2020 Virtual Retreat Agenda

Anywhere and Everywhere


October 18th-24th

**Sunday, October 18, 2020
4:00-5:30 PM Eastern Time. Lead Instructor, Ruth Sager.
Topic: Meet and Greet; Overview of the Week; Discuss any logistical details to make the retreat flow smoothly. Encourage students to ask questions at the end of each session or, send them during the meetings.
Second Topic: You Don't Have To be Totally Blind to Benefit From This Training.
Follow with Question and Answer period.
Third Topic: Lead Instructor, Diane McGeorge. Why Is Saying "Blind," helpful to Regain My Independence?

**Monday: October 19, 2020
12:00-1:00 PM EDT. Cane Travel: Lead Instructor, Wayne Marshall NOMC; RTB.
Topic: ALL About Canes—What The Cane Can Do For You! Types of canes, Cane lengths, O&M Terminology, gait, arc, tapping, Cane grips, and when to use them, Cardinal-Directions, Sun location, and Shorelining, etc..

1:00-2:00 PM EDT. Learning New Hobbies, Retaining Old Favorites and Making Adaptations: Lead instructor, Robert Newman.
First topic: Learn what the NFB Independence Market has for us, games, Adaptive equipment and supplies needed for a variety of hobbies. Also, learn how to adapt some of your favorite games. Presenter- Ellen Ringlein, Manager of the NFB Independence Market.
Second topic: Knitting Non-visually. Presenter- Gail Snider.
Third topic: (A duo) A wife and husband team: Wife- Helping others trouble-shoot computer problems, sewing, and collecting music boxes and their songs. Husband- I am a vocalist, pianist and writer of gospel music; I call myself a "choir freak.” Presenters- Judy and Chris Jones.

2:00-3:00 PM EDT. Break.

3:00-4:00 PM EDT. Technology: Lead Instructor, Jane Degenshein.
Topic: Basics of iPhone: Learn navigating your iPhone, and some gestures. Presenter- Steve Cook, District 2 State Board Member NFBSC.

4:00-5:00 PM EDT. Daily Living: Lead Presenter- Diane McGeorge.
Topic: Organizing your kitchen: marking appliances, labeling household items, finding items on tables or countertops, pouring liquids, table etiquette, maintain proper posture.

**Tuesday, October 20, 2020
12:00-1:00 PM EDT. Cane Travel: Lead Instructor, Wayne Marshall and Winford Haynes NOMC.
Topic: Indoor Travel—shorelining, detecting various surfaces, using different grips, listening for echo sounds, finding open spaces, closed areas, traveling on carpeted areas.

1:00-2:00 PM EDT. Learning New Hobbies, Retaining Old Favorites and Making Adaptations: Lead instructor, Robert Newman.
First Topic: Jewelry maker/artist. Presenter- Carlos Sanchez.
Second Topic: Leather crafter; most anything in leather. Presenter- Jack Rupert.
Third Topic: Crocheting non-visually. Presenter- Nancy Oltman.

2:00-3:00 PM EDT. Break.

3:00-4:00 PM EDT.
Technology: Lead Instructor, Jane Degenshein.
Topic: Step 2 for the iPhone, continuing with more specific information. Presenter- Matt Vollbrecht.

4:00-5:00 PM EDT. Organizational skills: Lead Instructor, Shelley Coppel.
Topic: Organizing print material, using sighted readers, filing, keeping records and calendar for appointment. pen friend, Bible Currier, pocket recorder. Presenter- Frank Loza.

**Wednesday, October 21, 2020
12:00-1:00 PM EDT. Cane Travel: Lead Instructor, Wayne Marshall with Robert Wilkerson NOMC.
Topic: Outdoor Travel—using cardinal directions, shorelining, using sun location, understanding traffic patterns, using traffic flow, outdoor echo and sound cues.

1:00-2:00 PM EDT. PM - Learning New Hobbies, Retaining Old Favorites and Making Adaptations: Lead instructor, Robert Newman.
First Topic: A collector of nautical history and memorabilia on US Navy ships carrying the name of, New Mexico. Also, a collector of antique firearms. Presenter, Greg Trapp.
Second Topic: Gardening in your back yard. Presenter- Ramona Walhof.

2:00-3:00 PM EDT. Break.

3:00-4:00 PM EDT. Technology: Lead Instructor, Jane Degenshein.
Topic: Seeing AI and Introduction to other useful apps. Presenter- Steve Cook, District 2 State Board Member NFBSC.

4:00-5:00 PM EDT. Informational Seminar: Lead Instructors Judy Sanders and Shelley Coppel.
Topic: Services and Programs Sponsored By The NFB; other useful information.

**Thursday, October 22, 2020
12:00-1:00 PM EDT. Cane Travel: Lead Instructor, Duncan Larsen NOMC.
Topic: Outdoor Shorelining, finding curbs, driveways, entrances, crossing streets.

1:00-2:00 PM EDT. Learning New Hobbies, Retaining Old Favorites and Making Adaptations: Lead instructor, Robert Newman.
First Topic: Writing as a hobby, and more. Presenter- Shelley Alongi, President of the NFB Writers Division.
Second Topic: Restoring and caring for vintage cars, and home maintenance. Presenter Frank Loza.

2:00-3:00 PM EDT. Break.

3:00-4:00 PM EDT. Technology: Lead Instructor, Jane Degenshein.
Topic: All About NFB Newsline. Presenter- Scott White, NFB Executive Director of Technology Sponsored Programs.

4:00-5:00 PM EDT. Philosophy: Lead Instructor, Diane McGeorge with Shelley Coppel.
Topic: Family Dynamics: How can I maintain my independence and ask for help from my family when I need it? Also, how to decline assistance when I don't think that I do need their help, without offending them?

**Friday, October 23, 2020
12:00-1:00 PM EDT. Cane Travel: Lead Instructor, Wayne Marshall and Jerry Nealey NOMC.
Topic: Traveling Using ALL Modes of Transportation—public, private; stowing the cane, asking for directions, asking for assistance.

1:00-2:00 PM EDT. Learning New Hobbies, Retaining Old Favorites and Making Adaptations: Lead instructor, Robert Newman.
Topic: First learn about the NFB Krafters division. Then, for a new twist on an old chore, Jill will teach how to fold towels into cute shapes which can be used to impress your house guests; a sailboat, a rabbit, and a swan. Not only will you learn a new craft, but you will develop your listening and directional skills to help you with all facets of life.
What you will need:
3 square wash cloths
1 hand towel
1 bath towel
1 rectangular dish/ drying cloth
5 rubber bands
Presented by Jill Rossiter, 1st Vice-president of the NFB Krafters Division.

2:00-3:00 PM EDT. Break.

3:00-4:00 PM EDT. Technology: Lead Instructor, Jane Degenshein.
Topic: Amazon Alexa "tips and tricks". Presenter- Jerry Moreno.

4:00-5:00 PM EDT. Finding Solutions: Lead Instructors, Judy Sanders, Glenn Crosby.
Topic: What If.... Strategizing solutions to those social situations we all find ourselves in when we can't think of an immediate good resolution. Problem-solve with your newfound blind colleagues!

**Saturday, October 24
1:00-2:00 PM EDT. Lead Instructor, Ruth Sager.
Topic: RAP-UP Session: Ask final questions, share your successes from the week.