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General Category => General Discussion => Topic started by: splatty on February 28, 2020, 08:47:23 PM

Title: Support Groups
Post by: splatty on February 28, 2020, 08:47:23 PM
If anyone is looking for a support group here are some that i came across. You're not alone!  :)

Support Group Resources
The AFB Directory of Services allows you to find local support groups as well as organizations that offer counseling and adjustment services, low vision services, mobility training, and vocational rehabilitation.

MD (Macular Degeneration) Support offers The International Low Vision Support Group network with a directory of groups which meet all over the world. It provides materials and resources for leaders, archived audio-visual presentations and a Facilitator's Kit to get a group started. In addition, it hosts TeleSupport, a year-round program of monthly group support sessions held over the telephone. It is designed for low vision seniors anywhere in the U.S. who have no access to the Internet or cannot attend a live support group.

The American Council of the Blind (ACB) has a list of helpful resources for people with vision loss and their families. It also has a national directory of affiliates in each state. Seniors can find information through the ACB affiliate Alliance on Aging and Vision Loss.

Low vision issues are addressed through the Council of Citizens with Low Vision International.

The Hadley Institute for the Blind and Visually Impaired offers tuition-free distance education courses in various media on topics, such as participating in or even initiating a a self-help groups and dealing with many issues related to blindness and low vision.

The National Federation of the Blind Seniors Initiative provides low vision resources and online discussion groups.

Vision Exchange is an online resource for support group leaders who facilitate support groups for adults with vision loss. The purpose is to exchange ideas, information, and community resources to help adults with low vision be more independent.

The Family Caregiver Alliance (FCA) was the first community-based nonprofit organization in the country to address the needs of families and friends providing long-term care at home. FCA now offers programs at national, state, and local levels to support and sustain caregivers, and has an online family support group.

https://www.visionaware.org/info/emotional-support/peer-support-groups-and-other-resources/13