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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 Register: contact our receptionist, Max Presgraves at 414-615-0100 or

SPRING 2019

Writer’s Workshop
Vision Forward Multi-Media Room
Tuesdays; April 2, April 16, May 7 and May 21
10:00-11:30 am
Cost: Free
This workshop is for everyone who enjoys writing; from beginners to experienced. All genres are welcome: poetry, memoir, fiction and blog posts, to name just a few. Join your fellow writers as we share our work and discuss the art of writing. 

Challenging Interactions with Others: How People with Visual Impairments Can Cope
Vision Forward 2 South Conference Room
Thursdays; April 4 and April 11
11:00-12:30 pm
Cost:  Free
This two-part series will present reasons why encounters with sighted people can, at times, be challenging.  We will explore strategies on the various ways people with visual impairments can respond. 

College Connections
Vision Forward Multi-Media Room
Saturday, April 6
10:00 am-12:00 pm
Cost:  Free
In this session, Vision Forward staff and college students with visual impairments will discuss the challenges that often accompany students with vision loss. We’ll explore ways to better manage daily college life by using adaptive technology and share information about available resources.    

Urban Ecology Center: Bird Walk
Urban Ecology Center Menomonee Valley
3700 W. Pierce, Milwaukee, 53214
Thursday, May 2
10:00 am-12:00 pm
Cost: Free
Join us for a morning bird walk along the paved and accessible Hank Aaron Trail at the Menomonee Valley, Urban Ecology Center. We will meet at the Urban Ecology Center between 9:45-10:00 am and the walk will be led by an experienced and knowledgeable scientist, all while enjoying fresh air and bird song. Sensory kits that provide tactile items, as well as information in both large print and braille, will be available.   

Guide Dog Lifestyle Experiential Workshop
Vision Forward Multi-Media Room, then will move outdoors
Thursday, May 16
1:00-3:00 pm
Cost: Free
Representatives from the Guide Dog Foundation and America’s VetDogs will cover every phase of the guide dog experience, from the application process for obtaining a dog to learning about qualifications for handlers and tips on how to raise and train dogs and much more. Participants will also have an opportunity to walk outdoors with a trained guide dog. Workshop is open to youth ages 12 and older, adults and families.  

Cooking Sense: Cooking with Herbs
Vision Forward Adult Rehab Kitchen
Tuesday, June 4
1:00-2:30 pm
Cost: $5
Cooking Sense is a quarterly class that explores and demonstrates a variety of adaptive techniques and tools for individuals with vision loss which allow you to cook using your senses. Join Jenny Ovide, nurse and Community Medicine Clinical Coordinator, as she explores ways to incorporate fresh herbs and their wonderful sensory qualities into your cooking. All supplies and delicious samples are included in the class. Space is limited – register early!    

Book Discussion: “A Sense of the World: How a Blind Man Became History’s Greatest Traveler”
Vision Forward 2 South Conference Room
Thursday, June 27
11:00 am-12:30 pm
Cost: Free
We will discuss this biography of Englishman James Holman (1786-1857), who was blinded at age twenty-five after serving in the Napoleonic wars, and how he then achieved fame as a world traveler. Quoting from Holman’s memoirs, the biography describes how he fought slavery in Africa, survived captivity in Siberia, charted the Australian outback, and published three books. This book is available through the Talking Book and Braille Library (Book number DB62703).  

Dinners Out
Tuesdays; 5:00-8:00 pm
Cost: Participants are required to pay for their individual meal, beverages and tip.
Meet a group out for dinner on the 2nd Tuesday of each month.

April 9: Fortune Restaurant, 414-328-9890, 2945 S. 108th St, West Allis, 53227
May 14: Fuel Café, 414-847-9580, 630 S. 5th Street, Milwaukee, 53204
June 11: Smoke Shack, 414-431-1119, 11340 W. Burleigh St, Wauwatosa, 53222