Adapting to Sight loss
People react differently to the news that there is nothing that can be done to improve their vision, however it’s common for people to experience feelings of denial or anger. Often these feelings are intensified by the frustrations of not being able to complete tasks or activities that were, until recently, completed without thought. It’s always good to talk about how you are feeling and our rehab workers are here to listen, and when you are ready, they can provide you with information about a wide range of services designed to help sight impaired people. They can also give you strategies and training to help you live independently with your sight impairment, as well as signposting you towards peer support and social groups, and other agencies.
Watch a short video of KMfm presenter Myma Seldon experiencing daily living skills training from KAB Rehab Worker, Anita Vranch. Video courtesy of KMfm
Peer Support Programme
We have developed a Peer Support Programme in partnership with Self Management UK. The five week peer support courses are run for groups of people with sight impairments, facilitated by sight impaired volunteers. The programme is designed to enable participants to learn skills in self-management of a long term health condition. This is the first time a programme has been developed specifically for people with sight impairments. The course covers topics such as communication skills, emotions and relaxation techniques through group discussions and exercises and allows participants to share experiences, ideas and learn from each other.
Vision Impairment Training Package
Oxford University Hospital NHS Trust has produced a three part video training package investigating the issues surrounding sight loss and vision impairment, such as different eye conditions, how eye conditions impact people's lives and sighted guide techniques.
If you are interested in watching this video package, please click on the following link https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLXc9Lskf-HamnTJQ1URrvx4iumf0OQrUg.
Please note: This training package was produced by Oxford Medical Illustration an NHS department within the Trust and was funded by ORH Charitable Funds and the content may differ from services and advice provided by Kent Association for the Blind.