Lynchburg, VA - Interfaith Outreach Association is launching a new program for people with visual impairments in Lynchburg.
Interfaith did some research and found more and more people needed services that were not offered like information on vision conditions, caregiver challenges, or how to use new technology.
These started earlier this month, and go through November.
Here are all the lectures that will be offered:
1. VIP Speaker Series-Experts from the Piedmont Eye Center and the Virginia Department of Blind and Visually Impaired (VDBVI) conduct presentations on specific vision conditions and adaptive resources available for maximizing an independent lifestyle. Free and open to the public
- Tuesday, September 17 The Templeton Center 10:30-11:30 am
Meeting Every Day Visual Challenges- A Hands-on Demonstration of Adaptive Equipment and Techniques- Virginia Department of the Blind and Vision Impaired
- Tuesday, October 29 The Templeton Center 10:30-11:30 am
Facing the Challenges of Macular Degeneration and Diabetes -Piedmont Eye Center's Dr. Golnaz Javey
2. VIP Support Groups- Facilitated by Interfaith Outreach Association staff, individuals and their caregivers meet monthly to share and discuss the challenges and solutions to making lifestyle changes to adjust to loss of vision. Free and open to the public.
- Tuesdays-September 10, October 8, November 12 The Summit - 12-1 pm
- Mondays- September 30, October 28, November 25 Westminster Canterbury 12-1 pm
3. VIP Information Stations- VIP Coordinator, Sherry Canfield will be available at scheduled times and places within the community to match individuals with visual challenges with resources available in the community to improve their quality of life. Free and open to the public.
- Tuesdays-September 10, October 8, November 12 The Summit - 10 am -12 pm
- Mondays- September 30, October 28, November 25 Westminster Canterbury 10 am-12 pm
- Tuesdays- September 24,October 22, November 26 Lynchburg Public Library Main Branch-11am-1pm
4. VIP Volunteers- Volunteers are needed to be trained to provide free transportation for visually challenged to medical appointments and grocery shopping. Extensive background checks required which include driving record, insurance coverage and criminal background. People with visual challenges in need of transportation will be processed through the VDBVI assistance program.
For more information on participating in any of these programs, please contact Sherry Canfield, VIP Coordinator at Interfaith Outreach Association at 434.846.6098 or firstname.lastname@example.org.