2020 Virtual Retreat Agenda with Recordings

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?

Listen to the introduction to the retreat, given by Ruth.

**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..

Listen to all about the cane, given by Wayne.

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.

Listen to adapting your existing games, and to what our NFB Independence Market has for you, given by Ellen.

Second topic: Knitting Non-visually. Presenter- Gail Snider.

Listen to knitting, given by Gail.

Third topic: Sewing, with a sewing machine and an encouraging talk on not giving up on old hobbies, and/or taking on new ones. Presenter- Judy Jones.

Listen to sewing and a pep talk, given by Judy.

Listen to the daily question and answer session.

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.

Listen to the basics of the iPhone, given by Jane and Steve.

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.

Listen to tips and tricks for indepentant living, given by Diane.

**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.

Listen to indoor travel techniques, given by Wayne and Winford.

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.

Listen to the art of jewelry making, given by Carlos.

Second Topic: Leather crafter; most anything in leather. Presenter- Jack Rupert.

Listen to leather crafting, given by Jack.

Third Topic: Crocheting non-visually. Presenter- Nancy Oltman.

Listen to crocheting, given by Nancy.

Listen to the daily question and answer session.

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.

Listen to more specifics of operating the iPhone, given by Jane and Matt.

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.

Listen to organizational skills, given by Shelley and Frank.

**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.

Listen to outdoor travel techniques, given by Wayne and Robert.

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.

Listen to a serious collector describe his interests and process, given by Greg.

Second Topic: Gardening in your back yard. Presenter- Ramona Walhof.

Listen to gardening, given by Ramona.

Listen to the daily question and answer session.

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.

Listen to the demonstration of several useful applications, given by Jane and Steve.

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.

Listen to a wide range of important resources, given by Judy and Shelley.

**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.

Listen to more in depth outdoor travel techniques, given by Wayne and Duncan.

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.

Listen to writing as a hobby and Learn about the NFB Writers' Division, given by Shelley.

Second Topic: Restoring and caring for vintage cars, and home maintenance. Presenter Frank Loza.

Listen to the care and maintenance of old cars and your home, given by Frank.

Listen to the daily question and answer session.

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.

Listen to a description of NFB Newsline, given by Jane and Scott.

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?

Listen to managing your blindness and family dynamics, given by Diane and Shelly.

**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.

Listen to travel techniques to handle all modes of transportation, given by Wayne and Jerry.

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, you will be taught 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. Presented by Jill Rossiter, 1st Vice-president of the NFB Krafters Division.

Listen to description of the Krafters Division and learn how to perform towel origami, given by Jill.

Listen to the daily question and answer session.

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

Listen and learn about Amazon Alexa, given by Jerry.

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!

Listen to blindness and strategies for working out social situations, given by Judy and Glenn.

**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.

Listen to the Rap-Up session, given by Ruth.