Visual Stress Canada
THE 5 INITIATIVES: CARES
Visual Stress Canada's mission is to increase awareness, understanding and support for Visual Stress, a neurological condition that affects visual perceptual processing and is often found alongside other neurological and neurodevelopmental conditions. To accomplish this, we must be the Industry Champion and take a personal interest in the development of the sector; the individuals who suffer, the individuals and organizations that provide products and services, and the manufacturers of the products and service tools.
We are guided by 5 initiatives, specific areas of responsibility that will focus our efforts, with the ultimate goal of ensuring that those with the condition have access to the information, healthcare, and support they need to manage and reduce the symptoms that are causing their physical and mental difficulties. Visual Stress Canada CARES!
Bringing together the various local, national and international interest groups that have the common goal of raising awareness, diagnosis and treatment of Visual Stress.
Bringing historical and current research forward through communications, and the development of a research library, as well as working with healthcare and education groups to undertake new research.
Encouraging empathy and understanding of those with Visual Stress in schools and workplaces, within the healthcare and education professions, and within the insurance industry.
Providing resources and training for individuals, healthcare professionals, educators and employers.
Encouraging financial and community support.
Offering resources for individuals to use in requesting accommodations in the school and workplace. Providing simple tools to help with identification of Visual Stress.
Starting a new organization for a new medical condition will be a challenge. It is one thing to get people on board with a social initiative that they have heard of, or a condition they know about, but it is certainly another thing to be successful with this, when most people have never heard of Visual Stress, or realize that they have it!
This lack of awareness and understanding is the main challenge the Association faces. The validity of Visual Stress as a condition, as well as the treatment options are questioned, because most healthcare and education industry participants are not familiar with the supporting research. In addition, because they have no experience working with people with the condition, they have not had the personal opportunity to witness the improvements that can be realized when it is diagnosed and treated.
According to 19th century German philosopher Arthur Schopenhauer,
“All truth passes through three stages:
First, it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted as self-evident.”
Fortunately, because of the work around the world over the last 30 years there is now much more acceptance. More work needs to be done, and that is why we are here.