Register for Fall Workshops

Register now for fall workshops.

INSIGHT is offering a wide range of free workshops this fall that will help you increase your understanding of eye diseases, get hands on demonstrations of new technology, get creative, and prepare for the upcoming holiday season.

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To register to attend the workshops, please complete and submit the form below.

Workshop Descriptions:

 

Overview of Glaucoma

Thursday, September 27

2PM – 3:30PM

Join us for this informative and easy to understand presentation about this common eye disease.

Dr. Greg Waldorf, director of INSIGHT’s pediatric low vision program, along with some optometry students from MCPHS University will provide an easy to understand description of what the disease is, an overview of the symptoms, current treatments, and a look at any advancements in prevention and treatment that are in the pipeline.

There will also be time for general questions and answers. Friends and family members are welcome to these workshops as well. Light refreshments will be provided.

 

VFO Technology Showcase

Thursday, October 11

10AM – 12PM

Join representatives from VFO, the world’s leading provider of assistive technology for people who are blind and visually impaired, for an informative and hands on presentation of the latest tools for independent living.

The workshop will include an overview of a variety of video magnifiers, both desktop and portable; devices that scan text and read it to you; computer software; and lots more. This is a great opportunity to learn about the many technology options that are available and to try them out for yourself. Light refreshments will be provided.

 

All about the RIde Program

Friday, October 12

11AM – 12:30PM

The RIde Program is a transportation service for people whose disability prevents them from using a fixed-route bus. RIPTA offers paratransit service through the RIde Program, as required by the Americans with Disabilities Act.  ADA Paratransit provides door to door service but requires reservations and does have a small fee.

During this workshop representatives from RIPTA will provide an overview of the program, discuss how it works, and help you determine if you may qualify for the program. We also hope to have a RIde bus available at the workshop so that you can climb aboard and tour the vehicle.

As part of the workshop there will also be a panel of current RIde users who will discuss their experiences with the service and they will also offer tips for making your trips hassle free. There will also be time at the end for questions and answers.

This is a great workshop for people who are not familiar with the RIde program and people who have registered for the program but have not used it. This workshop is also open to family members and friends of INSIGHT clients. A complimentary light lunch will be provided at the end of the workshop.

 

Let’s Get Organized

Monday, October 15

11AM – 12:30PM

 With its cooler weather and coming just before the holiday rush sets in, autumn is a great time to work on getting organized.

This workshop will focus on practical ways to organize your important paperwork, closets, cupboards, and drawers to make things easier to find. We will also discuss ways to organize our time and keep track of appointments, from the simple to the more technologically advanced. Finally we will talk about how to keep track of your medications and knowing when to take them.

Friends and family members are welcome to these workshops as well. A complimentary light lunch will be provided.

 

OrCam Demonstration

Wednesday, October 24

11AM – 12:30PM

 The OrCam device is a small camera which is connected by a thin cable to a small computer designed to fit in the wearer’s pocket. The system clips on to the wearer’s glasses with a small magnet and uses a bone-conduction speaker to offer clear speech as it reads aloud the words or object pointed to by the user.

The system is designed to both recognize and speak “text in the wild,” a term used to describe newspaper articles as well as bus numbers, and objects as diverse as landmarks, traffic lights, and the faces of friends.

Come learn about this innovative new product and try it for yourself! A light lunch will be provided.

 

Overview of Macular Degeneration

Thursday, October 25

1PM – 2:30PM

Join us for this informative and easy to understand presentation about this common eye disease.

Dr. Greg Waldorf, director of INSIGHT’s pediatric low vision program, along with some optometry students from MCPHS University will provide an easy to understand description of what the disease is, an overview of the symptoms, current treatments, and a look at any advancements in prevention and treatment that are in the pipeline.

There will also be time for general questions and answers. Friends and family members are welcome to these workshops as well. Light refreshments will be provided.

 

Creating and Using Tactile Maps

Thursday, November 1

11AM – 12:30PM

Tactile maps, whether simple or complex, handmade or created on a 3D printer, are a great way for people with visual impairments to learn routes, get oriented to new places, and avoid potential obstacles.

You can make a tactile map that guides you through your home, workplace, neighborhood, a favorite restaurant, store, or a place that you will be visiting for the first time. During this workshop you will learn how to build and use a tactile map and also create a simple one using basic materials. A complimentary light lunch will be provided at the end of the workshop.

 

An Overview of Non-24

Wednesday, November 14

11AM – 12:30PM

Non-24 is a sleep disorder that some people experience when they lose all or part of their vision.

Due to their lack of light perception a person’s body clock may become unsynchronized with the environment leading to difficulty sleeping at night and trouble staying awake during the day.

 

At this workshop a nurse along with a person from Vanda Pharmaceuticals will present an overview of the condition and discuss possible treatment options. This workshop is ideal for people who think that they may have symptoms of Non-24 as well as people who would like to know the warning signs of the condition.

Friends and family members are welcome to these workshops as well. A complimentary light lunch will be provided.

 

What are Smart Speakers?

The Amazon Echo and Google Home can provide you with the power and convenience of a computer without the keyboard. These voice activated devices are an easy to use, accessible tool that provide you with a wide range of information and entertainment.

Need to know the time, weather, or latest news? In the mood to hear your favorite song? Need to make a phone call? Find out what’s on your calendar today? It’s easy, just ask!

During the workshop we will demonstrate how the devices work and show you some of the things that that they can be used for.

This workshop will be offered several times this fall throughout Rhode Island. Pick the workshop that is most convenient for you and feel free to bring along a family member or friend.

 

October 5, 10:30AM – 11:30AM

Cranston Senior Center

October 9, 10:30AM – 11:30AM

MLK Community Center, Newport

October 16, 10:30AM – 11:30AM

North Providence Senior Center

November 6, 10:30AM – 11:30AM

Westerly Senior Center

November 9, 10:30AM – 11:30AM

Lincoln Senior Center

November 16, 10:30AM – 1PM – 2PM

East Providence Senior Center

December 18, 10:30AM – 11:30AM

North Kingstown Senior Center