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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 receptionists at 414-615-0100 or

SPRING 2019    

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

SUMMER 2019

Drum Circle
2nd Wednesday of each month: July 10, August 14 and September 11
1:00-3:00 pm
Vision Forward Dr. Heeb Room
Cost: $5 each session
Learn about basic drumming techniques with Vision Forward’s music therapist, Emily Zajork, MT-BC. Engaging in different music experiences provides benefits for individuals with visual impairments, like developing spatial awareness, orientation, mobility and environmental exploration skills. Participants will receive hands-on training and instruments are provided. No prior music experience is necessary.

When the Parent is Visually Impaired
Wednesday, July 17; 6:30-8:00 pm
Vision Forward Multi-Media Room
Cost: Free
A meeting for parents with vision impairment to explore the challenges, and highlight the joys, of raising children. A panel will discuss personal experiences and how they are confronting the ways parenting can be complicated with limited vision. Visually impaired parents or prospective parents and their partners are welcome to participate. Those unable to attend in person can join the meeting by phone.

The ADA and Accessibility of Public Spaces
Thursday, July 18; 11:00 am-12:30 pm
Vision Forward Multi-Media Room
Cost: Free
The Americans with Disabilities Act prohibits discrimination against individuals with disabilities in all areas of public life, including jobs, schools, transportation, and all public and private places open to the general public. Just how accessible are our local public spaces and transportation options? Join Rebecca Rabatin, Certified ADA Coordinator with the City of Milwaukee, for an interesting presentation and discussion on this topic. Bring your questions!

VIP Day at Festa Italiana
Friday, July 19; 12:00-3:00 pm
Henry W. Maier Festival Park – Summerfest Grounds
Cost: Free
Join us for VIP day at Festa Italiana! Vision Forward will provide VIP tickets and transportation from Vision Forward to and from Henry W. Maier Festival Park. VIP tickets include entry for two people, two food items at half price, and one piece of fresh fruit. Meet at Vision Forward at 11:30 am. Please let us know if you plan to bring a guest. Register early as space is limited!

Jewelry Making with the Loose Bead Society: Coiled Memory Bracelets
Thursday, July 25; 10:00 am-12:00 pm
Vision Forward Buck Hall
Cost: Free
Bring your creativity as we make coiled memory wire bracelets with the Loose Bead Society. All materials are provided. If you have beads lingering around your jewelry box at home that you would like to use, feel free to bring them. Volunteers from the Loose Bead Society will be there to help.

Ragtime Delight “Encore Visit”
Wednesday, August 14; 6:30-8:00 pm
Vision Forward Buck Hall
Cost: Free
Join musician Doug Haise for his upbeat and dance-worthy evening of lively music.

Spiritual Expressions of Vision Loss
Thursday, August 22; 11:00 am-12:30 pm or
Saturday, August 24; 10:30 am-12:00 pm
Vision Forward Multi-Media Room
Cost: Free
This meeting explores how a decrease in vision can be experienced with spiritual challenge and personal growth. The discussion will not be directed toward a particular perspective or set of beliefs; rather, the focus will be on the range of possibilities for a spiritual response to the meaning of a life with limited vision. Michael Dante, an individual with vision impairment and the Director of The Faber Center for Ignatian Spirituality at Marquette University, will facilitate the discussion.

Cooking Sense: Outdoor Grilling
Wednesday, August 28; 12:30-2:30 pm
Vision Forward Front Terrace
Cost: $7
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. Explore charcoal grilling techniques and tools while enjoying delicious, grilled food outdoors – while listening to the Brewers game on the radio! All supplies and food are included. Space is limited – register early!

Accessible Health Apps
Wednesday, September 18; 11:00 am-12:30 pm
Vision Forward Technology and Education Center
Cost: Free
Learn how accessible health apps for your iPhone and Android phone can be used to track steps, calorie intake, water intake, and so much more. Fitness bands such as Fitbits and the Apple Watch will also be demonstrated and discussed.

Successful Interviewing and Resume Writing
Thursdays, September 19 and 26; 11:00 am-12:30 pm
Vision Forward Multi-Media Room
Cost: Free
Join human resource professionals, HRSherpaz, for a two-part training to help individuals with visual impairments navigate the hiring process. This training is designed to increase knowledge about how to successfully research a potential employer, build a strong resume and implement interviewing techniques. The first session will focus on the importance of collecting information about a company prior to applying for the position. The second session is dedicated to building the perfect resume and cover letter to match the company and candidate needs.

Dinners 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.
July 9: A&W, 414-425-1010, 5133 S. 108 Street, Hales Corners
August 13: Genesis, 414-604-9000, 3740 S. 108th St., Milwaukee
September 10: Osgood’s, 414-988-6044, 11530 W. Burleigh, Wauwatosa