February 7 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
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Low Vision Support Group
Enrichment offers four sessions annually. The support group is held on Tuesday evenings from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. via Zoom. Additional in-person opportunities for engagement are coordinated by the group facilitator.
For many individuals, losing vision causes trauma in their life, and most will experience the stages of grief and loss as they move through the vision loss journey.
Our support group is open to anyone with a vision loss needing assistance with adjusting to the changes in their life. The support group provides information on vision loss to peers by visually impaired peers.
Sessions focus on holistic aspects of an individual’s life and how they interact with others and address interaction out in the community. The group will frequently address aspects of mental health models such as the Wellness Wheel, including emotional, intellectual, physical, social, environmental, financial, and spiritual wellness. Sessions may also focus on trust, confidence, self-esteem, interpersonal relationships, and much more.
In addition to the moderator, long-time participants also take ownership of the group and often come up with the topics and lead the discussion. Past issues have included stigma, alternative health, loneliness, developing trust, and isolation.
Vision Loss Support Group on Facebook
A new addition to the program is members were seeking other avenues to connect outside of the online group sessions and stay connected in our off months. A private Facebook group was created to allow members to engage outside the scheduled sessions. This allows the group to continue to foster peer relationships and reduce isolation.
Individualized Adjustment Services
For those who prefer a one-on-one approach, rather than a group setting, individual counseling for adjustment to blindness is available.
First, the support group has benefited me to understand the variety of resources available to me. It helped me know that the Enrichment door always seems open when I have questions whether on technology or blindness. My favorite part of the group is learning about all the different ways people do things to manage different tasks. I came to the understanding that It may take me three times as long to do something, but I have the knowledge and skills to do it myself. The group has helped me see that there are a lot of ways to do things differently. It has opened me up to a lot of amazing ideas.
I didn’t realize how powerful the ADA was, but I felt that having that knowledge to understand and become a better advocate there were things that I just never thought about prior to the group. I really wish I had known this while I was working.
Mental Health and Vision Loss
Coping with vision loss can be difficult at any age. You go from being independent, active, and social, to not driving and feeling depressed and isolated, sometimes overnight.
How do you cope with this lifestyle change? Will you ever be self-sufficient again?...
Benefits of joining a support group
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.