MAKING SENSE: February 2017

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

What is Ikigai?
Join Us for Yoga!
Finding the Right Magnification Device
An Apple for You
Learn to Sew
Upcoming Technology Classes
Looking to Connect?
Intensive Screen Reader Course
February Closing
Media and Audio Description
Free Children’s Braille Books
BARD Express
Flat-Panel Appliance Overlays
FFB Seminar
Free Veterinary Care
Openings at Friedman Place

What is Ikigai?

Ikigai is a Japanese concept that translates “reason for getting up in the morning.” Join us for a thought-provoking conversation on what gives meaning to life. We’ll explore what can help you live a life that is uniquely meaningful to you. All are welcome on Monday, Feb. 27 from 1:00 to 2:30 pm. To register, call our front desk or email Polly Abbott.

Join Us for Yoga!

Do you know all the ways yoga can help you maintain good physical and mental health? Yoga can improve your flexibility, balance, muscle strength and posture – all things that help you feel better when moving about. Yoga also helps reduce stress and provides a way to relax. Second Sense is excited to offer a Wednesday morning yoga class from 9:00 to 10:00 am with certified instructor, Marilyn Green. Marilyn also has vision loss and understands how best to help you master the practice. Please wear comfortable clothing suitable for stretching and bring a yoga mat, towel or blanket. To register, call our front desk or email Kathy Austin.

Finding the Right Magnification Device

Our Second Sense Product Center has a wide variety of styles and strengths of magnification devices from economical hand-held with LED illumination to portable and desktop video magnifiers. Brian Hollandsworth has 14 years of experience helping individuals with vision loss enhance their ability to read print materials, medicine bottles and bills. He can work with you to find just the right magnifier to meet your needs. No doctor’s appointment is needed. To schedule an appointment, call our front desk or email Brian.

An Apple for You

Are you thinking about getting a smart phone or tablet and confused about what to purchase? Perhaps you received an iPhone or iPad for a holiday gift and need some help getting started? Our Apple for You workshop can answer many questions so you can be on your way to being a successful Apple user. We’ll explain the difference between Android and Apple, basic gestures to operate your iPhone or iPad, apps for everyday tasks and resources to help you be more productive. If you have an iPhone or iPad, bring it along! To register for An Apple for You on Saturday, Feb. 11 from 10:00 am to 1:30 pm, call our front desk or email David Flament.

Learn to Sew

Back by popular demand is our Stitch-It-Up sewing class! We meet on Wednesday afternoons from 1:00 to 3:30 pm beginning Mar. 8. Whether you are a beginner or have given up the craft because of vision loss, this hands-on class will help you build confidence to create a project of your own. You’ll learn adaptive techniques to meet your goals. Skills taught include how to thread a needle, improve your cutting, pinning and assembling skills and even learn to use a sewing machine. To register for Stitch-It-Up, call our front desk or email Polly Abbott.

Upcoming Technology Classes

Do you have one of the new Amazon voice products like the Echo, Tap or Dot? Wondering what to do with it? Find out at our Amazon Echo workshop on Thursday, Mar. 9 from 1:00 to 4:00 pm. You’ll learn about the difference between each product, the set-up process and all the things the device can do for you. On Saturday, Mar. 18, we are once again offering Apple Mac Basics. We cover navigating the system, managing files and getting and using apps. To register for either of these workshops, call our front desk or email David Flament.

Looking to Connect?

Are you looking to make some new friends or to find a place where everyone understands what you’re going through with vision loss? Second Sense has a place for you! Our meet up groups offer a variety of ways to make new connections and learn through discussions, presentations and story-telling. Our next RP Meet Up is Friday, Feb. 24 from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm. VIP Meet Up is Saturday, Feb. 11 from 1:00 to 3:00 pm. Ask us what group is right for you! To register, call our front desk or email Polly Abbott.

Intensive Screen Reader Course with Windows 10!

Get yourself up to speed with Windows 10 and Office 2016 with our Intensive Screen Reader course this March! Our Second Sense computer classroom is now equipped with new Windows 10 computers and Microsoft Office 2016. This advanced course covers all the same material as our 16-week course, but is taught in a fast-paced, one-week class. Our course is for those who need to make the change to Windows 10 and who cannot attend our 16-week comprehensive program. This intensive course meets Monday through Friday, March 27 through 31 from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm. Prerequisites for enrolling in this course include ability to type at a steady pace, having good computer skills and being familiar with your screen reader. Space is limited. To enroll, contact David Flament at 312-236-8569 or David Flament.

February Closing

Second Sense will be closed on Monday, Feb. 20 in honor of President’s Day.

Media and Audio Description

Do you know how to find the latest information about audio description on the various media outlets? The American Council of the Blind (ACB) has a great website with new navigation links to help you find the answers to many questions. The ACB can tell you how to access audio-described TV programs from cable and satellite providers like Comcast and DirectTV. You can find out what is available on Netflix and iTunes. You can even discover where audio description is available in museums and theatres. By providing your email address, the Audio Description Project will let you know when the next program is available.

Free Children’s Braille Books

Braille Trails is sponsored by the American Printing House for the Blind (APH) in partnership with the Dolly Parton Imagination Library. Children five and under can receive six free braille and large print books up to their sixth birthday. Braille and large print books are great for the child who is blind and also a parent or grandparent with vision loss. Everyone can enjoy these books as the braille text is printed on clear labels and applied directly to the print copy of the book. Applications are taken on a first come, first serve basis. To apply visit the website or contact Hannah Ozmun at 502-899-2387.

BARD Express

BARD Express is a new way to search, download and transfer books to a cartridge or USB drive for playing in your digital player. BARD Express is a downloadable software you install on your Windows computer to have access to any audio title on the BARD website. You must be a NLS BARD patron with a user name and password to use this software. You can download BARD Express from the BARD home page under the heading “additional links”. If you need help, our Second Sense technology tutors can answer your questions.

Flat-Panel Appliance Overlays

Many of the new appliances like stoves, washing machines, dryers and microwaves have flat panel controls making it difficult for someone with vision loss to operate. HALO Systems on the Etsy shopping website can make a custom overlay with tactile cues for your flat panel appliances. The overlay is a thin, non-glare backing that adheres to your control panel. The overlay provides tactile cues but is clear so you can still read the labels. Since the overlays are custom made, you will need the name of the manufacturer and model of your appliance along with a photo. To learn more, visit Etsy and enter “tactile overlays for appliances” in the search box.

Foundation Fighting Blindness Seminar

On Saturday, Feb. 11 from 8:00 am to 12:00 pm, the Foundation Fighting Blindness is hosting their Chicago Vision Seminar at the Stonegate Center, 2401 W. Higgins Road in Hoffman Estates. Guest speakers include Ben Shaberman, Director of Science Communications at the Foundation Fighting Blindness and Dr. Zack B. Ravage, Illinois Retina Associates. This public education symposium provides the latest information on retinal diseases such as macular degeneration, retinitis pigmentosa and Ushers syndrome. Presentations will provide information on current and upcoming clinical trials, current treatments, recent scientific advances and low vision rehabilitation. Space is limited. To RSVP, call 866-602-9964 or the seminar website.

Free Veterinary Care

Jewell Animal Hospital at 4501 N. Lincoln Avenue, Chicago provides comprehensive veterinary care for guide dogs. Their complimentary services include vaccines, medications, exams, diagnostics and surgery. Jewell Animal Hospital also has the latest blood-analyzing equipment, established partnerships with veterinary specialists and access to the most up-to-date information on the Veterinary Information Network. To learn more about Jewell Animal Hospital’s FourSight program for guide dogs, visit call 773-271-1901.

Openings at Friedman Place

Friedman Place, a supportive living facility for adults who are legally blind, will soon have new openings. Residents have their own apartment, receive meals, participate in recreational activities and receive assistance with health and personal care. Friedman Place, a nonprofit organization, is located on the north side of Chicago. For more information and eligibility requirements, contact Christian Zapatta at 773-409-6117.