MAKING SENSE: January 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

Check Out Apple Michigan Avenue
Calling All Artists
Be a Guest Blogger
1Touch™ Self-Defense for Beginners
A Year of Braille
Saturday RP Meet Up
Apple Exchange
Saturday 1Touch
Apple Mac – The Basics
Holiday Closing
Eyes Free Fitness
Brailler Repair
NFB Scholarships
New Audio Description App
Winter Survival for Guide Dogs
Looking for Winter Fun?

Check Out Apple Michigan Avenue

Don’t miss this terrific opportunity to learn your way around the new Apple Michigan Avenue location! David Flament has reached out to Apple Accessibility and has arranged tours and sessions for people with vision loss to explore the new Apple Michigan Avenue store. This awesome opportunity includes an introduction to available staff, a tour of the store to locate elevators, stairs, Genius Bar, mobile devices and customer service. Apple representatives are also providing an accessibility session to go along with your tour. Two tours are scheduled: Saturday, Jan. 20 and Thursday, Feb. 1, both tours from 9:00 to 11:00 am. Space is limited, but additional tours may be scheduled if there is demand. To register, call our front desk or email David Flament. Please provide your date preference when registering.

Calling All Artists!

We’re inviting talented artists with vision loss to submit their creative works for our art exhibit, Passionate Focus 2018. A jury comprised of artist, art educators and curators select the pieces based on their artistic merit with no knowledge of the artist’s visual acuity. Selected artwork will be on display at our opening night reception on April 12. For application instructions, visit the website or contact Cheryl Megurdichian at 312-236-8569.

Be a Guest Blogger

Do you have a story to tell about living with vision loss? Sharing your thoughts, tips and experiences is one way we can help others know they are not alone. Your passion, hobby or reflection can inspire others to try something new. We would love to consider you as a guest blogger for Second Opinions, Second Sense’s blog. Please submit your pitch on what you’d like to write about to Kathy Austin. We can help you along the way, so let those creative juices flow!

1Touch™ Self-Defense for Beginners

Have you heard about our 1Touch Self-Defense class? Many of our clients who have taken the 1Touch course feel more confident when traveling alone. This course also helps improve your spatial orientation, flexibility, mobility and tactile sensitivity. Our new 1Touch course for beginners meets on Thursdays beginning Jan. 4 from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm and ends Mar. 22. To register, call our front desk or email Rachael Eschbach.

A Year of Braille

Do you feel you have wasted the investment of time in learning braille? Putting braille into practice in your daily life will help you sharpen your skills and become a more efficient reader and writer. Our bi-monthly workshops give you an opportunity to review specific skills and then put those skills to practical use. Our January topic is using braille to keep track of appointments. You’ll refresh your knowledge of writing dates and times and use a commercially produced braille calendar. This course is helpful for those who have braille knowledge or are currently enrolled in a braille program. We meet on Fridays, Jan. 12 and 26 from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm. To register, call our front desk or email Polly Abbott.

Saturday RP Meet Up

If you have retinitis pigmentosa and are looking for a place to meet others with this condition, join us on Saturday, Jan. 13 from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm. We share our funny stories and difficult challenges with those who understand what it’s like to live with RP. If you can’t make it in person, join us on our conference line, 312-582-2994, conference bridge #301, pin 1111. To learn more and to sign up for our RP email list, call Polly Abbott at 312-236-8569.

Apple Exchange

Would you like to do a better job of tracking all those New Year’s resolutions you made? Our January 4 Apple Exchange from 1:30 to 3:30 pm is all about reminders and apps you can use to accomplish your 2018 goals. Bring your knowledge and questions to this monthly gathering of Apple users. You can also call in on our conference line at 312-582-2994. Use conference bridge 301 and pin 1111. To register, call our front desk or email David Flament.

Saturday 1Touch™

Have you taken our 1Touch™ self-defense course and looking for some practice time? Maybe you have heard the rave reviews from our 1Touch students and want to give it a try? You’re invited to join us on Saturday, Jan. 13 from 1:00 to 3:00 pm. We welcome all levels from beginner to advanced! To register, call our front desk or email Polly Abbott.

Apple Mac – The Basics

Join David Flament on Saturday, Feb. 10 from 10:00 am to 1:30 pm for an introduction to the Apple Mac. We’ll discuss the differences between a Mac and a Windows PC. If you have an Apple MacBook, bring it along. You’ll learn how to navigate the system, navigate within apps and manage files and folders. To register, call our front desk or email David Flament.

Holiday Closing

Second Sense will be closed on Monday, Jan. 15 in honor of the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday.

Eyes Free Fitness

Reaching your fitness goals is now at your fingertips with the new BlindAlive app! BlindAlive has developed a wide variety of workout routines to meet any level of fitness goals. All routines are fully described making it easy to follow along. This app, for Apple iOS, also includes access to the BlindAlive blog and podcast to help you expand your health knowledge. The app and some stretch and relaxation routines are free. Other workouts like cardio, yoga, Pilates and balance routines are available for purchase. To download the app, search for BlindAlive in the App Store.

Brailler Repair

Rob’s Brailler Service, located in Highland, IN, is certified by Perkins School for the Blind to repair several models of braillers. Rob’s basic service fee of $100 includes a thorough cleaning of your machine and any adjustments needed to return to factory specifications. For additional repairs, estimates are provided before any additional work is done and only with permission of owner. Braillers are shipped Free Matter for the Blind unless otherwise requested. Contact Rob at 708-372-1997 (phone or text)  before sending a machine. Contact Kathy Austin for an electronic copy of Rob’s flyer.

NFB Scholarships

The National Federation of the Blind (NFB) 2018 scholarship application period is now open. Thirty scholarships, ranging from $3,000 to $12,000, are awarded to deserving high school seniors and college students. Applications can be completed online or in print and must include required documentation and an interview with an NFB affiliate president. Deadline for applications is March 31, 2018. For more information and to apply, visit the website or contact Cayte Mendez at 410-659-9314.

New Audio Description App

Audio description makes a movie or television program come alive for someone with vision loss. Actiview is a new app for an iPhone or iPad that syncs the audio description to a movie no matter where you are, on your living room sofa or movie theatre. Also available on the app are other accessibility tools like closed captioning, American Sign Language Interpretation and amplified audio. While the movie selection is somewhat limited at this time, more titles are coming shortly. When people download the app, this shows the Hollywood movie studios there is demand for these services. Try out the app on these new releases, Coco: The Man Who Invented Christmas, Breath, Wonderstruck and Dealt. To download the app, search for Actiview in the App Store. The Actiview app developers are interested in your feedback, too – you can email them with your comments and suggestions.

Winter Survival for You and Your Guide Dog

Guide Dogs for the Blind, San Rafael, CA has prepared a winter survival resource guide to help make traveling in cold temps and snowy conditions easier for you and your guide dog. The guide includes recommendations for paw protection and winter coats for your dog, as well as suggestions for white canes and footwear for you. You’ll find tips for winter travel and things to keep in mind before that snow storm hits! The guide provides cost ranges for a variety of products and the websites where they can be purchase.

Looking for Winter Fun?

If you love the cold and snow maybe you’d like to try some downhill or cross country skiing! The American Blind Skiing Foundation provides trained volunteer guides for downhill ski trips for both adults and children with vision loss. One day, weekend and week-long trips are planned in Wisconsin and Montana during this ski season. Ski for Light provides cross-country skiing opportunities for people with vision loss and those with mobility challenges. Events are held in several states including Michigan, Colorado, New England and South Dakota, to name a few. Their international week takes place Jan. 21-28 in the Sierra Nevada Mountains in Northeast California. Both organizations welcome beginners!