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Seattle Opera audio-described performance of ‘The Barber of Seville’

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If you’re a fan of opera, Seattle Opera is performing ‘The Barber of Seville‘ with audio description this Sunday, October 22, 2017. at McCaw Hall. They also offer large print and braille programs. Stop by the desk near coat check to pick one up.

For more information on accessible performances, click here.

The Barber of Seville (from the Seattle Opera website)

Get ready for whimsical disguises, good-natured trickery, and plenty of treats for eyes and ears alike! This giddy romp is full of zany schemes worthy of a Bugs Bunny cartoon. Romance sparks between savvy Rosina and lovesick Count Almaviva, but she’s under the thumb of a ghastly guardian we love to hate. Enter fast-talking Figaro, who’s always ready to help young love carry the day.

Inspired by the chaotic and colorful film worlds of Wes Anderson and Pedro Almodóvar, this “riotously funny” (The Australian) new-to-Seattle production dazzles with vibrant sets and costumes in a comic, colorful celebration packed with shenanigans and bubbling over with joy. Rossini’s appealing score features an iconic, toe-tapping overture and familiar tunes throughout.

Featuring a special appearance by Juilliard-trained burlesque sensation Marc Kenison—known in Seattle and beyond for his glamourous, gender-bending performances as Waxie Moon—in the non-singing, highly physical role of Ambrogio.

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Art Beyond Sight Tours at Seattle Art Museum

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Art Beyond Sight tours for visitors with low or no vision at the SAM at 1300 First Ave. At 1 pm light refreshments in Simons Board Room. Tours start at 1:20 pm and end by 3 pm with opportunity for further conversation and refreshments afterward. Visitors will be greeted by docents at our main entrance, on the corner of First Ave. and Union St. This is an accessible entrance, which means that visitors taking ACCESS transportation or taxi can expect a drop off area and a ramp. If you are driving, this entrance is also where the parking garage elevator leads to. Admission to the Museum is free for all Art Beyond Sight participants and their guests with advance registration. To register, email access@seattleartmuseum.org or call Kelsey Donahue at (206) 654-3133.

UPCOMING ART BEYOND SIGHT TOURS
Saturday, October 21
Art Beyond Sight: American Art Tour

Saturday, November 18
Art Beyond Sight: Andrew Wyeth Tour

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Audio Described Performance of Pride and Prejudice at Seattle Rep

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The audio-described performance of Pride and Prejudice at Seattle Repertory Theatre is Saturday, October 21 at 2:00 pm.

Playwright Kate Hamill imbues hilarious new life into this classic love story with a decidedly progressive take on the trials and travails of Elizabeth Bennet, Mr. Darcy, and, of course the delightful Bennet clan! But not to worry, empire waists and lavish Regency-era attire still abound in this familiar yet surprisingly modern premiere adaptation.

Visit the Seattle Rep website or contact the Box Office at 206.443.2222 to purchase tickets.

Candidate forum addressing policies affecting people with disabilities

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What if elected officials prioritized the 38% of people with a disability?

What would your life be like if Seattle were fully accessible?

The Seattle Commission for People with DisAbilities invites you to a candidate forum addressing policies and funding affecting people with disabilities.

Friday, October 13
3 PM—8 PM
Downtown Seattle
Library Main Auditorium

Start Time Race
3:00 PM Introduction
3:05 PM Seattle Mayor
4:10 PM Port of Seattle Pos. 1
4:50 PM Port of Seattle Pos. 3
5:10 PM City Attorney
6:00 PM Seattle City Council Pos. 9
6:35 PM Seattle City Council Pos. 8
7:35 PM Port of Port Pos. 4
7:50 PM Close

CART (Communication Access Real-time Translation captioning service)

Wheelchair accessible.

Getting there and parking

Co-presented by Alliance of People with disAbilities

Click here for the Candidate Forum event flyer.

‘Seattle for All Ages’ Mayoral Debate presented by AARP and KOMO News

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What should the future of Seattle look like? How can we make the city a place where people of all ages can be healthy, independent and part of a vibrant age-friendly community?

On Tuesday, October 10, we’ll hear from Seattle mayoral candidates Jenny Durkan and Cary Moon on issues like safe, walkable streets, better housing and transportation options, and opportunities for residents to connect and engage in the community life of our city no matter their age.

The debate will be moderated by Mary Nam, anchor of KOMO’s Emmy Award winning newscasts.

Catch the debate live Tuesday, October 10 at 7:00pm on KOMO Newsradio 1000AM / 97.7FM or streaming live on KOMONews.com. Or join other members in your community at our debate watch parties planned across the city – visit aarp.org/seattleforallages for details.

The debate will also be televised on KOMO 4 on Saturday, October 14 at 9:00pm.

This event is presented with support from members of the Age Friendly Seattle Task Force, working to help older adults age in community with dignity and independence.

"Seattle for All Ages" Mayoral Debate

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A Touch of Braille: A Brief Intro to Braille System

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Interested in learning braille? Try our introduction to braille workshop!

The Touch of Braille workshops are offered several times a year. Sign-up for our newsletter to be notified of upcoming workshops. Join us 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.

Where
Sight Connection
929 N 130th St, Suite 3
Seattle, WA 98133

When
Monday, November 27, 2017 from 1pm to 3pm

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 knamekata@sightconnection.org. 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.

Join our team: Administrative & Retail Assistant

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Administrative & Retail Assistant

The Administrative & Retail Assistant is a part-time hourly position responsible for helping customers both in store and over the phone, tracking sales trends, and receiving shipments. They will manage inventory discrepancies, damaged inventory, and returns to suppliers. This position serves as primary support for the Store Manager and Assistant Store Manager. As a member of the agency administrative team, the position also provides support to the accounting, clinic, and direct services teams. Accurate data entry, clerical and administrative tasks are required. The ideal candidate will possess a positive attitude, willingness to learn and work in a team environment across functional departments, be self-motivated, reliable and enjoy working with diverse populations including the visually impaired and elderly.

Minimum Required Qualifications:

  • Must be available to work Monday – Friday between the hours of 8:30 and 5:30
  • High School Graduate required, AA preferred
  • Ability to understand and speak English well
  • Retail experience preferred
  • Demonstrated commitment to excellent customer service
  • Demonstrated ability to do accurate paperwork with careful attention to details
  • Experience with Microsoft Office Suite and Outlook
  • Experience in non-profit or health related environment preferred
  • Ability to correctly lift up to 25 pounds
  • Ability to stand for long periods of time
  • Computer literate and Internet savvy
  • Ability to keep information confidential
  • Sensitivity to older adult and disabled populations

TO APPLY:
Please submit a summary of qualifications limited to two pages and a cover letter including a personal statement expressing how Sight Connection aligns with your personal and professional goals. Please email resume, cover letter, and three professional references to smartsolf@sightconnection.org, inquiries welcome.

APPLICATION DEADLINE:
Immediate review of resumes
Job Open until filled
Position Available for Immediate Start Date

COMPENSATION:
Entry Level Position, $15/hour to start, 90 day review
Medical and Dental Benefits paid at 25 hours
Paid Vacation, Holiday and Sick Leave plans

Join our team: Assistant Retail Operations Manager

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Assistant Retail Operations Manager

The Assistant Retail Operations Manager is responsible for the efficient daily operation of the Sight Connection adaptive aids store; providing and assuring exemplary customer service; maintaining accurate records; and for providing any other staff and program support necessary to make the store a success. This is a full-time, exempt position, and the hours are 8:30 am – 5:30 pm (or 8:00 am to 5:00 pm) Monday through Friday.

The Assistant ROM is responsible for providing excellent customer service, as well as program support, staff support, any other work necessary to promote sales, process orders, and keep the store well-organized and running smoothly. The Assistant ROM works directly with the Retail Operations Manager and the Retail Operations Assistant(s).

This position is also responsible for front desk reception coverage on occasion.

Responsibilities:

Customer Service
All store staff are expected to encourage informed consumer choice, teach customers how to use the products they buy, and provide follow-up assistance as needed. They are also expected to maintain a thorough knowledge of the store and its products, and of the agency and its services and programs.

  • Serve walk-in customers by providing information/referral about products; hands-on product demonstrations; sales; general instructions in product use; briefly introduce agency services and appropriately refer to agency Information and Referral resources.
  • Serve telephone customers by offering information/referral services, taking orders, answering inquiries, providing after-sales support, etc.
  • Serve Internet customers by offering information/referral services, taking orders, answering inquiries, providing after sales support, etc. by email
  • Document and process mail, Internet, and telephone orders, as well as purchase orders and special orders, in a timely manner
  • Check and respond to voicemail and email messages promptly
  • Document and process customer returns
  • Accurately complete all store forms, receipts, and other records related to customer inquiries and sales, and any other store-related matters
  • Pay close attention to customer comments, compliments, criticisms, behavior, buying patterns, product requests, etc. and regularly share them with ROM to help develop plans and strategies on how to best address them.
  • Maintain the store in a neat, clean, and safe condition at all time.

Retail Program Support

  • Open and/or close the store daily as scheduled.
  • Coordinate supplier/customer shipments; work with shipping vendors on any issues. Research alternative shipping methods as necessary.
  • Review daily deposits and paperwork. Provide any information necessary to respond to inquiries about transactions and paperwork from accounting staff.
  • Organize and maintain accurate store files concerning sales, work orders, backorders, returns, suppliers, etc.
  • Process each day’s orders to be shipped in a timely fashion, using either UPS WorldShip or Stamps.com (USPS) to find the most cost-effective method.
  • Watch for and identify product trends. Regularly research and suggest new products (including complimentary products), replacements, and more competitive prices. Recommend discontinuing merchandise and carrying new products as necessary.
  • Assist in visual merchandising, seasonal merchandising, and display rotation.
    h. Maintain in-store records of tax-exempt sales, and any other records as required.
  • Keep track of store supplies such as bags, boxes, and forms and re-order as needed.
  • Check-in, receive, label, and put away merchandise shipments.
  • Open and close store registers and prepare nightly deposits. Run end of month register reports.
  • Send tax-exempt sales spreadsheet and Internet tax-exempt sales from the previous month to the President/CEO on the first business day of the month.
  • Assist with the monthly PRISM newsletter by choosing a store product to highlight and writing an article of approximately 120 words to be included in the newsletter.
  • Assist with the store catalog design and publication by selecting the products to be featured (with the ROM and ROA), obtaining product photos, and writing the product descriptions.

Store Website Maintenance

  • Add new products to website as needed—including price, PLU number, photos, and engaging item description. Include known keywords in item descriptions to aid in favorable search engine results.
  • Record any new talking products (using Audacity) and upload to the store website; add link to product description so customers can hear the item online.
  • Maintain new product and sale/clearance pages regularly, to remove any unnecessary items and keep the website current.
  • Update old/outdated item descriptions, including adding keywords and better product specifications such as dimensions or intended demographics.
  • Design and maintain the layout and content of the store website front page. Find graphics, write description, and choose featured products to go along with the theme. Change theme approximately every 3 weeks.
  • Make any necessary changes involving the store website—including changing shipping methods or rates, price changes, making backordered items temporarily unavailable, etc.

Retail Staff Liaison and Support

  • Supervise and direct the ROA and any other store support staff by providing any information, instructions, training, and support needed to help them work successfully in the store. Keep them informed of any changes in procedures, products, prices, etc. Plan daily strategy, and assign tasks as needed.
  • Provide timely, accurate information to support staff and other agency staff about special orders, in-house transfers, merchandise requests, merchandise received, and any other matters related to the store that are essential to the success of their work.
  • Assist direct service staff with check-in and check-out of layaway items for use out in the field. Keep direct service staff accountable for layaway items over two weeks old, as needed.
  • Assist the ROM with special projects as requested—for example, with retail space design, relocation, or other store changes and improvements.

Inventory Management

  • Create weekly purchase orders, to maintain an appropriate amount of stock on hand. Place orders via fax, email, or online, as requested by suppliers.
  • Supervise return to supplier items in a timely manner, with appropriate forms and RA# numbers. Transfer items in and out as needed.
  • Process incoming merchandise in a timely manner; commit items to inventory properly; label and stock merchandise.
  • Process or supervise transfers in or out of products for demo use, low vision clinic use, or staff personal kits.
  • Organize and conduct regular and spot physical inventories.
  • Note any changes in customer buying patterns, product quality, special orders, etc. that may affect the amount and timing of orders, and plan purchase orders accordingly.

Policies and Procedures

  • Follow established policies and procedures concerning the store.
  • Suggest changes to the ROM that would improve store efficiency and effectiveness.
  • Attend all store staff meetings and trainings
  • Attend all monthly staff meetings
  • Provide coverage for store staff breaks, lunches, vacations, and illnesses.

Recordkeeping

  • Keep all records necessary to ensure that store activities are conducted in accordance with agency, supplier, and legal requirements.
  • Keep all personnel, customer, and other client records secure and confidential in accordance with agency requirements.

Quality and Quantity of Performance

  • Maintain overall performance quality and quantity at a minimum level of “meets job requirements” as outlined on the Performance Review.

Accountability and Relationships

  • Accountability
    1. The Assistant ROM is directly accountable to the Retail Operations Manager and ultimately to the President/CEO.
    2. Promote high ethical and professional standards in all program activities.
  • Internal Relationships
    1. Establishes and maintains positive and effective working relationships with all other agency staff
    2. Establishes and maintains working knowledge of all agency programs.
  • External Relationships
    1. Establishes and maintains positive and effective working relationships with other key publics including suppliers and other organizations serving visually impaired persons.
    2. Maintains a positive and helpful manner at all times when dealing with the public—whether by phone, email, or in person.

Minimum Required Qualifications

  • High School Graduate required, AA preferred
  • Ability to understand and speak English well
  • Retail experience
  • Demonstrated commitment to excellent customer service
  • Demonstrated ability to do accurate paperwork with careful attention to details
  • Ability to correctly lift up to 25 pounds
  • Ability to stand for long periods of time
  • Computer literate and Internet savvy
  • Ability to keep information confidential
  • Sensitivity to older adult and disabled populations

TO APPLY:
Please submit a summary of qualifications limited to two pages and a cover letter including a personal statement expressing how Sight Connection aligns with your personal and professional goals. Please email resume, cover letter and three professional references to smartsolf@sightconnection.org, inquiries welcome.

COMPENSATION:
$16 – $18/hour DOE
Medical and Dental Benefits
Paid Vacation and Sick Leave
10 Paid Holidays

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White Cane Safety Day at the Columbia City Farmers Market

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Hosted by Washington State Department of Services for the Blind

To celebrate White Cane Safety Day, Washington State Department of Services for the Blind will be hosting a White Cane Day March on Wednesday, October 11 at 3:00 pm. The march will start from the Department of Services for the Blind office (3411 S. Alaska St, Seattle, 98118) and end at the Columbia City Farmers Market, where they will have a booth to provide information on White Cane use and safety. Some Sight Connection staff will be joining in the walk. We hope to see you there!

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