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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 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. Cancellations 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 receptionist, Max Presgraves at 414-615-0100 or

WINTER 2019

Marathon Bingo
Saturday, January 12; 9:00 am—4:00 pm
Vision Forward Buck Hall
Cost: Free

Writer’s Workshop
Tuesdays, January 15, February 5, February 19, March 5 and March 19
10:00—11:30 am
Vision Forward Multi-Media
Cost: Free
This opportunity is for everyone who enjoys writing, both beginners and experienced. All genres are welcome: poetry, memoir, fiction and blog posts to name a few. Join us as we share and discuss the art of writing. 

Answering Your Questions About Social Security Benefits
Thursday, January 17; 11:00 am—12:30 pm
Vision Forward Multi-Media
Cost: Free
Elena Gonzales-Walker, a Public Affairs Specialist with the Social Security Administration, will answer questions about eligibility for social security and maintaining social security benefits. Please submit any questions you have at the time of registration.

Top 10 Must Have Apps for Your iPhone
Thursday, January 24; 1:00—2:30 pm or Tuesday, February 19; 6:00—7:30 pm
Vision Forward Technology and Education Center
Cost: Free
Do you have an iPhone but are not sure what applications would be best to download?  Are there specific tasks you would like your iPhone to do but aren’t sure
if there is an app for that?  Join us in a discussion and demonstration of the 10 must have apps for your iPhone.  Learn how you can instantly read text, identify money, read or listen to books, and so much more. 

Cooking Sense: Instant Pot Chili
Tuesday, January 29; 1:00—2:30 pm
Vision Forward Adult Rehabilitation Services 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. This session will focus on adaptive cutting and measuring techniques and tools, along with using the Instant Pot to cook chili – perfect for the cold, winter months. All supplies and delicious samples included in the class. Space is limited – be sure to register early!

Book Discussion: “The Art of Asking: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Let People Help”
Thursday, February 14; 11:00 am—12:30 pm
Vision Forward 2 South
Cost: Free
Join us in a discussion about the book, “The Art of Asking: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Let People Help,” by Amanda Palmer. Palmer is a musician,
crowdfunding pioneer, and TED Talk speaker who knows all about asking. Even though Amanda is both celebrated and attacked for her fearlessness in asking for help, she finds that there are important things she cannot ask for. In this ground-breaking book, she explores these barriers in her own life and in the lives of those around her, and discovers the emotional, philosophical and practical aspects of The Art of Asking. This book is available through the Talking Book and Braille Library (number DB80179).

Moving Forward with the Beat
Wednesday, March 13; 1:00—2:00 pm
Vision Forward Buck Hall
Cost: $5
Learn about the history of the drum and basic techniques to drumming with Vision Forward’s music therapist, Emily Zajork, MT-BC. Engaging in different music experiences can provide benefits for individuals with visual impairments like developing spatial awareness, orientation, mobility and environmental exploration skills. Music experiences can also help with overall physical rehabilitation, facilitating movement, self-awareness, self-expression, auditory discrimination, sensory stimulation, relaxation and positive coping skills. Participants will receive hands-on training and engage in a drum circle. Instruments will be provided. No prior music experience necessary. Space is limited—register early! 

Pick of the Litter – Movie and Discussion
Wednesday, March 20; 6:30—8:30 pm or Thursday; March 21, 11:00 am—1:00 pm
Vision Forward Multi-Media
Cost: Free
Join us for a movie and discussion to follow. Pick of the Litter follows a litter of puppies from the moment they’re born and begin their quest to become guide dogs for people who are blind. Cameras follow these pups through a two-year odyssey as they train to
become dogs whose ultimate responsibility is to protect their blind partners from harm. Along the way, the dogs meet a community of dedicated individuals who train them to do amazing, life-changing things in the service of their human.

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.

  • January 8: Habaneros; 414-607-9025, 869 N. Mayfair Rd, Milwaukee, 53226
  • February 12: Genesis; 414-604-9000, 3740 S. 108th St, Milwaukee, 53228
  • March 12: Olive Garden; 414-281-9595, 4760 S. 76 Street, Greenfield, 53220