Have you ever been at a family gathering or a social event where you felt alone because you were blind?
Is it sometimes tough for you to motivate yourself to accomplish your goals because you are frustrated and worn down with the added responsibilities of blindness?
Have you ever had difficulty with talking about blindness to family and friends?
Are you scared to live an active, independent life of your choosing?
Do you need advice about adjusting to blindness?
Well, if you have answered “yes” to any of these questions, PCB might have just the thing for you.
Over the past year, PCB has hosted a few conference calls for peers to discuss the emotional and psychological impact of blindness on themselves as well as family and friends. Participants have commented that the conference calls were informative and helpful. Conversations were great. Peers talked about communicating with family and friends about blindness around the holidays, independence in and outside of their homes, and finding support in a sometimes isolated world of blindness. These are the kinds of real conversations that we all need as blind and visually impaired people. We are blind, but we are also parents, daughters, sons, students, professionals, workers, family members, friends, and neighbors. However, sometimes the sighted society we live in forgets that we are all more than just blind. We need to be able to talk about these hard and difficult topics surrounding blindness with others who understand.
PCB has decided to take these conference calls further. Starting in January 2020, PCB will be hosting a closed support group by phone. The calls will focus on adjustment to blindness. The calls will be private and confidential. They will be led by Dr. AndreWatson Psy.D., who is a licensed psychologist who happens to be blind. Dr. Watson has experience with being a father, husband, employee, and friend. He is the author of the book entitled, Vision in the Dark and is a motivational speaker about overcoming life’s challenges.
These monthly groups with Dr. Watson will be held on the first Tuesday of the month at noon for one hour. Those who are interested should call Dr. Andre Watson at 215-631-3230 or email him at Dr.AndreWatson@comcast.net to sign up. Sign up by December 31, 2019 for the first session. All are welcome, but space is limited.