Courses & Workshops

BALANCE Out Your Tech Skills!

Balance for Blind Adults is pleased to offer a new series of tech-focused workshops this Fall!  Come to all six or pick and choose which workshop(s) you want to attend, space is limited so register NOW, Free of charge.

Taking place at our offices: The Crossways Complex, 2340 Dundas St. W. Unit G-06, Toronto ON M6P 4A9, 3:00-5:00 p.m.

Contact: r.arcuri@balancefba.org or 416-236-1796, ext. 230

List of workshops:

October 11, 2017, 3:00-5:00 p.m.

Stay Safe!: How to Manage Yourself and Your Personal Information Online

In this workshop you will learn how and when to: give your credit card information, create a secure password, and manage passwords and personal information.

October 25, 2017, 3:00-5:00 p.m.

Accessing Online Proof Reading and Organizational Apps

Are you worried that your online image is being affected by spelling and grammar mistakes that Voiceover does not pick up? Do you ever wonder how to keep track of information, take down phone numbers, or simply create a reminder about an upcoming event? Are you someone who struggles with which “their or there” to use and when?  Well, come check out this interactive workshop on all things notes, reminders, spelling check and grammar.

November 8, 2017, 3:00-5:00 p.m.

The ABC’s of Advocacy and Public Education Through Social Media 

Social media can be a great tool to help you advocate for yourself and for disability rights in general. This workshop will focus on:  how to: create your brand on social media, create an appropriate and effective network, how Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, YouTube and blogs can help you advocate. We will also discuss how to advocate appropriately and how to advocate without appearing like you are complaining or whining.

November 22, 2017, 3:00-5:00 p.m.

Understanding Cell Phone Plans 

When looking for a phone and a phone plan, do you know how to get the best bang for your buck?  Do the terms Contracts, Canada wide calling data, monthly fees, surcharges, incoming texts sound like gibberish?  This workshop will give you basic tips to help you navigate the world of cellphones and smartphones.

December 6, 2017, 3:00-5:00 p.m.

Unlocking “The Google”!

Are you able to mine the internet for all it has to offer? Do you get tied up or lost sometimes trying to find what you are looking for? When you get on the information highway, do you know how to follow directions down side roads to more and more interesting information? When you want information on anything from medical diagnoses to how to make homemade holiday gifts to finding product reviews to bargain hunting, do you know how Google is structured to make it easier? What are best search terms and how do they work? Did you know that Google can search things like SKUs? What exactly IS Google and when would you use an alternative like Safari to search the World Wide Web? All these answers and more at this workshop

December 13, 2017, 3:00-5:00 p.m.

Stay/Get Connected This Holiday Season (and Beyond!)

The holidays can be a joyous occasion but this can also be the loneliest time of the year.  Whether you have lots of friends and family with whom you want to stay connected or you are looking for new ways to use the internet to stay connected over the holidays this workshop is for you!  We will discuss Skype, Facebook messenger, what’s app, group messaging, using emoji’s, sending Holiday greetings and more!

Please register with Rosie Arcuri no later than one week before each workshop. Space is limited! Call 416-236-1796 ext. 230 or email r.arcuri@balancefba.org  to save your place!


Apple Mobile Devices-Get Familiar!

Are you an Apple mobile user, or do you want to be?  Have you been coming to BALANCE for assistance to get better with your phone and wish to become more independent in navigating your device? Well, BALANCE has the perfect series for you.  Assistive technology instructors Doug Poirier and Chelsea Mohler will be hosting a series of six classes geared to learning the basic functions of the iPhone and providing participants with the skills and confidence to become independent with their device.  We will review some of the common applications on the iPhone, and explain how the process of downloading an application works.

WHEN and WHERE: This class will be held once per week for a total of six weeks and will begin on Thursday, October 19, 2017 from 2 until 4 PM.  We will be holding these classes at the BALANCE Office located at 2340 Dundas St W,  unit G-06, in the Crossways Complex. Wheeltrans users, please arrange to be dropped off at the Dollarama entrance. If you require orientation and mobility, please contact Laura at: l.antal@balancefba.org (416-236-1796, ext. 0) to have assistance in arranging your lessons.

Please Note:

If you do not own an Apple device (iPhone iPAD), you may request to borrow a BALANCE owned device in order to participate in this class. If this is the case, you must do so a minimum of 1 week in advance of the class time. This class will involve downloading applications and navigating the mail application. It is expected that participants will have a working Apple ID and an e-mail account set up. If you need assistance with either of these tasks, please contact Chelsea or Doug at c.mohler@balancefba.org or d.poirier@balancefba.orgg.

Want to join?  If you have questions or wish to register, please send an email to: c.mohler@balancefba.org, or contact Chelsea at (416) 236-1796 Ext. 225.  It will be filled on a first come, first serve basis so hurry before it’s full.


Advanced Mindfulness Course Available This Fall!

 Advanced Mindfulness including Pain Management

We are pleased to announce the addition of an advanced Stress Reduction course being added this fall! Graduates of the Introductory program (spring or fall) will be able to take the Advanced, or Mindfulness Part Two, which includes a pain management focus, as well as a refresher on mindfulness meditation techniques (because it’s easy to let it go when you are not attending a class regularly!); the course will include some additional techniques as well. The attendance will be limited to a maximum of 8 participants.

Dates and Times: November 10-December 15 (6 weeks), 2 hours, Fridays, 1-3 p.m.

Teacher: Fazia Ackbarali

Cost: Free of charge

Registration: call or email Laura at 416-236-1796, ext. 0

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