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Tuesday, September 16, 2014 — After taking a short summer recess, the Low Vision Support group at Eastwyck Village reconvened Monday, Sept. 8.  The group welcomed three new members this month.  The group meets on the first Monday of the month at 1 p.m. at Eastwyck Village, unless otherwise noted.


This month the group spent some time getting to know one another and hearing from each member about their specific visual impairment.  The topic of discussion was, “What is the hardest part about being visually impaired for you?” and “How have you tried to cope?’.  The members were very open and honest about some of the struggles they face with their vision loss.  Members discussed the difficulties of finding reliable transportation, not being able to read or write as easily as they used to, not being able to recognize people by their faces anymore, fear of loss of independence, and, fears and anxiety about vision getting worse.

The group shared with one another how they have tried to cope including asking family and friends for support, learning to use public transportation. focusing on what they are still able to do, concentrating on the positive, and living in the present rather than focusing on what may or may not happen in the future.

Some topics of discussion for future meetings include: guest speakers and potentially a safe cooking skills demonstration by one of the Vision Rehabilitation Therapists from NABA. The next meeting of the low vision support group will take place on Monday, Oct. 6 at 1 p.m.

Cheryl Lawyer is the Community Educator & Outreach Coordinator for the Northeastern Association of the Blind at Albany, Inc., (NABA). Her responsibilities include educating the 15 counties served about vision loss, vision rehabilitation services and other resources. Ms. Lawyer has more than 25 years’ experience in sales and marketing and is a NYS Certified Teacher. She also serves as the Northern New York Region Coordinator for Guiding Eyes for the Blind Puppy Raising Program.


#1 CHERYL LAWYER 2014-09-18 01:18
What a great group of people, willing to share and support one another!

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