MAKING SENSE: July 2017

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

Windows 10 and MS Office 2016
1Touch™ Classes at Second Sense
Experience Yoga
Your Safety at RP Meet Up
Comprehensive Computer Classes
Blue Tooth Devices at Apple Exchange
For Those New to Vision Loss
Need to Read Print Documents?
Discount for Amazon Prime
Summer Reading for Kids
Emergency Preparedness
The Abundant Bookshelf
Ah, Wilderness at the Goodman
Set Sail
The Chicago Botanic Garden

Windows 10 and MS Office 2016 Overviews

Get up to speed with Windows 10 and Microsoft Office 2016 with our Saturday, July 8 overviews. In the Windows 10 Overview from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm, you’ll learn the differences between older versions of Windows and the new operating system, including how to navigate the new File Explorer, checking notifications in the Action Center and using apps. Our Office 2016 class from 1:00 to 3:00 pm focuses on Word and Excel including navigating the Back Stage view, using the ribbon and opening, closing and saving files. To register, call our front desk or email David Flament.

1Touch™ Classes at Second Sense

Many Second Sense clients who participated in our 1Touch classes find they feel safer traveling out and about. We now have two options for you to take advantage of this highly interactive training. Beginners can take our weekly Tuesday class that meets from July 11 through August 29. Our monthly class meets the second Saturday and is for all levels including beginners and past participants who would like extra practice time. Both classes meet from 1:00 to 3:00 pm. Beginning 1Touch students should contact Polly Abbott at 312-236-8569 before coming to class. Past participants can contact our front desk to let us know you are coming. To learn more, email Polly Abbott.

Experience Yoga

Join Marilyn Green, certified yoga instructor, for our Wednesday morning yoga class! Yoga relieves stress, increases flexibility and improves spatial orientation, things that can improve your health and mobility skills. Marilyn adapts exercises for individual abilities. You do not need to have previous experience to join us. Class meets from 8:45 to 9:45 am each Wednesday through August 9. Please wear comfortable clothing and bring a yoga mat or large towel for floor exercises. To register, call our front desk or email Kathy Austin.

Your Safety at RP Meet Up

Please note that our RP Meet Up is now meeting on the second Saturday of the month from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm. At our July 8 meeting, we’ll be discussing how vision loss may have impacted your safety. We’ll explore the reasons why family and friends might be concerned about you traveling alone and the changes you may or may have not made to protect your personal safety. If you can’t make the group in person, you’re invited to call in on our conference line. To register, call our front desk or email Polly Abbott.

Comprehensive Computer Classes

Second Sense’s comprehensive computer classes begin the next 16-week session on August 7. You’ll be learning the latest programs as our classroom has recently been upgraded with all new Windows 10 computers, Microsoft Office 2016 and the latest versions of JAWS, NVDA, ZoomText and MAGic. Our instructor-led classes cover working in the Windows 10 environment, MS Word and Excel, navigating the Internet and using email. You must be familiar with the computer keyboard and be able to type at a steady pace. If you need some practice before you begin class, please feel free to come to Second Sense on Tuesdays and Thursdays for Open Computer Lab between 9:00 am and 12:00 pm to practice typing with our Talking Typer program. Our lab assistants are on hand to help you improve your skills. Our screen-reading class meets Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 9:00 to 12:00 pm. Screen-magnification class meets Mondays and Wednesdays from 1:00 to 4:00 pm. To register, please contact our front desk or email David Flament.

Blue Tooth Devices at Apple Exchange

Don’t miss Apple Exchange on Thursday, July 6 from 1:30 to 3:30 pm. Apple Exchange is a great place to expand your knowledge about your Apple device so you can get the most from this valuable tool. This month our topic is blue tooth devices. We’ll talk about what blue tooth is, what types of devices are blue tooth and how to pair devices. To register, call our front desk or email David Flament.

For Those New to Vision Loss

Have you recently experienced a decrease in your vision? Do you know someone who is not sure where to turn to get the help needed to maintain their independence? Our new workshop coming this fall, Learning to Live with Vision Loss, is designed especially for those who are confronting the uncertainties ahead. Family and friends are also encouraged to attend. Second Sense’s certified professionals are here to help by providing a safe place for honest conversation. They will share practical solutions to live successfully with vision loss. We encourage everyone to attend all four sessions on Wednesdays, September 6, 13, 20 and 27 from 10:30 am to 12:00 pm. To learn more and to register, please call our front desk or email Polly Abbott.

Need to Read Print Documents?

Thanks to a generous donation, we now have an Eye-Pal Solo in our independent computer lab. This easy-to-operate image recognition device reads documents quickly with a touch of a button. If you have documents to read, please feel free to stop by Second Sense on Tuesdays or Thursdays and we’ll provide a quick demonstration. For privacy, please bring headphones!

Discount for Amazon Prime

If you are receiving government assistance, such as SNAP, TANF or WIC, and have an electronic benefit transfer card, you can qualify to join Amazon Prime at the reduced cost of $5.99 per month. This reduced rate has all the same benefits: free shipping; access to Amazon Essentials line of low-cost everyday products; 20% off diaper and wipe subscriptions; free streaming video, music, and photo storage; access to the Kindle lending library; and more. The card cannot be used to make purchases and the price is only good for 48 months with annual requalification rules. To learn more and to purchase your membership, visit Amazon, choose the Amazon Prime link and press the button for “see other plans.”

Summer Reading for Kids

Keep your child reading throughout the summer and build that daily habit with Learning Ally’s summer reading list. Find great reads that include titles appropriate for all grade levels K-12. From novels and biographies to history and science, Learning Ally has titles for everyone. To learn more, visit the Learning Ally website and choose the “Summer Reading Together” link.

Emergency Preparedness

The National Library Service has compiled a comprehensive list of resources for people with vision loss and other disabilities who want to be proactive in planning for an emergency. The first section includes resources for specific tools to use during an array of emergencies. The second section, “Disaster Housing and Aid,” provides information on temporary housing and resources for recovery after an emergency. The resource guide also provides a bibliography for further reading. To access this resource list visit the National Library Service website and enter “emergency preparedness” in the search box.

The Abundant Bookshelf

How many ways can you read an audio book? Lots! To sort through the maze of apps, Judith Dixon’s book, The Abundant Bookshelf, provides an in-depth look at nine reading apps in three different categories: human voice narrators, synthesized voice narrators and refreshable braille. The author also provides overviews on 14 other reading apps for Apple devices. The book is available from National Braille Press in braille, Daisy or Microsoft Word in a download or USB drive format. To order call 800-548-7323 or visit the National Braille Press website.

Ah, Wilderness at the Goodman

Enjoy an audio-described and touch tour performance of this warm-hearted play, Ah, Wilderness at the Goodman Theatre on Saturday, July 15. Relive the fireworks of first time love! Appropriate for children 12 and older. Touch tour at 12:30 pm, curtain at 2:00 pm. Tickets are only $30. To reserve your seat, call the box office at 312-443-3800 and mention the audio described performance.

Set Sail!

Did you know the Judd Goldman Sailing Foundation offers small group, two-and-a-half hour sails that can accommodate four to six people? This is a great way to tip your toe into the water and learn more about JGSF’s sailing instruction. Cost for group sails are $50. On July 8 and 22, JGSF offers open sailing and on July 9, take part in a cruise with pizza at dockside. To learn more about this adaptive sailing program, call the sailing center at 312-747-7684.

Enjoy a Day at Chicago Botanic Garden

The Chicago Botanic Garden located in Glencoe is a part of the Cook County Forest Preserve and has a wide variety of activities and tours perfect for a summer outing. The Buehler Enabling Garden is a hands-on teaching garden for all ages and abilities. The garden features cascading water fountains, sensory plantings and smooth pathways that make for a delightful experience. Choose one of the many tram tours and listen to the history, science and conservation of the many gardens that make up the 385-acre botanic garden. The Chicago Botanic Garden is accessible by Metra’s Union Pacific north line. To learn more, call 847-835-5440.