to traveling to your job or appointments, to making sure your assistive technology works for you, we’ll find the solutions to help you maintain your highest level of independence.

So we can continue to keep wait times for instruction and training to a minimum, we ask for your cooperation in keeping scheduled appointments.  If you must cancel a lesson, we ask for at least a 24 hour notice.  This helps our staff to see as many people as possible.  No call-no shows have an impact on other clients who are also waiting for services.

A reminder of our COVID 19 policy:  Anyone receiving in-person services must be fully vaccinated and wear a mask while in the office.  For non-vaccinated individuals, we can provide training remotely via phone, TeamViewer or JAWS tandem.  We can also provide other resources that may be helpful.

To request any training, please contact Kathy Austin at 312-236-8569 or email Kathy Austin.

Learn About the A.S.P.E.C.T. Program from Prevent Blindness

Join us on Wednesday, May 18 at 10:00 am CDT to learn about a new program from Prevent Blindness.  The A.S.P.E.C.T. (advocacy, support, perspective, empowerment, communication and training) is an innovative patient empowerment program to help you build leadership skills to raise awareness of eye conditions and the affect these conditions have on your life. You will learn about the important role you play in your own eye health with a diverse group of allies including researchers, eye care professionals, vision rehabilitation experts and others passionate about vision and eye health.

Our guest speaker is Julie Grutzmacher, director of national collaboration and engagement at Prevent Blindness.  She will share many details of A.S.P.E.C.T. and how you can participate in the upcoming cohort.  This unique program is the only program in the U.S. supporting the patient’s voice in vision and eye health.

To participate in this informative presentation, call our conference line at 312-809-1004.  For questions, email Kathy Austin.

Snapping Photos at Apple Exchange

Have you ever wanted to send a sighted person a photo to help you identify something, scan a document to upload to an application or take a photo just for fun?  At our May Apple Exchange, Cody Froeter shares what you need to know to take a great photo.  Whether you are using Zoom or VoiceOver, you will learn how to frame a shot, share and label it.  Cody also explains the VoiceOver feature of image description.  Join us on the conference line, 312-809-1004 on Thursday, May 5 at 1:00 pm.  For questions, email Cody Froeter.

RP Meet Up

What’s on your mind these days?  If you or someone you know has retinitis pigmentosa or related inherited retinal conditions, join us for conversation, advice and support at our Tuesday, May 10 RP Meet Up at 7:00 pm CDT.  Bring your concerns, share a resource or tell us a story – its open discussion this month!  Join us on the conference line, 312-809-1004.  For questions, email Kathy Austin.

In-Person Technology Tutoring is Available

Looking for some pointers on using VoiceOver on your iPhone?  Want to learn how to download books from BARD to your Victor Reader Stream?  Need to know how to use Talk Back on your Android phone?  Our volunteer technology tutors are here to help!  Booking an appointment with one of our tutors can help you get the technology support you need quickly.  Marv and Bill are taking appointments in person at our office.  Call our office at 312-236-8569 and we’ll put you in touch with a tutor to schedule your in-person appointment.

Free Tickets to Intimate Apparel at Skokie’s Northlight Theatre!

Skokie’s Northlight Theatre is generously offering free tickets for people with vision loss to the Saturday, May 7 touch tour and audio-described performance of Intimate Apparel.

This is a turn of the century story about Esther, a Black seamstress who creates fine lingerie for her Manhattan clients and her relationship with a Jewish fabric merchant.  Dreaming of a life with a husband and future, she accepts a marriage proposal from a lonesome Caribbean man, but soon regrets her decision.

Touch tour is 12:30 pm with curtain at 2:30 pm.  Run time is two hours 30 minutes with a 15-minute intermission.  To obtain your ticket, email Ruben or call 847-324-1615.

Free Uber Rides for DuPage County Pace Users

If you are a certified ADA Paratransit rider and live in DuPage County, you are eligible to use Uber for rides up to $30 at no cost.  This convenient option does not require booking your ride the day before.  DuPage County has already notified Uber of the subsidy and riders were notified of this option in late January.

If you did not receive your notification, fill out the form on the DuPage County Uber Access webpage.  You just need to enter your name, email, cell phone number and Paratransit ID number.

Your Uber ride is booked on Uber’s smart phone app or through GoGo Grandparent using a telephone.  The free rides are good only for trips within DuPage County.  For questions, call 312-341-8000.

Judd Goldman Adaptive Sailing Open House

Mark your calendars for Saturday, June 4 for Judd Goldman’s 32nd annual open house!  You’ll learn all about this active, adaptive sailing program and all the fun activities they have planned for the summer season including cruises, movie nights and more.  The sailing center is at 1362 Linn White Drive at Burnham Harbor.
For more information contact Kerry Tarmey at 312-644-3200 or visit juddgoldmansailing.org.

Let’s Talk Money Free Webinar Series

Do you feel stress or anxiety when it comes to talking about personal money matters?  The University of Illinois Extension Consumer Economics professionals are holding a free online webinar series to help you talk about, and understand, important financial matters.  

The six-week interactive webinar discusses how to match your financial decisions to your goals, prioritize debt repayment and saving for emergencies and long term goals.  This webinar series meets on Thursdays, from May 5 to June 2 at 6:30 pm CDT on the Zoom conferencing platform.  If you need accommodations, please contact Camaya Wallace Bechard at 309- 663-8306 or email cawb17@illinois.edu.  To see the entire agenda and to register for one or all sessions, visit the University Extension’s Let’s Talk Money Webpage.

Vision Loss Support Group Hosted by Oak Park Public Library

If you are looking for a way to regain independence and receive emotional support after experiencing vision loss, the Oak Park Public Library is hosting a virtual peer support group facilitated by Michael Henson, retired vision rehabilitation professional.  You will discover resources and strategies for coping with vision loss in a friendly and supportive setting.  The group meets the first Wednesday of the month at 10:00 am via the Zoom conferencing platform on a computer, smartphone or telephone.  Next meeting is Wednesday, May 4.  To participate, email Michael.

Calendar of Events

Check our Second Sense website calendar for other upcoming events.