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Making Sense: September 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

Taking the Next Step
Saturday Microsoft Office Workshops
Leader Dog Coming to Second Sense
Learn About Sprint Services
RP Meet Up
Apple Exchange
Braille Fun with Card Games
Preparing for Emergencies
Call for Support Group Leaders
Labor Day Closing
Ski for Light International Week
Top Dog 2019
Hadley New Venture Competition
Forget the TV Weatherpeople

Taking the Next Step

If you have been struggling with the adjustment to vision loss or know someone who is, our workshop series, Learning to Live with Vision Loss, can provide the support you need to get your life back on track. The workshop provides a place to talk about the uncertainties ahead and gives you practical tools to help you through the adjustment process. We’ll talk about the emotional impact of vision loss and the areas of your life where we can help – adapting everyday tasks to make life easier, getting around safely and accessing and using technology. If your vision has changed or if you know someone who is new to vision loss and is not sure where to turn, we welcome you, family and friends to join us on Wednesdays, Sept. 12, 19, 26, and Oct. 3 from 10:30 am to 12:00 pm. To register, call our front desk or email Polly Abbott.

Saturday Microsoft Office Workshops

On Saturday, Sept. 8, David Flament is presenting two essential workshops in the Microsoft Office Suite – PowerPoint and Outlook. PowerPoint is an indispensable tool for anyone who is giving a presentation. This program is helpful for keeping your thoughts in one place and is an excellent visual for your sighted audience. In the morning session from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm, you’ll learn how to create and navigate a slide presentation, use themes and transitions and insert animation. From 1:00 to 3:00 pm, you’ll get an overview of Outlook, the most common organizational and communication program. Creating and sending emails, using the calendar and managing contacts are all covered. To register, call our front desk or email David Flament.

Leader Dog Coming to Second Sense

Learn all about Leader Dog and the array of services they offer at our workshop on Tuesday, Sept. 25 from 1:30 to 3:30 pm. Leader Dog representatives will provide an overview of their guide dog training and eligibility requirements, week-long residential orientation and mobility program, and summer experience camp for youth ages 16-17. If you are thinking about a guide dog as a mobility option, you’ll have a great opportunity to experience guide dog travel with an active guide dog! We encourage orientation and mobility specialists and TVIs to attend and bring your students! To register, call our front desk or email Kathy Austin.

Learn About Sprint Services

Join us for Get to Know Sprint on Friday, Sept. 14 from 1:30 to 3:30 pm to learn about the services, discounts and offers Sprint Wireless provides to individuals with vision loss. Maryam Adeocun, Sprint representative, will demonstrate accessible devices and apps and can answer all your questions about Sprint services. Bring your device, too, for any specific questions about accessibility. To register, call our front desk or email David Flament.

RP Meet Up

Join us on Saturday, Sept. 8 from 10:00 to 12:00 pm for our RP Meet Up. This month we’re exchanging ideas on how everyone does everyday tasks like banking, shopping, traveling and any other everyday activities. We’ll talk about how doing these tasks have changed as vision has changed. Our discussion provides insight, advice and emotional support for those living with gradual vision loss. The conference call-in line is available for those who cannot make the meeting in person at 312-582-2994, conference bridge 301 and pin 1111. Call our front desk or email Polly Abbott to register.

Apple Exchange

More entertainment options await you at our Thursday, Sept. 6 Apple Exchange! This month we’re exploring the world of books, newspapers and magazines. We’ll be talking about how to access each type on our Apple device. NLS BARD, NFB Newsline and other entry points will be discussed. Remember, Apple Exchange is your group! If there’s a topic you’d like us to talk about, please let David know. Apple Exchange meets from 1:30 to 3:30 pm. If you cannot make it in person, call us on our conference call in line at 312-582-2994, conference bridge #301 and pin 1111. To register, please call our front desk or email David Flament.

Braille Fun with Card Games

It’s not all work and no play in our braille class! Here’s a fun way to put those braille skills to work for you. On Friday, Sept. 14 we practice our reading skills by reviewing the braille on Uno cards and writing numbers. On Friday, Sept. 28, we’re going to put our skills to the test when we battle it out in a serious Uno game where you’ll keep your own score in braille! Both sessions are from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm. This class is most appropriate for those who know the braille alphabet. If you aren’t sure if this course is for you, call Polly Abbott to discuss all the ways you can master braille. To register for our September classes, call our front desk or email Polly Abbott.

Preparing for Emergencies

Could you evacuate your home safely in case of a fire or other emergency? Our new workshop, Hope for the Best, Prepare for the Worst, focuses on the things you can do to be as prepared as possible in these types of emergencies. We’ll talk about necessary mobility skills, emergency bags, protective techniques and more on Thursday, Oct. 18 from 1:00 to 3:00 pm. We are also excited to welcome our guest speaker, veteran firefighter and fire safety officer, Preston Roberson from the Chicago Fire Department. He will talk about what you can do to help first responders help you so everyone can be as safe as possible. To register, call our front desk or email Rachael Eschbach.

Conference Call for Support Group Leaders

If you are a support group leader and can spare 30 minutes on Thursday, Oct. 4, we welcome you to join us for our second Vision Exchange conference call from 12:15 to 12:45 pm. Our topic for this call is how best to support our group members with vision loss who are also facing other challenges such as hearing, mobility or memory loss. We hope this short time together can provide you with some ideas to help those group members feel engaged and a sense of belonging. Conference call in number is 312-582-2994, conference bridge 301 and pin 1111. For questions, email Polly Abbott.

Labor Day Closing

Second Sense will be closed for the Labor Day holiday on Monday, September 3, 2018.

Ski for Light International Week

Want a life-changing experience? That’s what many of the cross-country skiers with vision loss say after participating in Ski for Light’s International Week. Next January, Ski for Light is returning to Snow Mountain Ranch in Grandy, Colorado from Sunday, Jan. 29 through Sunday, Feb. 3, 2019. This 90 kilometer, cross-country trail system is rated one of the best tracks in the country and features wide and well groomed trails. Trained sighted guides accompany you on the trails and describe your environment. Transportation to and from the Denver Airport, meals, lodging and skis for first timers are all included with prices ranging from $650 to $1,275 depending on your choice of lodging accommodations. Because cross-country skiing is an aerobic activity, Ski for Light advises that you check with your doctor to make sure your health will not be compromised with this physically demanding activity. SFL also recommends that you prepare beforehand to get yourself in a physical condition that will enable you to fully participate. To learn more about this event, visit the Ski for Light website.

Top Dog 2019

The Dixieland Guide Dog Users of South Carolina are hosting Top Dog 2019, the 10th annual get together for guide dog handlers. Top Dog takes place in Charleston, South Carolina from Jan. 17 to 20, 2019. The event features workshops, talks from puppy raisers and guide dog school representatives, a tour of a nearby naval museum and much more. Registration is $80. A special hotel rate is available and reservations should be made promptly by calling the Comfort Inn and Suites, West Ashley at 843-769-9850. For more information call Audrey between 9:00 am and 10:00 pm EST at 843-571-0737.

Hadley New Venture Competition

Have you ever dreamed of having your own business? Here’s a way you can get started pursuing that dream! Hadley’s New Venture Competition provides financial support for individuals with startups or businesses in the early growth stages of development. The competition is open to legally blind U.S. citizens who have successfully completed at least one course from Hadley’s Forsythe Center for Employment and Entrepreneurship. These tuition-free courses are available through Hadley’s online adult continuing education program and focus on relevant business skills including communications, marketing, legal, accounting and technology. To learn more and for more eligibility requirements, visit the Hadley website or email Hadley staff.

Forget the TV Weatherpeople!

Rita’s iDevice Advice recommends Dark Sky as an accessible and accurate iOS weather app. Dark Sky sends you a notification at 7:00 am with the day’s forecast. The app uses GPS to track your location and Rita says it can tell you with “eerie” accuracy when it will start and stop raining or snowing where you are. You’ll get alerts for severe weather, flooding, hurricanes and tornados, too. According to AppleVis, the app is 100% accessible with VoiceOver and easy to use and navigate. Dark Sky costs $3.99. Check it out in the App Store.