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.
This group is open to anyone who is visually-impaired and also has diabetes. During the meeting attendants learn about proper diabetes management, health, nutrition, exercise and the latest industry information on diabetes. The group also attends local outings and has occasional speakers. Contact Lynn Miller at 404-602-4319 for more information.
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 Nell Robinson at 404-602-4293 for more information.
*Special Note: The support groups listed below are for current clients only.
Client BEGIN Parent Groups: Meet first through fourth Thursday from 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.
BEGIN’s parent classes are for parents of children who are visually-impaired who are enrolled in BEGIN’s weekly preschool classes for 2 year olds through pre-K. The parent classes are taught by the BEGIN director and the BEGIN family social worker and held weekly during their child’s BEGIN preschool class. Topics for parents include information on their child’s visual diagnosis and how it impacts visual access to the environment, IEP information, early childhood development, technology, advocacy and resources for parenting a child who is visually-impaired. In addition, the BEGIN Program provides music therapy and group discussion during a program called BEGIN Music & Movement. This group is for babies who are visually impaired who are not yet walking and their parents or caregivers. Both parent and child attend these group sessions held on the 1st & 3rd Mondays of the month from 10:30-12:00. Contact Nancy Jennings, BEGIN family social worker, at 404-602-4333 for more information.
Client Men’s Support Group
This group is for men who are currently taking rehabilitation classes. The group provides emotional support and resources for men who have recently lost their vision. The mens group meets once a month, 2nd Wednesday from 10:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Date and time subject to change depending on staff availability. Contact Rasheeda Wilkens at 404-602-4303 for more information.
Client Women’s Support Group This group is for women who are currently taking rehabilitation classes. The group provides emotional support and resources for women who have recently lost their vision. The group meets every Wednesday from 10:15 a.m. until 12:15 p.m. Contact Angela Denise Davis at 404-602-4323 for more information.