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Two Support Group Leaders Needed for Blindness Adjustment and Transition Group

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ORGANIZATION: Aging and Disability Services

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A skilled leader is needed for a vision loss/grief support group for individuals who are blind.
1. Loss Group: An Adjustment to Blindness leader is needed for a support group for individuals who are newly blind and adjusting to the loss of their vision. Attendees will be referred by agency staff and a meeting room will be provided at the Windsor, CT location. The purpose of this group will be to facilitate the adjustment to vision loss for individuals with both total blindness as well as legal blindness. This is a new group to be initiated. It is anticipated that referrals to this group would eventually be transitioned to to a second group that is preexisting but is in need of a new leader.

A second leader with more generalized skills is needed for a mutual support group.

2. Mutual Support Group: This is a preexisting group; mostly elderly individuals who are legally blind. Many members have been in long-term attendance to this group which met in person/phone through the pandemic. It meets monthly in Windsor from September to June. Members like to chat and socialize but always enjoy guest speakers, technology demonstrations, and hands-on activities. While the leader of this group need not be blind, some experience with blindness, disabilities, adaptive technology or special education or related disciplines is preferred.

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About Aging and Disability Services

Location:

184 Windsor Avenue (Main Office), Volunteer Positions are in Most CT Towns, Windsor (Main Office), CT 06095, US

Mission Statement

Maximizing opportunities for the independence and well-being of people with disabilities and older adults in Connecticut. Core Values INTEGRITY: We interact honestly and fairly with all others, adhering to strong ethics, values and principals. RESPECT: We value and recognize others for their unique skills, talents and contributions, and are considerate in all interactions. PROFESSIONALISM: We are mindful of our daily conduct and strive to have the highest work standards with a courteous attitude. OPEN COMMUNICATION: We encourage the sharing of information and knowledge in an accurate, honest and supportive way.

Description

Aging and Disability Services: Bureau of Education and Services for the Blind

Welcome to the Department of Aging and Disability Services. Our programs, policies and practices are designed to:

  • Deliver integrated aging and disability services responsive to the needs of Connecticut citizens;
  • Provide leadership on aging and disability issues statewide;
  • Provide and coordinate aging and disability programs and services in the areas of employment, education, independent living, accessibility and advocacy;
  • Advocate for the rights of Connecticut residents with disabilities and older adults; and
  • Serve as a resource on aging and disability issues at the state level.

The Bureau of Education and Services for the Blind enables its clients to become more self-sufficient and to maximize their participation in the community, at school and in employment settings. It is important to note that most people who are legally blind retain a significant degree of practical vision.

CAUSE AREAS

Community
People with Disabilities
Seniors
Community, People with Disabilities, Seniors

WHEN

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WHERE

Windsor AvenueWindsor, CT 06095

(41.87853,-72.67425)
 

SKILLS

  • Family Therapy
  • Elder care
  • Bereavement Support
  • Case Work / Management
  • Counseling / Mental Health
  • Life Coaching

GOOD FOR

  • People 55+

REQUIREMENTS

  • Driver's License Needed
  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 22
  • Orientation or Training
  • At least 2 hours per month for the group and the time before and after; time for preparation and related activities.
  • Loss Group: a certified professional is preferred for this group, a retiree with past certifications or out of state certifications is welcome to apply; experience with disabilities, blindness, etc.

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