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 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

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.

Visually Impaired Support Group of Brown County
ADRC-Brown County
300 S Adams Street
Green Bay, WI 54301

Transportation is available

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

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
Email: or
Phone: (715) 379-9011 or (715) 835-3496

Meets the second Wednesday of the month
Lunch/Social Time: 11:00 AM – noon
Meeting/Speaker: noon – 1:00 PM
Help/Q&A 1:00 PM – ??? 

Transportation Available

This group does not meet in December through February. Lunch is ordered by calling (715) 839-4886. Please call by 11:00 AM the day before.

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. Kalie Harrier, 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.

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

Phone: (608) 222-3415

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).

Transportation is available.   

Open to the public.

Oakwood Village East Low Vision Support Group
Oakwood Village East
5560 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

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

Transportation is available

General topics, occasional speakers. 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. 

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

There is no cost to attend. 

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

Contact: Karen Neumann 
Phone: (920) 361-5422

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

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

Contact: Tami
Phone: (262) 925-6097

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

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

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 54601

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

Meets 1st Friday of the month at 10:30 a.m.

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

Contact Name: Jan Fredrickson
Phone: (715) 536-9816

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

Please let us know if you are interested in starting a group in Manitowoc County.

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

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

No transportation available

Reading various biographies from blind people detailing their life experiences. Also, anyone who joins the group, we share their experiences as well.

Marinette VIP Support Group
Marinette Senior Center
1607 Ludington Street
Marinette, WI 54143

Contact Name: Donna Behnke
Phone: (715) 735-7196

Meets the third Thursday of the month from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm. Small group of 12. Looking for new members. Have speakers and other activities.

Out of Sight
Barney Community Center
1000 East Montgomery Street
Sparta, WI 54656

Contact: Sue Weber
Phone: (608) 269-8690

Meets the third Monday of the month at 1:00 p.m.  Variety of topics and speakers.

Transportation is available. 

Open to the public.

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

Contact: Pam Buchda, Director of Senior center
Phone: (608) 374-7476

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
Phone: (715) 365-2804

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

Contact: Janice Specht
Phone: (715) 356-6545

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

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 Christiensen
Phone: (715) 346-1401

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

Focus on vision issues, occasional speakers. 

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 Domanik 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.

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

Contact: Ray Babb
Phone: (608) 346-6113

Meets on the third Monday of the month at 6:00 p.m.

Transportation available. Various speakers and topics.

Creekside Place
320 Fair St
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. 

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: Karen Neumann 
Phone: (920) 361-5422

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

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.

Call for information on transportation

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

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.