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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.

REGISTRATION

Advanced registration is required for all opportunities and is open until one week prior to the event date – unless otherwise noted. Event costs are listed above, and payments must be made at time of registration. There are no refunds. Cancellations must be made at least 48 hours in advance and are appreciated as space is limited for a number of these events.

To RegisterContact the Receptionists at 414-615-0100, or .

WINTER 2020    

Music Group: Moving Forward with the Beat

2nd Wednesday of each month: January 8, February 12 and March 11
1:00 – 2:30 pm
Vision Forward, Dr. Heeb room
Cost: Free
Join music therapist, Emily Zajork, MT-BC, for an open music group each month. Participants will engage in a variety of music activities including singing, drumming, music listening, lyric discussions and more! Involvement in music interventions has a variety of benefits including relief of stress, anxiety, and depression, while also providing the opportunity for individuals to utilize effective coping skills in a safe environment, resulting in a positive effect on a person’s overall health. Instruments will be provided. No prior music experience necessary. 

Gentle Yoga

Thursday, January 9
1:00 – 2:00 pm
Vision Forward, Buck Hall
Cost: Free
Join yoga instructor, Myra De La Paz, for a seated, Gentle Yoga class providing you with a softer, nurturing, slow-paced, well-supported and relaxing practice. The approach includes carefully orchestrated movements, controlled pressure, and well-measured breathing and stretches, including range of motion exercises. You will feel relaxed and refreshed in mind, body and soul after this class. Namaste.  

Book Club

2nd Wednesday of each month: January 8, February 12 and March 11
10:30 am – 12:00 pm
Vision Forward, 2 South
Cost: Free
Do you have a passion for reading you want to share with others? Join our Book Club! Jim Golata leads a monthly Book Club featuring a new book each month. All books are available at the Wisconsin Talking Book and Braille Library and should be read prior to the discussion session. Upcoming titles include:

January: Lone Wolf by Sara Driscoll, DB94947
Meg Jennings and her dog Hawk are a K-9 team for the FBI. They are assigned to search and rescue after the bombing of a federal building in Washington, DC. But when the bomber continues, Meg and Hawk are tasked with finding him. Strong
language and some violence.

February: Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery, DB14670
The story of an emotional little orphan, with a quick temper, fiery red hair, and a vivid imagination. It tells of her adoption by a farmer and his no-nonsense sister, and of her growing up in a village on Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia.

March: A Pocket Full of Rye: A Miss Marple Mystery by Agatha Christie, DB27878
Rex Fortescue, king of a financial empire, was sipping tea in his “counting house” when he suffered an agonizing and sudden death. On later inspection, the pockets of the deceased were found to contain traces of cereals. Yet, it was the incident in the parlor which confirmed Miss Marple’s suspicion that here she was looking at a case of crime by rhyme.

Accessible Voting Simulation

Tuesday, January 14
10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Vision Forward, Lobby
Cost: Free
With Election Day coming up in April 2020, it is important to know your voting rights and how to access ballots. The City of Milwaukee Election Commission will demonstrate accessible voting equipment provided at the city’s early voting locations, as well as Election Day voting locations. This equipment includes the AutoMark and the Expressvote and can be used by a person with a disability to mark their ballot privately and independently.  Staff will provide an overview of the equipment and answer questions. Attendees will have the opportunity to use the equipment and provide feedback. No registration needed.

Interacting with People who are Blind or Visually Impaired

Tuesday, February 18; 12:00 – 1:30 pm, 2 South
OR Wednesday, February 26; 6:30 – 8:00 pm, Multi-Media
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.

Cooking Sense: Air Fryer 101

Wednesday, February 26
1:00 – 2:30 pm

Vision Forward, Rehab Kitchen
Cost: $5
Cooking Sense is a quarterly class that explores and demonstrates a variety of adaptive techniques and tools for individuals with vision loss, allowing you to cook using your senses. Join us as we explore a healthier, easier method to fry food – using an air fryer. All supplies and delicious samples are included in the class! Space is limited – register early!

Amazon Echo: Are You Listening?

Tuesday, March 10
1:00 – 2:00 pm

Vision Forward, TEC
Cost: Free
Amazon Echo is a smart speaker that uses your voice to accomplish various tasks. Join us to discuss the current Echo models and help determine which is best for you. Live demonstrations include: asking Alexa to do simple tasks such as the time and weather, using timers and alarms, creating calendar appointments, plus more advanced tasks like controlling thermostats, lights, and playing games. Come find out how this easy-to-use device will increase your independence and quality of life.

Seven Steps to Resiliency

Thursday, March 19
11:00 am – 12:30 pm

Vision Forward, Multi-Media
Cost: Free
Life constantly bombards us with unwanted and aversive situations that challenge our ability to remain mentally, physically and emotionally strong. This presentation, led by psychologist Dr. Anthony Piparo, provides a template to help you navigate the times that test your resiliency, so you can lead the life you desire and deserve. The seven steps include awareness, knowledge, ability, belief, desire, plan and support.

Dinner’s Out

Tuesdays; 5:00 – 8:00 pm
Meet a group out for dinner on the 2nd Tuesday of each month.
Cost: Participants pay for their individual meal, beverages and tip.
      January 14, TGI Fridays, 4638 S. 76th St, Greenfield, 53220; 414-281-7896
      February 11, Zebb’s Family Restaurant, 2701 W. Morgan Ave, Milwaukee, 53221; 414-384-6400
March 10, Applebee’s, 2865 S. 108th St, West Allis, 53214; 414-327-7830