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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.

WINTER – SPRING 2021

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 info@vision-forward.org to register for these events, obtain virtual information or with any questions.

Virtual Guitar or Ukulele Lessons
Individually scheduled on Zoom or Facetime
Cost: Free
The arts continue to be an integral part of our society, especially during a time when people are more isolated than ever. Emily Zajork, Vision Forward board certified music therapist, is offering free virtual guitar or ukulele lessons during the months of January – March. No prior music experience necessary, however you must have access to your own instrument. Contact Emily Zajork, ezajork@vision-forward.org or 414-615-0100, to register.

Cooking Sense: Winter Comfort Food
Available after February 11 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, Vision Forward occupational therapist and activities of daily living instructor, to learn adaptive methods for safely using the stovetop, boiling water and frying and turning food, as we cook delicious winter comfort food! You may use your computer to view this archived video session or listen to the podcast. Please 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.

Virtual Yoga: Finding Your Calm
Tuesday, March 2, 2:00—3:00 pm
On Zoom
Cost: Free
Myra’s Virtual Mindful 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 that will include detailed queuing so all participants will be able to get into postures with ease. This class will encompass everything from gentle Yoga poses, an exploration of breathing techniques, visual meditation, mindful meditation and balancing energy. We will find our calm both in mind and in body.

Story Telling for Deeper Connection
Tuesdays, March 16 and 23, 6:30—8:00 pm
Virtual
Cost: Free
By learning to share more deeply about your personal journey, you can find ways to embed empathy in the work you do. Join us for a storytelling workshop that will help you craft and tell meaningful stories. Learn basic storytelling techniques and have an opportunity to write and tell a story of your own. You will also have a chance to receive and provide feedback, an essential element in building strong stories.

This workshop is hosted by Miriam Carey, a professional communicator, author, and storyteller. Miriam currently serves as the global communications manager for Protiviti, a global consulting firm. She is also the author of three books, and has launched, written for, and edited regional and national magazines including LongWeekends and Industry Week magazines. Miriam has told stories at events like The Moth and Story Jam.

TEC Talk Live
April – June, every other Thursday, 11:00 am—12:00 pm (CST)
On Zoom

Cost: Free, unless applying for ACVREP credits
Join us for this event featuring demonstrations and discussion of assistive technology for people with vision loss. Join hosts Cory Ballard and Luke Scriven, Assistive Technology Specialists, via Zoom as they put the latest technology to test and join in the conversation in the Chat. ACVREP continuing education credits available.  For more information and to register, visit vision-forward.org/techtalklive.

It Takes Two to Tango: Interacting with Persons who are Blind or Visually Impaired
Tuesday, April 20, 1:00—2:30 pm
Virtual  

Cost: Free
This session, led by Erica Weise and Cory Ballard, will answer common questions people often have regarding how to best interact with people with vision loss that are often not asked, like, when do I offer help or how can I feel more 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.  Registration deadline is April 16.

Cooking Sense: Labeling and Safely Using Small Appliances
Available after May 21
Cost: Free
Springtime is a great time to clean and organize your kitchen, including taking inventory of your small appliances. Join Rose Visser, occupational therapist and activities of daily living instructor, to learn adaptive methods for labeling and safely using your small appliances.

Available after May 21 on Vision Forward’s You Tube channel and on the InFocus Low Vision and Blindness Technology podcast on your digital assistant. Visit https://youtube.com/visionforward from your computer, smart phone or tablet to view this archived video session. You may also access the audio content with your Alexa or Google Home digital assistant. Simply ask your device to play the InFocus Low Vision and Blindness Technology podcast, to hear the latest episode.

Virtual Yoga: Finding Your Calm
Monday June 7, 1:30—2:30 pm
On Zoom

Cost: Free
Myra’s Virtual Mindful Yoga and Meditation class focuses on conscious breathing and exploring basic seated Yoga postures to support a state of relaxation. Fluid and slow warming motions are used that include detailed instruction so participants can easily get into postures. The class encompasses everything from gentle Yoga poses, an exploration of breathing techniques, visual meditation, mindful meditation, and balancing energy. We will find our calm both in mind and in body.

Find Support and Make Connections
Individually scheduled, all groups are currently meeting virtually
Cost: Free
If you’re looking for an opportunity to talk with others who have experienced vision loss, consider joining one of the groups offered through Vision Forward. Contact Erica Weise, social worker, 414-615-0163 or eweise@vision-forward.org, with questions or to sign up. We currently have groups for teens, adults, adults with partial vision loss and older adults.  Ideas for additional groups are welcome.

Scholarship Opportunities
Vision Forward Association has scholarship opportunities to benefit students who are blind and visually impaired in Wisconsin.  Scholarship awards must be used for tuition. The deadline for the Vision Forward Association Scholarship applications for the 2021-2022 year is May 21, 2021. Details and the application can be found at:
https://vision-forward.org/information/scholarship-opportunities/.

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!