Connections: November 29, 2021

Welcome to ASB’s Participant Newsletter

Welcome to Connections, ASB’s participant newsletter! This newsletter is a monthly resource for all things ASB. Read on for upcoming events, program schedules and other opportunities to explore. Feel free to forward this email along to anyone who may be interested in our programs and resources.

Happy Holiday Season!

We hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving this past week. As we head into December, we want to wish everyone a happy holiday season this month! Check out the upcoming programs for December below. 

If you are interested in signing up for these programs or have any questions, please contact our Director of Participant Engagement and Outreach, Lexi Jones, at

STARTING DECEMBER 7: iPhone App Workshop

ASB’s December iPhone App Workshop series will start Tuesday, December 7 and run through Thursday, December 23, 2021. These eight remote learning workshops will be held on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays for one hour per week for three weeks. All interested ASB participants are welcome to attend, from the advanced user to participants with no iPhone experience. Explore the workshop schedule below!

If you are interested in enrolling in any of the iPhone App Workshops, email ASB’s Access Technology Instructor, Andrew Godwin, at or call 215-627-0600 at extension 816 to sign up.

Be My Eyes and AIRA: Tuesdays at 9 a.m. from December 7 – 21, 2021. Learn how to access sighted assistance anytime, anywhere for any task imaginable!

Amazon Alexa App and Echo Device Q&ATuesdays at 10:15 a.m. from December 7 – 21, 2021. Do you have Alexa app or Echo device questions? Do you want to become more proficient at navigating and using the Alexa app to control your Echo device or activate skills such as Voice Arcade? If so, then this workshop is for you!

Game World App: Tuesdays at 11:30 a.m. from December 7 – 21, 2021. Learn how to play online word, card and dice games with friends.

Instacart: Wednesdays at 10 a.m. from December 8 – 22, 2021. Learn how to shop online and have groceries delivered right to your front door!

Participant’s Choice App Q&A Workshop: Wednesdays at 11:15 a.m. December 8 –  22, 2021. Do you want to learn about different apps? Are you looking for a quick app overview? Do you have iPhone app questions? Then, this workshop is perfect. 

Seeing AI and TapTapSee: Thursdays at 9 a.m. from December 9 – 23, 2021.
Learn how to independently read mail, print documents, scan product barcodes, use facial recognition, identify money and more!

App Widget Workshop: Thursdays at 10:15 a.m. from December 9 –  23, 2021. Learn what an app widget is, how you can benefit from it and how to add one to your home screen.

iPhone Camera: Thursdays at 11:30 a.m. from December 9 – 23, 2021. Learn how to use VoiceOver to take pictures and videos with the iPhone camera app.

ASB’s Speaker Series – December Dates

ASB welcomes professionals from health care and other fields to speak about topics such as health and welfare, insurance and finances, legal assistance and much more!Review the upcoming December schedule below, and contact ASB’s Director of Participant Engagement and Outreach, Lexi Jones, at if you are interested in attending any of these sessions.

Topic: Cholesterol – Keeping it Under Control
Date: December 3, 2021
Time: 10:30 – 11:30 a.m.

Topic: Diabetes – It’s a Family Matter
Date: December 17, 2021
Time: 10:30 – 11:30 a.m.

ASB is sharing the events below as a courtesy to ASB participants. These are non-ASB events. Please be mindful of any requirements, including COVID-19 requirements, that may apply.

FREE Transportation to Vaccine Appointments

The City of Philadelphia is coordinating with Lyft and SEPTA CCT to provide FREE rides to COVID-19 vaccination appointments for Philadelphia residents 65 and older and those with access or functional needs. If you are eligible and interested in this resource, reach out to the Ride Access Hotline at 215-586-306 from 8 a.m. – 6 p.m. Monday through Friday.

FRIDAY: Accessible Pharmacy Services for the Blind’s FREE Blindness and Diabetes Webinar

On Friday, December 3, from 12 – 4 p.m., participants can join Accessible Pharmacy Services for the Blind to discuss blindness and diabetes with expert presenters. This FREE, live webinar will include presentations from healthcare providers, diabetes experts and leaders in the blind community. Participants can expect to learn about vision loss and diabetes, nutrition, diabetic retinopathy, accessible glucose monitoring systems and medication, insurance, exercise, real-life self-management tips and more!

Agenda Topics:

  • Welcome at 12:00 p.m.
  • Diabetes and Nutrition at 12:15 p.m. – Abbie Chesterson
  • Diabetic Retinopathy at 12:45 p.m. – Dr. Denise Gallagher, MD
  • Real-World Solutions to Diabetes at 1:15 p.m. – Kim Ladd
  • Diabetes Policy and Insurance Coverage at 1:45 p.m. – Sherry Pablo
  • 10-Minute Break at 2:15 p.m.
  • Medication and Devices at 2:30 p.m. – Dr. Jason Barrett, PharmD

A full agenda and speaker details will be emailed to you before the webinar. If you are unable to attend, still be sure to register to receive access to the webinar audio and video straight to your inbox!

Register for FREE here. For more information visit or call 215-799-9900.

Stay in Touch

Have questions about ASB’s programs and resources? Looking to get more involved? Please contact ASB’s Director of Participant Engagement and Outreach, Lexi Jones, at