Register now for fall programs!
There is something for everyone when it comes to workshops and programs at IN-SIGHT this autumn! Our programs are designed for people living with any level of vision loss. You do not have to be totally blind, or even legally blind, to participate. If you feel like your decreased sight gets in the way of doing the things you want to do, you are welcome at any of these programs.
Participating in Virtual Programs
Several of the services we are offering this fall are being done virtually, which helps to ensure that we can keep everyone safe during this time. There are three easy ways for you to be able to participate in our virtual programs:
The easiest way to join our virtual workshops and meetings is by phone. By choosing the “Call Out” option when you register, just before the program starts we will call you at the phone number you provide. Once you answer our call you will be added to the meeting and can listen and participate on your phone.
If you refer to call in on your own, we will give you the phone number, the meeting ID, and the password for the meeting a few days before.
If you have access to a computer that has a camera and microphone, a tablet, or a
smartphone, you can participate using Zoom. This option allows you to see the speaker on your screen.
Recordings of some of our virtual workshops will be available on our website, in-sight.org, and on our Facebook page within a few days of the live event. An audio recording of some workshops will also air on IN-SIGHT Radio.
Accessible Voting Options
Thursday, October 1
There is a lot of interest in the election coming up on November 3rd. There are also a number of things to think about in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Join us for this informative workshop with Rob Rock, Director of Elections for the Rhode Island Secretary of State’s office.
Rob will talk about the options that are available for voting via absentee ballot, early voting, and in-person voting at polling places on Election Day.
We will discuss the deadlines you should be aware of, how to find out what your options are for voting this year in your city or town, some alternatives for accessible voting for people with visual impairments including the automark voting machines and Braille ballots, and how election officials are preparing to make sure everyone’s vote counts.
There will be time for questions and answers at the end of the workshop.
Pursuing your Passion
Monday, October 5
4PM – 5PM
Ryan Lukowicz is a 14-year old who is aiming to become a meteorologist when he gets older.
In the meantime, Ryan has taken his love of weather and created his own podcast where he talks about various aspects of meteorology. He also has a daily e-mail blast and Facebook posts that feature maps and charts from the National Weather Service and other sources, which he uses to create his own daily forecasts.
As impressive as this is, it’s even more so when you consider that Ryan is legally blind. Using a variety of assistive technology tools, Ryan is able to pursue his passion and share it with family and friends.
Join us for this unique virtual workshop where we will talk with Ryan about some the skills and technology he has found helpful. You are sure to be inspired by Ryan and his enthusiasm for being independent and will most certainly be more motivated to follow your dreams!
The Accessible Alexa
Tuesday, November 3
The Amazon Echo devices bring a multitude of accessibility to people who are blind and visually impaired. Keeping track of appointments, making phone calls, reminders to take medications, listening to the news, and ordering items from Amazon are just some of the many features that you can use to enhance your independence.
Accessible Digital Games
Tuesday, December 8
Did you know that there are lots of accessible games for IOS and Android devices as well as Windows and Mac computers? Come find out about the different virtual adventures you could go on from zombies to dice games to text adventures!
Tuesday, October 13
Android tablets and phones come with a lot of accessibility features. We will explore screen reading, magnification, and other accessibility features.
AT Discovery Sessions
Tuesday, September 29
Tuesday, October 20
Tuesday, November 10
Tuesday, December 15
Join us for an open session where you can ask questions, discuss the latest technology, and share your talents and knowledge with the IN-SIGHT Assistive Technology staff as well as fellow assistive technology users!
These sessions will be unstructured and break out rooms that are available so that you may have your own space to discuss topics with other members
Digital Voice Recorders
Tuesday, October 6
Digital recorders are a great way to keep track of notes, reminders and lectures—but which ones are accessible? In this workshop, we will demonstrate a select few that provide a combination of ease and functionality.
Fall Ceramics Workshops
Group 2: Thursdays, October 22 & 29
10:30AM – 12PM
Join us at Mudstone Studios for a two session fall ceramics workshops. We will be crafting a unique holiday themed item!
Projects are made using clay that is molded by each participant which maximizes creativity. Staff from Mudstone is also available to offer guidance and support.
Due to space constraints, there is a limit of 5 participants for each of these workshops and participants must commit to attending both sessions.
In addition, participants will be required to certify that they do not have COVID-19 or symptoms of illness. Participants must also wear a face mask for the duration of the workshop and will be spaced at least six feet away from the other participants.
Mudstone Studios, which is located at 30 Cutler Street in Warren, RI, is accessible via RIde.
Intro to Apple Voice Over
Tuesday, September 22
Apple has a built-in screen reader that allows those who are blind or visually impaired to make full use of their touch screen devices. Join us for a demonstration and explanation of Voice Over and what it can do for you!
Friday, December 11
Join us as we review and explain apps that you can download on to your smart device that can help you travel more safely and independently. We will discuss apps such MS Soundscape, Blindsquare, RIPTA, and more.
O&M and COVID-19
Friday, November 13
COVID restrictions make it challenging to offer orientation and mobility training, but it’s not impossible. Join us for this workshop where we will talk about how some instruction can be done virtually and the safety protocols we have put in place for those who need in-person instruction.
White Cane Celebration
Friday, October 23
As part of White Came Awareness month, please join us for an in-depth conversation about the long white cane. We will talk about the purpose of a cane, where to get one, how it is helpful for people with low and no vision, and how much training is needed to safely use one.