Association for the Blind & Visually Impaired
Our S.T.E.P.S. group is comprised of teenagers with a visual impairment who meet twice a month throughout the school year. The group gets a chance to meet, socialize, and improve on daily living skills.
This year, the students have decided to give back to the community by volunteering at the Kids' Food Basket of Grand Rapids. Kids' Food Basket is a non-profit organization that provides well-balanced sack suppers to children who may otherwise go hungry. Meals are distributed through schools in the Grand Rapids and Muskegon areas. To qualify, the schools must have a student population in which 80% or more of students live at or below the poverty line. The sack suppers are taken home each day for an evening meal by nearly 6,000 kids.
So how are the students of the S.T.E.P.S. group helping with Kids' Food Basket? Beginning this month, and continuing throughout the school year, the S.T.E.P.S. group will travel to the Kids' Food Basket and help prepare the sack suppers. Already, the S.T.E.P.S. group has decorated many of the supper sacks to be filled for the area children. We are all excited to work with Kids' Food Basket, start packing those suppers and having an impact on the lives of fellow students!
What helped you to cope with your vision loss? What advice do you have for others? These questions spurred useful responses of encouragement and practical advice from scores of our clients who volunteered to participate in a recent formal study.
Author-educator, Kaye Olson, analyzed the responses and found that "hope is essential to those with vision loss." Acceptance and outreach to others were seen as key in making a positive adjustment. Those who readily sought out special equipment, teaching and support groups were more successful in maintaining independence and peace of mind.
We invite you to read the responses of study participants. Files are in pdf format.
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Click here to read a summary of the questions.
Click here to read Appendix D.
Click here to read Appendix E.