Support Groups

Find a low vision support group near you

The following Wisconsin low vision support groups may be helpful to you or a loved one affected by vision loss. They are not ran by Wisconsin Council of the Blind and we cannot guarantee the information listed below is current. Call or email the contact person to get more information. If you have updated contact information or know of a group that is not on this list, please email info@WCBlind.org or call (608) 255-1166.

Ashland and Northern Bayfield County Low Vision Support Group
Ashland Senior Community Center
400 Chapple Avenue
Ashland, WI 54806

Contact: Tammy Gustaffon
Phone: (715) 373-6425

Meets the second Wednesday of the month at 1:00 p.m. 

Transportation is available. 

Open to the public.

Barron County Low Vision Support Group
Barron County Government Center
335 East Monroe Avenue
Barron WI 54812

Contact Name: Chris Hagen
Phone: (715) 537-6225
E-mail: margaret.schmidt@co.barron.wi.us

Meets first Thursday of the month from 2:00 p.m. to 3:15 p.m.

Transportation is available

Vision loss information and resources discussed, guest speakers and time allocated for discussion, questions and comments. 

Open to the friends, family members and the public.

They have a Resource Guide on the website with area resources and services that many find helpful. www.adrcconnections.org

The Low Vision Support Group is suspended until further notice. We hope to resume when we are able to do so safely.

Visually Impaired Support Group of Brown County
ADRC-Brown County
300 S Adams Street
Green Bay, WI 54301
Contact: Pam Benoit
Email: pamela.gambrel@yahoo.com

Transportation is available
Call Information and Assistance at ADRC for transportation options in the community: 448-4300

General focus. Summer they often take trips, winter they have speakers. Open to adult public.

Meets every 2nd Tuesday at 2:00 (currently not meeting due to COVID-19.).  They publish in their monthly magazine, their staff referees customers to the support group as needed.

See Outagamie County for a nearby group.

Chippewa County, Dunn County, and Eau Claire County Low Vision Support Group
Saint John’s Housing
815 Chapin Street
Eau Claire, WI 54701

Contact Name: Renee or Norene
Phone: (715) 379-9011 or (715) 835-3496
Email: rjks64@charter.net or nstrappa@outlook.com

Meets the second Wednesday of the month. Does not meet December, January or February.

*Conference call from 11:45 AM until 12:45 PM

1-701-802-5189, Access Code 719350#

*Long distance charges may apply. This format will be used until it is safe to meet in person again.

Please call Renee or Norene with any questions.

We usually have speakers every other month.

DeForest Low Vision Care Support Group
DeForest Area Public Library
Room C
203 Library Street
DeForest, WI 53532

Phone: (608) 846-5482
Facilitated by Dr. Trixie Eakin, Essential Family Vision

Meetings are held on the second Wednesday of alternating months. Dates scheduled in 2020 are January 8, March 11, May 13, July 8, September 9, and November 11 from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. 

If you or a family member have been diagnosed with an eye condition, or if you are caregiver, consider joining this group which helps those affected by vision loss. The group will offer the opportunity to talk to others, share common concerns, frustrations, stories, and find solutions to your vision-related difficulties.

Note: In-person Low Vision Care Support group is suspended for now.

Monona Low Vision Support Group
Monona Senior Center
1011 Nichols Road
Monona, WI 53716

Phone: (608) 222-3415
Email: dmikelbank@ci.monona.wi.us

Meets the 4th Friday of the month from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. About 50% of meeting have speakers, no constant focus (general in nature).

Limited transportation is available.   

Open to the public.

Currently in-person meetings are suspended.


Oakwood Village East Low Vision Support Group
Oakwood Village East
5565 Tancho Drive
Madison, WI 53718

Phone: (608) 230-4000

Group is limited to residents of Oakwood Village.


Stoughton Low Vision Support Group
Stoughton Area Senior Center
248 W. Main Street
Stoughton, WI 53589

Contact Name: Holly Camacho
Phone: (608) 873-8585
Email: hcamacho@ci.stoughton.wi.us

Meets the 3rd Thursday of the month at 1:00PM.

Transportation is available.
General topics, occasional speakers. Open to the public.
Currently meeting by phone.

Wisconsin Council of the Blind & Visually Impaired
Virtual Low Vision Support Group

Phone: 608-237-8112
Contact: Brent Perzentka
Email: BPerzentka@WCBlind.org

Meetings are held from 3:00 – 4:00 p.m. on the second Wednesday of each month. Information & Support for Anyone Affected by Vision Loss.
Facilitated by: WCBVI Vision Services Team

Online via Zoom, and are open to the public.: 

Northern Door Visually Impaired Support Group 
First Baptist Church 
2622 S. Bay Shore Dr. 
Sister Bay, WI 54234 

Contact name: Angie Zalig 
Phone: (920) 241-2641. 
Email: angela.zalig@dhs.wisconsin.gov 

Meets the second Tuesday of every month from 1:00p – 3:00p. 

There is no cost to attend. 

Note: Meetings are currently on hold.

The Eyes Have it
Berlin Senior Center
142 Water Street
Berlin, WI 54923

Contact: Sara Nighbor
Phone: (920) 361-5422

Meets third Wednesday of the month at 9:30 for about an hour Transportation is available, call Sara This group is meeting, but is social distancing.

Revital Eyes
Saxony Manor Community Room
1850 22nd Avenue
Kenosha, WI 53140

Meets 2nd Thursday of every month from 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Contact: Tami
Phone: (262) 925-6097
Email: tfrentzel@societysassets.org

We meet monthly to give insight into living with a visual impairment and provide resources for anyone with vision loss.  

Limited transportation provided, call Tami.

During Covid-19 restrictions meetings are via conference call.

Visually Impaired Persons (VIP) Support Group
Stokke Tower
1st Floor Community Room
421 South Sixth Street
La Crosse, WI 54601

Contact: Henry Zibrowski
Phone: (608) 857-3138
Additional Contact: Jan Grapes
Phone: (608) 788-7794

Meets the 3rd Wednesday of the month at 1:30  p.m.– 3:30 p.m.


Visually Impaired Support Group
2422 Onalaska Ave.
La Crosse, WI 54603

Contact: Jeannie Nylander
Phone: (608) 781-3361

Meets 1st Friday of the month at 10:30 a.m. 
To arrange transportation call Jeannie.
Currently meeting via Zoom or phone, call Jeannie.

Low Vision Support Group
Jenny Towers Apartments
711 East 1st Street
Merrill, WI 54452

Contact Name: Jan Fredrickson
Phone: (715) 536-9816
Email: Bbkkpprr57@gmail.com

Meets the 3rd Tuesday of each month at 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. Also have lunch program starts at 11:30 a.m., meets in the library, Call Jan ahead of time if you want lunch.

Open discussion

Manitowoc Low Vision Support Group

Contact: Mary (920) 684-5246 or
Lori (920) 629-8426

Meets the second Wednesday of the month, 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Meets virtually by Zoom conference call.

This is a new group that meets by Zoom conference call monthly to discuss the impact of vision loss and share tips to adjust to vision loss. No need to go out. No need to get a ride. Call in from your phone or join by computer, smartphone or tablet.

Hosted by the Office for the Blind and Visually Impaired. Call Mary or Lori for more information.

Aging VIP Support Group
Contact Name: Janet Hackbarth
Phone: (715) 845-6688

Does not meet regularly but open to individual or small group meetings if requested.

Call for details, conversation, questions and concerns. Read various biographies from blind people detailing their life experiences. Also, anyone who joins the group, their experiences are shared as well.

No Support Group Currently Meeting 

Outta Sight
Low Vision Support Group
Barney Center
1000 East Montgomery Street
Sparta, WI 54656

Contact: Evelyn Allen
Phone: (608) 372-5880
Email: evey5112@outlook.com

Meets the third Monday of the month at 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. 

Visually Impaired Support Group
Senior Citizens Center
1002 Superior Avenue
Tomah, WI 54660

Contact: Pam Buchda, Director of Senior center
Phone: (608) 374-7476
Email: lindas.palmer@wisconsin.gov

Not meeting at this time but open to forming new group.

Oconto County Visually Impaired Persons Support Group
Suring Village Hall
604 Main Street
Suring, WI 54174

Contact: Erma Schroeder
Phone: (920) 855-2911

Meets the first Tuesday of the month from 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.  Speakers, potlucks, play games and socialize.

Transportation available, call (920) 834-7707 for information. 

Rhinelander VIP Support Group

Contact: Jeff Droll
Phone: (715) 401-9123
Email: Jeffrey.Droll@dhs.wisconsin.gov

Lakeland Area VIP Support Group
Molly’s Café
9832 Pleasant Plaza Drive
Minoqua, WI 54548

Contact: Janice Specht
Phone: (715) 356-6545
Email: upnorthjan@frontier.com

Meets the second Tuesday of the month at noon for lunch followed by meeting. A variety of subjects and speakers. This is an open group.

Appleton VIP Support Group
Fox Valley Lutheran Homes (Meets in Community Room)
425 N. Linwood St
Appleton, WI 54911

Contact: Daphne Kennett
Phone: (920) 955-3776
Email: dkennett@att.net
Website

Meets the 2nd Tuesday of the month from 12:30 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.  Speakers, general topics. Sometimes it is just a social gathering.

Transportation is available. 

Portage County VIP Support Group
ADRC – Portage County
1519 Water Street
Stevens Point, WI 54481

Contact Name: Erin Christensen
Phone: (715) 3436293
E-mail: christensene@co.portage.wi.us

Meets the second Wednesday at 1:00 p.m. April through October, and December, (do not meet November, January – March).

Open to the public.

Visually Impaired Support Group
700 Division Street
Park Falls, WI

Contact: Mary Lou
Phone: (715) 661-3387

Meets the third Wednesday of every month at 1:30 p.m.

Racine Area Visually Impaired Persons
United Way
2000 Domanick Drive
Racine, WI 53402

Contact Name: Ross DeVuyst
Phone: (262) 637-4055

Meets the 2nd Tuesday of the month at 1:30 p.m.

Transportation not provided.

The group reaches out to various community service providers to come and speak about the latest technology or products available for person with vision loss.  Information has been shared about the various recreational activities available throughout Wisconsin.  Speakers have presented on the stages of loss, training techniques and how to stay active.  The Racine group provides an outlet for anyone with a vision loss to experience new and exciting way to express themselves through art.

The group is not meeting at this time, but hopes to start meeting again in September.

Blackhawk Pioneers
People’s Church
340 W Grand Ave
Beloit, WI 53511

Contact: Ray Babb
Phone: (608) 346-6113
Email: lion1975.rb@gmail.com

Meets on the third Monday of the month at 6:00 p.m. No meetings in July or August.

Transportation available. Various speakers and topics.

Primetimers
Creekside Place
102 Maple Street
Evansville, WI 53536

Contact: Kristin Fountaine
Phone: (608) 882-0407

Meets the first Thursday of the month 10:30 a.m.  Various topics.

Transportation is available. Call Creekside Place at least one day in advance for arrangements.
Contact for rides: Angie Wiemiller, Senior Services & Facility Coordinator

Shawano Blind and Low Vision Support Group
Shawano County Human Services
Fellman Center
607 E. Elizabeth Street
Shawano, WI 54166

Contact: Caroline Melcher
Phone: (715) 851-1076

Meets the 4th Monday of the month.

Sheboygan County Low Vision
Sheboygan Senior Center
428 Wisconsin Avenue
Sheboygan, WI 53081

Walworth County VIP Support Group
Woodview Senior Apartments
353 Tyrell Court
Delavan, WI 53111

The Eyes Have it
Berlin Senior Center
142 Water Street
Berlin, WI 54923

Contact: Sara Nighbor
Phone: (920) 361-5422

Meets third Wednesday of the month at 9:30 for about an hour Transportation is available, call Sara This group is meeting, but is social distancing.

Fox Valley Adult Vision Loss VIP Group
Goodwill Industries, Obeya Room
1800 Appleton Road
Menasha, WI 54952

Contact Name: Nancy Kraft
Phone: (920) 722-4974

Meets the 3rd Tuesday of each month from 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm. Group meets monthly March through October

Call for info on transportation

Various topics relating to vision loss.

Currently meeting via Zoom.
Time of meetings may change soon, call for information.


Oshkosh Visually Challenged Support Group
Evergreen Retirement Community
1130 N Westfield St
Oshkosh, WI 54902

Contact Name: Shirley
Phone: (920) 235-8138

Meets the 1st Tuesday of the month at 1:00 – 2:30 pm. No meeting in January or July.

South Wood County Visually Impaired Persons Support Group
Centralia Center, Brehm Room
220 3rd Avenue South
Wisconsin Rapids, WI 54495

Contact Name: Mandi Grys
Phone: (715) 421-0014
Email: mandi.grys@gmail.com

Meets the second Monday of each month, except January and February at 10:30 a.m. Call the ADRC if you wish to eat lunch after the meeting, (715) 421-0014.

Call Wood County Transportation program if you need a ride (715) 421-8989.

Variety of topics and speakers. Open to the public.

You may also be interested in resources available through the Council’s Sharper Vision Store and our Vision Services program. Please call with questions.