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Enrichment Opportunities

The Enrichment Program seeks to be accessible and of interest to a wide range of visually impaired adults in Southeastern Wisconsin. To be inclusive, our events and classes are offered at a variety of times and at locations throughout the community. We strive to partner with community organizations and companies in an effort to not duplicate existing services.

This is a quarterly calendar of opportunities for people with vision loss and their families. Please share with those who may benefit.

WINTER 2017    

Notes on Blindness Viewing and Discussion
Thursday, January 18; 6:30—9:00 pm
Vision Forward, Multimedia Room
Cost: Free
Join us for a viewing of a film that describes some of the tough challenges of losing vision. This 86 minute movie documents real life experiences of an Australian man who, over time, becomes blind. A discussion of the film’s message will follow and be facilitated by Erica Weise, Vision Forward Social Worker.

10th Anniversary Possum Night
Saturday, January 27; 6:00—10:00 pm
Vision Forward, Buck Hall
Cost: Free
Join us for this annual sponsored social with food, drinks, trivia and prizes. There is no deadline to sign-up for this event. 

Instant Pot Soups and Stews
Wednesday, January 31; 2:00—4:00 pm
Vision Forward, Training Kitchen
Cost: $5
The Instant Pot is a new appliance that can make preparing healthy meals safe, easy and quick. Join us as we demonstrate how to use this appliance, how to program it from your smart phone, how to safely cut and prepare vegetables to cook in it, and other adaptive cooking methods while we make some “instant” delicious, winter soups and stews. Samples will be available to attendees.
Can’t make it in person? Join us via Zoom videoconferencing at no charge.
Contact Cory Ballard, Vision Forward Assistive Technology Specialist, at 414-615-0124 to join the meeting. Learn more about Zoom at www.vision-forward.org/zoom. 

Bingo Night with the Sussex Lioness
Thursday, February 1; 7:00—8:30pm
Vision Forward, Buck Hall
Cost: Free
Join us for a fun night of Bingo and light refreshments with the Sussex Lioness! 

Self Defense
Friday, February 9; 1:00—5:00 pm AND Saturday, February 10; 8:00 am—12:00 pm
Vision Forward, Multimedia Room
Cost: $40
Join us for two, four hour sessions of self-defense training by Jim Turk, Owner of Fight Back Self Defense. This course is specifically designed for individuals with vision loss and targets a variety of techniques to build confidence, increase safety and promote empowerment. Participants are encouraged to bring a notetaking device during the course. 

Amazon Echo, Apple Homepod, and Google Home: Voice Powered Assistants
Thursday, February 15; 1:00—3:00 pm
OR Tuesday, February 27; 5:30-7:30 pm  

Vision Forward, Technology and Education Center
Cost: Free
Voice powered assistants have been designed to make life easier. See and hear a demonstration and comparison of the Amazon Echo, Apple Homepod, and Google Home. Discover how these devices can be incorporated into both your personal and professional life and decide if they truly do make your life easier.
Can’t make it in person? Join us via Zoom videoconferencing at no charge. Contact Cory Ballard, Vision Forward Assistive Technology Specialist, at 414-615-0124 to join the meeting. Learn more about Zoom at www.vision-forward.org/zoom.

POUND Exercise Class
Thursday, March 1; 6:00—7:00 pm
Vision Forward, Buck Hall
Cost: Free
POUND is a cardio program that combines music, drumming and exercise in a fun and exciting way! Our certified instructor will guide our participants through the basics of the program, specifically geared for participants with vision loss. 

Living Together with Vision Loss: Challenges Couples Face
Tuesday, March 20; 6:30—8:00 pm
Vision Forward, Multimedia Room
Cost: Free
When one person in a couple is visually impaired and the other is not, issues can arise. Questions like: How do we arrange our home to suit both of our needs? How do we talk about compromises each of us need to make? How can we fairly share household responsibilities? How can we help our friends and family members understand vision impairment?

To address these and other important concerns of couples, join us for “Living Together with Vision Loss: Challenges Couples Face”, facilitated by Erica Weise, Vision Forward Social Worker.

Les Misérables
March 31; 2:00—5:10 pm (approximate end time)
Marcus Center for the Performing Arts
Cost: $33
Registration Deadline: February 2
Set against the backdrop of 19th-century France, Les Misérables tells an enthralling story of broken dreams and unrequited love, passion, sacrifice and redemption – a timeless testament to the survival of the human spirit. Featuring the thrilling score and beloved songs “I Dreamed A Dream,” “On My Own,” “Stars,” “Bring Him Home,” “One Day More,” and many more, this epic and uplifting story has become one of the most celebrated musicals in theatrical history.

Seating is in the last row to best accommodate for audio description. Limited seating in closer rows is available for individuals with low vision. Large Print and Braille Programs are also available. Please indicate if you would like audio description, a large print or braille program, or closer seating when you sign up. Attendees may meet at the Marcus Center Box Office at 1:30 pm to get tickets, and meet the rest of the group. Vision Forward volunteers will be available to offer assistance.

Dinner Out
Join us for dinner out on the 2nd Tuesday of each month!
5:00—8:00 pm
Cost: Free (price of dinner not included)
          January 9: Pallas (1657 S 108th St., West Allis)
February 13: Applebee’s (6750 W. State St., Wauwatosa)
March 13: Mo’s Irish Pub (10842 W. Bluemound Rd., Wauwatosa)

REGISTRATION
Advanced registration is necessary for all opportunities and is open until one week prior to the event date, unless otherwise noted. Any event costs are listed above and there are no refunds for payments. Cancelations are needed at least 48 hours in advance and are appreciated as there are a limited number of participants for these events.

To Register: contact our receptionists, Max Presgraves or Bryan Magnum,
at 414-615-0100 or . For a full calendar of classes and events, please visit www.vision-forward.org.