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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 .

FALL 2019    

Writer’s Workshop
Tuesdays: October 1 and 22, November 5 and 19, December 3 and 17
9:00-10:00 am
Vision Forward, Multi-Media Conference Room
Cost: Free
Share your story and learn the fundamentals of writing. Participants can share their writing with the group and feedback will be provided. 

Drum Circle
2nd Wednesday of each month: October 9, November 13, December 11
1:00-2:30 pm
Vision Forward, Dr. Heeb Room
Cost: $5
Learn about basic techniques to drumming with Emily Zajork, MT-BC, Vision Forward’s music therapist.  Engaging in different music experiences can provide benefits for individuals with visual impairments like developing spatial awareness, orientation, mobility and environmental exploration skills. Participants will receive hands-on training and instruments will be provided. No prior music experience necessary. 

Women and Money: Taking Control of Your Financial Future
Thursday, October 10, 1:00-2:00 pm OR Tuesday, October 29, 6:30-7:30 pm
Vision Forward, Multi-Media Conference Room
Cost: Free
(food and refreshments provided)
Financial education seminar that provides action steps to help take control of your finances and to minimize the financial challenges most women face today. This seminar will cover important topics like: top financial goals for women, financial obstacles, confidence gap, and more.
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White Cane Safety Day
Tuesday, October 15, 6:30-8:00 pm OR
Thursday, October 17, 11:00 am-12:30 pm
Vision Forward Buck Hall and 2 South Conference Room
Cost: Free
In recognition of White Cane Safety Day, join us to better understand the use of the white cane.  Participants will learn the basics of using a cane and have the opportunity to complete a variety of tasks utilizing a white cane, like ascending and descending stairs, navigating doorways and more.  Following the activities, participants will engage in a guided discussion to reflect on the experience.  Open to clients, friends, family members and the community. 

The ADA and Public Sidewalks/Street Crossings
Thursday, October 24
11:00 am-12:30 pm
Vision Forward, Multi-Media Conference Room
Cost: Free
Join Rebecca Rabatin, Certified ADA Coordinator with the City of Milwaukee, for an interesting presentation and discussion on mobility and orientation in the public right-of-way, as well as accessibility and design of sidewalks and street crossing. Bring your questions! 

Holiday Shop from Your Couch
Thursday, October 31, 11:00 am-12:30 pm OR
Tuesday, November 5, 6:30-8:00 pm
Vision Forward, Technology and Education Center
Cost: $5
With so many online options for shopping, it can be hard to figure out which site is best. Join us for this session designed to look at online shopping options from Walmart, Target, Amazon and others.  Find out which sites are accessible to people with vision loss.  We will focus on browsing for items and making a purchase.  Basic screen reading or screen magnification concepts will not be covered. 

Cooking Sense: Holiday Finger Foods
Wednesday, November 20
1:00-2:30 pm
Vision Forward Rehabilitation 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 that allow you to cook using your senses. Join Jenny Ovide, nurse and Community Medicine Clinical Coordinator, as she explores ways to prepare healthy finger foods and hors d’oeuvres – just in time for the holidays!  All supplies and delicious samples included in the class!  Space is limited – register early!  

The Power of Gratitude
Thursday, November 21
11:00 am-12:30 pm
Vision Forward, 2 South Conference Room
Cost: Free
Join us for a discussion surrounding the power of gratitude. Benefits of gratitude include: improved physical health, greater happiness, better sleep, higher self-esteem, stronger relationships, greater resilience, less anxiety, reduced symptoms of depression, and so much more. This session will encourage you to find ways to express your gratitude on a regular basis.   

Holiday Gathering
Thursday, December 19
11:00 am-12:30 pm
Vision Forward, Multi-Media Conference Room
Cost: Free
Join us for a gathering to celebrate this special time of year.  We’ll enjoy hot cider, cookies and share memories of holiday moments.  We’ll also discuss how to find joy in the present season.   

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.

          October 8: Ruby Tuesdays, 5320 S 76 St, Greendale, 53129, 414-423-0530
          November 12: Mama Mia, 8533 W Greenfield Ave, West Allis, 53214, 414-475-0400
          December 10: Crawdaddy’s, 9427 W Greenfield Ave, West Allis, 53214, 414-778-2228