Spring Workshops

Register today for spring workshops, by completing the form below. Descriptions of the programs are beneath the form

To register for the Blackstone Valley Tour or Essex Rail and Sail trip, please click here.

Ceramics Workshops

Please note that due to concerns related to novel coronavirus, Mudstone Studios is closed for an indefinite period of time in order to keep their staff and artists safe. As a result, the IN-SIGHT ceramics workshops scheduled for April have been cancelled. We hope to reschedule these workshops for late-spring or early summer.

Join us for this fun three-part series where we will be creating unique ceramic plates. Step by step instructions are provided making these workshops fun for beginners as well as people with some ceramics experience.

Week 1: Coil plates
Using sturdy chinette plates as a hump form to work over, students will roll pencil thick coils and apply them in spirals and designs.

Week 2: Textured slab plates
Students will roll slabs with rolling pins and texture them with stamps and serrated tools. They will patchwork those pieces together over chinette plates to create a fun design on their plates.

Week 3: Glazing
We’ll use several colored stains to highlight the texture work, sponge away, and then apply transparent glazes over all. These plates will be dishwasher and microwave safe

Please Note: Participants must be able to attend all three sessions. Each participant will donate one plate to the IN-SIGHT fall auction to help raise funds to support the agency’s art programs. The ceramics workshops are held at Mudstone Studios in Warren. This location is accessible via the RIde program.

Healthy Snacking for Diabetics

Monday, April 6 or Monday, April 27

11AM – 12:30PM
Location: IN-SIGHT

Join IN-SIGHT’s John Pimentel and CarlaFerreira for this informative and hands-on small group workshop for people living with a visual impairment and diabetes.

John will discuss why it’s important for diabetics to monitor what they eat, especially in the area of snack foods. He will also talk about strategies for making healthier choices by accessing tasty alternatives.

Then it’s off to the IN-SIGHT training kitchen where Carla will show the group how to make easy, delicious, and healthy snacks to enjoy at home.

A light lunch will be provided. A family member or friend is welcome to join in for the first part of this workshop. Due to limited space, each workshop is limited to just four participants.

Accessible Phones

Monday, April 13
1PM – 2:30PM
Location: IN-SIGHT

Join us for a workshop where we will introduce you to two cell phones designed specifically for the blind and visually impaired: BlindShell and Lucia. We will provide a demonstration of each device and discuss their accessibility options. In addition we will also talk about what a smart phone is and what there is for accessibility options for visually impaired and blind persons.

iOS User’s Group

Monday, April 27, Thursday, May 21, and Monday, June 29

1PM – 2:30PM
Location: IN-SIGHT

Come join us and share your knowledge about iOS. Bring your iPhone or iPad and share with others the things you are good at and let others show you things they know.

Just curious about iPhone’s and iPad’s? Come and get first-hand information about these devices from people who use them all the time! This will be a semi-structured user group with peers assisting peers.

AT Discovery Open Houses

Thursday, April 23, Thursday, May 7, and Thursday, June 18

1PM – 2:30PM
Location: IN-SIGHT

Curious about assistive technology but not sure what is out there? Join us for an introduction to assistive technology devices and explore the potential independence that they can bring you.

These monthly demonstrations are held in a relaxed environment where you can try the devices out for yourself. Equipment available for demonstration includes: video magnifiers, wearable video magnifiers, tablets, smart home technologies and more.

The open houses are for demonstration and trial use only and are not individual evaluation sessions.

Smart Home Technology

Monday, May 18
1PM – 2:30PM
Location: IN-SIGHT

What are smart devices and how can they assist visually impaired and blind persons? Come and learn about devices like Amazon Alexa and Google Home which allow you to control things like televisions, make phone calls, and manage your calendar using just your voice!

URI Sensory Garden Tour

Thursday, May 28
9:30AM – 11:30AM
Location: URI Kingston Campus

Join us for a unique sensory tour of the Heber W. Youngken Medicinal Garden at the University of Rhode Island and explore the diversity of plants and their adaptations.

We will explore the varied and beautiful world of plants on a sensory tour of the garden led by curator and instructor Elizabeth Leibovitz along with The Friends of the Garden. The tour will be followed by an opportunity for each participant to design their own 12” herbal container garden to take home. We will finish our exploration of the garden in the shade of the birch grove where we will make stress balls with essential oils and discuss our connections with plants.

Please Note: This activity will be held at the University of Rhode Island College of Pharmacy in Kingston, RI. This location is accessible via the RIde program. Due to limited space this activity is for people with visual impairments only. Sighted guests who are providing transportation are welcome to stay, but will be unable to create their own container garden or stress ball. In the event of inclement weather, we will contact the participants as soon as possible to reschedule.

AIRA and Be My Eyes

Monday, June 8
1PM – 2:30PM
Location: IN-SIGHT

Need help finding something in the fridge? Have you ever dropped something on the floor and been unable to find it? Come and learn about AIRA and Be My Eyes, two unique apps that connect you with a sighted operator for visual assistance through a live video call using the camera on your phone or tablet.