Suvro had a satisfying job as an Assistant Professor of Accounting at Borough of Manhattan Community College. That was before his vision deteriorated as a result of a hit-and-run accident that damaged his retina, which was already affected by myopathy. Certified as legally blind at the end of 2019 and now on disability, he found Lighthouse Guild’s Adult Tele-Support Program a life saver. It allows him to connect with other people with vision loss to whom he does not have to explain the difficulties of living with loss of vision.
Suvro says that, “The dread and isolation experienced by those with vision loss can be as debilitating as its physical symptoms. Lighthouse Guild combats these issues effectively by creating an infrastructure of support and guidance. One of the most effective tools in their repertoire is tele-support services. By allowing us to speak with our peers in the privacy of our own homes Lighthouse Guild brings their caring to us where we need it the most especially during these trying times. It is by far one of the greatest aids they are giving us to successfully deal with not only our vision loss but also with the tumultuous issues affecting the world at large.”
He praises the Adult Tele-Support Program on its support during the COVID-19 pandemic. “Had I not begun my relationship with Lighthouse Guild, I would have been devastated by COVID-19. I am dealing with it better because of Lighthouse Guild.” He adds that, “It’s also important to know that people with disabilities can lead productive lives, something that you might forget when you feel initially isolated by vision loss. Participation in a support group reminds you that this is possible.”
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