This blog is designed for people with visual impairments and their families.
Particularly for families and individuals who may be new to visual impairment. I want to provide support and services that will ease the transition for both individuals and families, because I've been through that experience in my own family.
People who have visual impairments are not necessarily in need of a caregiver.
I just want to make that clear. Visual impairment and independence are not mutually exclusive terms. One of the reasons that braille is so important is in order to gain independence, employment, and confidence.
However, in some situations, caregiving is a part of the reality of having a family member with a visual impairment.
Children require a caregiver (hopefully more than one) due to their age, regardless of their visual status. So a parent, whether of special needs children or not, would be in a caregiving role. Some visual impairments are diagnosed at birth, so if you have a child who happens to have a visual impairment, then these caregiving posts are especially for you.
Caregiving doesn't end when children grow up.
If you have a spouse who has recently become visually impaired, maybe as a result of a combat injury, or a disease process like diabetes, or any other cause, these caregiving posts are for you. You may have a parent who is facing visual changes as a result of aging. Transitioning to new phases of life can be challenging in many ways. Those who go through these changes are the most impacted, but those of us who care for them are also affected.
So all of the posts under the category of caregiving are especially for family members.
I'll be sharing my experience caregiving for a child with a visual impairment, as well as passing along ideas and tips that helped me. I have learned a lot since then, so I have found other resources that I wish I would have had, and I will pass those along to you also.
For those who are not in a caregiving role, I hope it provides some perspective on how family members feel.
No matter how caring and compassionate a professional person may be, it always feels different when something happens to your family. I hope these posts can be useful in bridging the occasional gaps between families and professionals. Sometimes it's difficult to have conversations about grief, or fear, or anger. I hope to contribute to a dialogue that will bring all parties together to act in the best interests of the entire family.
I'm the owner of Family First Braille, the author of this blog, and the editor of Family First Braille Magazine.