Welcome to Getting Started: A Guide for People New to Vision Loss. If you have been recently diagnosed with a visual impairment, you are about to begin a journey for which you may not be prepared and for which you may have many questions. The information provided here can help you navigate your journey. It will not provide you with the answers to all of your questions, but it will point you in the direction of finding the tools, information, support systems, and guidance you seek during this new and challenging time.

Getting Started is a resource updated with new information year over year. Though it is filled with evergreen tips and techniques, APH recognizes that we live in an ever-changing world. In a post-COVID-19 reality, we understand that people who are new to vision loss may rely more heavily on virtual support systems. It is our plan to continue to provide Getting Started in many formats, including print, web, social media, apps, a toll-free hotline, and more. It is our hope that in doing so, we may guide you toward the knowledge you seek.

With the support of family and friends, and the appropriate healthcare professionals, we know that you will bring your own faith and courage to your personal journey. You are not alone in this challenge. More than 25 million Americans report trouble seeing, and we want you to know that we are here to help. More than this, we want to hear from you. We welcome your feedback and suggestions. Please, reach out to us via the APH Information & Referral Line (800.232.5463) or at connectcenter@aph.org.

The American Printing House for the Blind is honored to partner with the Reader’s Digest Partners for Sight Foundation to share the 2020 edition of Getting Started with you. We hope you will learn valuable information and gain the knowledge you need to get started on your journey.

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