MAKING SENSE: October 2017

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

CONTENTS

Are You a Parent with Vision Loss?
Making the Most of Low Vision
Thinking About a Guide Dog?
New Workshop on Hot New App
Get to Know Excel
White Cane Awareness Day
Opening the Radio World
Let Your Fingers Do the Shopping
2018 Calendars Are In
Saturday Classes in October
Holiday Closing
Author Talk
Bringing the Opera to Life
Grants for Athletes
NBP Poetry Contest
Financial Assistance for People with Macular Degeneration

Are You a Parent with Vision Loss?

It can be an unsettling feeling being a parent with vision loss. It is stressful to make sure your child is safe and well adjusted while under the microscope and judgement of others. Handling your responsibilities as a parent when some of the daily tasks are difficult for you just compounds the stress. Join us for our new workshop series, Parenting with Vision Loss, as we delve into the world of raising children in a sighted world. We’ll talk about managing these challenges and finding solutions so you can feel confident about your parenting abilities at our first meeting on Thursday, Oct. 19 from 10:00 to 12:00 pm. In a later meeting, we will offer the opportunity for your children to join us so they can weigh in on how vision loss impacts them, too. To register, call our front desk or email Polly Abbott.

Making the Most of Low Vision

Come and try out the latest magnification devices to see how they can make a difference in your life at our workshop on Saturday, Oct. 14 from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm. Sloan Morris from Enhanced Vision demonstrates the latest in low vision technology, including the new wearable Jordy that lets you see near, far and everything in between! Discover all the things you can do with a video magnifier beyond reading your mail. To register, call our front desk or email Brian Hollandsworth.

Thinking About a Guide Dog?

Representatives from the Guide Dog Foundation in Smithtown, NY are visiting Second Sense on Tuesday, Oct. 17 from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm to provide an overview of what it is like to work with a guide dog and how it can enhance your mobility. Learn about the responsibilities, requirements and application process and have a chance to walk with an active guide dog! To register, call our front desk or email Kathy Austin.

New Workshop on the Hottest New App!

Seeing AI from Microsoft combines several helpful features all in one free app. We’ll show you how easy it is to use on Thursday, Oct. 19 from 1:00 to 4:00 pm. You’ll learn how to identify products with the bar code scanner, read short and long text, recognize people with the facial recognition feature and use the scenic viewer to hear a description of your surroundings. Download the app prior to the workshop to follow along. To register for this exciting new workshop, call our front desk or email David Flament.

Get to Know Excel

Think Excel is a complicated program to use? All those boxes a little scary? Excel is an easy way to organize all sorts of information. In our Easy Excel class, you’ll create a personal budget and address book and in the process, learn to navigate an Excel spreadsheet. We’ll show you how to enter, edit, format and sort information plus much more. Join us on Thursday, Oct. 12 from 1:00 to 4:00 pm and discover why you need Excel in your technology toolbox! To register, call our front desk or email David Flament.

White Cane Awareness Day

Every October 15, we celebrate the white cane, the international symbol of vision loss and an important tool of independence. The day raises awareness about the ability of people with vision loss to live and work independently and give back to their communities. To better understand how this is accomplished, join Polly Abbott at Harold Washington Library on Thursday, Oct. 12 from 1:30 to 2:30 pm for an interactive presentation highlighting the many ways a person with vision loss can travel safely with and without a white cane. Polly shares tips and etiquette suggestions for assisting someone with vision loss and provides an interactive demonstration of the human guide technique. This presentation is appropriate for anyone interested in learning how best to assist someone with vision loss and those who want to learn more about the art and science of orientation and mobility. To register, email Patrice Johnson or call 312-747-4700.

Opening the Radio World

Marv Commerford and Jose Nonato are our guest hosts for October Apple Exchange. This month they are showing you how to enjoy radio programming from all over the world with the variety of radio apps for your iPhone or iPad. We meet on Thursday, Oct. 5 from 1:30 to 3:30 pm. Bring your questions, share your knowledge and get more experience with your Apple device at Apple Exchange. To register, call our front desk or email David Flament.

Let Your Fingers Do the Shopping

Shopping online gives you benefits you may not have considered – choosing from a wider range of products, shopping within a budget, shopping from the comfort of home and taking a break from asking someone to take you shopping! You can become a pro online shopper at our Saturday, Nov. 11 workshops! From 10:00 am to 12:00 pm, we’ll explore the Amazon online shopping website and from 1:00 to 3:00 pm, we take a look at the InstaCart app for your Apple device. In both of these workshops, you’ll get hands-on experience navigating the site, choosing products, adding products to your cart and checking out. To get the most from our InstaCart workshop, download the InstaCart app from Apple’s App Store prior to the workshop. To register for either of these workshops, call our front desk or email David Flament.

2018 Calendars Are In

2017 is slipping away and our 2018 calendars have just arrived. Our popular wall calendar and datebooks feature high contrast numbers with bold lines that make it easy to record appointments, birthdays and other important dates. Also in our Product Center are our free pocket-size braille calendars. Place your orders now while supplies last! Call Brian Hollandsworth at 312-236-8569 or email Brian Hollandsworth to get your calendars today!

Saturday Classes in October

Just a reminder that our RP Meet Up meets from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm and our 1Touch monthly class meets from 1:00 to 3:00 pm on Saturday, Oct. 14. If you are attending either or both of these events at Second Sense, please call our front desk or email Polly Abbott to register.

Holiday Closing

Second Sense will be closed on Monday, Oct. 9 in honor of the Columbus Day holiday.

Harold Washington Library Author Talk

On Tuesday, Oct. 17 from 6:00 to 7:15 pm, Beth Finke, award winning author who is also blind, shares her delightful story, Writing Out Loud: What a Blind Teacher Learned from Leading a Memoir Class for Seniors. This true story is what Beth learned about life from the seniors in her Chicago memoir writing courses. Readers will come to know and love the colorful cast of characters who build a community around Beth’s classes and will want to get their own stories down on paper. To learn more, email Patrice Johnson or call 312-747-4700.

Bringing the Opera to Life

Haymarket Opera Company is offering a unique experience for people with vision loss for their upcoming performance of Marais’ Ariane et Bachus at the Studebaker Theatre, 410 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago. A pre-opera group discussion takes place at 6:30 pm (curtain at 7:30 pm) providing an opportunity to experience the staging and intricacies that make the opera company unique. Be up close and personal with the 17th century-inspired costumes and gain a better appreciation of the Baroque music by touching the instruments. Discounted group tickets are available for this special Tuesday, Oct 3 performance. For more information, email Dave Moss or call 630-989-4739.

Grants for Athletes

If you are involved in a sport that requires training, equipment or travel expenses and have a financial need, you will want to check out the Challenged Athletes Foundation. In 2017, the foundation awarded 2,448 grants for athletes as young as five and as old as 83. This grant may be especially helpful if you are interested in attending a 1Touch coaching certification course. Deadline for applications is Dec. 1.

National Braille Press Poetry Contest

The National Braille Press is sponsoring their first poetry contest with the theme, the Five Senses. Anyone, from kindergarten to adult, can submit an original work focusing on the theme in 125 words or less using English Braille American or Unified English Braille. Poems can be submitted as a .brf file via email or as a hard copy to Poetry Contest, National Braille Press, 88 St. Stephen St., Boston, MA 02115. Contest deadline is Oct. 31. Prizes will be awarded to winners. Visit the website to learn more and for contest guidelines.

Financial Assistance for People with Macular Degeneration

The HealthWell Foundation is an independent nonprofit organization providing financial assistance to under-insured Americans. HealthWell has recently established a macular degeneration fund for assistance with out-of-pocket co-payments and premiums to eligible individuals living with this condition. HealthWell will provide up to $4,000 for individuals who have annual household incomes up to 400% of the federal poverty level. Visit the website for more information and eligibility requirements.