Making Sense: November 2016

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

Personal Safety Workshop
Online Shopping: Peapod and Amazon
Friends vs. Helpers
New Session of Computer Classes
What About Me?
Beginning Braille
Thanksgiving Closing
New Affordable Braille Reader
Want to Try Goalball?
AFB’s Learn Tech
Audio-Described Theatre
Taking the Vision out of Television
Spotlight on Support
Foundation Fighting Blindness
NFB College Scholarships
Common Sense About Our Senses

Personal Safety Workshop

Don’t be a victim! Learn how to take precautions that will increase your safety when you are out and about. Ed Haines, CVRT and instructor at the Hadley Institute, shares techniques like being aware of your surroundings, tuning into your intuition and setting boundaries. To register for this important workshop on Saturday, Nov. 12 from 1:00 to 3:00 pm, call our front desk or email Polly Abbott.

Online Shopping with Peapod and Amazon

Get the things you need when you need them! No longer do you have to wait for someone to take you shopping because everything you need is at your fingertips when you shop online with Peapod and Amazon. In our Online Shopping class on Thursday, Nov. 10 from 1:00 to 4:00 pm, you’ll learn how easy it is to use each company’s website and iPhone app to buy groceries, clothing, electronics — the list is endless! Navigating each website, searching, selecting and paying for your items are all covered in this timely workshop! To register, call our front desk or email David Flament.

Friends vs. Helpers

Has your vision loss changed your relationships with friends? Have you lost the friends you had before your vision loss? Are your new friends more good samaritans than real friends? On Monday, Nov. 28, from 1:00 to 2:30 pm we will explore these questions and discuss ways you can make people feel comfortable about your vision loss so you can develop meaningful friendships. To register, call our front desk or email Polly Abbott.

New Session of Computer Classes

Beginning on Wednesday, Nov. 30 a new session of our comprehensive computer class begins. This intensive course teaches the Windows environment with Microsoft Office using a screen reader or screen magnification program. You’ll also learn how to surf the Internet and navigate a web-based email program. Classes meet three days per week for screen reader users and two days per week for screen magnifier users. You must be able to type at a steady pace to be accepted into this course. If you would like to ramp up your typing speed, come in and practice with our Talking Typer tutorial program. To learn more and to sign up for class, call our front desk or email David Flament.

What About Me?

Are you caring for children, an aging parent or both? This is a difficult responsibility when you are already dealing with your own challenges. Emotions, stress and anxiety can run high resulting in hurt feelings and damaged relationships. Our discussion centers on ways we can manage our feelings and responsibilities to help all involved feel cared for. For those who cannot get away, we are holding this special discussion via teleconference call to Second Sense on Thursday, Dec. 1 from 10:00 to 11:30 am. Call in numbers will be provided at time of registration. To register, call our front desk or email Polly Abbott.

Beginning Braille

Looking ahead to the New Year: think Beginning Braille class! Our 16-week course teaches the alphabet, numbering system and basic punctuation. Classes meet on Tuesday afternoons from 1:00 to 3:00 pm beginning Jan. 10. To register, call our front desk or email Polly Abbott.

Thanksgiving Closing

Second Sense will be closed for the Thanksgiving holiday on Thursday, Nov. 24 and Friday, Nov. 25. We are grateful for our donors, volunteers and readers for your continued support. Wishing all of you a wonderful and peaceful holiday.

New, Affordable Braille Reader

Most braille readers cost a few thousand dollars making it extremely difficult for many people to purchase this type of device. At this year’s Braille Conference in Toronto, a new portable and refreshable braille reader will be demonstrated and available to pre-order from the Shop CNIB store with a $50 deposit. The Orbit Braille Reader has a 28-cell refreshable display, is easy to navigate and can connect anywhere for only $495. To learn more and to pre-order, visit CNIB in Canada and enter “Orbit Braille Reader” in the search box.

Want to Try Goalball?

The Great Lakes Adaptive Sports Association (GLASA) is looking for anyone interested in trying out the sport of goalball. Practices are on Friday nights from 6:00 to 8:00 pm at the Rockland Elementary Middle School in Libertyville. GLASA is arranging pickups and drop offs at the Libertyville Metra station for anyone coming from the city. Goalball teams may attend tournaments throughout the season in Michigan, Indiana and New Jersey. To learn more, contact coach Dan Galvin at 224-279-7119.

AFB’s Learn Tech

The American Foundation of the Blind (AFB) has announced a new initiative, Learn Tech, featuring free, online tutorials to help people with vision loss improve their technology and computer skills. AFB’s latest offering is a 10-part course on using Google Docs and Google Drive with NVDA. Google Docs and Google Drive are free programs for sharing and storing documents and essential tools for the workplace. Using these two Google products and the free NVDA screen reader together eliminates the need for expensive software and levels the playing field for people with vision loss. Download the tutorials.

Audio-Described Theatre

This November you can take advantage of two audio-described theatre performances! On Nov. 13 at 2:00 pm (touch tour at 12:30 pm) enjoy The Magic Play, a love story that combines heartache with the dynamics of a magic show at the Goodman Theatre. Tickets are $20. Call the Goodman at 312-443-3800. Give it All Back at Victory Gardens on Sunday, Nov. 27 at 3:00 pm (touch tour and conversation at 1:30 pm) is the story of a guitarist in the 1960’s who is bedazzled by opportunity and chances for success. Tickets are 50% off! Call Victory Gardens at 773-871-3000.

Taking the Vision out of Television

Have you lost interest in television because you can’t always follow the action? Now you can access television with no vision at Blindy TV on your computer! Here you will find five channels of audio-described television including comedies, drama, sci-fi and documentaries. Listening to Blindy TV is free. To learn more and to begin listening to audio described programming, visit Blindy TV.

Spotlight on Support

The Mid-Valley Low Vision group meets at the St. Charles Public Library, 1 S. Sixth Street, St. Charles on the second Wednesday of the month at 1:00 pm. Next meeting is Nov. 9. To learn more, contact Dave Peterson or call 630-918-0546.

Foundation Fighting Blindness Presents

The Chicago chapter of the Foundation Fighting Blindness presents a panel discussion on Sunday, Nov. 20 from 2:00 to 4:00 pm (registration at 1:30 pm). This free discussion features four speakers including Second Sense’s David Flament covering options for independent travel. Other speakers include Greg Pusateri from Spectrios Institute on tablets, smart phones and smart devices in low vision rehabilitation, Alana Sattler, motivational speaker on surviving a brain aneurysm and Jeanne Martin, FFB Chicago chapter leader on overcoming isolation when dealing with vision loss. This informative panel takes place at Alexian Brothers Medical Center, Kennedy Conference Center, 800 Biesterfield Rd., Elk Grove Village, IL. To RSVP, contact Mary Ann or call 847-680-0100.

NFB College Scholarships

The National Federation of the Blind (NFB) 2017 scholarship application period is now open! Legally blind high school seniors through graduate level students can apply to receive one of 30 awards from NFB. Applicants must read the rules and submission checklist, complete the 2017 scholarship application, submit all documentation and interview one NFB affiliate president. The FAQ can help with additional information. Deadline for scholarship submission is Mar. 31, 2017. For additional questions, contact Patti Chang, NFB scholarship chairperson at 410-659-9314, ext. 2415 or visit the website.

Common Sense about Our Senses

The Evanston Commission on Aging is offering an afternoon of workshops and demonstrations on Thursday, Nov. 17 from 1:00 to 3:00 pm at the Levy Senior Center, 300 Dodge Ave., Evanston. Experience your senses and increase your knowledge by attending sessions on cooking, aroma therapy, chair massage, hearing and more. Stop by and visit Second Sense’s Polly Abbott who is providing tips for living well with low vision. Evanston residents can obtain transportation by contacting the Levy Center at 847-448-8250.