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August 17, 2020

Living with sight loss course in Donegal

We’re opening up our popular confidence building course, Living with Sight Loss, to visually impaired people across Ireland. Previously the course was only available to those living in the border counties as part of our Need to Talk programme.

The free course will begin on Thursday, September 17 and runs every Thursday from 11am to 3pm for five weeks. The course will finish Thursday, October 15.

To meet Covid-19 social distancing guidelines, we transformed our face-to-face course into a virtual webinar series. This new format has enabled us to open the course to people living in all 32 counties.

Living with Sight Loss is designed to increase the confidence and independence of people who are living with any form of sight loss. The informal course will provide information and practical advice on a range of essential everyday topics such as getting out and about, information about welfare rights, and how technology can make life that bit easier.

Connor (30, Drogheda), a participant in the last virtual Living with Sight Loss course in June, said, “The course was brilliant. I only lost my sight earlier this year and I picked up a lot of useful information – about everything from assistive technology to the benefits of counselling. My partner Aoife learned even more than I did, she thought it was great. We both recommend the course to anyone living with sight loss and their family members.”

The course is delivered through the accessible video conferencing platform Zoom. A telephone dial in option is also available.

Places are limited and must be booked in advance by contacting the team on 01 674 6496 or needtotalk@fightingblindness.ie.

This course is delivered through the ‘Need to Talk’ project, an emotional support and confidence building service supported by the European Union’s INTERREG VA Programme, managed by the Special EU Programmes Body (SEUPB).