Program Schedule

Our programs are divided into two areas: education and training and community-based activities. Together these programs are designed to help you live a full and successful life as you adjust to changes in your vision.

Educational Programs

January through March 2024

iPhone and iPad Instruction

Remote iPhone Instruction is offered in a small group setting in four-week sessions. 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.

Remote iPad instruction has begun. Depending on your skill level, you can learn the basics that may be more than enough for your personal needs, or you can work your way through each level from one through six to gain more knowledge and skills on how the iPad can support you in your everyday interests.

iOS VoiceOver Accessible App Workshops

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 on January 30, 31 and February 1, 2024. These classes will resume the following week. This break is only for the iPhone App workshops; all other VisionLink activities will continue as scheduled.

January 9 through February 15, 2024

  • YouTube: Tuesdays at 10:00 a.m.
    Search for and watch educational or entertaining videos from all over the world.
  • Participant’s choice! App Q&A: Wednesdays at 10:00 a.m.
  • Instacart: Thursdays at 10:00 a.m.
    Products from supermarkets, drugstores and convenience stores delivered right to your front door.

February 27 through April 4, 2024

  • Alexa: Echo Device Voice Navigation: Tuesdays at 10:00 a.m.
    Learn how to use an Echo device and your voice to complete a multitude of practical and entertaining tasks.
  • Participant’s choice! App Q&A: Wednesdays at 10:00 a.m.
  • Seeing AI: Thursdays at 10:00 a.m.
    Independently read mail, printed documents, product barcodes, use facial recognition, identify money and more.

iPhone Application Instruction

Instruction for each application topic will take place on Mondays from 3 – 4:30 p.m. and Fridays from 10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. from October to December. Review the dates and descriptions of the workshops below.

  • YouTube – Friday January 5, Monday January 8, Friday January 12, Friday January 19
    Search for videos, find the playback controls, like and share videos, navigate and save videos to the library.
  • Amazon – Monday January 22, Friday January 26, Monday January 29, Friday February 2, Monday February 5, Friday February 9, Monday February 12
    Search for and purchase items, make returns, subscribe & save, as well as using the Alexa device to purchase items.
  • Spotify – Friday February 16, Friday February 23, Monday February 26, Friday March 1
    Learn to sign up for an account, find the content you want to listen to, and save and download media to your device.
  • Facebook – Monday March 4, Friday March 8, Monday March 11, Friday March 15, Monday March 18
    Set up your profile, configure security settings, find friends, follow others, read your newsfeed, join special interest groups, and use messenger.
  • Code Scanner – Friday March 22
    This built-in free iPhone app reads QR codes so that printed materials can be accessible to those that are blind and visually impaired.
  • Q&A Workshop – Monday March 25
    Use this open Q&A session ask about any of the apps that were recently covered, or any other app you need assistance with.

Orientation and Mobility

Orientation and Mobility is now providing in-person instruction. Lesson times and dates are set directly with the instructor. Email us to add your name to the waitlist.

Home Management

Home Management workshops will focus on a range of topics which will include strategies for maintaining Safety in the Home, Organization and Labeling, Assistive Technology, Medication Management, Resources for Managing Vision Loss, and recommendations that can help with the adjustment to the psycho-social aspect of vision loss.

The home management workshop series is scheduled to resume in January 2024 at 1 pm and will be offered on the following dates. Dates are subject to change:

January 8, January 22, February 5, February 20, March 4, March 18

Vision Rehabilitation Therapy and Independent Living

Vision Rehabilitation Therapy provides training in the use of compensatory skills and assistive technology through workshops and one on one tutorials.

Computer Instruction

Computer instruction has been placed on hold. An announcement will be made once the new schedule is set. As a participant you will learn the basic skills for using a computer with JAWS or work to sharpen your advanced skills over a four-week workshop schedule. Participants who have received a call to schedule their sessions, but have not confirmed their availability, don’t hesitate to let us know if you remain interested. To participate, you need to have access to a computer at the time the class begins.

VisionLink participants are welcome to join us in any of the programs listed on this page.

Clients can email Lee Cannady, our Manager, Enrollment and Referral, or call us at (215) 627-0600 to participate in our Educational Programs.

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Community-Based Programs

Mondays

  • New Participant Orientation (meets on January 22 & 29 and March 18 & 25) from 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.: The group meets four times over the course of two weeks, with a new group forming every other month.

Tuesdays

  • Diabetes Information and Support Group (dates TBA) 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.
  • Peer Support Group (meets last Tuesday of every month) from 3:00 – 4:00 p.m. This group is designed for individuals experiencing sight loss in need of peer support, peer networking and information related to the field of vision loss.

Wednesdays

  • Movement Group (dates TBA) from 10:30 – 11:30 a.m.: Join this remote group to get your body moving and your heart pumping, either standing or seated. Karen leads the group in exercises that the dancers at the Philadelphia Ballet use during training.
  • New Participant Orientation (meets on January 17 & 24 and March 13 & 20) from 11:30 – 12:30 p.m.: The group meets four times over the course of two weeks, with a new group forming every other month.
  • Men’s Peer Support Group (meets biweekly) from 3:30 – 4:30 p.m.: Having difficulty talking with friends and family about vision loss? Join this weekly group to share your thoughts and experiences with peers.

Thursdays

  • Women’s Peer Support Group (meets biweekly) from 10:00 – 11:00 a.m.: Join this group to discuss issues facing women who are blind or experiencing vision loss.
  • Intro to Opera (meets third Thursday of every month) from 5:00 – 6:00 p.m.: Led by Steven Humes (Manager of Audience Development, Opera Philadelphia) and Nicole Sardella (Audio Describer), this monthly group dives into different operas and the details behind the art.

Fridays

  • Speaker Series (meets fourth Friday of every month) from 10:00 a.m. – noon: VisionLink welcomes professionals from health and other fields to speak to our participants about topics that are important to health and wellness, finance, legal assistance, and more.
  • Resource Sharing Call (meets 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.
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Clients can email Lee Cannady, our Manager, Enrollment and Referral, or call us at (215) 627-0600 ext. 824 to participate in our Community Programs.

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