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Vision mate

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We know that people with sight loss live independent lives every day. However, sometimes it’s easier to have someone help with certain sighted tasks. Our Vision Mate program aims to meet this need.

Vision Mates are trained, sighted volunteers who are matched with you one-on-one. You meet for a couple of hours a week at a time that works for both of you in your home or community.

Activities that you and your Vision Mate match do together are based on your needs, but may include things like reading books or newspapers, organizing things around the home, going for walks around the community, or assisting with errands. The volunteer effectively acts like your eyes; observing and describing what is required to empower you to accomplish the tasks at hand.

The relationship between vision mate and match often transitions from "helper-helpee" to "friends" and for this reason their age, gender, interests, and travel distance play a role in making the match. We aim to match people for a minimum of six months, though there is no maximum time for a match to continue and ideally it will continue for years to come.

To hear from a Vision Mate match in Nova Scotia, listen to this story on AMI!

Sign up for a Vision Mate!

To register for or find out more about these programs, email Jeff deViller. Click "Get Involved" to learn more about volunteering.