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Sight Connection’s First Annual Breakfast
May 8, 2018
Bell Harbor Conference Center
Registration: 7:00-7:30 AM
Program: 7:30-8:30 AM

Keynote Speaker: Lt. Governor Cyrus Habib

Put on your calendar. More details to follow.
For sponsorship opportunities, Emily Bader, or 206-204-6158

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Assistive Technology Classes (no charge)

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Do you know all the built-in accessibility features on your phone, pad or Windows PC? How about the advantages of video magnifiers and other readers such as read-to-text?

Assistive Technology therapist Mell Toy offers classes in your home, for your group, or at Sight Connection’s offices. Please contact her to set up an appointment. 206-525-5556 ext 113 or

Mell is also teaching iPad training at several Seattle senior centers. For more information, please contact the Wallingford Senior Center

(206-461-7825) or the Greenwood Senior Center (206-297-0875.)

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This project is funded in part by Seattle Information Technology.


Braille for Everyday Living

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Are you ready to take on the challenge of making braille one of your tools for personal communication? If you have learned how the braille system works by participating in A Touch of Braille, our introduction to braille workshop, here is the opportunity you have all been waiting for!

Sight Connection is pleased to announce that its first braille course for beginners, Braille for Everyday Living, is being offered starting Monday, September 11 from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. at Sight Connection, 929 N. 130 St., Suite 3, Seattle. The course will be scheduled for five consecutive Mondays, September 11, 18, 25, October 2 and 9.

In this course you will learn to:

  • Read by touch the braille alphabet, numbers and basic punctuations.
  • Write braille using the slate and stylus.
  • Apply learned skills for everyday use such as creating labels and learning to play cards.

Materials needed for class:
These items can be purchased through the Adaptive Aids Store at Sight Connection.

  • Slate and stylus
  • Braille paper
  • Labeling tape

Sight Connection will provide study sheets for reading.

To sign up for the class:

  • Just call Sight Connection at (206) 525-5556 and request to be on the list for the course
  • Or email Keiko Namekata at
  • Leave your name, phone number and email address if you have one so that we can call you or email you to confirm.

For questions:

We look forward to hearing from you!

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A Touch of Braille: A Brief Intro to Braille System

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Interested in learning braille? Our introduction to braille workshop is back again in July!

Join us Monday, July 10 at 10AM for a fun two-hour introduction to braille system. Come learn braille basics, try it out, and see how it might be useful to you.

Have you ever wondered:

  • What is braille?
  • Should I learn braille now that my vision is getting worse?
  • What can braille do for me?
  • Would I be able to learn braille?

To get answers to your questions or just to satisfy your curiosity, come join us for an exciting 2-hour brief introduction to braille system.

Sight Connection (at our new location!)
929 N 130th St, Suite 3
Seattle, WA 98133

Monday, July 10, 2017 from 10AM to 12 noon

Please call Sight Connection at (206) 525-5556 if you’d like to attend or if you have any questions. You can also email Keiko Namekata at Please remember to leave your name, phone number and/or email address so that we can reach you to confirm.

We look forward to hearing from you!

A Touch of Braille: Overview of workshop

This two-hour workshop is intended to give you a brief look into the braille system and how learning braille may help you with your daily activities.

We will explore with you:

  • 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 through practice exercise sheets
  • Show and tell of various ways that braille could be helpful in our daily lives
  • Questions and answers
  • Next steps

Background information of instructor

Keiko Namekata, CVRT

Keiko has worked with blind and visually impaired adults for over 40 years in Illinois and Washington in various capacities; including teaching braille and other communication skills and managing the center-based alternative skills training program with the Washington State Department of Services for the Blind. Since her retirement in December of 2014, she has been volunteering at Sight Connection in various capacities. She hopes to incorporate braille as one of the unique services offered by Sight Connection to the community. She has used braille both professionally and personally throughout her life. One of her greatest pleasures now is reading print-braille books with her grandson.

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Store Spotlight: Eschenbach Blue Blocking Polinelli Readers

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Eschenbach’s Polinelli® premium readers collection combines modern style with BluePro Technology – a patented lens coating that blocks approximately 30% of potentially harmful blue light to help provide a better viewing experience.They also feature UV400 protection which eliminates glare for enhanced visual clarity and helps protect eyes from harmful UVA/UVB rays which can cause serious eye problems. With 3 layers of anti-reflective coating, the Polinelli® readers offer increased contrast and heightened visual sharpness.
The thin polycarbonate lens makes these readers extremely lightweight and more comfortable than regular plastic lenses. All styles and colors are finished with a rubberized texture that provides a soft touch feel and come with a color coordinated silicone cord and protective case.

Shop Eschenbach Blue Blocking Polinelli Readers at

All Clients are Equal

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Mohammad’s life, Mohammad was homeless, hungry, blind, spoke no English and very despondent. Sight Connection’s social worker first addressed the acute depression that was paralyzing Mohammad from seeking help. Working with Downtown Emergency Services, Sight Connection secured meal sources and transitional shelter. As his basic needs became less desperate, Mohammad started taking English classes and envisioning a future for himself.

Ethiopian Amare G., was a recent widow whose Retinitis Pigmentosa was progressing to the point where “I won’t cross the street, I’m so scared.” Sight Connection’s mobility specialist slowly built up Amare’s confidence using a white cane to navigate outside. Clinical staff assessed the level of remaining vision, provided Amare with appropriate magnifiers, and introduced her to a CCTV. Now she can get to her mailbox, pay bills, read prescription bottles and be independent outside her home. ”What a difference.”

Assistive Technology & Resources Fair at Auburn Library

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Sight Connection will be at the Assistive Technology and Resources Fair at the Auburn Library on Saturday, April 29 from 11am to 3pm.

Assistive technology is any product or service that makes tasks easier or possible. Learn about community resources and tools to help people live, work, and play independently. For more information, see the attached event flyer.

The event is free to attend.

Reasonable accommodation for individuals with disabilities is available; please contact the library prior to the event if you require accommodation.

Auburn Library • 1102 Auburn Way S • Auburn, WA 98002 • 253-931-3018

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