MAKING SENSE: April 2018

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These articles are not an endorsement by Second Sense. Editor: Kathy Austin

CONTENTS

Guest Speaker at RP Meet Up
Learning to Live with Vision Loss
Intensive Screen Reader Course
Yoga is Back
Taming the Jungle on Safari
Comprehensive Computer Training
Be the King or Queen of Your Castle
Talk Back Basics for Android
A Note to Our Clients
Google Disability Help
Mouse Hole Scholarships
Guide Dog Meeting at BSA
Employment Opportunity
Senior Center Without Walls
New Support Group in Forest Park

Guest Speaker at RP Meet Up

Casey McKenna, MS, CGC, genetic counselor from InformedDNA, is joining our RP Meet Up via conference call on Saturday, April 14 from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm.  Ms. McKenna shares information about the role a genetic counselor plays in determining whether to have your DNA tested for specific gene mutations. Everyone is welcome to attend this meeting, even if you do not have RP.  Bring your questions for this trending topic! Conference call in number is 312-582-2994, bridge 301 and pin 1111. To register, call our front desk or email Polly Abbott.

Learning to Live with Vision Loss

Are you living with vision loss but haven’t yet taken the step to reach out for help?  Perhaps you know someone who is also struggling with a new diagnosis of failing vision and could use some support. Knowing what help is available can be the key that gives someone hope that life can still be fulfilling and productive.  Our Learning to Live with Vision Loss workshop series addresses many of the concerns people have about living with low vision. Every Wednesday during April we talk about the different ways to get back on track including how to handle the emotional impact of vision loss, getting around safely, managing your daily routine and using technology that makes a difference.  If you or someone you know needs support and guidance, learning to Live with Vision Loss is a great place to start! Workshop dates are April 4, 11, 18 and 25 from 10:30 am to 12:00 pm. To register, call our front desk or email Polly Abbott.

Intensive Screen Reader Course

Sharpen your computer and screen reader skills with our Intensive Screen Reader course coming this April.  Whether you are making a transition from Windows 7 to 10 or it has been some time since you had some computer training, this is a great way to polish your skills!  This course covers all the same material in our 16-week comprehensive course. To be eligible for this course you must be able to type at a steady pace and be familiar with your assistive technology.  This course is great for people who are working or those who cannot commit to our 16-week course. This fast paced course meets Monday through Friday, April 2 to 6 from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm. To register, call 312-236-8569 or email David Flament.

Yoga is Back!

We are excited to once again offer a weekly yoga class with certified yoga instructor, Marilyn Green.  Marilyn can help you learn many yoga poses and can adapt the exercises to fit your individual ability. Please bring a yoga mat or large towel and wear comfortable clothing to class.  Yoga meets on Wednesday mornings from 8:45 to 9:45 am beginning April 4. Please note, you should check with your eye care professional about participating in a yoga class as some yoga poses can cause harm.  To register for yoga, please call our front desk or email Kathy Austin.

Taming the Jungle on Safari

Most of us are probably more familiar surfing the Internet with browsers like Internet Explorer or Firefox.  Safari, Apple’s web browser you are using on your iPhone or iPad works a bit differently than these other browsers. Getting used to these differences takes some practice and that’s what we’re talking about at our April 4 Apple Exchange from 1:30 to 3:30 pm.  You’ll learn how to search and navigate webpages using the rotor, create bookmarks and clean up open webpages. To register, call our front desk or email David Flament.

Comprehensive Computer Training

The comprehensive computer training at Second Sense provides a strong foundation of skills to become an independent computer user.  Our 16-week course is perfect for those individuals who may be new to learning the computer or who are new to using assistive technology. Our computer classroom is equipped with Windows 10, Microsoft Office 2016 and the latest versions of screen reading and magnification technology.  To participate in this course you must be familiar with a computer keyboard and have the ability to type at a steady pace. Screen Reading classes meet Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm eginning April ?? and Screen Magnification classes on Mondays and Wednesdays from 1:00 to 4:00 pm.  Both classes begin April 119. To enroll, call David Flament at 312-236-8569 or email David Flament.

Be the King or Queen of Your Castle

There’s no better practical use for braille than labeling things in your home!  Our April workshops for A Year of Braille tackles how to label all sorts of items in the home – appliances, important papers, clothing, etc.  And, what better way to make all your passwords secret by transcribing them into braille! To participate in these classes, you should be able to read the alphabet and small words in braille.  If you need some refreshers, give Polly a call for additional help. To get the maximum benefit from this lesson, please plan on attending both workshops on Friday, April 13 and 27 from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm.  To register, call 312-236-8569 or email Polly Abbott.

Talk Back Basics for Android

While Apple products seem to be the best option for accessibility, Android also has some benefits – affordability being a major one.  At our new workshop, Android: Talk Back Basics on Saturday, April 14 from 10:00 am to 1:30 pm, we’ll discuss the differences between Android and Apple products. David Flament shows you how to start and navigate with Talk Back, use basic gestures and find apps.  To register, call our front desk or email David Flament.

A Note to Our Clients

As hard as we try to maintain our schedule of classes and appointments, there are times we must cancel a class or lesson.  When this occurs, we make every effort to contact you by phone. We realize that our number may not be familiar to you when it appears on your phone, but we will always leave a voice mail explaining the situation.  It is our desire to cause you the least amount of inconvenience as possible and try to give enough time to cancel or reschedule a ride. We ask that you please be aware that we may be leaving you a message prior to an appointment if there is a change in plans.  Thank you for your understanding.

Google Disability Help

In our March issue of Making Sense, we let you know how you can contact Google with accessibility questions.  Since that time, Google has changed their email address. The new address for this service is disability-support@google.com.

Mouse Hole Scholarships

Blind Mice, Inc., proprietor of the Blind Mice Mega Mall, offers college scholarships for graduating high school students who are visually impaired, as well as sighted students with one or both parents being visually impaired.  Awards range from $500 to $1,500. A creative essay and a letter of recommendation from a high school administrator, counselor or teacher is are required. Deadline for essays is May 15. To learn more, visit the website, email or call 713-893-7277.

Guide Dog Meeting at BSA

Guide dog handlers, and those considering this mobility option, are welcome to attend the quarterly guide dog meeting on Tuesday, May 8 from 5:30 to 7:00 pm.  This meeting features a guest speaker from Uber, the ride sharing service. The meeting takes place at Blind Service Association, 17 N. State St., Chicago. Pam Berman, facilitator of this group, also reminds guide dog handlers who use Uber or Lyft, to complete the ride share survey from the National Federation of the Blind regardless of your experience.  This survey is in response to a settled law suit claiming discrimination of passengers using guide dogs. The survey can be found online. To RSVP for this meeting, contact Pam Berman at 773-671-6624.

Employment Opportunity

Looking for a new start?  Industries of the Blind in Greensboro, North Carolina has employment opportunities available for sewing machine operators.  Training is provided for this position. This organization offers generous employee benefits and a relocation package to help with moving expenses.  Greensboro has a great transportation system, cultural venues, blind bowling league, parks and other amenities. If interested, call 336-274-1591 or visit the website.

Senior Center Without Walls

If you are age 60 or older and looking for support, fun, learning opportunities or to connect with a larger community, Senior Center Without Walls may be for you!  This free, online center can be easily accessed from your phone, computer or tablet. Over 1,000 seniors participate in over70 70 different groups each week. Groups offer friendly conversation, educational presentations, classes and support groups, all from the comfort of home.  Registration is required before you can participate. To register, call 877-797-7299, email or visit the website.

New Support Group in Forest Park

The Progress Center at 7521 Madison Street in Forest Park has a new support group for people with vision loss.  The group meets on the fourth Monday of the month from 1:00 to 2:00 pm. Share your experiences and learn from others! For more information, contact Horacio Esparza at 708-209-1500.