VisionLink Program Schedule: October – December 2022

Participants can email VisionLink’s  Participant Navigator at levone.cannady@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 and Training groups.

iPhone Instruction

Remote iPhone Instruction is offered in a small group setting in four-week sessions. You will learn the basic skills for using your phone with Voiceover and gestures.  

Students will be scheduled either for Monday and Thursday, Tuesday and Thursday, or Tuesday and Friday lessons. Lesson times, start dates, and end dates will be set directly with the instructor. Before instruction, you will have a pre-evaluation to ensure you are placed in the appropriate class for your skill level.


iOS VoiceOver Accessible App Workshops

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 help you navigate through life.

Please Note: There will be a student app workshop break the week of Nov. 22, 23, and 24, 2022. All App Workshop classes will resume the following week. This break is only for the iPhone App workshops. All other Vision Link activities will continue as scheduled.

  • Bard: Tuesdays at 11:30 a.m. from Nov. 1 to Dec. 6
    • Search for, download, and listen to free books and magazines!
  • Participant’s choice! App Q&A: Wednesdays at 11:30 a.m. from Nov. 2 to Dec. 7
    • Want to learn about different apps? Looking for a quick app overview? Have iPhone app questions? Then, this workshop is for you. 
  • Seeing AI: Thursdays at 11:30 a.m. from Nov. 3 to Dec. 8
    • Learn how to independently read mail, printed documents, product barcodes, use facial recognition, identify money, and more!

Have questions? Please call VisionLink Access Technology Instructor Andrew Godwin at 215-627-0600 and dial extension 816 or email him at andrew.godwin@visionlinkphl.org.


Orientation and Mobility

Orientation and Mobility is now providing in-person instruction. This class will teach you to travel efficiently, safely, and independently – according to your individual goals and ability. Lesson times, start dates, and end dates will be set directly with the instructor. We are currently ensuring that those participants who initially expressed an interest in the program over the last two years will be contacted.  Meanwhile, you are welcome to add your name to the waitlist.


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. When the class begins, we will ensure 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. Please note: You need to have access to a computer at the time the class begins.


Community-Based Programming

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

Mondays

  • Men’s Peer Support Group (meets weekly in small groups) from 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.: Are you having difficulty talking with friends and family about your vision loss? Join this group and share thoughts and ideas with peers. 
  • New Participant Orientation (requires registration in advance) from 1:30 – 2:30 p.m.: The group meets four times over the course of two weeks, with a new group forming every other month. The group will not be held in October 2022.

Tuesdays

  • Movement with Karen from the PA Ballet (meets weekly from Sept. 13 – Nov. 1) from 10:30 – 11:30 a.m.: Join this remote group to get your body moving and your heart pumping, standing, or seated. Karen leads the group in exercises that the dancers at the Philadelphia Ballet use during training with upbeat music and her own style. Grab your water and prepare for an hour of movement and good times!
  • Diabetes Information and Support Group (meets weekly from Aug. 30 – Nov. 15) from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.: Led by Thomas Jefferson University staff and pharmacy students, this group will help you learn about ways to manage your diabetes, how this disease affects your body, and how to eat sensibly and still enjoy what you are eating.
  • Intro to Opera (meets on the third Tuesday of every month) from 5:00 – 6:00 p.m.: 
    • Oct. 18 – Learn about Opera Philadelphia’s on-demand streaming platform and dive deeper into some of the audio-described performances you can experience from the comfort of your home today! This session will highlight Verdi’s classic opera “La Traviata.” Listen to the musical highlights from the opera, learn about its characters, and allow us to set the scene. At the end of the session, participants will receive free access to watch the full opera from home.
    • Nov. 15 – Opera Philadelphia returns for Part II in a series that explores audio-described performances available on their streaming platform, the Opera Philadelphia Channel (operaphila.tv). In honor of Veteran’s Day, this session will highlight the opera “Soldier Songs,” a modern, new work based on interviews with veterans of five wars. At the end of the session, participants will receive free access to watch the full opera from home.
    • Dec. 13 – Opera Philadelphia’s series concludes with a presentation on “TakTakShoo,” a 12-minute operatic short developed during the COVID-19 pandemic that fuses opera and K-pop, marimba, electronics, and dance, to create an eclectic sound and movement world. Learn about the production and its amazing creators before watching the audio-described performance as a group.

Wednesdays

  • Gentle Yoga (meets weekly from Nov. 9 – Dec. 21) from 10:30 – 11:30 a.m.: Get your body moving with this weekly program! No previous experience is required, and experienced yogis are welcome.
  • New Participant Orientation (requires registration in advance) from 1:30 – 2:30 p.m.: The group meets four times over the course of two weeks, with a new group forming every other month. The group will not be held in October 2022.

Thursdays

  • Women’s Peer Support Group (meets weekly in small groups) from 10:00 – 11:00 a.m.: Join this group to discuss issues facing women who are blind or experiencing vision loss.

Fridays

  • Speaker Series (meets on the fourth Friday of every month) from 10:00 a.m. – 12 p.m.: VisionLink welcomes professionals from health and other fields to speak to our participants about topics such as health and welfare, finance, legal assistance, and much more!
  • Resource Sharing Call (meets on the first Friday of every month) from 2:00 – 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.