As the new year begins, a number of online programs full of practical information and tips have been scheduled for individuals who are blind or visually impaired. Following are descriptions of a few of them.
The Braille Institute features ongoing virtual workshops. Programs offered this week and later in the month include:
On January 10, 2024, from 3 to 4:30 pm Pacific Time (PT; 6 to 7:30 pm ET), What is Safe Driving? A Presentation for Professionals to earn ACVREP CEU Credits will provide participants with information about determining when those living with vision loss need to “give up the car keys.” The workshop will cover alternative transportation options as well as how to foster independence without a car. More information and a registration link are available here for What is Safe Driving? Presentation for Professionals to earn ACVREP Credits.
On January 11, 2024, from 10 am to 11:30 am PT (1 to 2:30 pm ET), Blind Gaming with Ross Minor will bring blind gamers the latest news about accessible gaming along with playing tips. Minor is “one of the leading blind gamers and gaming accessibility consultants in the world.” Additional information and a registration link can be found here for Blind Gaming with Ross Minor.
On January 17, 2024, from 1:30 to 3 pm PT (4:30 to 6 pm ET), Keyboard for VoiceOver on iPad will explore how using a Bluetooth keyboard can “enhance your VoiceOver skills” for tasks such as text editing and website navigation. Learn more and get the registration link here for Keyboard for VoiceOver On iPad.
On January 24, 2024, from 1 to 2 pm PT (4 to 5 pm ET), Artificial Intelligence (AI) Technology for the Blind will cover the positive and not so positive aspects of AI and “what AI is doing for visually impaired.” More information and a registration link are available here for Artificial Intelligence Technology for the Blind.
On January 31, 2024, from 1:30 to 3 pm PT (4:30 to 6 pm ET), Using VoiceOver On Safari will discuss how accessible Safari has become with the use of VoiceOver and explore its “most useful tools and features.” Learn more and get a registration link here for Using VoiceOver On Safari.
For a full list of upcoming programs from the Braille Institute, visit their webpage Activities Calendar.
Future in Sight has a number of ongoing programs as well, including:
On January 11, 2024 from 7 to 8:30 pm ET, The Business of Being Blind: (With) Program Consultant Sila Miller, will feature discussions with people who are blind and visually impaired in many different fields of work. Sila Miller will talk about her role as a “Program Consultant,” along with other speakers. To learn more and to register for this event, designed for adults and youth, visit the webpage for The Business of Being Blind: Program Consultant Sila Miller.
On January 12, 2024 from 10:30 to 11:30 am, Fit and Fabulous: Bone Building, a program for adults, will be led by a certified instructor who has “some sight impairment herself.” She will guide the group through bone building exercises. For additional details, and a registration link, visit the webpage for Fit and Fabulous: Bone Building.
On January 14, 2024 from 3 to 4:30 pm ET, Outta Sight Cooking: Arroz Con Gandules, a program for adults and young adults, offers the opportunity to “Try new dishes with the start of the New Year!” Instructor Renee Chaifour will guide participants through her method for cooking this dish, which is a Puerto Rican delicacy made up of rice with pigeon peas or kidney beans. Learn more and register here for Outta Sight Cooking.
On January 24, from 10:30 am to 12:30 pm, Notes App on Your iPhone and Android, a workshop designed for adults, will offer tips on how to use this app to store information like user names and passwords, vaccinations, and more. For additional details and a registration link, visit the webpage for the Notes App on Your iPhone and Android.
For all programs, a Zoom link will be sent with confirmation of registration. For a complete list of upcoming events, visit the Future in Sight webpage for the Events Calendar.