MAKING SENSE: November 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

Exciting News About Our Computer Training Services
A Journal Can be Your Friend
¿Vives con pérdida de visión?
Support for Spanish Speakers
2019 Calendars Have Arrived
RP Meet Up and Guest Speaker
Saturday Apple Classes
A Braille Thanksgiving
Smart Homes at Apple Exchange
Intensive Screen Reading Course
Holiday Closings
Support from the Comfort of Home
Employment Opportunities
Latest Research on Blue Light

Exciting News About our Computer Training Services!

Do you need some computer training but can’t commit to a 16-week training schedule? Do you only need training in a specific area and not a full-fledged training course? Whether you just want to brush up on your web searching skills or learn everything we teach in our comprehensive course, we can customize your training to meet your needs. You will receive one-on-one instruction with David Flament focusing on your goals and moving at your pace. Would you like to pair up your one-on-one instruction with some extra practice time? We can help you with that too! Our computer classroom is now open Monday through Friday mornings from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm with lab assistants on hand to help out whenever you need it. You can drop in any morning without an appointment to take advantage of this service. And, as always, our computer lab is open every day during business hours if you just need access to a computer with your assistive software. To discuss your computer training needs, contact David Flament at 312-236-8569.

A Journal Can Be Your Friend

Have you ever kept a diary? Maybe you have expressed angry feelings in an email to blow off steam, then never sent it? Writing down your thoughts can be a therapeutic way to process feelings, find self-compassion and have a non-judgmental friend who will listen. Becky DeGeorge, certified Journal to the Self coach who also has vision loss, is bringing her mini journal writing workshop to Second Sense on Wednesday, Nov. 14 from 10:30 am to 12:00 pm. In this relaxed session, you’ll learn different techniques for journal writing, have an opportunity to practice and discuss how each technique helped you with the writing process. Attend in person or via conference call. Conference call in number is 312-582-2994, conference bridge 301 and pin 1111. Your writing tool is your choice – computer, braille, audio or paper and pen. Check out our Second Opinions blog, How Do You Feed Yourself, to learn a bit more about journaling therapy. To register, call our front desk or email Kathy Austin.

¿Vives con pérdida de visión?

¿Te sientes como si nadie te entendiera? ¿Quieres aprender sobre los servicios que podrían ayudarte a recuperar tu independencia? Si la respuesta es si, entonces ven a nuestro grupo de apoyo: Viviendo con Pérdida de Visión. Serán 4 sesiones de 10:30 am-12:00 pm los miércoles: 11/7/18, 11/14/18, 11/28/18, y 12/5/18. Si tu deseas inscribirte para este grupo, por favor comuníquete con Rachael Eschbach a Second Sense al 312-582-2982. La dirección es 65 E Wacker Pl., Suite 1010, Chicago, IL 60601.

Support for Spanish Speakers with Vision Loss

If you are a Spanish speaker with vision loss and would like to learn about services to help you regain your independence, join us for Living with Vision Loss. This group meets at Second Sense on Wednesday mornings from 10:30 am to 12:00 pm on Nov. 7, 14, 21, 28 and Dec. 5. To register, contact Rachael Eschbach at 312-582-2982.

2019 Calendars Have Arrived!

Place your order now for your 2019 calendars. Our three selections include a large wall calendar, large print spiral-bound date book and pocket braille calendar. Contact Brian Hollandsworth at 312-236-8569 to place your orders while quantities last. Please note, only the pocket braille calendars are free-of-charge.

RP Meet Up and Guest Speaker

On Saturday, Nov. 3 from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm, we welcome Jim Dugan, Community Outreach Manager at Leader Dog, to our RP Meet Up. Jim will provide an in-depth look at Leader Dog programs including their one-week orientation and mobility training, guide dog training and other programs for people with vision loss. Jim has 40 years of experience working with people with vision loss and also working with service dogs, from the military to guide dog schools in the United States and Australia. If you are interested in honing your orientation and mobility skills, but not necessarily interested in a guide dog, you won’t want to miss Jim’s presentation. Call in via conference call at 312-582-2994, bridge 301 and pin 1111. Please note the date change from our regular RP Meet Up date. To register, call our front desk or email Polly Abbott.

Saturday Apple Classes

Grab your iPhone or iPad and come down to Second Sense on Saturday, Nov. 3 for two Apple classes where you’ll learn how to use your device to find the things you need! Our morning session from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm will help you with your holiday shopping as we explore the InstaCart and Amazon shopping apps. Navigating the app, finding what you need and paying for your purchases are all covered. Taming the Jungle on Safari is our afternoon session from 1:00 to 3:00 pm where you’ll learn how to search with Apple’s Safari browser. Learn how to use the rotor to navigate webpages, create bookmarks and clean up open webpages. To register for these workshops, call our front desk or email David Flament.

A Braille Thanksgiving

Build your braille skills and show your creative side in our Braille Thanksgiving class on Friday, Nov. 9 from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm. We’ll write about how learning and improving your braille skills has enhanced your life. If you’re just starting out, call Polly Abbott to learn about a braille course to meet your needs. To register for a Braille Thanksgiving, call our front desk or email Polly Abbott.

Smart Homes at Apple Exchange

We’re talking smart homes from 1:30 to 3:30 pm at our Thursday, Nov. 1 Apple Exchange. Find out what you can control from the palm of your hand and what it takes to make it happen. Don’t forget, if there’s a topic you want to learn more about, let David know and we’ll add it to our schedule. Call in on our conference line if you can’t be here in person–312-582-2994, bridge 301 and pin 1111. To register, call our front desk or email David Flament.

Intensive Screen Reading Course

Our Intensive Screen Reader course is a great way to quickly update your computer skills in a fast paced one-week class. You learn the new Windows 10 environment along with Microsoft Office 2016, (Word and Excel), Internet browsing and web-based email. If you are transitioning from Windows 7 to 10 or if it has been some time since you last had computer training, you might want to consider this course. Prerequisites include being able to type at a steady pace, having previous computers skills and familiarity with your screen reader. Classes meet Monday through Friday from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm Nov. 26 to 30. Space is limited. To enroll, contact David Flament at 312-236-8569.

Holiday Closings

Second Sense will be closed on the following dates during November and December: Monday, Nov. 12, Veteran’s Day; Thursday and Friday Nov. 22 and 23, Thanksgiving; Wednesday, Dec. 5 at noon, staff holiday party; Monday, Dec. 24 through Tuesday, Jan. 1, holiday and New Year’s break. Wishing you all a Happy Thanksgiving!

Support from the Comfort of Home

Looking to get connected with others with vision loss but don’t want the hassle of traveling? Well Connected, formerly Senior Center Without Walls, has several groups for you to check out. And if you want to expand your horizons, Well Connected offers dozens of groups with varying interests including trivia games, foreign languages, health and wellness, meditation, diabetes support, book club, sports and the list goes on! It’s easy to participate by using your phone to call in to join a group. To find the entire list of activities, educational programs and support groups, visit www.covia.org or email coviaconnections@covia.org. You can also call for more information at 877-797-7299.

Employment Opportunities

Rush Medical Center is actively recruiting qualified individuals with disabilities and chronic health conditions for positions at their medical facilities. You are encouraged to create an online profile with contact info, employment and educational history. Indicating you have a disability is optional, but will allow Rush to monitor the progress of all disabled applicants. To review the open positions, visit www.jobsatrush.com. For questions, email Kevin Irvine.

Latest Research on Blue Light

Scientists have recently discovered there is a chemical reaction when retina cells are exposed to blue light that can cause cell death and macular degeneration. Blue light is emitted by the sun, but also from computer screens, cell phones, tablets and LED and CFL lighting. Care needs to be taken to protect your eyes from the damage blue light can cause. Filters to block significant amounts of blue light from smart phones and tablets can be applied to screens to reduce the amount of exposure. These filters also can protect your screen from scratches without affecting the visibility. Computer glasses with a yellow tint can increase contrast and comfort when viewing a computer screen for long periods of time. Take breaks when working on your computer by practicing the 20/20/20 rule. Every 20 minutes, look at something 20 feet away for 20 seconds. Lastly, make sure to visit your eye care professional annually or if you experience any changes in vision. Seeing your doctor can prevent or slow vision loss.