MAKING SENSE: January 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

Welcome Rachael Eschbach
New in our Product Center
New Class Offering — Yoga
Beginning Braille
Emailing on Your Apple Device
Cast On!
Adjusting to Vision Loss
An Apple for You
January Closing
College Scholarships
Guide for College-Bound Students
Cultural Accessibility Consortium
New Magazines on NFB Newsline
Goodman Theatre Presents
New Year’s Resolution — Get Fit

Welcome Rachael Eschbach

Another new addition to our Second Sense staff!  Say hello to Rachael Eschbach, certified orientation and mobility specialist.  With the addition of Rachel to our staff, we are now able to provide orientation and mobility training for any client who wants to maintain and increase their ability to travel independently.  Rachael has five years of experience in this field and comes to us from the Columbia Lighthouse in Washington D.C.  She graduated from Stephen F. Austin State University with a bachelor’s degree in orientation and mobility and a minor in Spanish.  Rachael is able to provide orientation and mobility within the Chicago metropolitan area to meet your individual needs and is also able to provide this important training in Spanish.  No referral is necessary to receive this training.  If you are in need of mobility training to maintain your independence, please contact Rachael at 312-236-8569.

New in Our Product Center

It’s been a tough winter in Chicago. There’s sure more snow and ice to come.  Are you afraid of falling on icy and snow-packed sidewalks?  Introducing YakTrax, an ice-traction device for those snowy, icy days!  YakTrax stretches over the bottom of your shoes providing excellent grip and anti-slip protection when walking on icy or snow packed surfaces.  YakTrax are lightweight and provide great traction with patented skid lock coils.  Sizes come in small, medium and large. Call Brian Hollandsworth at 312-236-8569 for sizing help and to place your order.

New Class Offering – Yoga!

Yes, Second Sense is offering a weekly yoga class beginning on Wednesday, Jan. 18 from 9:00 to 10:00 am.  Join Marilyn Green, certified yoga instructor who also has vision loss, to increase your flexibility, balance and spatial orientation.  Please dress in clothing appropriate for yoga and bring a yoga mat.  To register, call our front desk or email Kathy Austin.

Beginning Braille Course

Is it time you learned to read and write braille?  When you learn braille, you are putting one more tool in your independence tool box.  Our Beginning Braille course starts with one-on-one lessons with our braille instructor to teach you the fundamentals: the hand positioning and movements that increase your braille reading speed and accuracy later down the road.  Then, you’ll meet with the class to learn the alphabet, basic punctuation and numbering system.  Call now to schedule your individual lessons during January.  Class starts in February on Tuesday afternoons from 1:00 to 3:00 pm.  To register, call our front desk or email Polly Abbott.

Emailing on Your Apple Device

Do you find emailing on your iPhone confusing?  Come to Apple Exchange on Thursday, Jan. 5 from 1:30 to 3:30 pm to learn how to use the Apple email app to compose, send, reply and more on your iPhone or iPad.  We also want to talk about your experience with any app you have found helpful or maybe not so helpful.  Apple Exchange is a place to expand your knowledge and share your frustrations or successes with your Apple product.  The more we share, the more we learn!  To register for Apple Exchange, call our front desk or email David Flament.

Cast On

Knitting and crocheting is a great way to pass the time while reading a book or watching television.  This activity increases tactile skills which can improve performance in other tasks that require touch.  The best part is your end product: a beautiful item you have created yourself.  Our group meets on Wednesday mornings from 10:30 am to 12:00 pm beginning Jan. 4.  All are welcome – beginners and experienced.  To register, call our front desk or email Polly Abbott.

Understanding the Adjustment to Vision Loss

Learning about the process of accepting vision loss can be helpful to move forward with life.  On Monday, Jan. 23 from 1:00 to 2:30 pm, we’ll talk about the emotional path you and your family are traveling.  You’ll gain insight into the adjustment process and discover the type of support you need in each stage.  To register for this in-depth discussion, call our front desk or email Polly Abbott.

An Apple for You

Did you receive a new iPhone for a holiday gift?  Not sure where to start?  Or maybe you’re thinking about purchasing a smart phone and not sure what to buy?  Our Apple for You workshop on Saturday, Feb. 11 from 10:00 am to 1:30 pm is a great way to learn about the smart phone market, accessibility options and basic skills to help you get started with your device.  If you have an iPhone or iPad, bring it along!  You’ll learn the basic gestures to answer and make calls, navigate screens, activate apps and much more.  To register for this beginner workshop, call our front desk or email David Flament.

January Closing

Second Sense will be closed for the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday on Monday, Jan. 16, 2017.

College Scholarships

It’s time to get those essays and applications ready to apply for college scholarships!  Here are two you’ll want to investigate.  The National Federation of the Blind (NFB) offers 30 scholarships ranging from $3,000 to $12,000 for legally blind, full-time college students (high school seniors included).  View application requirements or email for more information. Deadline is March 31, 2017.  Blind Service Association in Chicago offers scholarships as high as $4,000 to legally blind students enrolled, or planning to be enrolled, in graduate school, undergraduate, community college or trade school in the fall of 2017.  Applicants must live in Chicago or the surrounding counties.  For an application and more details, contact Bill Green at 312-236-0808.  Deadline for submission is April 1, 2017.

Guide for College-Bound Students

Making the transition from high school to college is a big step for any young adult.  This turning point in life has different and additional challenges for the student with vision loss.  College-Bound: A Guide for Students who are Blind or Visually Impaired by Ellen Trief has recently been revised and provides important information and tips for preparing for college.  The book helps students develop useful skills to advocate and negotiate for accommodations and services.  The large print guide and companion webinar give tips on organization, time management, assistive technology and the college application process.  To purchase this valuable resource, visit the American Foundation of the Blind store or call 800-232-3044.

Chicago Cultural Accessibility Consortium

You may have noticed that several cultural institutions in Chicago are offering accessible programming and events.  These accessible events are a result of the efforts of the Chicago Cultural Accessibility Consortium, a volunteer-run group of cultural administrators and people with disabilities who believe all should have access to Chicago’s renowned art and theatre scene. They have created the CCAC Access calendar with over 200 upcoming accessible theatre performances and museum events from 30 different cultural institutions in Chicago.  An online calendar is available. Let’s applaud the CCAC’s dedication to accessibility and support these events with your attendance!

New Magazines on NFB Newsline

NFB Newsline has expanded their magazine offerings with several great publications including Bon Appetite, Brides, Car and Driver, Consumer Reports, GQ, MIT Tech Review and many more!  NFB Newsline also provides access to over 300 newspapers across the country.  This free service for people who cannot read print material due to vision loss, dyslexia or other physical disability is easy to use on your telephone, smart phone or Victor Reader Stream.  You can apply by downloading an application from NFB Newsline, calling NFB Newsline at 866-504-7300 or by contacting your state’s library talking book center.  To be connected with your state’s library, call 888-657-7323.

Goodman Theatre Presents

On Saturday, Feb. 11 at 2:00 pm (touch tour 12:30 pm), the Goodman Theatre is presenting Gloria.  A group of young editorial assistants are working at an upscale New York magazine when a normal day at the office presents some surprising events.  This shrewd comedy for mature audiences portrays the cut throat culture of modern media.  Tickets are only $30.  To purchase tickets, visit the Goodman Theatre website or call the box office at 312-443-3800.

New Year’s Resolution — Get Fit

It’s time to start working out to help lose those holiday pounds.  Don’t want to hit the gym? BlindAlive Eyes Free Fitness has the answer!  They have created fully accessible, audio-described, fitness workouts you can do in the comfort of your home.  Choose from a variety of workouts including beginner and advanced levels of cardio, weights, Pilates, yoga, whole body workouts and stretches.  Check out their blog and favorite product picks, too.  Workouts are fully described, tested by people with vision loss and come in a variety of formats including digital download, flash drive or SD card.  To purchase your new fitness routine, visit the website.