counselling- Practical and Emotional Support

Counselling and Referral Services

Sight loss is experienced differently by different people. They go through a process to the Six stages of grief, denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and acceptance.

  1. Grief is a normal response to loss during or after a disaster or other traumatic event.
  2. A denial is a refusal, and often means a refusal to believe or accept something as the truth.
  3. Anger is an emotion characterized by antagonism toward someone or something you feel has deliberately done you wrong.
  4. Bargaining is the back and forth process of negotiation in order to make an agreement between two parties.
  5. Depression (major depressive disorder) is a common and serious medical illness that negatively affects how you feel, the way you think and how you act.
  6. Acceptance in human psychology is a person’s assent to the reality of a situation, recognizing a process or condition without attempting to change it or protest it.

The challenge is to create a new direction for their lives, recognizing their blindness but at the same time not allowing it to define them. These visually impaired and blind persons are dealing not just with loss of sight, but also with loss of independence and empowerment. They often depend on others to carry out even mundane tasks, such as reading a letter or an email.

It is difficult to undertake this work without incorporating and acknowledging the basic principles of a more person-centred approach, particularly while forging a new relationship with the visually impaired or the blind person.

Counseling is an important service offered to all students, but this intervention is of special significance for the child with vision impairment.

In counseling the student with vision impairment it is essential to see the child as an individual first. So, just as a counselor would assess any student referred for services, consideration would be given to chronological age, developmental level, academic and social strengths and problem areas, family situation, emotional functioning, cultural identification, and any other factors that may be affecting the child.  At the same time, an awareness of the impact of the student’s disability is maintained as the total picture is put together.

The only thing worse than being blind is having sight but no vision.” – Helen Keller

Our counseling service is available to anyone experiencing low mood when dealing with sight related difficulties. We also recognize that anxiety can be experienced by parents, partners, careers, and we extend our services to anyone affected directly or indirectly, by sight loss.

Aspects of Counselling covered at Vision-Aid

Vision-Aid offers a free counselling service, providing practical and emotional support for people who are visually impaired and blind.
Counseling is about the only thing that can enhance the client’s ability to make appropriate life decisions in a situation of visual impairment. Counseling helps the individual to develop the ability to set realistic goals for himself and improve his total being. Through counseling the individual is brought to a position of thorough understanding of himself to make an appropriate vocational choice based on his interest, aptitude and talent. It is important to note that most students with visual impairments find it difficult to adjust to school life. Educating persons with visual impairment is problematic. This is because an individual with visual impairment is confronted with a number of challenges ranging from participation in social activities, locomotion, and education to mention a few.
The work of a lead counselling involves in the areas of

  • Depression and other mood disorders
  • Adjustment and life stress problems
  • Anxiety problems
  • Relationship concerns
  • Substance abuse
  • Personality disorder issues
  • Identity issues
  • Bereavement


The initiation of the Counselling has resulted in arresting the drop out ratio from the various Training programs conducted by Vision-Aid and Personality Development.

Meet our Lead Counsellor

Vision-Aid has appointed a Lead Counsellor, a specialist and experienced Counsellor, who is a qualified Doctorate of Philosophy in Psychology and a Specia Educator from Rehabilitation Council of India.  She is an integrative / holistic therapist, both by training and by nature.

Awards/Recognitions

And many more awards over the years.

Get in touch with Fatima through her email address: lubna.fathima@visionaid.org

A Digital Accessibility Testing Testimonial | Nibin Mathews

Nibin Mathews’ journey is a testament to resilience and determination. Despite facing

significant visual impairment challenges since birth, Nibin pursued education with unwavering determination. Losing sight in one eye due to a cricket ball stroke in 6th grade and later losing vision in the other eye to glaucoma didn’t deter him. He completed his Bachelor’s in English and even secured a job with Indian Railways. Yet, his thirst for knowledge led him to pursue computer programming, which he found through Vision-Aid. With their specialized training, he mastered coding and digital accessibility testing. With their financial support, he pursued a Master’s degree. Now, as the Accessibility Lead at Bosch Global Software Technologies, he’s excelling professionally. But Nibin’s achievements don’t stop there; he’s also an international tennis champion and a skilled violinist. He attributes much of his success to Vision-Aid, acknowledging their pivotal role in his journey. His story is not just one of personal triumph but also a testament to the impact of support systems in overcoming challenges and inspiring others.

A Job Coaching for Banking and other exams Testimonial | Gautam Gulati

Meet Gautam, a remarkable individual based in Bareilly, Uttar Pradesh, whose life story is a testament to resilience, determination, and the transformative power of organizations like Vision-Aid India.

Gautam’s life commenced with the diagnosis of Retinist Pigmentosa. Despite experiencing a 40% loss of sight, he persevered through attending a regular school, successfully completing his education and earning a B Com degree. His world took an unexpected turn after graduation, when, he had the major sight loss. Faced with the challenges of navigating everyday activities like driving, reading, writing print, and mobility etc. Yet, rather than allowing these obstacles to define him, he chose a path of resilience and determination. Undeterred by his circumstances, Gautam turned to technology, becoming dependent on tools designed for visually impaired individuals, including screen readers. His quest for independence led him to explore new technologies with the support of various NGOs. Through his social networks, Gautam discovered Vision-Aid India, an organization dedicated to empowering the visually impaired. Recognizing the potential for growth, he enrolled in Vision-Aid’s IBPS banking crash course, specifically tailored for visually impaired individuals, in April 2022.

Determined to enhance his skills further, Gautam pursued an additional course in mobile technology. This commitment to personal and professional growth showcased his unwavering spirit and determination.

Armed with newfound knowledge, Gautam faced the Bank of India Credit Officer exam after completing the IBPS crash course. His hard work, coupled with the right guidance from Vision-Aid, resulted in success. In 2023, Gautam proudly joined Bank of India as a Credit Officer, marking a significant milestone in his journey.

Gautam attributes his success and newfound independence to Vision-Aid India. With deep gratitude, he acknowledges the organization’s role in providing IBPS coaching and shaping his path towards independence.

A Python Testimonial

Tejas

Tejas, born with visual impairment in Mumbai, pursued his education at a Blind School. After school, he graduated from St. Xavier’s College in 2007. His quest for technology education led him to NIIT Bangalore, but job challenges followed. He worked as an HR Recruiter at Thomson Reuters but continued his search for software engineering opportunities. Tejas found his path at Vision-Aid India, where he gained certifications in JavaScript, CSS, HTML, Python, and Digital Accessibility Testing. Vision-Aid then helped him secure a role as an Associate Software Engineer at Pristine InfoTech Inc. He’s deeply grateful to Vision-Aid for enabling visually impaired individuals to learn software languages and work independently as software engineers.

Bindhu Sri

Meet Bindu, from Hyderabad. Who began her life with the gift of perfect vision? She embarked on her educational journey in a conventional school, but at the tender age of 9, her world dimmed as Retinitis Pigmentosa (RP) impacted her sight. Loosing major of her vision with lot of challenges she still could complete her graduate degree in 2020 and her post-graduate degree in 2022. Being interested to pursue her career in computer programming she discovered Vision-Aid India, a beacon of hope and opportunity. Enrolling in their online certification programs, Bindu successfully completed both Python and SQL languages. Armed with these newfound skills, she opened doors to her career, securing a position as a Data Engineer at RX Data Science, a renowned company.

“All of this was made possible through the invaluable support and guidance provided by Vision-Aid India” She Says.

A HTML, CSS, JavaScript, and ARIA Fundamentals for Accessible Web Development Testimonial

Tejas

Tejas, born with visual impairment in Mumbai, pursued his education at a Blind School. After school, he graduated from St. Xavier’s College in 2007. His quest for technology education led him to NIIT Bangalore, but job challenges followed. He worked as an HR Recruiter at Thomson Reuters but continued his search for software engineering opportunities. Tejas found his path at Vision-Aid India, where he gained certifications in JavaScript, CSS, HTML, Python, and Digital Accessibility Testing. Vision-Aid then helped him secure a role as an Associate Software Engineer at Pristine InfoTech Inc. He’s deeply grateful to Vision-Aid for enabling visually impaired individuals to learn software languages and work independently as software engineers.