MAKING SENSE – June 2017

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CONTENTS

Supporting Support Group Leaders
Social Media Saturday
Second Sense Individual Services
What’s Happening at Apple Exchange?
July Openings for 1Touch™
Personal Safety at RP Meet Up
Upcoming Computer Classes
Taking Care of Your Health
BSA Vision Expo
Financial Assistance for Eye Care
Braille Guide for Solar Eclipse
Join the Chicago Comets
Visually Impaired Awareness Day
Pamplona at the Goodman
Survey Participants Needed

Supporting Support Group Leaders!

If you are a support group leader looking for inspiration and knowledge to make your low vision support group a place for healthy discussion and learning, please join us at our annual Vision Exchange conference on Friday, June 2 from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm.  We’ll be talking about the sensitive issue of driving and seniors with a presentation from Violet Potochi OT/L who is a certified driver rehabilitation specialist.  We’ll clear up common misconceptions about braille and work together to find new ideas to keep your group fresh and interesting.  Thank you to the Mather of Evanston for hosting this year’s conference.  Cost to attend Vision Exchange is $10 and includes refreshments and lunch.  To register, email Polly Abbott or call 312-236-8569.

Social Media Saturday

Join us on Saturday, June 10 to get up to speed on social media networks Twitter and Facebook. Learn the basics and unique characteristics of each.  Find out what makes them an easy way to connect with friends and discover what’s happening in the world.  Our Twitter class, from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm, shows you how to use the native Twitter app on your iPhone.  We’ll cover following Twitter accounts, posting tweets, retweeting and direct messaging.  At our Facebook class, from 1:00 to 3:00 pm, we’ll navigate the mobile version of Facebook on a computer with a screen reader and on your iPhone with VoiceOver.  You’ll learn how to post status updates and comment on others’ posts.  You must have a Facebook and/or Twitter account to participate.  Contact one of our technology tutors if you need help creating an account.  To register for one or both workshops, call our front desk or email David Flament.

Second Sense Individual Services

Do you feel your independence is declining because of your vision loss?  Are you finding daily activities are becoming more stressful and frustrating?  At Second Sense, we can help you with big problems or small annoyances.  We begin with a conversation about your specific needs and create a plan to help you regain your confidence and independence.  Our individual instruction encompasses a wide range of activities including reading, writing and accessing information; enhancing remaining vision with magnification, lighting and contrast; organizing personal spaces like a wallet, closet or kitchen and continuing favorite pastimes like reading, crafts or sports.  And of course, we can teach you how to keep up with those household chores like laundry, cooking and clean-up.  The individual services, along with all of our other programs, are free of charge and require no referral.  All it takes is a phone call!  To learn more or to book your private conversation, email Polly Abbott.

What’s Happening at Apple Exchange?

Do you know how to turn your phone into a digital voice recorder?  Find out at our Thursday, June 1 Apple Exchange from 1:30 to 3:30 pm.  David describes the different features of several apps, like Pocket Recorder, that do more than just record.  Discover how easy it is to share your recordings with others and append previous recordings.  To register, call our front desk or email David Flament.

July Openings for 1Touch™ Classes

If you are interested in our popular 1Touch™ self-defense program, we have a few openings for the July classes.  This session meets on Tuesdays, July 11 through August 29 from 1:00 to 3:00 pm. First come, first served.  To register, email Rachael Eschbach or call 312-236-8569.

Personal Safety at RP Meet Up

At our Saturday, July 8 RP Meet Up we are exploring the topic of personal safety.  Please note that beginning in July, this group will meet the second Saturday of the month from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm.  To learn more and to register, call our front desk or email Polly Abbott.

Upcoming Computer Classes

On Saturday, July 8, we’re offering you an opportunity to upgrade your computer skills with our new Windows 10 and Microsoft Office 2016 overviews.  We’ll learn the differences between older versions of Windows and the new Windows 10 operating system.  Our Microsoft Office 2016 overview focuses on the changes to Word and Excel. To register, call our front desk or email David Flament.

Taking Care of Your Health

Sometimes with vision loss it is difficult to independently monitor your vital health numbers like weight, blood pressure and body temperature.  Our Second Sense Product Center can help with several talking health products that let you obtain these numbers without having to ask someone else.  The upper arm blood pressure meter has a high contrast display, audio readings in English or Spanish and records and remembers readings for two users.  The Talking Glucose Meter is designed for people with vision loss and provides safe and accurate readings with small blood samples.  The Talking Ear Thermometer gives accurate readings in less than five seconds.  And to make sure you keep those extra pounds off, check out the Talking Personal Weight Scale with a large display and voice readout with superior accuracy.  If you would like to talk more about our personal healthcare products, email Brian Hollandsworth in our Product Center or call 312-236-8569.

BSA Vision Expo

Blind Service Association (BSA) is holding their 6th annual Vision Expo on June 8 at Northern Trust Bank, 50 S. LaSalle St., Chicago.  Guest speakers include Dr. Debra Zelinsky from Mind Eye Connect at 9:30 am and Ray Odom from Northern Trust Bank at 11:00 am.  Representatives from Woodlake Technologies, ICRE Wood, Friedman Place and American Council of the Blind are providing information and resources on the 6th floor.  Hearing screenings are also available.  Stop by our Second Sense table and visit with Brian demonstrating magnifiers and other daily living tools.  RSVP to Bill Green at 312-236-0808 by June 2.

Financial Assistance for Eye Care

If you are in need of financial assistance to assess or treat an eye problem, many state and national resources regularly provide aid to people with vision problems.  The National Eye Institute (NEI) provides a listing of several organizations you can contact for specific issues.  For eye exams and surgeries, contact EyeCare America, Vision USA, Lions Club International, and Mission Cataract USA.  For prescription drug assistance, NEI recommends contacting NeedyMeds, Partnership for Prescription Assistance, Patient Access Network Foundation and RX Assist.  You can find the entire list by visiting www.nei.nih.gov and entering “financial assistance for eye care” in the search box.

Braille Guide for August Solar Eclipse

Did you know that on August 21, 2017 a total solar eclipse will be visible from coast to coast across the United States?  A new braille book, “Getting a Feel for Eclipses,” features tactile graphics that depict the interaction of the sun, moon and earth to help those with vision loss better understand this historic event.  The book, produced by the Solar System Exploration Research Virtual Institute, has been distributed to schools, libraries for the blind, state libraries, museums, science centers and NASA headquarters.  The book will also be available at the National Federation of the Blind’s summer conference.

Join the Chicago Comets!

Looking for a way to get active in a team sport?  The Chicago Comets Beep Baseball team is looking for you!  The Comets practice on Saturdays at Rainey Park, 4350 W. 79th St., Chicago from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm.  Games also take place on Saturdays — this summer they are traveling to Indianapolis, Champaign and West Palm Beach for the World Series.  The team covers most transportation and lodging.  Players are responsible for food and fund raising.  Teens 13 to 17 years old are also accepted with a parent or guardian in attendance.  To learn more, email Bill Landram or call 779-435-0404.

Visually Impaired Awareness Day

Don’t forget about Visually Impaired Awareness Day sponsored by the AIM Center for Independent Living on Wednesday, June 14 from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm at the College of DuPage, Student Resource Center, Glen Ellyn.  Guest speakers, exhibits, products and support groups are all on hand to provide resources and information to help you adjust to vision loss.  For more information, email Pat Byrne or call 630-469-2300.

Pamplona at the Goodman

Enjoy an audio-described performance and touch tour of Pamplona at the Goodman Theatre on Sunday, June 11.  The play takes a new look at the life of the famous American novelist, short story writer and journalist, Ernest Hemingway.  Tickets are only $20.  Touch tour is at 12:30 pm and curtain at 2:00 pm.  To purchase reserved seating, call the box office at 312-443-3800.

Participants Needed for Online Website Accessibility Survey

Drexel University is conducting a survey on policy issues related to online accessibility of commercial websites.  The survey takes approximately 10-15 minutes and if you participate, your name will be entered into a drawing for a $300 Amazon gift card.  To learn more, email Alex Cohen.