MAKING SENSE: May 2018

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CONTENTS

Assistive Technology Showcase
Parenting with Vision Loss
For Our Support Group Leaders
Apple Watch
A Year of Braille
Having Trouble Reading?
New Apple Workshop
Upcoming Summer Classes
Holiday Closing
Living with Glaucoma
Summer Sailing
Guide Dog Experience for Teens
Looking for Proficient Braille Readers
NY Times Bestseller Audio Books
My Retina Tracker

Assistive Technology Showcase

Second Sense is beginning an exciting new way to experience an assistive technology product that can enhance your life and learning. In the coming months, you can meet with a knowledgeable assistive technology representative to learn about a product’s specific features, capabilities and costs. You’ll have an opportunity to try out the product to determine if it will meet your needs. From magnification devices to braille notetakers and audio book players to GPS systems, you won’t want to miss this opportunity! Our first presentation is Saturday, May 5 from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm and features products from HIMS, Inc., Dolphin Computer Access and more! To register, call our front desk or email David Flament.

Parenting with Vision Loss

Parents with vision loss are welcome to join our conversation about raising your children while meeting the challenges of vision loss. This discussion is a great opportunity to meet with other parents to gather support and ideas for making your important job of child rearing a bit easier. In our session on Thursday, May 17 from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm, we are discussing going places and doing things together. We’ll talk about things to think about when planning an outing while making sure everyone stays safe and has a great time. Parents only at this session, please. To register, call our front desk or email Polly Abbott.

For Our Support Group Leaders

We welcome all vision loss support group leaders to join us on Friday, June 1 for our ninth annual Vision Exchange conference! This year our host is Friedman Place, a supportive living facility for people with vision loss, located at 5527 N. Maplewood Ave., Chicago, IL. Our conference this year focuses on issues related to transitions. Decreasing vision, loss of independence and changes in living arrangements are emotional upheavals that many of our group members face. We’ll talk about resources and ways you can help your group through these challenging times. Also in store for you at Vision Exchange is a tour of Friedman Place with Christian Zapata, LCSW, social work supervisor, and lots of time for discussion. Cost of Vision Exchange is $10 and includes lunch. To register, please email Polly Abbott.

Apple Watch

Is an Apple Watch a convenience or necessity? Find out at Apple Exchange on Thursday, May 3 from 1:30 to 3:30 pm. David Flament shares his thoughts and experiences with his new Apple Watch. You’ll learn how the Watch works and its compatible apps. Call in or come in person. To register, call our front desk or email David Flament.

A Year of Braille

Get your creative writing juices flowing and put your braille skills to the test at our May Spring Haiku braille classes! At our first session on May 11, you can create a haiku or poem about nature, then practice writing and formatting with a slate and stylus or Perkins brailler. At our second session on May 25, write a haiku about living with vision loss and share your composition with the class. Both classes meet from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm. This class is most appropriate for those who know the braille alphabet. If you aren’t sure if this course is for you, call Polly Abbott to discuss all the ways you can master braille. To register, call our front desk or email Polly Abbott.

Having Trouble Reading?

Has your vision changed and now you’re having trouble reading your mail or your favorite cookbook? Second Sense can help! Our Product Center has a wide variety of magnification and lighting options that can enhance your remaining vision. A good reading light and the knowledge of how to use it properly can make a world of difference in how you see. You can fit a portable video magnifier in your pocket and take it shopping to read labels and prices. Our staff can show you the proper techniques for making the most of these items, as well as how to care for them. Please contact Brian Hollandsworth to make an appointment for a private consultation. To learn more, call 312-236-8569.

New Apple Workshop

Are there things you wish you could change with VoiceOver on your iPhone to make it easier to operate? Maybe you’d just like to get rid of the pesky annoyances you find irritating? Come to our new Apple workshop, Customizing VoiceOver, on Thursday, June 14 from 1:00 to 3:30 pm. You’ll learn how to change basic VoiceOver settings, use the rotor and change rotor settings, label unidentified objects and much more! To register, call our front desk or email David Flament.

Upcoming Summer Classes at Second Sense

As we look ahead to the summer, why not plan to take some classes to give your confidence a boost? Get active and feel safer with our beginner 1Touch™ self-defense course. Rachael Eschbach, our orientation and mobility specialist, is your instructor for the 12-week course. David Flament is also offering a way to get your computer skills up to the next level with Advanced Microsoft Word and Excel. Both of these classes begin in July, so watch Making Sense for more details or give our front desk a call to register!

Holiday Closing

Second Sense will close for the Memorial Day holiday at 12:00 pm, Friday, May 25 and all day Monday, May 28.

Living with Glaucoma

The Glaucoma Research Foundation has created an excellent resource designed for those newly diagnosed with glaucoma. In easy-to-understand language, the 32-page booklet contains important information about how often to see your doctor, what to do if your vision changes and where to find other resources to help you manage glaucoma. The free booklet is available as a PDF download or in print by mail. A newsletter is also available. To learn more, visit the Glaucoma Research Foundation website.

Summer Sailing

Summer is just around the corner — wouldn’t it be awesome to spend some summertime fun learning how to sail on Lake Michigan? The Judd Goldman Adaptive Sailing program can give you that opportunity! The program for people with disabilities includes both classroom and on-water instruction. The sailboats are built specifically for sailors with disabilities, are equipped with important safety features and designed for stability. If you would like to learn more, why not attend their annual open house on Saturday, June 2 from 10: 00 am to 4:00 pm at the Judd Goldman Sailing Center, 1362 Linn White Dr., Burnham Harbor. For more information, call 312-644-3200 or visit the Judd Goldman Adaptive Sailing website.

Guide Dog Experience for Teens

Guide Dogs for the Blind in San Rafael, CA offers teens ages 14 to 17 an opportunity to experience what it might be like to travel with a guide dog. Camp GDB attendees learn about the responsibilities and endurance needed to be a guide dog handler, along with the unique orientation and mobility skills to be successful. Campers are responsible for their own daily living skills and will be chaperoned throughout their stay by GDB staff. Camp is free to eligible applicants who are seriously considering a guide dog for mobility. Camp takes place from July 22 to 26 at Oral Hull Foundation, Sandy, OR. Deadline for applications is June 1, 2018. To learn more, visit the website or contact Jane Flower at 800-295-4050.

Looking for Proficient Braille Readers

Lindsay Harris, PhD, Associate Professor of Educational Psychology at Northern Illinois University, is looking for proficient braille readers to participate in a research study. The study is investigating how people with vision loss learn and remember words and how learning changes when words are read versus when heard. The three-stage experiment takes approximately three hours to complete and you will be compensated $30 for your time. To learn more, email Lindsay Harris.

New York Times Bestseller Audio Books

The New York Times has recognized the popularity of audio books and is now publishing a monthly audio book best seller list. 15 fiction and 15 non-fiction titles are listed based on digital and physical sales. To view the list, visit the New York Times website. Choose the monthly lists and select audio books fiction or non-fiction.

My Retina Tracker

If you are affected by an inherited retinal eye condition like retinitis pigmentosa, Stargardt or Usher Syndrome, you are invited to participate in the Foundation Fighting Blindness (FFB) My Retina Tracker registry. This volunteer registry is a place to store the important information about your eye condition, a place for doctors to input data on the progression of your condition and a source to help scientists and other clinicians in researching treatments and possible cures for these inherited diseases. The information you share is kept in a safe and secure computer with access by FFB registry staff only. By registering your information, you are eligible for free genetic testing to identify the possible gene mutation involved with your condition. Another benefit to providing your information for the registry is that it provides scientists and researchers easier access to people who may qualify for clinical trials. The My Retina Tracker website is screen-reader-friendly and has extensive details about the registry and how to set up your profile. For questions, call 800-683-5555 or email the coordinator.