A Mighty Good Time is a web site for older adults living in the Central Texas area that lists online and in-person programming designed for senior citizens. As most events are virtual for the foreseeable future, this programming can now be accessed from anywhere. These events include a variety of exercise options, virtual tours of museums and world landmarks, cooking demonstrations, book clubs, current event discussions, learning about technology, history lectures, games, and much more. Some of the programs are limited to seniors fifty years and older, but many have no age requirement. And most of the programs are free. Most require Internet access, but some may be accessed by phone or Internet.
During this time of isolation, A Mighty Good Time offers a wealth of social, physical, and intellectual enrichment opportunities. Visit www.amightygoodtime.com and start filling up your calendar.
Senior Planet is a national organization committed to providing free online programming to older adults. Every week seniors can access a variety of events such as types of exercise, book clubs, and learning opportunities. There are Senior Planet offices in a few cities, including San Antonio.
Recently Senior Planet launched Aging Connected, with the goal of helping seniors learn about technology. Each week Aging Connected highlights the one hour programs that Senior Planet offers about different aspects of current technology, such as getting connected, online shopping, mobile health apps, virtual platforms such as Zoom, transportation apps, and much more. These sessions are interactive, and participants are encouraged to ask questions, and share ideas and resources.
For more information, visit https://seniorplanet.org/aging-connected. You can also call the Aging Connected hotline at 877-745-1930.
Five Texas state parks now offer accessible all-terrain wheelchairs for people with physical impairments for use in the park. These wheelchairs are not motorized and require arm strength and mobility to propel the chair. The five parks that feature these wheelchairs are: Lake Corpus Christi, San Angelo, McKinney Falls, Estero Llano Grande, and Palo Duro Canyon.
Here is a video of these all-terrain chairs: https://youtu.be/q4rDMXdkxLA
People who want to borrow the wheelchair must sign a waiver and view the video first.
For more information, send an e-mail to: email@example.com
Braille calendars are available for free from the American Action Fund for Blind Children and Adults. If you are a member of the Talking Book Program, staff can order calendars for you. Leave us a message with your name, mailing address, and how many calendars you are requesting. Each patron may order up to three calendars per year.
If you are a not a Talking Book Program patron, you can call the Action Fund at 410-659-9315 and select option 2, or send an e-mail to CommunityRelations@actionfund.org
Other organizations provide large print calendars. Most of them are not free. For a list of sources, contact the Talking Book Program: firstname.lastname@example.org, toll free in Texas: 800-252-9605, or locally 512-463-5458.
Join a Zoom meeting on Thursday, June 11, at 7 pm central time to learn more about the National Federation of the Blind’s Newsline service.
Newsline allows you to access participating newspapers and magazines by audio if you have a print disability. You can listen by landline, by mobile phone, and even through Alexa.
If you are a Talking Book Program patron, we can sign you up for this service. Newsline is free. To request registration, email TBP at email@example.com, or call us at 1-800-252-9605.
Here is the link to access the Zoom meeting on Thursday night: https://zoom.us/j/94278650088
Here is the link for the Newsline service: https://www.nfb.org/programs-services/nfb-newsline
During the current pandemic, when many people who are elderly or have disabilities are needing to isolate at home, a personal emergency response system would bring help in the event of a fall or medical event such as a heart attack or stroke. Here is a list of companies that sell these devices. Please note that your insurance may not cover the cost of these devices, and make sure to read all terms and conditions carefully.
Personal Emergency Response Systems (PERS)
Lifeline Systems Inc:
Safety Medical Alert Systems
The Hadley Institute for the Blind offers free classes and discussions by phone, by correspondence, and online for persons who are blind or visually impaired. Follow this link to listen to the audio or read the transcript of an interview with Dan Roberts, author of The First Year-Age-Related Macular Degeneration: An Essential Guide for the Newly Diagnosed and founder of MDSupport website and support group: https://hadley.edu/HadleyPresents/episode.asp?episode=From_Diagnosis_to_Support&utm_source=Hadley+Presents&utm_campaign=075819e2f3-hadleypresents-ep14-hp_3-6-2020&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_6312574b23-075819e2f3-52380393&mc_cid=075819e2f3&mc_eid=3549f96d2c
Hadley has also released a podcast that discusses resources for people with visual impairments during the current pandemic.
You can listen to the podcast here: https://hadley.edu/hadleypresents/episode.asp?episode=COVID_19_and_vision_loss&utm_source=Hadley+Presents&utm_campaign=e537d5546e-hadleypresents-ep16-hp_3-27-2020&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_6312574b23-e537d5546e-52380393&mc_cid=e537d5546e&mc_eid=3549f96d2c
If you would like to learn about government resources regarding travel with a disability or health condition, tune in to this webinar on Wednesday, February 26, 2020, at 1 pm central time. The webinar will feature mostly government web sites related to legal issues, types of travel (by air, bus, or train), national versus international travel, health resources, and places to visit.
Click this link for more information, including how to register for the webinar: https://www.fdlp.gov/news-and-events/4318-webinar-traveling-with-a-disability-health-condition
The American Printing House for the Blind is no longer selling the Orbit 20 Braille display. However, people in the United States can purchase the device from the manufacturer, Orbit Research. There are no U.S. distributors at this time.
The Orbit 20 sells for $599.00. For more information, visit http://www.orbitresearch.com/product/orbit-reader-20/, call 888-606-7248, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Northwest Hills Eye Care is presenting the first ever low vision awareness expo in Austin on Saturday, May 4th. Attendees will hear presentations by experts in the field of vision impairment and have an opportunity to meet with exhibitors who provide resources and technology related to low vision and blindness.
This event will be from 9 am to 2 pm at the Austin Jewish Community Center, located at 7300 Hart Lane.
To RSVP for this event, or for more information, contact Regina at 512-328-0555, or e-mail Regina@nwhillseyecare.com