Making Sense: November 2017

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

CONTENTS

Holiday Shopping Made Easy
Date Change: RP Meet Up and 1Touch
Intensive Screen Reader Course
Order Your 2018 Calendars
What’s New in iOS 11?
Parenting with Vision Loss, Part 2
Comprehensive Computer Training
Second Opinions at Second Sense
Holiday Closings
Hosting for the Holidays
Blind Mice Swap Shop
Illinois Talking Books
Housing Guide for Young Adults
Amazon Audio-Described Programs
Interested in Audio Production?
Free White Canes

Holiday Shopping Made Easy

Trudging through the mall and long lines at cashier counters can all be avoided when you learn to shop online on your computer or iPhone! Our online shopping classes at Second Sense on Saturday, Nov. 11 teach you to use Amazon on your computer and InstaCart on your Apple mobile device. Both workshops provide hands-on experience navigating each shopping platform, choosing products, adding products to your cart and checking out. Make your holiday shopping a breeze this year and join us from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm for Amazon on your computer and from 1:00 to 4:00 pm for InstaCart on your Apple device. To get the most from the InstaCart workshop, you’ll want to download the app prior to class. If you need help, schedule an appointment with one of our tutors on Tuesday or Thursday. To register for these classes, call our front desk or email David Flament.

Date Change for RP Meet Up and 1Touch

Please note that our November RP Meet Up and 1Touch will meet the first week of the month on Nov. 4. Same times – RP Meet Up from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm and 1Touch from 1:00 to 3:00 pm. If you have any questions, please call our front desk or email Polly Abbott.

Intensive Screen Reader Course

Has it been a while since you have had any computer training with your screen reader? Are you transitioning from Windows 7 to Windows 10? Having trouble with the new features in Microsoft Office 2016? Our Intensive Screen Reader course gives you the opportunity to brush up on your skills while learning the nuances of Windows 10 and Microsoft Office 2016 in a fast-paced one-week course. We cover Microsoft Word and Excel, the Internet and web-based email. Prerequisites for this advanced course include the ability to type at a steady pace, having good computer skills and being familiar with your screen reader. Classes meet Monday through Friday, Dec. 4-8 from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm. To enroll, contact David Flament at 312-236-8569 or email David Flament.

Don’t Forget to Order Your 2018 Calendars!

The 2018 calendars have arrived in our Product Center. Our three selections are a large wall calendar, large print spiral-bound date book and pocket braille calendar. Contact Brian Hollandsworth or call 312-236-8569 to place your orders while quantities last. Please note, only the pocket braille calendars are free of charge.

What’s New in iOS 11?

Apple’s new operating system, iOS 11, is out and we’re talking about what’s new, what works and what doesn’t on Thursday, Nov. 2 from 1:30 to 3:30 pm. Share your knowledge and build your skills — become a part of our active Apple Exchange community! To register, call our front desk or email David Flament.

Parenting with Vision Loss, Part 2

It’s all about teamwork! In our second session on Parenting with Vision Loss, we invite your children who are old enough for this discussion to join us on Saturday, Dec. 2 from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm. We’ll talk about going places and doing things together, handling homework and getting to extracurricular activities. It’s a time to learn how vision loss is impacting your child and how supporting each other makes a great team! To register, call our front desk or email Polly Abbott.

Comprehensive Computer Training Course

The comprehensive computer training at Second Sense gives you the opportunity to learn the Windows 10 and Microsoft Office 2016 with screen reader or magnification programs. Our classroom and independent lab have been updated with the latest computer equipment and software to help you prepare for work, school or personal goals. The next 16-week training course begins Monday, Dec. 11 and covers the Windows 10 environment, MS Word and Excel, web-based email and Internet browsing. You must be able to type at a steady pace to be accepted into this course. Our classroom is open on Tuesday and Thursday mornings with lab assistants on hand to help you improve your typing skills. No appointment is needed for typing practice, just drop in. To enroll in this course, email David Flament or call 312-236-8569.

Second Opinions at Second Sense

Have you had a chance to read our Second Opinions blog? All sorts of information is awaiting you on our blog page! Second Opinions features recommendations and news from our staff members and guest bloggers with ideas you’ll find interesting and useful. What do you think about joining or starting a book club? Polly has some great tips on her Sept. 15 post. Have you attended an audio-described live theatre performance? Get the behind-the-scenes work that goes into putting that voice in your ear on Kathy’s Oct. 2 post. It’s easy to subscribe to our blog — just enter your email address and the next blog comes directly to your in-box. Visit the Second Sense website and click on the blog link, then enter your email address and hit the subscribe button. Don’t forget to share your thoughts and suggestions in the comments section!

Holiday Closings

Second Sense will be closed for Veteran’s Day on November 10. Thank you to all veterans for your service. We will also close for the Thanksgiving holiday beginning at 12:00 pm, Wednesday, Nov. 22 and reopen on Monday, Nov. 27. We wish you all a Happy Thanksgiving!

Hosting for the Holidays

Thinking about having a gathering around the holidays but are a little concerned about how you can handle all the details? Join Polly Abbott at the Park Ridge Public Library on Friday, Dec. 8 from 10:30 to 11:30 am to get the tips you need to have a successful event. You’ll learn how to prepare your home for maximum efficiency, independence and safety. From planning to party time to clean up, Polly shows you ways to reduce the stress and frustration you may encounter so you can enjoy the party, too! To learn more, email Cathy Thompson or call 847-825-3123.

Blind Mice Swap Shop

Do you have things you don’t want or use anymore? Do you have a service that is useful for people with vision loss or an event you’d like to promote? The Blind Mice Swap Shop is a place to buy, sell or trade items you no longer want or need. You can post your used or new items, services or events that may be helpful to someone with vision loss on the new Blind Mice Swap Shop for free. To get started, send an email.

Illinois Talking Book Outreach Center

Effective Sept. 1, the Illinois Talking Book Outreach Center in Burr Ridge, Illinois has been consolidated with the Illinois State Library Talking Book and Braille Service (TBBS) in Springfield. Reader advisors, materials and equipment distribution are now provided by the Springfield library. Reader advisors are available Monday through Friday from 8:00 am to 4:30 pm to answer any questions. The Illinois State Library Talking Book and Braille Services’ website at www.ildph.org contains the catalog of materials, information on applications and the BARD website. You can email the TBBS or call 800-426-0709.

Housing Guide for Young Adults

The Thomas Pocklington Trust has gathered a wealth of information for young adults with vision loss who may be moving out for the first time. The online guide begins with where the person is now – thinking about a future move, needing to move urgently, facing homelessness and other situations. From there, the site provides advice, resources and personal stories from other young adults who have faced similar circumstances. Readers can learn about the moving process, unfamiliar terms and jargon, independent living, financial planning and much more. While this guide is based in the United Kingdom and some resources are confined to the UK, much of the information is an excellent primer for young adults making their way into the world for the first time. View the guide.

Amazon Audio-Described Programming

Last June, Amazon began providing audio-described programs to their line of products and services. Recently, they have added significantly to the number of movies, TV and Amazon original programs available for free, rent and purchase. To learn more about audio described content on Amazon and other platforms, visit the website.

Interested in Audio Production?

Aarushi Abraham Carimpanal is a graduate student at Northwestern University in the Engineering Design Innovation program. She is working on her thesis project to make audio production more accessible to musicians with vision loss. Aarushi is developing a tactile prototype to edit music and is looking for interested individuals to test her product. You can also help Aarushi by completing a brief survey about your musical experiences. Deadline for wrapping up this project is November 30. Please contact Aarushi Abraham as soon as possible at 650-785-6010.

Free White Canes

The National Federation of the Blind provides free white canes for people with vision loss. The straight, fiberglass canes come in odd sizes from 25” through 63”. To order a cane for personal use, visit https://freecane.nfb.org// and fill out the application form. Second Sense strongly encourages everyone to receive orientation and mobility training from a Certified Orientation and Mobility Specialist prior to obtaining their first white cane.