A Family Experience

Please join us for “A Family Experience” on October 24 from 12 PM – 2 PM at Davenport’s Restaurant in East Providence.

Vision loss has a profound effect on the person who experiences it, but sometimes we forget that it also requires a big adjustment for that person’s family members and friends.

Many times sighted spouses, adult children, and friends suddenly find themselves being the main source of transportation, take on extra duties such as managing the finances and shopping and struggle with the emotional aspects of having someone they care about suffering such a major loss.

On the other side, people with vision loss often feel misunderstood, can sometimes feel like family members and friends are doing too much (or too little) to help, and may feel uncomfortable bringing up these issues.

At the heart of it, many people just need help figuring out how to better communicate their needs and feelings, set boundaries, and develop the skills to adapt to vision loss in a more healthy way.

On Thursday, October 24 we will be hosting an informal luncheon for adult family members and friends. People living with vision loss are also welcome to attend with their loved one(s).

We will enjoy a buffet at a local restaurant, during which you will have the opportunity to meet others who are in a similar situation to yours.

After lunch, there will be a speaking program that will feature someone living with vision loss as well as a sighted family member, both of whom will briefly share their stories about their ups and downs, challenges, and lighthearted moments as they have worked through this major life adjustment.

There will also be time for questions and answers at the end.

This is what we hope will be the first in a series of events that will focus on the whole family.

If you are interested in attending this or future Family Experience programs, please contact Doreen at (401) 941-3322 X120 or email dholmes@in-sight.org.