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A Touch of Braille Workshop

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Monday, April 29, 2019

Interested in learning braille? Try our introduction to braille workshop! Join us for a two-hour introduction to braille system. Try out braille basic and see how it might be useful to you.

Topics:

  • How braille was created
  • Introduction to the braille cell, letters of the alphabet, and numbers
  • Having fun with the first 10 letters of the alphabet with practice exercise sheets
  • Show and tell of ways that braille could be helpful in our daily lives
  • Questions and answers


Where: Sight Connection, 929 N. 130 St., Suite 3, Seattle

When: Monday April 29, 2019 from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Register: (206) 525-5556, knamekata@sightconnection.org.

Please leave your name, phone number and/or email address so that we can reach you to confirm.

Instructors: Keiko Namekata, CVRT and Dana Marmion, Volunteer

Audio Described Performance of Westside Story

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AUDIO DESCRIBED PERFORMANCE OF WESTSIDE STORY

Courtesy of Vision Loss Connections

Fifth Ave Theater

Saturday, June 22, 2019, 2 PM

Tickets: only $25

Very Limited Tickets Available

Optional Pre-Performance Lunch (not included in ticket price)

Palomino

1420 5th Ave.  98101

11:00 AM

To purchase tickets or for more information, please contact Pat Copeland, pattcopeland@me.com, 206) 282-3913

Send checks to: Vision Loss Connections (VLC)

23 West Boston Street 

Seattle, WA 98119

University of Washington’s Communicate to Connect for those with Hearing Loss

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Do you experience communication challenges due to hearing loss?  If so, please join us for a unique opportunity called Communicate to Connect!

Whether you use amplification or not, you are welcome to join us!

  • Meet weekly with 3rd-year clinical audiology doctoral students to discuss your hearing loss/communication challenges
  • We strongly encourage you to bring along a communication partner (someone you frequently communicate with) who will also learn more about hearing loss, why it impacts communication, and how they can help
  • Meet on 7 consecutive Thursday mornings, starting April 18th, 2019
  • Receive undivided support from a 3rd-year audiology graduate student
  • Conclude your time feeling like you can better manage life with hearing loss

If you are interested in participating in this unique opportunity, please contact:

Lisa Illich: lillich@uw.edu   (206) 616-1990 or

Jake Hulswit: jhulswit@uw.edu

Promising News regarding Retinal Degenerative Diseases

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An article in the March 16, 2019 issue of Interesting Engineering features the success by researchers at UC Berkeley after introducing genes into blind mice. According to the article’s author, Taylor Donovan, “treatments for any sort of retrial degeneration are extremely limited,” making this discovery that much more impactful. Gene Therapy is proving to be the solution for abating Macular Degeneration or forms of retinal degenerative disease resulting from a fall or other dramatic injury. Treatments for

Within several months, the newly healed mice were able to see motion, fine detail and a wide range of brightness changes. For a person, this means being able to read and participate fully in social activities.

The best news is that this gene therapy should be available to all of us within three years

Art Beyond Sight- Seattle Art Museum

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Art Beyond Sight Tour!

Seattle Art Museum

Art Beyond Sight is a free tour program for visitors with low or no vision and sighted guests. Saturday, March 23 from 2-3:30 pm

explore SAM’s special exhibition Jeffrey Gibson: Like A Hammer. Gibson’s work is all about materials, songs, and cultural connections. In addition to hearing verbal descriptions of objects, we’ll listen to music, feel materials, and share personal stories.

 

Tours begin with light refreshments at 2 pm in Arnold Board Room, on the second floor of the museum.

Volunteers and staff are stationed at entrances to help navigate and you can find Seattle Art Museum’s Low Vision Map & Guide by clicking here. We will provide folding stools in the galleries to make the tour a more comfortable experience.

Space for Art Beyond Sight Tours is limited and advanced registration is required. To register, email access@seattleartmuseum.org or call Kelsey Donahue at (206) 654-3133. Include details like: whether you will be bringing a guest or a guide dog and if we can provide additional accommodations, such as a wheelchair or a docent sighted guide to assist you with wayfinding. You can also sign up for upcoming Art Beyond Sight Tours when you register—see our schedule below.

 

Sat       April 27           2-3:30 pm        Lessons from the Institute of Empathy

Wed     May 22            2-3:30 pm        North American Art

 

All tours take place at Seattle Art Museum, 1300 First Ave Seattle, WA 98101. SAM’s accessible entrance is located at First Ave and Union St. Access vans can drop off/pick up in front of the museum, on First Ave, midway between Union and University Streets, at Metro stop no. 190. For taxi and other rideshares, drop off is located on the southeast corner of First Ave and Union St, on Union. Please let us know when you register if you would like someone to meet you at any of these drop-off points. For visitors arriving with sighted guests, we can provide subsidized parking passes for Russell Investment Center Garage (below the museum). Find out more information on directions and parking by clicking here.

 

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Charitable Gift Annuities are a Win for You and a Win for Sight Connection

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When you create a charitable gift annuity with Sight Connection, we both win.

You receive fixed payments for life in exchange for your gift, and what’s left
after your lifetime will help the visually impaired live fully independent lives.
Thanks to new rates, payments are the highest they’ve been in years.
Contact your financial planner for details.

Thank you.

A Touch of Braille Classes Scheduled

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Mondays, April 29, 7/29, 10/28 from 1 to 3 p.m. at Sight Connection

The braille support group “Adaptive Braille Learning Enthusiasts, ABLErs” meets first Mondays of each month from 11 to 1 at Sight Connection. Anyone with working knowledge of braille alphabet, numbers, and basic punctuations are welcome to join the group.

Contact Keiko Namekata for more information, knamekata@sightconnection.org.

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The Seattle Art Museum’s 2019 Art Beyond Sight Tour!

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Art Beyond Sight is a free tour program for visitors with low or no vision and sighted guests.

Seattle Art Museum logo

Sat       March 23         2-3:30 pm        Jeffrey Gibson: Like A Hammer
Sat       April 27            2-3:30 pm        Lessons from the Institute of Empathy
Wed     May 22            2-3:30 pm         North American Art

Tours begin with light refreshments at 2 pm in Arnold Board Room, on the second floor of the
museum. Volunteers and staff are stationed at entrances to help navigate and you can find
Seattle Art Museum’s Low Vision Map & Guide by clicking here. At around 2:15 pm we head up
to the galleries where we provide folding stools to make the tour a more comfortable
experience.

Space is limited and advanced registration is required. To register, email
access@seattleartmuseum.org or call Kelsey Donahue at (206) 654-3133. Include details like:
whether you will be bringing a guest or a guide dog and if we can provide additional
accommodations, such as a wheelchair or a docent sighted guide to assist you with wayfinding.

All tours take place at Seattle Art Museum, 1300 First Ave Seattle, WA 98101. SAM’s accessible
entrance is located at First Ave and Union St. Access vans can drop off/pick up in front of the
museum, on First Ave, midway between Union and University Streets, at Metro stop no. 190.
For taxi and other rideshares, drop off is located on the southeast corner of First Ave and Union
St, on Union. Please let us know when you register if you would like someone to meet you at
any of these drop-off points. For visitors arriving with sighted guests, we can provide subsidized
parking passes for Russell Investment Center Garage (below the museum). Find out more
information on directions and parking by clicking here.

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