Saturday, October 16, 2021

Support Group for the Blind and Visually Impaired



Lighthouse of Collier is hosting a Peer Support Group, held every Wednesday from 12:30-2:30 PM, and facilitated by Rick Hart. Rick currently holds a Master of Arts in Community Agency Counseling degree from Saint Xavier University, Chicago, Illinois. He is a licensed Professional Counselor in Illinois and a member of the American Counseling Association.

If you are new to vision loss, you may be feeling overwhelmed and in need of some additional support. Your adjustment to vision loss can be facilitated by participation in a support group that brings people together who share a similar life challenge. Members learn to cope and feel less isolated as they make connections with others who can relate to their situation. Friends and family members can also benefit from attending a group as they are often in need of support too. In a safe and confidential setting, members discuss their feelings, share experiences and offer mutual support. They exchange ideas and information. The support group experience can be helpful in moving members toward acceptance and adjustment to life with a visual impairment.

The following are some of the benefits of participating in a support group:

Feeling less lonely and isolated.
Gaining a sense of empowerment,
self-confidence and control.
Learning to cope in healthy ways and

adjust to vision loss.
Talking openly and honestly about
your feelings.
Managing stress, depression or
Developing an understanding of what
to expect with your situation.
Getting practical advice and useful
Discovering resources, services, and
devices that meet your needs.
Having the chance to help and
support others.
Receiving inspiration and motivation
from others’ stories.
Setting goals and preparing for the
future with hope.

The event is being held at Lighthouse of Collier, 2685 Horseshoe Drive South, Suite 211, Naples. For more information, please contact Rick at 239-430-3934.

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