MAKING SENSE – August 2018

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

CONTENTS

Assistive Technology Showcase II
Exploring New Entertainment Options
Banking and Budgeting with Braille
Talking to Your Computer
Do You Have RP?
Getting Onboard with Your New iPhone
What to Do Next?
Saturday Microsoft Office Workshops
Chicago Shakespeare Presents
Guide Dog Meeting at BSA
Journaling Workshops
Teaching with Vision Loss
Meet Leader Dog
Helping the Next Person with New Vision Loss

Assistive Technology Showcase II

If you didn’t attend one of the national conferences recently to check out the latest assistive technology products, here’s your chance! On Thursday, Aug. 9 from 1:30 to 3:30 pm, Woodlake Technologies is demonstrating a wide range of devices for all levels of vision. Woodlake Technologies is the Midwest’s largest distributor of VFO assistive technology products representing brands Freedom Scientific, Ai Squared and Optelec. This is your opportunity to try out the newest video magnifiers, braille notetakers and displays, scanners and more. There is plenty of time to ask questions and see what works best for you. To register, call our front desk or email David Flament.

Exploring New Entertainment Options

Looking for something to listen to beside a talking book? Come to Apple Exchange on Thursday, Aug. 2 from 1:30 to 3:30 pm to learn how to get podcasts and music on your Apple device. We’ll be talking about accessing content, using apps and streaming services. Call-in number to join us via teleconference is 312-582-2994, conference bridge 301 and pin 1111. Bring your questions and share your knowledge at Apple Exchange! To register, call our front desk or email David Flament.

Banking and Budgeting with Braille

If you know how to use braille to read your bank statement or to create a budget, you have a way to privately manage your finances. In our Friday, Aug. 10 session of A Year of Braille, we are practicing writing the symbols and numbers used to create a budget or a check register. At our Friday, Aug 24 session, we’ll practice our reading skills by reading a bank statement and utility bills. Both classes are from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm. To participate or to see if this course is appropriate for your level of braille knowledge, call 312-236-8569 or email Polly Abbott.

Talking to Your Computer

Learn how you can control your computer with just your voice using Dictation Bridge at our new workshop on Thursday, Aug. 16 from 1:30 to 3:30 pm. David Flament demonstrates how Dictation Bridge, a free software program that works with your screen reader, can be used to navigate Windows, surf the web, and dictate emails and documents. To register, call our front desk or email David Flament.

Do You Have RP?

Our meet-up group for people who are living with retinitis pigmentosa is meeting on Saturday, Aug. 11 from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm. Join us for interesting conversation and support that will help you live life on your terms. If you can’t make it in person, our call-in line is another way to get involved. Call-in number is 312-582-2994, conference bridge 301 and pin 1111. To register, call our front desk or email Polly Abbott.

Getting Onboard with Your New iPhone

Do you have a new iPhone and aren’t quite sure how to do anything on a flat screen you can’t see? Maybe you are able to use Siri to do some tasks, but there’s a lot more to an iPhone than Siri! Our technology tutors can take you from the very first things you need to know – from turning it on and off to changing the volume to answering and placing phone calls. Then, when you are ready, they can show you how to use some of the fantastic new apps specially designed for people with vision loss. Don’t wait! Call today to make your one-on-one appointment with Joe or Marv and be on your way to experiencing all that an iPhone can do for you!

What to Do Next?

Do you know someone struggling with new vision loss? Recent studies have found the sooner a person is connected with resources and services, the lower the risk of depression. Our Learning to Live with Vision Loss series is an ideal place for a person in this situation to begin a plan on how to remain independent and productive. The four-part workshop provides a comfortable place to talk about the emotional impact of vision loss, safe ways to travel, tips for daily living and technology tools. If you know someone who is new to vision loss, let them know about Learning to Live with Vision Loss! We meet on Wednesdays, Sept. 12, 19, 26 and Oct. 3 from 10:30 am to 12:00 pm. To learn more and to register, call our front desk or email Polly Abbott.

Saturday Microsoft Office Workshops

On Saturday, Sept. 8, David Flament is presenting two essential workplace workshops from the Microsoft Office SuitePowerPoint and Outlook. PowerPoint, a presentation software, is helpful to keep your thoughts in one place and also is an excellent visual for your sighted audience. Outlook is the most common organizational and communication program used in today’s workplace. Save your place for one or both of these workshops by calling our front desk or emailing David Flament.

Chicago Shakespeare Presents

Chicago Shakespeare is offering audio-described performances of Peter Pan and a Midsummer Night’s Dream! Peter Pan, on Sunday, Aug 19 takes place at the Courtyard Theatre on Navy Pier at 11:00 am with an optional touch tour at 9:15 am. Tickets are $17 for children 12 and under, $31 for adults. A Midsummer Night’s Dream, a Chicago Shakespeare in the Park event, is free for all at Frank J. Wilson Park, 4630 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago on Sunday, Aug. 12. The staff at Chicago Shakespeare is happy to provide any support you may need so you can enjoy the performance. For more information, call the box office at 312-595-5600. Please mention you want to participate in the Access program.

Guide Dog Meeting at BSA

The quarterly guide dog meeting at Blind Service Association (BSA), 17 N. State St., Chicago, is Tuesday, Aug. 14 from 5:30 to 7:00 pm. The group welcomes two guest speakers from the Regional Transportation Authority (RTA), Rahman Burton, mobility outreach coordinator and Kelly Krispinsky, COMS, orientation and mobility specialist and RTA travel trainer. Discussion covers a wide range of topics including accessibility options on CTA, Pace and Metra, reduced fare and ride free programs, Ventra cards, trip planning and more. Everyone is welcome no matter what school your dog is from or if you are just thinking about a guide dog as a mobility option. To RSVP and for questions, call 773-671-6624 or email Pam Berman.

Journaling Workshop

Writing down your thoughts, or journaling as it is often called, can be a therapeutic way to process feelings, find self-compassion and have a non-judgmental friend who will listen. Becky DeGeorge, certified Journal to the Self coach who also has vision loss, is offering free daytime and evening mini journal writing workshops via teleconference during August. In this relaxed, 90-minute session, you’ll learn about keeping a journal and expressive writing, have an opportunity to practice and then talk with Becky and the group about the writing process. The 90-minute sessions take place on Monday, Aug. 13 at 7:00 pm CDT and Tuesday, Aug. 14 1:00 pm CDT. An additional date in other time zones is also available. You need only attend one session. If you would like to participate, please email Becky DeGeorge.

Teaching with Vision Loss

If you are a teacher with vision loss, the American Association of Blind Teachers (AABT) has a wide variety of newsletter articles to support you for this upcoming academic year. Topics range from classroom discipline, alternatives to traditional teaching opportunities, emergency preparedness and tips for organizing a great classroom. The American Association of Blind Teachers has resources appropriate for all teaching levels in many subject areas. Find the newsletter articles on the AABT website
http://www.blindteachers.net/index.html

Meet Leader Dog

Leader Dog for the Blind, located in Rochester, MI has more to offer than just guide dog training. On Tuesday, Sept. 25, representatives from Leader Dog are visiting Second Sense to share information about their services, including accelerated orientation and mobility and GPS training, deaf-blind training and seminars for orientation and mobility professionals. Of course, guide dog training will be a part of this informative presentation. To register call our front desk or email Kathy Austin.

Helping the Next Person with New Vision Loss

When your eye doctor told you that your vision loss could not be corrected, what did you do next? Did your eye doctor let you know where to turn for support? A common experience for many is that they are not told about important resources that can help. The American Academy of Ophthalmology has a new initiative to refer their patients to services that can help lessen the impact of vision loss. This new standard of care refers people to organizations like Second Sense who teach how to manage daily life, get around safely and use technology – the necessary skills a person needs to remain independent. If you want to help the next person who is told “there’s nothing more that can be done,” tell your eye doctor about Second Sense! Next time you have an appointment with your optometrist, ophthalmologist or specialist, give us a call at Second Sense and we would be happy to send a packet of information for you to share with your eye care professional about Second Sense and the services we can provide. To learn more about the American Academy of Ophthalmology’s new initiative, visit www.aao.org/low-vision-and-vision-rehab. To have a packet mailed to you, call 312-236-8569 or email Kathy Austin.