VisionLink Program Schedule: April – June 2022

Participants can email VisionLink’s Director of Participant Engagement and Outreach at alexis.jones@visionlinkphl.org to register for any of these programs.

Education and Training Programs

Please call 215-627-0600 and dial extension 827 to sign up for Education groups.

iPhone Instruction

Remote Beginner and Advanced iPhone are offered in a small group setting. iPhone instruction will teach the basic skills for using your phone with Voiceover and gestures.

Students will be scheduled either for Monday & Thursday, Tuesday & Thursday or Tuesday & Friday lessons. Lesson times, start dates, and end dates will be set directly with the instructor. There is a waiting list for this program, meaning you may not be able to start right away.


iOS VoiceOver Accessible App Workshops – April 19 through May 26

A variety of iPhone App Workshops will be offered throughout the year in a small group setting. All interested VisionLink participants are welcome to attend. No iPhone experience is necessary, just an interest in using an iPhone with apps that can change your life.

Please Note: There will be a student app workshop break May 10, 11, and 12. All App Workshop classes will resume the following week. This break is only for the iPhone App workshops. All other VisionLink activities will continue as scheduled.

  • Be My Eyes and AIRA: Tuesdays at 11:30 a.m. from April 19 to May 24
    • Learn how to access sighted assistance anytime, anywhere for any task you can imagine!
  • Instacart: Wednesdays at 10 a.m. from April 20 to May 25
    • Learn how to shop online and have groceries delivered right to your front door!
  • Participant’s Choice! App Q&A: Wednesdays at 11:15 a.m. from April 20 to May 25
    • Want to learn about different apps? Looking for a quick app overview? Have iPhone app questions? Then, this workshop is for you. 
  • Seeing AI and TapTapSee: Thursdays at 11:30 a.m. from April 21 to May 26
    • Learn how to independently read mail and printed documents, scan barcodes, use facial recognition, identify money, and more!

Orientation without Mobility

This class will enable the participant to learn to mentally map a route to and from any destination within the city using compass directions. While walking or using public transit this knowledge will enable a person, sighted or not, to maintain their direction and recover any misdirection they make.

Orientation without Mobility is currently operating remotely. Lesson times, start dates, and end dates will be set directly with the instructor. There is a waiting list for this program, so you may not be able to start right away depending on the instructor’s availability. 


Home Management

Home management workshops are group sessions where participants will discuss strategies and learn techniques to live more independently. Each workshop will focus on a specific topic area of home management. We are currently ensuring that those participants who initially expressed an interest in the program over the last two years will be contacted. We will let you know as soon as we can accept new participants for this program. Meanwhile, you are welcome to add your name to the waiting list.


Computer Instruction

Computer instruction teaches the basic skills for using a computer with JAWS or works to sharpen skills in the advanced class. We are happy to announce that the computer instruction program will begin in the coming weeks. We are currently ensuring that those participants who initially expressed an interest in the program over the last two years will be contacted. We will let you know as soon as we can accept new participants for this program. Meanwhile, you are welcome to add your name to the waiting list.


Enrichment & Support Programs

Please call 215-627-0600 and dial extension 824 to sign up for Enrichment groups.

Mondays

  • Men’s Peer Support Group (next group forming soon) from 11 – 12 p.m.: Are you having difficulty talking with friends and family about your loss of vision? Join this group and share thoughts and ideas with peers. 
  • New Participant Orientation (meets monthly – requires registration in advance, following an intake appointment) from 1:30 – 2:30 p.m.: The group meets six times over the course of three weeks, with a new group forming each month.

Tuesdays

  • Movement with the PA Ballet (meets weekly from 5/17/22 – 7/6/22) from 10:30 – 11:30 p.m.: These remote workshops will focus on the physical technique and artistry of ballet and movement. Attendees will be encouraged to tell their stories through movement, promoting the idea that communication need not be verbal or visual. You will also learn about the physical health benefits that consistent movement has on the body and mind.

Wednesdays

  • Gentle Yoga (meets weekly until 5/11/22) from 10:30 – 11:30 a.m.: Get your body moving with this program! No previous experience required and experienced Yogi’s are welcome.
  • New Participant Orientation (meets monthly – requires registration in advance, following an intake appointment) from 1:30 – 2:30 p.m.: The group meets six times over the course of three weeks, with a new group forming each month.

Thursdays

  • Women’s Peer Support Group (meets weekly until 5/5/22, next group forming from 5/26/22 – 6/30/22) from 10 – 11 a.m.: Join this group to discuss issues facing women who are blind or experiencing vision loss.

Fridays

  • Monthly Resource Sharing Call (meets on the first Friday of every month) from 2 – 3:30 p.m.: Join VisionLink staff to learn about new programs, resources available, and special announcements. Bring any new resources you have learned about to the call as well to share with other participants.
  • Speaker Series (meets on the fourth Friday of every month) from 10 – 12 p.m.: VisionLink welcomes professionals from health and other fields to speak to our participants about topics that are important to health and welfare, finance, legal assistance, and much more!