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Staying Connected During Uncertain Times

Bosma Enterprises - 4/21/2020 3:10:04 PM

Our rehabilitation staff is available to take your calls, listen to your concerns and to be a resource for people who are blind. This blog features our many different resources to help you through these uncertain times.

Addressing the needs of the blind community has been one of Bosma Enterprises' top priorities during the coronavirus pandemic. We are dedicated to providing individuals experiencing vision loss with the highest level of rehabilitation services, despite not being able to meet with our clients in person. This sudden outbreak has forced us to close our Center for Visionary Solutions for the Blind.

Unfortunately, with the closing of our Center, many clients are unable to receive the training needed to live with a visual impairment. However, we must continue to serve our clients and the blind community, even if our physical facility is temporarily closed.

We have established many virtual support and training groups to assist people with vision loss during this time. Please see a full list of resources below.

We realize that many people are concerned about finances right now, but tax-deductible donations in any amount help us provide virtual training to our rehabilitation clients. With your help, we can continue providing life-changing rehabilitation services to clients living with vision loss. Click here to make a donation.

Continue to visit our website, blogs and social media channels for information and resources to help you get through these emotional times.

Funded in part from the Central Indiana COVID-19 Community Economic Relief Fund (C-CERF), a community fund established by founding partners Lilly Endowment Inc., Central Indiana Community Foundation, Eli Lilly and Company Foundation, Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust, Richard M. Fairbanks Foundation and United Way of Central Indiana to support human services organizations and the individuals and families they serve who are affected directly and indirectly by the COVID-19 coronavirus crisis.

Emotional Support & Resources
Resource & Emotional Support Line. Monday-Friday, 8 am – 4 pm
317.704.8216
 
Emotional Support Group. Tuesdays & Thursdays, 10-11 am
877.314.9891
 
Bosma Connections. Daily, contact for schedule
Bosma Connections is a call-in program where you can join in educational sessions, discussions, storytelling, trivia and brain games – all on your phone. Leave a voicemail with your name and phone number, and Dawnetta will contact you with further instructions.
317.704.8226
 
Assistive Technology Support & Training 
Assistive Technology & Vision Rehab Line. Monday-Friday, 8 am – 4 pm
317.216.4664
 
Assistive Technology Lab. Tuesdays & Fridays, 1-3 pm
Phone: 317.469.9155 ext. 104
Computer: https://zoom.us/j/5811073336?pwd=RTVFUzZ1Y2JvNG9jMmd5MDRGL1F1UT09
Meeting ID: 581 107 3336
Password: 7225
 
 
Virtual Classes 
Virtual Training Groups. Tuesday-Friday, 9 am
Topics will include: Script Talk for safer medication management, descriptive audio for movies and TV, The Talking Book service, Newsline and newspapers, safe without sight, grooming tips, grocery shopping from home, RHI sports clinics, what to do during a natural disaster, assistive technology apps, diabetes support, book club, etc.
1.877.314.8981
 
Virtual Assistive Technology Class. Daily, see below for schedule.
Phone: 317.469.9155 ext. 104
Computer: https://zoom.us/j/5811073336?pwd=RTVFUzZ1Y2JvNG9jMmd5MDRGL1F1UT09
Meeting ID: 581 107 3336
Password: 7225
 
SCHEDULE:
Monday
8-9 am - Computer maintenance
9-10 am - Windows 10 with screen readers/enlargers
10-11 am - iPhone and Android accessibility
1-2 pm – iPhone and Android apps
 
Tuesday
8-9 am – Windows 10 with screen readers/enlargers
9-10 am – Echo devices
 
Wednesday
8-10 am – Microsoft Office with screen readers/enlargers
10 am-12 pm – iPhone app Seeing AI
1-2 pm – BARD Express with screen readers/enlargers
 
Thursday
8-10 am – Microsoft Office with screen readers/enlargers
10-11 am – Windows File Explorer with screen readers/enlargers
1-2 pm - www.nlsbard.loc.gov
 
Friday
8-9 am – iPhone and Android apps
9-10 am – Smartphone texting using “Ok Google,” or “Hey Siri”

Virtual Communications Class. Schedule varies, see below.
11 am sessions: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85108610898
2 pm sessions: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87560891229
 
Monday
11 am – Organization tips & tricks
2 pm – Amazon Echo Dot: Tell Me More
 
Tuesday
11 am – Microspeak & Recorders
2 pm – Communication resources: BARD, NFB Newsline
 
Wednesday
11 am – Labeling Devices
2 pm – Talking clocks and time telling
 
Thursday
11 am – Magnifiers
2 pm – Adaptive aids Q&A
 
Friday
11 am – Household tasks
2 pm – Human guide & protective techniques
 
Virtual Employment Services Training. Twice weekly, see below for schedule.
317.742.9200 ext. 100
 
April 17, 1 pm – Welcome to Employment Services
April 22, 10:30 am – Job Club (Cover Letter and Resume Writing)
April 24, 1 pm – The Job Search Process
April 29, 10:30 am – Career Assessment Part 1. What are they, how they work and why they benefit you.
May 1, 1 pm – Career Assessment Part 2. Your results, how to interpret them and how to use for job seeking.
 
Online Articles & Resources
 
Eye Care Concerns during COVID-19 https://visionaware.org/blog/visually-impaired-now-what/eye-care-concerns-covid-19/
 
How to Stay Connected with Your Parent in an Assisted Living Facility during the COVID-19 Crisis https://visionaware.org/blog/visually-impaired-now-what/how-to-stay-connected-with-your-parent-in-an-assisted-living-facility-during-the-covid-19-crisis/
 
Getting through the COVID-19 Crisis: Tips on Being Safe and Connected with Vision Loss https://visionaware.org/blog/visually-impaired-now-what/getting-through-covid-19-crisis-tips-being-safe-connected-vision-loss/
 
National Federation of the Blind (NFB) Resources - https://www.nfb.org/resources/covid-19-resources
 
American Council for the Blind (ACB) Resources - https://acb.org/acb-covid19-response
 
Accessible COVID-19 Statistics Tracker - https://cvstats.net/