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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.

FALL 2020

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.

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
Individually scheduled
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 from October to December. Space is limited so register early!

Contact Emily Zajork, or 414-615-0100, to register.

Vision Connections
Friday, September 25, 2020, 9:30-11:30 am
On Zoom

Cost: Free

Join us for a free virtual, interactive webinar to learn about vision health,
understanding low vision, and how assistive devices can help people of all ages who have difficulty seeing. Prevent Blindness and Vision Forward come together to share expertise and answer your questions. You can connect to this event with Zoom on a computer, smart phone or tablet, or by telephone.

Register at: vision-forward.org/VisionConnections or call 414-615-0100.

TEC Talk Live
Every other Thursday, starting October 1, (October 1, 15, 29, November 12, December 10), 11:00 am-12:00 pm
On Zoom or Facebook Live

Cost: Free

Join Luke Scriven and Cory Ballard, Assistive Technology Specialists, for these free events featuring a live demonstration of an assistive technology product, followed by an open question and answer session and general discussion. Find out how devices perform when they are put on the spot. These informal sessions are a great place to get a real experience of assistive technologies, all without having to leave the comfort of your own home.

Visit vision-forward.org/webinars for the Zoom registration information.

How Can You Cope When the Only Constant is Change?
Wednesday, October 28, 6:30-8:00 pm
On Zoom

Cost: Free

Vision loss brings tremendous change that requires real thought, planning and reorganization. The pandemic we are experiencing is also causing us to adjust in many ways. This virtual Zoom meeting will examine the demands of a highly changing time and how to meaningfully cope and renew.  David Lobo, Vision Forward board member and Life Coach, will facilitate this important session on thriving with change.

Virtual Yoga: Finding Your Calm
Monday, November 2, 2:00-3:00 pm
On Zoom

Cost: Free

Myra’s Virtual 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 including detailed instruction, so all participants are able to get into postures with ease. This class will encompass everything from gentle Yoga poses, and exploration of breathing techniques, visual and mindful meditation, and balancing energy. We will find our calm in both mind and body.

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.

Cooking Sense: Holiday Baking Tips
Available after November 6, on Vision Forward’s YouTube channel and the 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 safely using the oven, measuring ingredients, and timing your baking as you prepare special treats for the holidays!

You may use your computer to view this archived video session or listen to the podcast. 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.

It Takes Two to Tango: Interacting with Persons Who are Blind or Visually Impaired
Tuesday, November 17, 12:00-1:30 pm
On Zoom

Cost: Free

This 90-minute virtual session answers common questions on this topic. Suggestions will be provided on speaking with, offering help to 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. 

How Family Members Can Understand Vision Loss
Wednesday, December 9, 6:30-8:00 pm
On Zoom

Cost: Free

When someone you care about loses some or all of their vision, life becomes complicated for the entire family.  What is it like to live with vision loss?  How can you be helpful?  How can you cope with your own feelings of change and loss?  This virtual meeting will explore these questions and discuss possibilities for answering them.

Recreation and Membership Update

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