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Monday, February 04, 2013

Telephone Support Groups for Parents of Children who are Blind or Visually Impaired

By Dan Callahan

Jewish Guild Healthcare, formerly the Jewish Guild for the Blind, headquartered in New York City, provides free, weekly telephone support groups for families of blind, visually impaired or multi-disabled children.  These support groups are open to parents from anywhere in the country simply by calling a toll-free number. Each group is facilitated by a Guild Social Worker or Psychologist.

Created by the Guild’s Children’s Vision Health Initiative, the telephone support groups are formed around the particular eye condition of the child, such as Cortical Visual Impairment, Leber Congenital Amaurosis, Retinopathy of Prematurity and many others.  This format allows each group of parents to hear from expert speakers on their child’s particular eye condition as well as learn from one another.  For parents living in small towns or rural parts of the country it is often the only opportunity they have to interact with parents of children with the same eye condition as their child.

The  Guild is non-sectarian and one of the nation’s foremost not-for-profit vision health agencies.  To sign up for one of their support groups simply call the program director, Dan Callahan, at 800-915-0306 or e-mail 

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