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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.

SUMMER 2020

Virtual Yoga: Finding Your Calm
Monday, June 22; 2:00-3:00 pm and/or Tuesday, September 8; 12:30-1:30 pm, on Zoom
Cost: Free

Myra’s Virtual Mindful Yoga and Meditation class is a one-hour session focusing on conscious breathing and exploring basic seated Yoga postures to support a state of relaxation. This class utilizes fluid and slow warming motions that will include detailed instruction so all participants will be able to get into postures with ease. This class will encompass everything from gentle Yoga poses, an exploration of breathing techniques, visual meditation, mindful meditation, and balancing energy. We will find our calm both in mind and in body.

Mainstreaming on Mainstreet (MoMS) Connectors Table
2nd Thursday of the month: July 9, August 13, September 10; 4:00 – 5:00 pm
4th Saturday of the month: July 25, August 22, September 26; 10:30 – 11:30 am
Cost: Free

Mainstreaming on Main Street® (MoMS) is a learning community of and for persons with disabilities who engage in professional or skilled settings. The MoMS Connectors Table is a forum for adults to explore topics related to the dance of being a professional and having a disability.

Each connectors table starts with a brief introduction to frame the conversation.  The conversation is directed by the experiences of the participants.  Featured topics include: Perspectives on disability, Talking about disability: wholeness and brokenness, Micro-aggressions and marginalization, Fixing, helping, serving, Disclosing disability, Disability archetypes, and Building a team.

To register, contact Dan Lococo one week before each class, 414-333-5846 or . Virtual information will be provided after registering.

Virtual Guitar or Ukulele Lessons
Cost: Free

Looking for a new hobby to take up during this time of unprecedented change? Have you ever wanted to learn to play that guitar or ukulele that’s been collecting dust in your closet? Emily Zajork, Music Therapist, is offering free virtual guitar or ukulele lessons during the months of July-September. Contact Emily Zajork at or call our front desk at 414-615-0100 to register. Space is limited so register early!\

Cooking Sense: Summer Salads and Adaptations for Cutting and Peeling Vegetables
YouTube and InFocus Low Vision and Blindness Technology Podcast

Cost: Free

Cooking Sense explores and demonstrates a variety of adaptive techniques and tools for individuals with vision loss that allow you to cook using your senses. Join Rose Visser, Occupational Therapist, to learn adaptive methods for cutting fresh vegetables – and other cutting techniques – for preparing a delicious summer salad.

Available after July 17 on Vision Forward’s YouTube channel and on the InFocus Low Vision and Blindness Technology podcast on your digital assistant. You may use your computer to view this archived video session or listen to the podcast.  Please visit www.vision-forward.org/infocus and choose either the YouTube link, for video, or podcast link, for audio only. You may also access the audio content with your Alexa or Google Home. Simply ask your device to play the InFocus Low Vision and Blindness Technology podcast, to hear the latest episode.

TEC Talk: Learning About Accessibility Features on Your Computer
Thursday, July 23; 1:00 – 2:30 pm, on Zoom
Cost: Free

Your computer has a number of accessibility features built in. This session is designed to demonstrate what features are there waiting to make it much easier to use your computer. See how magnification enlarges text on the screen, listen as Narrator speaks back text on the screen, and watch as your computer takes your speech and converts it to text. 

It Takes Two to Tango: Interacting with Persons who are Blind or Visually Impaired
Tuesday, August 18; 12:00-1:30 pm, or Thursday, August 20; 6:30-8:00 pm, on Zoom
Cost: Free

This 90-minute session will answer common questions on this topic. Suggestions will be provided on speaking with, offering help and simply feeling comfortable interacting with individuals with vision loss. Bring your questions to this open discussion. People living with vision loss, their family members and friends, health care and social service providers or any other interested parties are welcome.

Find support, make connections and discover new possibilities!

Vision Forward offers support options to help adults of all ages and at all stages of vision loss and their family members, cope with the emotional impact of vision loss. Participants will build coping skills, learn practical strategies for completing tasks, and discover resources available to help make adjusting to vision loss easier.
Contact Erica Weise, 414-615-0163 or , to learn more.

Recreation and membership update

All recreation classes and membership activities, including the monthly gathering and social activities, held at Vision Forward are being postponed until it is safe to bring groups of individuals together at our facility. We will be in touch with updates and hope that all our participants and members are well!

REGISTRATION FOR ENRICHMENT OPPORTUNITIES

Vision Forward will be hosting these opportunities virtually due to the COVID-19 situation. Please contact us at 414-615-0100 or to register for these events, obtain virtual information or with any questions.