A collage of three photos, a white cane user, a guide dog user and a vision impaired client using phone.

What does “Independence” mean in the life of a person with vision impairment (VI)? When living with VI, everyday life can feel unfamiliar even in a familiar environment. The new normality after the pandemic has posed unique challenges and forced many changes on our friends with vision loss, making it challenging for them to adapt and live independently.

Our services have enabled our rehabilitated clients to be able to travel out to buy their own food and essentials and use assistive technology to stay connected with family and friends, as well as to keep up with the latest news. By supporting our clients to regain independence and reduce their dependence on caregivers, this, in turn, helps relieve caregiver stress and provide them with respite.

Life does not stop after vision loss. Join us in celebrating the achievements of our VI friends and give them the Gift of Independence from August to October. Stay tuned and follow us on our social media pages as we spotlight stories of resilience and the unconditional love of the caregivers to people with VI!

Lawrence Tan, GDS Client, praticing Tai Chi.

“Before I joined GDS, I had depression and also anxiety attacks. After joining GDS, I met the staff and the clients and realised that being a vision impaired person, we can do so many things. It’s not the end of the world as I thought. GDS has helped me to regain my confidence and given me hope to live life to the fullest.”

Nuraziana, GDS Client, cooking dinner
Nuraziana, GDS Client, cooking her dinner.

“I was diagnosed with terminal stage Juvenile Glaucoma when I was 9 years old. Since then, my eyesight has deteriorated and I’m left with 10% of my vision. My favourite hobby is cooking as it gives me a sense of satisfaction. It is also a very therapeutic activity that I can do from day-to-day to de-stress. GDS has empowered me to pursue my dreams and interests despite my visual impairment.” 

If you would like to help raise funds for us to continue providing lifelong, sustainable support to the vision impaired community, here’s how you can make a donation via our online portals: 

Donate via giving.sg
Donate via give.asia
Give the gift of Independence 2022
GDS is a non-profit voluntary welfare organisation, and has been accorded Charity status by the Commissioner of Charities. We are registered with the National Council of Social Service (NCSS) as an associate member and holds an Institute of Public Character status.
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