MAKING SENSE: October 2018

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

CONTENTS

Be Prepared!
¿Vives con pérdida de visión?
Assistive Technology Showcase III
New Strength and Balance Class
For Low Vision Support Group Leaders
Need a Ride?
Holidays and Birthdays in Braille
ZoomText and Windows 10
Saturday Apple Classes in November
Freedom Scientific Free Webinars
A Ride to the Polls on Election Day
Apple’s Refurbished Mac Store
New Discussion Groups at Hadley
What is Actiview?
Thank you!

Be Prepared!

Emergencies are most always unexpected, difficult and stressful situations. However, if you take steps to prepare ahead of time, you can feel more confident you’ll weather the storm. Our new workshop, Hope for the Best, Prepare for the Worst, offers ways you can be safe and ready when emergencies happen. Veteran Chicago Firefighter and Fire Safety Officer, Preston Roberson, will be with us to help you create your best plan. You’ll also learn about necessary mobility skills, environment awareness and emergency bags and registries. To register for this informative new workshop, call our front desk or email Rachael Eschbach.

¿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.

Assistive Technology Showcase III

Join us on Saturday, Oct. 13 from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm for our third Assistive Technology Showcase. We welcome Ana Leffel from Second Sight, developer of the Argus II, the only FDA-approved retinal prosthesis for adults with late-stage retinitis pigmentosa. Learn how the Argus II works, the assessment process, the rehabilitation process and real-life examples of Argus users’ experiences with their new, artificial vision! Ana will also share an update on Second Sight’s Orion, a product currently in clinical trial, designed to provide artificial vision to a broader population of adults without usable vision. If you cannot make this workshop in person, we invite you to call in on our conference line, 312-582-2994, conference bridge 301 and pin 1111. To register, call our front desk or email David Flament.

New Strength and Balance Class

Join us at Second Sense for a new exercise class to improve your strength, balance and overall fitness. Abby Culbertson, a recent graduate from Indiana University with a degree in exercise science and nutrition, leads you on easy stretching and muscle strengthening exercises that will improve your coordination and flexibility. Exercises can be adapted to meet your individual abilities and can be done seated on a chair. This four-session class meets Wednesday mornings from 10:30 to 11:30 am beginning on Oct. 17. Please wear comfortable clothing and check with your doctor about participating in an exercise class. To register, call our front desk or email Kathy Austin.

Attention Low Vision Support Group Leaders

Do you have group members who have experienced a decrease in vision or another condition that is limiting their participation in the group? Sometimes, it can be difficult to keep these members involved and engaged. At our second Vision Exchange conference call, we’ll be talking about ways we can help these group members still feel a sense of belonging. We hope you can take a 30-minute break with us on Thursday, Oct. 4 from 12:15 to 12:45 pm to share ideas and pick up some tips. Our conference call-in line is 312-582-2994, conference bridge 301 and pin 1111. For more information, email Polly Abbott.

Need a Ride?

Ride-sharing apps like Uber and Lyft have given many of us a new sense of freedom – not having to depend on friends and relatives to get around. But, how familiar are you with using these ride sharing apps? Are you confused about how to request a ride or contact your driver? We’ll be answering these questions and more at our Oct. 4 Apple Exchange from 1:30 to 3:30 pm. To register, please call our front desk or email David Flament.

Holidays and Birthdays in Braille

Did You Forget a Birthday? Sometimes we forget or can’t recall those important dates. A great way to remember your loved ones’ birthdays and other important dates is to have a handy copy you have created in braille. In our October classes in A Year of Braille, we’ll be reading braille calendars and creating a personal calendar of your own. Class meets on Friday, Oct. 12 and 26 from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm. To discover if this class is right for you, please call 312-236-8569 or email Polly Abbott to learn about options for learning and improving your braille skills.

ZoomText and Windows 10

Are you a ZoomText user with Windows 10 on your computer? Are you aware ZoomText 11.0 (and later versions) and ZoomText Fusion have been revamped and do not work the same as what you are used to? We have the workshop to help you adapt to these changes! Join us on Thursday, Oct. 25 from 1:30 to 3:30 pm as David Flament gives you a hands-on opportunity to learn about the changes that will affect your workflow. You’ll learn about the new ZoomText commands, explore the new interface and understand the interaction between ZoomText and Windows 10. To register, call our front desk or email David Flament.

Saturday Apple Classes in November

Bring your Apple device and join us for two Apple classes on Saturday, November 3! Our morning session from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm explores the shopping apps InstaCart and Amazon. Learn how to navigate each app, search for products and pay for your purchase. In the afternoon session from 1:00 to 3:00 pm, we’ll expand our searches using Apple’s Safari browser. You’ll learn how to use the rotor to navigate webpages, create bookmarks and clean up open web pages. To register for either of these workshops, call our front desk or email David Flament.

Free Webinars from Freedom Scientific

In case you were not able to attend some of our recent screen reading workshops, Freedom Scientific has archived webinars that are now free to access. Topics include several of the Microsoft Office 365 products including PowerPoint, Excel, Outlook, Word and an entire overview of Office. This is a great way to review and reinforce your skills. To access these free webinars, visit the Freedom Scientific website.

A Ride to the Polls on Election Day

The Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement estimates that 15 million registered voters did not vote due to transportation issues. The ride sharing company Lyft wants to make sure that all voices are heard. They are offering free rides to underserved communities through a partnership with the National Federation of the Blind. At the time of this writing, details of how to access promo codes are not available. We recommend checking the National Federation of the Blind’s website for updates. Our Second Sense Facebook and Twitter feeds will also publish more details as they become available.

Apple’s Refurbished Mac Store

It’s not just for Macs and old products, but newer iPhones, iPads and watches, too! If you’re looking for an Apple product and are experiencing sticker shock at the price, you might want to check out Apple’s Refurbished and Clearance section. Many devices have a 10% to 15% discount. Macs, iPads, iPhones and watches have all been checked and restored to like new conditions. Apple certifies their refurbished devices and provides a one-year warranty. It’s an option worth considering!

New Discussion Groups at Hadley

Want to talk with others about a subject you are passionate about and who also share your challenges? Hadley Institute for the Blind and Visually Impaired has some interesting new discussion groups you can easily access via conference call. Gardening, food, braille tips and a book chat are all ways you can connect and make some new friends. To learn more, call Hadley at 800-323-4238.

What is Actiview?

We all know how audio description enhances a person with vision loss’ ability to enjoy a movie or television program. Now, Actiview has put the ability to hear audio description in the palm of your hand with their new app and your iPhone! This free app syncs the audio description to the audio in the theater or your home. Simply download the program you want to watch and press play when the show begins. You’ll be able to listen to the audio description with a pair of ear buds and not distract others who are also enjoying the show. More programs are coming and it is important to let the studios know Actiview’s service is a valuable resource that provides inclusivity for all users. Actiview not only provides audio description, but amplified audio, closed captioning, ASL and ESL. If you have a program you would like to have audio described, let Actiview know and they will do their best to get it from the studio.

Thank You!

Thank you to those who have requested information about Second Sense to pass along to your eye doctor. Because of your efforts, we have received several referrals from eye doctors about people who may need our help. Know that each one of you is making a difference in the life of someone who is just beginning to navigate this challenging journey of living with vision loss. Keep up the good work! Please give us a call or email Kathy Austin if you would like a packet of information for your eye doctor.