Referral to Providers of Support for Persons With Disabilities
Individuals and families often receive considerable benefit from referral to local, regional, or national agencies, support groups, or foundations that provide services for those with a particular disease. These organizations include local and state agencies for the blind or visually impaired, special school education programs, and appropriate consumer groups. Particularly when a disability is chronic and progressive, these agencies or support groups can greatly aid the individual or family in adjusting to changing visual disabilities. They also allow individuals or families with a particular genetic disorder to meet others with the same condition, providing them with support and possible advice.
National Human Genome Research Institute website. Genetic counseling, support and advocacy groups online. www.genome.gov/11510370. Accessed February 28, 2019.
Online Mendelian Inheritance in Man website. www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/omim. Accessed February 28, 2019.
Excerpted from BCSC 2020-2021 series: Section 2 - Fundamentals and Principles of Ophthalmology. For more information and to purchase the entire series, please visit https://www.aao.org/bcsc.