Whether you are new to vision loss or were born with it, it can sometimes be helpful to have someone to talk to about the unique challenges you face. Not only do others with vision impairment understand your situation, but they can also help you come up with solutions. Support groups are available to show you how to cope with your vision loss and make the most of the resources at your disposal. We share some support group benefits to help you determine if joining a group is right for you.
People living with vision loss often feel alone and isolated, which leads to depression over time. However, Support groups give you an opportunity to surround yourself with people sharing similar experiences. They can help you overcome your feelings of isolation. Stories from other group members let you know that you’re not alone in your journey and give you the confidence you need to create your own success story. As you learn and grow alongside your fellow group members, you can share your own success story with new attendees.
Support groups provide an opportunity to share your feelings, frustrations and ask questions about your experiences. Based on the techniques you use to adapt to your vision impairment, attending a support group gives you an opportunity to answer questions, offer tips and encouragement to fellow group members.
Support group members provide practical tips, advice, encouragement, information and resources to help you live independently, work and navigate the world around you. For example, support group members can provide practical tips for rearranging the furniture in your home to help you orient yourself to your surroundings. You’ll learn how to adjust the contrast of your lighting and/or add décor with lighter colors to a room to help you navigate while using your residual vision. Group leaders can provide contact information for blind and low vision services in your area, where you can learn the skills you need, and how to use adaptive aids such as smartphones and computers with screen reading or magnification software.
Becoming a member of a support group gives you a sense of confidence, empowerment, independence and self-control. Along with making positive connections and building a community of like-minded people, you have the opportunity to foster lasting relationships with fellow members and continue the conversation with your friends outside of group meetings.
Outlook Enrichment hosts two support groups. One for people living with a vision impairment and one for visually impaired parents who are trying to help their children navigate digital learning platforms. Learn more about our support groups here.