Archive: September 2017

Rachael Eschbach

Who is Rachael Eschbach?

September 1, 2017 | 1 Comment

by Rachael Eschbach, COMS

I am a Certified Orientation and Mobility Specialist, who is fortunate to be a full time employee at Second Sense.  Although I am a young professional, I have been working in the field and training clients of all ages in Orientation and Mobility (O&M) for the past 6 years.  I love what I do! I […] Read More »

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Kathy with her three guides, past and present, Rowen, Weller and Solomon.

Retiring a Guide Dog: When is it Time to Throw in the Towel?

August 1, 2017 | 3 Comments

by Kathy Austin, CVA

His nose twitches constantly. Lamp posts cannot be resisted. Another slimy chicken bone taken out of his mouth. This is my regular two-block walk from the office to the train station. I have a very sweet, sometimes naughty, Labrador Retriever guide dog named Weller. He is a gorgeous dog with long ears, a sharp nose […] Read More »

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Kathy and her guide Weller stand at the corner of Randolph and Wabash in Chicago

Extreme O&M: Sharpening Orientation and Mobility Skills

January 16, 2017 | Leave a Comment

by Kathy Austin, CVA

  You’re standing at a busy intersection, white cane in hand. Cars are whizzing by, turning in all directions and horns are honking. You need to cross the intersection. You feel like you are on the edge of a pool, waiting to jump in, but the water is icy cold and you are very hesitant. […] Read More »

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John is using 1Touch techniques to disable a fellow student by twisting her arm behind her back.

What Would Make You Take a Self-Defense Class?

January 2, 2017 | 1 Comment

by Polly Abbott, CVRT

Second Sense recently started offering 1Touch™ classes – a self-defense technique developed specifically for people with vision loss.  When I first heard about the program last year I was so intrigued I participated in the training to earn certification as an instructor. Our first class started in late September.  The first 1Touch practitioners completed their […] Read More »

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Uber car in downtown Chicago

Ride Sharing: Tips for Maximizing your Travel Experience

October 1, 2016 | Leave a Comment

by Kathy Austin, CVA

You are getting into a stranger’s car. You wonder … am I going to get to my destination?  Am I going for a joy ride to somewhere over the rainbow?  Who is this person anyway? I’ve been using Uber on a pretty regular basis for the last several months.  I’d like to share some of […] Read More »

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Man walking down the sidewalk with a cane.

White Cane vs. Guide Dog: Why or Why Not?

September 15, 2016 | Leave a Comment

by Kathy Austin, CVA

  You’re walking down the sidewalk and encounter two people with vision loss. One person is strutting along tapping his cane side to side in front of him. The other person is walking with a yellow Labrador retriever holding onto a harness handle. You ask yourself, “Why do some people travel with a white cane […] Read More »

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Shawn travels in Chicago using BlindSquare on his iPhone

BlindSquare: A Wonderful Mobility Aid

September 1, 2016 | Leave a Comment

by Shawn Sturges

As we lose our sight to various conditions, often times the fear of a lack of independence begins to creep into our minds.  I have experienced this many times, but with time and adaptive technology, that fear has slowly dissipated. Over the years I have used various technologies to help out with my mobility and […] Read More »

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Uber app on the iPhone

9 Tips for Using Ride Sharing Apps if You Have Vision Loss

March 3, 2016 | 1 Comment

by David Flament, Manager of Adaptive Technology Services

Questions have been pouring in to Second Sense about ride sharing. The popularity in this new way of getting around has grown substantially since last winter’s article in Tech Times. I’d like to share more thoughts and some tips to help you get comfortable with a safe and affordable way to get to your destination.   […] Read More »

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Madeline poses with her white cane

Madeline Conquers Her Insecurity and Turns White Cane into Fashion Statement

February 22, 2016 | 2 Comments

by Kathy Austin, Community Outreach Specialist

Three cheers for Madeline for getting past a very difficult hurdle!  Madeline was introduced to the white cane with her first lessons at Second Sense.  In honor of Retinitis Pigmentosa Awareness month, Madeline shares how she conquered her insecurity and turned her white cane into a fashion statement.  We are so proud of her!   Many of […] Read More »

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Scheduling a ride on Uber using an iPhone

The Uber Experience

January 22, 2015 | Leave a Comment

by David Flament, Manager of Adaptive Technology Services at Second Sense

I travel in and around the city on public transportation.  I have heard so many horror stories at my job about paratransit that I have never even applied for it.  Sometimes, I need to get somewhere in a hurry or need to go someplace that is difficult to get to using public transportation.  My only […] Read More »

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