So you’re losing your vision, and family and friends just don’t understand what you are going through. They mean well and want to help, but you can’t turn to them for the kind of guidance and advice you want. What you really need is to talk to someone who has been there.
At CVI, there are support groups available to help you with the emotional, practical and social aspects of vision loss. No matter what condition you are struggling with there are others to help guide you on this journey.
“Adjusting to Vision Loss” Support Group: Thursdays, 2:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
This group is open to anyone who is visually-impaired and their friends and family. The group focuses on life as a newly blind or visually-impaired person. Members discuss coping strategies and tips and also provide encouragement and support to each other. Contact Rasheeda Wilkins at 404-602-4303 for more information.
Diabetes Support Group: Next Meeting TBD
The CVI Diabetes Support Group is open to anyone who is blind/visually impaired and also has diabetes. During the meeting attendees can meet others who share their same experiences, gain support, share tips and ideas, learn about proper diabetes management, health, nutrition, exercise and the latest industry information on diabetes.
Contact Rasheeda Wilkins at 404-602-4303 for more information.
*Special Note: The support groups listed below are for current clients only.
Client BEGIN Parent Groups: Meet first and third Mondays from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
BEGIN’s parent classes are provided to parents of children who are visually impaired or blind, and are enrolled in the Program’s weekly preschool classes. Preschool students range in age from 2 to 5. The parent classes are facilitated by BEGIN’s Licensed Clinical Social Worker, and held each week during the time their child is participating in the preschool class.
Topics for parents include information on their child’s visual diagnosis and possible effects on access to the environment, IEP information, early childhood development, technology, advocacy, and resources for parenting a child who is visually impaired or blind. In addition, the BEGIN Program offers music therapy and group discussion during Music & Movement classes.
This group is for our BEGIN children who are not yet walking and their parents and/or caregivers. Both family and child attend music therapy sessions, held on the 1st & 3rd Mondays of the month from 10:30-11:30 AM.
Contact Greg Aikens, BEGIN program manager, at 404-602-4331 for more information.