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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.

SPRING 2018  

Lynden Sculpture Garden Tour
Thursday, June 28; 9:00 am—2:00 pm (includes transportation time)
Lynden Sculpture Garden, meet at Vision Forward as transportation is provided.
Cost: $15 (includes transportation)

The Lynden Sculpture Garden offers a unique experience of art in nature through its collection of more than 50 monumental sculptures. Our visit will include a guided tour with the ability to touch the various works of art. After the tour we’ll move to the adjoining picnic grounds, so participants are asked to bring a lunch.

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.
Tuesday, April 10: Jimmy’s Island Grill (2303 N. Mayfair Rd., Wauwatosa)
Tuesday, May 8: Ma Fischer’s (2214 N. Farwell Ave, Milwaukee)
Tuesday, June 12: That’s Amore (5080 S 108th St, Greenfield)

SUMMER 2018  

Writer’s Workshop
Tuesdays, July 10, 17, 24, August 21, and September 18; 10:00-11:30 am
Vision Forward, 2 South Conference Room
C
ost: Free
Calling all writers, both beginners and experienced, to join us for an opportunity to share and discuss the art of writing. All genres welcome: poetry, memoir, fiction and blog posts to name a few. The Writing Group will meet weekly for three Tuesdays and then monthly going forward. 

Sussex Lions Daze
Saturday, July 14; 10:45 am –2:30 pm (transportation provided, departing from
Vision Forward)
Sussex Village Park
Cost: Free
Enjoy lunch and bingo at Sussex Lions Daze. 

Freedom on Wheels, Presented by Milwaukee County Transit System
Thursday, July 19; 1:00-2:30 pm
Vision Forward, initial presentation in Multimedia Room and then will head to the front parking lot for bus tour
Cost: Free
Milwaukee County Transit System will orient attendees to the accessibility features on buses that can make them easier for passengers with vision loss to get around safely and independently. Attendees will have the opportunity to board a city bus and get hands-on experience with MCTS’s electronic fare system, smart cards and automated bus stop annunciator and learn about MCTS’s new app. Space is limited, so sign up early! 

Mindfulness Training
Thursday, July 26, Tuesday, July 31 and Thursday, August 2; 1:30-3:00 pm
Vision Forward, Multimedia Room
Cost: $10
This series of classes promotes core skills for those who want to transform stress and build safe and trusting relationships with others. Based on the latest neuroscience, this course is designed to decrease reactivity and burn-out while increasing positivity. Using researched techniques for stress reduction, participants will learn how to intentionally turn depleting moments into nourishing ones by accessing their inner resources which foster resiliency and wellbeing. 

Accessible Small Appliance Cooking
Tuesday, August 14; 2:00-3:30 pm
Vision Forward, Training Kitchen
C
ost: $5
Small kitchen appliances can be safe, easy and fun alternatives to cooking on a stove or using the oven. Join us as we explore and learn about a number of small appliances – such as the OptiGrill, the Johnsonville Sausage Grill and more – and use them to cook up some delicious summertime food! Space is limited – register early!

Getting Back In Touch with Your Creative Side
Wednesday, August 22; 1:30-3:00 pm
Vision Forward, Multimedia Room
Cost: Free
Are you looking for ways to continue your crafts or hobbies – such as jewelry making, beadwork, ceramics, modeling clays, quilting, or embroidery – after experiencing vision loss? Join Barb Tally as she demonstrates a number of low vision tools and techniques that she has found helpful for continuing crafts and hobbies. Topics will include: the importance of safety first when crafting, tools of the trade, workspace, organization, storage and lighting considerations, promoting your craft on social media and more! 

Book Discussion – “Long Time, No See” by Beth Finke
Thursday, September 6; 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
Vision Forward, Multimedia Room
Cost: Free
Join guest facilitator, Anthony Ricks, in a book discussion. Participants are asked to read the book and reflect on questions that will be provided before the discussion.  This book is available through the WI Talking Book and Braille Library, number DB56482, and features NPR commentator’s memoir of confronting blindness from diabetic retinopathy.   

Delivered to Your Door- Accessible Shopping Options
Wednesday, September 12; 1:00-2:30 pm or
Tuesday, September 25; 6:00-7:30 pm
Cost: $5
Vision Forward, Technology and Education Center
From dinner to groceries, there are many delivery options available to people with vision loss.  Join us to learn about accessible computer based and smart phone app delivery options which can provide full meals, groceries, health and personal items, and pet supplies delivered right to your door.  Examples of options demonstrated include; PeaPod, Amazon Prime Now, Door Dash, GrubHub, Instacart, and so many more.  Please note that you must be a proficient screen reader user to navigate most of these options.

Historic Milwaukee Walking Tour of the Third Ward
Thursday, September 13; 12:00-4:00 pm
Third Ward; Start and end at Vision Forward (transportation provided)
Cost: $15
Join us for a guided tour of this unique Milwaukee neighborhood.  We will learn about the architecture and people that have made this part of our community distinct.  Participants will meet at noon at Vision Forward as the group will travel together to and from the Third Ward by chartered bus. The group will stop for a snack and conversation before returning to Vision Forward.  The $15 fee will cover the cost of the tour and transportation to and from the Third Ward.

Resource Exchange
Thursday, September 27; 11:00 am-12:30 pm
Vision Forward, Multimedia Room
Cost: Free
This meeting will be a sharing of valuable and fun resources for people who are blind or visually impaired.  Participants are asked to bring information about financial, community and online resources that have proven to be useful in living with vision loss. Vision Forward staff will also provide some of our favorite resources.  As a follow-up, all information will be compiled and shared with those who attended the meeting.

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.

  • Tuesday, July 10: A&W; 5133 S 108th St, Hales Corners, WI 53130
  • Tuesday, August 14: El Greco; 9143 W Appleton Ave, Milwaukee, WI 53225
  • Tuesday, September 11: Red Lobster; 4645 S 76th St, Greenfield, WI 53220

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 payments need to be made at time of registration. 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 mpresgraves@vision-forward.org.

Our Mission: Empower, educate, and enhance the lives of individuals impacted by vision loss through all of life’s transitions.