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The Jewish Guild for the Blind’s new Autism and Blindness Tele-Support Group

Posted Oct 23 2010 12:23pm

The Jewish Guild for the blind would like to share with you a free resource for families of children who are autistic and vision impaired.  In the United States, 1.8 million children under the age of 18 are blind or seriously visually impaired.  The Jewish Guild for the Blind’s new Autism and Blindness Tele-Support Group provides free weekly support for parents of children who have both a visual impairment and an autism spectrum disorder.  This combination of disabilities is perhaps among the most complex of challenges a parent could face.  Facilitated by a Clinical Psychologist with more than 25 years of experience working with people who are blind, the new support group aims to help parents of those children navigate a system where advice and resources are often not easy to find.

The Guild’s National Tele-Support Network, the only one of its kind in the country, provides free, weekly telephone support groups facilitated by social workers and psychologists for families of blind, visually impaired or multi-disabled children and teens.  For many, The Tele-Support Network is the only opportunity for parents to interact with other families with a blind or visually impaired child, and it meets a critical need, especially if participants live in small towns or rural areas.  Almost 200 families from 45 states have  participated in the support groups.

Support Groups are organized around children’s eye conditions.  Currently there are groups for parents of children with Retinitis Pigmentosa, Retinopathy of Prematurity, Cortical Visual Impairment, Leber Congenital Amaurosis, and Hermansky Pudlak Syndrome.  There is also a group specifically for fathers of children who are visually impaired and another for blind teenagers planning to attend college.

Families are encouraged to join The Guild’s Tele-Support Network. To register or for more information on the new Autism and Blindness Group, please call 1-800-915-0306 or visit

www.jgb.org/programs-parent-tele.asp < http://www.jgb.org/programs-parent-tele.asp >.

The Jewish Guild for the Blind, one of the nation’s foremost not-for-profit vision health care agencies, has been serving blind, visually impaired and multi-disabled children, adults and the elderly since 1914. The Jewish Guild for the Blind is nonsectarian. For more information, please visit www.jgb.org .< http://www.jgb.org./ >

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