CABVI offers counseling, information and support groups to help in the emotional adjustment to vision loss.
Persons who call the Cincinnati Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired to inquire about services are connected with one of CABVI's social workers. The social worker meets one-on-one with the person (and with family members, if desired) to discuss the individual's situation, needs and goals. A plan is then developed to address the person's needs.
The loss of vision means change for the individual as well as the entire family.
Social workers provide:
- Assessment of needs
- Planning for services provided by the Cincinnati Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired
- Individual or family counseling concerning issues of adjustment to vision loss
- Information and referral to other community resources
- Therapeutic support groups
- Consultation to agencies, organizations and other professionals
Counseling can help in adjusting to the loss of vision. People who lose vision can be angry, frustrated, shocked, depressed or feel helpless. These are normal grieving reactions. Through individualized counseling or support groups, people can learn ways to cope with vision loss.
Support groups for a limited time period are held at the Cincinnati Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired or in various locations in the community. Facilitated by a social worker, support groups provide a forum for sharing issues, feelings and experiences. The knowledge that one is not alone can be a powerful motivator in learning new ways to adapt to change.
For more information on CABVI's services or support group locations, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 513-221-8558.