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High Marks for IN-SIGHT Services

For the past year, IN-SIGHT has sent surveys to participants in the agency’s training and low-vision programs to better understand how we are doing. While there is always room for improvement, our clients have indicated that overall they are pleased with the services they have received.

The one-page survey, which has been mailed to 372 individuals since November 2021, asks the respondents to rate the overall service they received from the agency, whether they felt that their goals were met, whether they feel more confident and independent as a result of the services received and whether they would seek training from IN-SIGHT in the future. For those who received devices or glasses through the low-vision clinic, we also asked how often they use these tools.



The survey results have been very encouraging so far:

  • Survey respondents indicated high satisfaction with the services they received, with everyone rating their experience as excellent or good.
  • 85% indicated that they felt that their goals were met.
  • 98% agreed that they felt more confident and independent due to the services they received.
  • 97% indicated that they would access IN-SIGHT in the future.
  • 80% said that they use the devices or glasses that they received from the low vision clinic very often.

Among the comments that people have included in their survey responses:

  • “I am very new to all of this and I have to say there is no right way to become visually impaired. It is a new journey that is a difficult one, but I would tell you that so far every one of your staff members has been wonderful and I appreciate them.
  • The care and compassion I have received are the best I could ask for.
  • There’s no easy way to suffer the loss of vision. I am new to this and it’s going to take time. Everyone has been wonderful.
  • “You seem to have the right people training us. I think it is wonderful what you are doing. So far it seems you are covering all the bases.


All the World’s a Stage

This past fall, a group of IN-SIGHT clients created unique dioramas meant to look like a stage with miniature figurines. The themes ranged from an opera singer to a day at the beach to ways of celebrating the holidays.

Each participant started with rolled-out slabs of clay, which they used to build their stages. Then using small pieces of clay, they created small figurines posed on the stage. Curtains and lights helped to complete the look of these fun pieces.




In Boston, a Feast and a Duck Boat Ride

A group of IN-SIGHT clients recently took a day trip to Boston, where they feasted on authentic Italian cuisine, followed by a fun and informative tour on one of the city’s Duck Boats.



Rhode Island White Cane Day 2022

Under sunny and warm skies, many people came out for Rhode Island’s 2022 White Cane Day event on Saturday, October 15, at the Garden City Center in Cranston. Attendees received a free t-shirt, snacks, chocolate-covered white cane pretzels, and information from almost a dozen local agencies. A balloon artist and a face painter brought a lot of family-friendly fun to the event.

Speakers at the event included emcee Chris Bove, Rhode Island House Speaker Joseph Sherkachi, State Representative Julie Casimiro, State House page Ryan Lukowicz, local storyteller Mark Binder, and featured speaker Jay Blake from Follow A Dream.



Holiday Outing

IN-SIGHT clients are welcome to join us for a special holiday outing on Saturday, December 10, from 11:30 AM – 3:45 PM.

Please note this outing is currently sold out. We may have cancellations before the event. We are happy to include you on a waiting list if tickets become available. Please contact Lucille Gaboriault at (401) 941-3322 or info@in-sight.org to join this list.

Our outing starts with a delicious lunch at the Greenwood Inn, where you will enjoy chicken soup followed by your choice of entree.

After lunch, we will take a short walk across the street to the GAMM Theater to enjoy a matinee performance of It’s A Wonderful Life.

From the GAMM website: “George, Mary, Zuzu, and the entire town of Bedford Falls come to life in this staged 1940s radio broadcast of Frank Capra’s holiday movie classic. With live sound effects and a handful of actors, the story of beleaguered building and loan owner George Bailey and his affable helper angel, Clarence, unfolds one fateful Christmas Eve as you’ve never seen it before. This captivating, life-affirming story is a holiday treat for the entire family!”


Fall Program Schedule

IN-SIGHT offers a wide range of programs to help build confidence and independence.

If you are new to vision loss, we highly recommend attending one of our upcoming VISION Group meetings. Click here for more information and upcoming dates.

To register for all other programs, fill out the form below. Descriptions of each program are located under the form.


Fall Program Registration


Ceramics (Holiday)

Tuesdays, Nov 29 & Dec 6
In-Person at Mudstone Studios
10:30AM – 12:00PM

Join us at Mudstone Studios for one or both of our upcoming ceramics workshops. This will be an open studio format. Projects are made using clay that is molded by each participant, which maximizes creativity. Staff from Mudstone Studios and IN-SIGHT are available to offer guidance and support. Mudstone Studios is located at 30 Cutler Street in Warren, RI, and is accessible via the RIde program.


Holiday Craft Workshop

Monday, December 19
In-Person at IN-SIGHT
10:00AM – 12:30PM

Join us for a unique open craft workshop just in time for the holidays. Make some decorations for your home or fashion some special gifts to give to others. Let your creativity run wild as you use various materials and supplies to do your unique projects. IN-SIGHT staff will be available to assist as needed, and some sample projects will be available for inspiration. This is a donor-funded program offered at no cost to IN-SIGHT clients. A light lunch will also be provided.


Assistive Technology Discovery Group

Oct 20, Nov 17, Dec 15
In-Person at IN-SIGHT & Zoom
11:00AM – 12:00PM

Do you have questions about assistive technology, or are you someone that loves to stay on top of what’s new and exciting? The monthly AT Discovery Group is a great place to ask questions about assistive technology, learn about the latest tools and updates, and offer your expertise to others. These sessions, which Gloria Stuart facilitates, have an open discussion format allowing participants to bring up different topics for discussion. Gloria will also offer updates about new technology and updates to existing tools


White Cane Day

Join us for Rhode Island’s White Cane Day Celebration on Saturday, October 15, from 1 PM – 4 PM, at the Garden City Center Gazebo, 100 Midway Road, Cranston.

The event is RAIN or SHINE and will celebrate the independence of Rhode Islanders who are blind and visually impaired with lots of family-friendly activities, including:

  • Free tee shirt giveaway (while supplies last).
  • Family activities include a face painter, balloon artist, food, white cane pretzels, and music!
  • National Hot Rod Association Funny Car.
  • Resource tables featuring information about local organizations and services.

There will also be a brief speaking program starting at 2:30 PM featuring Jay Blake from Follow a Dream and local storyteller Mark Binder.


Transportation:

  1. RIDE can drop attendees off in front of Newport Creamery.
  2. RIPTA’s bus stop is located behind J Crew on Midway Road. 
  3. See the map below for more details.  Locations of the Newport Creamery, the gazebo, and the RIPTA bus stop on Midway are highlighted in yellow.  The walking path from the RIPTA stop to the gazebo is highlighted in blue.
  4. Parking is available throughout Garden City and surrounding the gazebo area.

Restrooms:

Public restrooms are near the Garden City Management office, behind Jos A. Bank. 


Navigating the event:

As this event celebrates independence, we expect attendees to manage the event independently and be responsible for themselves, their children, and other guests.  We will have volunteers trained in human guides stationed throughout the event, specifically near street crossings and areas with stairs.  There are no ramps to get to the lower part of the area where the tables will be; attendees can travel down a slight slope on the grass. Volunteers will also be placed near the steps for safety.

Garden City staff will also place white stations and orange cones around the event’s perimeter for additional safety.


Event Sponsors:

IN-SIGHT, the RI Parents of Blind and Visually Impaired Children (RIBVIC), Rhode Island State Services for the Blind and Visually Impaired (RISBVI), the Rhode Island Lions Sight Foundation, the National Federation of the Blind, OSCIL, Blinded Veterans Association (BVA), Veterans Administration Vision Program, Snookers, and many more.



VISION Groups

VISION Groups are a great resource for:

  • People recently diagnosed with a visual impairment.
  • Those who have been living with vision loss for a while.
  • Anyone who is supporting a person with a visual impairment including spouses, adult children, friends, and caregivers.

At these events, IN-SIGHT staffers Chris Butler, Lucille Gaboriault, and Doreen Holmes will be available to answer any questions that you might have. They will also offer an overview of resources that are available to help you increase your confidence. You will also meet and hear from people who are in a similar situation to yours and learn how they have overcome some of the same issues that you may be currently experiencing.

VISION Groups are open to everyone, and you can attend the meeting that is most convenient for you. You don’t need to pre-register to attend. For more information, contact Lucille at (401) 941-3322, ext. 121, or by completing the contact form below.

Tuesday, February 7, 2023
South Kingstown Senior Center
25 St. Dominic Road, Wakefield
10 AM – 11:30 AM

Friday, February 10, 2023
Westerly Senior Center
39 State Street, Westerly
10 AM – 11:30 AM

Tuesday, February 28, 2023
North Kingstown Senior Center
44 Beach Street, N. Kingstown
10 AM – 11:30 AM

Tuesday, March 7, 2023
IN-SIGHT
43 Jefferson Boulevard, Warwick
10 AM – 11:30 AM

Friday, March 10, 2023
East Providence Senior Center
610 Waterman Avenue, E. Providence
1 PM – 2:30 PM

Tuesday, April 4, 2023
Location TBD
10 AM – 11:30 AM

Friday, April 7, 2023
Cranston Senior Center
1070 Cranston Street, Cranston
10 AM – 11:30 AM

Tuesday, April 18, 2023
North Providence Senior Center
2 Atlantic Boulevard, N. Providence
10 AM – 11:30 AM

Friday, April 21, 2023
Lincoln Senior Center
150 Jenckes Hill Road, Lincoln
10 AM – 11:30 AM


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Essex Rail and Sail

This August, dozens of IN-SIGHT clients had the chance to experience the Essex Rail and Sail, the only steam train and steamboat connection in the country.

After boarding the restored train dining car, the participants enjoyed a three-course lunch. The train gently meandered on tracks along the Connecticut River, with beautiful scenes of natural beauty visible through the windows. A conductor provided narration that included the history of the antique steam train, the local area’s history, and the scenes the train was passing by.

After lunch, the group disembarked at Deep River Landing, where the participants boarded a restored steamboat for a cruise up a portion of the Connecticut River. Once again, a narrator described the natural scenes, local history, and interesting landmarks such as the Goodspeed Opera House and the Gillette Castle.

After the trip, one participant wrote, “Thank you for the wonderful time. Lunch was delicious, and the weather was perfect for the train and boat. After two years of COVID lockdowns, I enjoyed being out again visiting places with people!”

Another wrote, “Thanks so much for making the rail and sail event such an amazing time. It was so wonderful and greatly appreciated.”