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Second Sense - Beyond Vision Loss

Facing the Challenges of Uncomfortable Social Situations

Monday, October 17 - 10:30 am - 11:30 am

When visiting a vet with her guide dog, Melissa Taussig, a mental health professional in the Chicago area, had an uncomfortable encounter. The vet would not talk with her, but rather spoke to her driver who had accompanied her to the exam room. Many people with vision loss have encountered similar situations in their interactions with sighted people. Missing the visual cues sighted people take for granted puts visually impaired people at a disadvantage.

Melissa’s experience at the vet spurred her to more fully explore the range of uncomfortable social situations people with vision loss can experience. Her collaboration with Associate Professor of Communications Lynsey Romo of North Carolina State University resulted in a research study recently published in the Journall of Social and Personal Relationships.

We are honored to welcome Lynsey Romo and Melissa Taussig to Second Sense to discuss their research study. They will talk about the tangible ways people with vision loss can use communication to have more positive social interactions. This discussion will focus on:

  • the feelings of stigma and uncertainty experienced by people with vision loss
  • ways to reduce the number of uncomfortable social interactions
  • strategies for recovering from these types of social situations

Time will be available for anyone to share their experiences and offer their methods of overcoming these challenges.

To join us for this informative conversation, call our conference line at 312-809-1004 or email Kathy Austin.