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.

In addition, the Wisconsin Council of the Blind and Visually Impaired hosts a statewide monthly low vision support group.  To learn more visit the event page.

Wisconsin Council of the Blind and Visually Impaired
Contact: Brent Perzentka
Phone: (608) 237-8112
Email: BPerzentka@WCBlind.org

Online support group meets the second Monday of the month. Led by Vision Services staff. Open to all.

Vision Forward
Open to all counties in Wisconsin
Vision Forward has the following four groups running (by phone only at this time):

For Parents of Children with Vision Loss |
Monthly support and education meetings are held to provide families with opportunities to better understand their child’s special needs and strengths, find out about available community resources and learn to advocate for their child’s future. Parent mentors also offer support on an individual basis.
Next meeting: August 11 at 6:30 pm. Future meetings will be decided upon at that meeting.
Contact Name: Erica
Phone: 414-615-0163 
Email: EWeise@Vision-Forward.org

For Adults with Vision Loss and Family Members
Vision Forward offers a weekly daytime session to help adults of all ages and at all stages of vision loss and their family members to cope with the emotional impact of vision loss. Participants will build coping skills, learn practical strategies for completing tasks, and discover resources available to help make adjusting to vision loss easier.
Held Thursday at 10:30 am.
Contact Name: Erica
Phone: 414-615-0163 
Email: EWeise@Vision-Forward.org

For Adults with Vision Loss
Regular evening support group for adults with low vision.
Held the second Tuesday of the month at 6:30 pm.
Participants gather to share experiences and gain new awareness and approaches to managing the challenges of life with vision impairment. Family members are welcome to participate.
Contact Name: Erica
Phone: 414-615-0163 
Email: EWeise@Vision-Forward.org

For Adults Age 65 or Older
Third Wednesday of the month 10:30 am
Contact Name:  Erica
Phone: 414-615-0163 
Email: EWeise@Vision-Forward.org

Lighthouse Center for Vital Living
Duluth MN
Contact: Betsy
Phone: (218) 461-8961

Meets by phone Third Tuesday of every month from 1:00-2:00 PM.

Topics vary from month to month.  Group provides an opportunity to to listen to others with similar issues.

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 to 3:15 p.m. Vision loss information and resources discussed, guest speakers and time allocated for discussion, questions and comments.

Transportation is available.
Open to the friends, family members and the public.

Note: The Low Vision Support Group is suspended until further notice. We hope to resume when we are able to do so safely. They have a Resource Guide on the website with area resources and services that many find helpful. www.ADRCConnections.urg

Visually Impaired Support Group of Brown County
ADRC-Brown County
300 South Adams Street
Green Bay WI 54301
Contact: Pam Benoit
Email: Pamela.Gambrel@Yahoo.com

Meets the second Tuesday of the month at 2:00 p.m. General focus. Summer – often take trips, winter – speakers.

Transportation is available
Call Information and Assistance at ADRC for transportation options in the community: 448-4300
Open to adult public.

Note: Currently not meeting due to COVID-19. 

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. Contact Renee or Norene with questions.

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.

 

Stoughton Low Vision Support Group
Stoughton Area Senior Center
248 West Main Street
Stoughton WI 53589
Contact Name: Murl MacKinnon
Phone: (608) 873-8585
Email: MMackinnon@CI.Stoughton.wi.us

Meets the 3rd Thursday of the month at 1:00 p.m. General topics, occasional speakers.

Transportation is available.
Open to the public.


Wisconsin Council of the Blind & Visually Impaired

Virtual Low Vision Support Group
Online via Zoom
Contact: Brent Perzentka
Phone: 608-237-8112
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.

Open to the public. 

Note: Meeting online via Zoom.  

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@DHR.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 Rutkowski
Phone: (920) 361-5422

Meets fourth Wednesday of the month at 9:30 a.m. for about an hour.

Transportation is available, call Sara.

Note: This group is meeting, but is social distancing (some people wearing masks).

Revital Eyes
Villa Cierra Community Room
1940 27th Avenue
Kenosha WI 53140
Contact: Tami
Phone: (262) 925-6097
Email: TFrentzel@SocietysAssets.org

Meets second Thursday of every month from 1:30 to 3 PM. 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.

Low Vision Support Group
Jenny Towers Apartments
711 East First Street
Merrill WI 54452
Contact Name: Jan Fredrickson
Phone: (715) 536-9816
Email: Bbkkpprr57@gmail.com

Meets the third Tuesday of each month from 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. Also have lunch program that 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 from 3:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Meets virtually by Zoom.

Note: 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. 

Hosted by the Office for the Blind and Visually Impaired. 

Out of Sight
Low Vision Support Group
Barney Center
1000 East Montgomery Street
Sparta WI 54656
Contact: Pam Weber and Evelyn Allen
Phone: (608) 269-8690 and 608-372-5880
Email: Evey5112@Outlook.com

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

Transportation 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
Email: Lindas.Palmer@dhs.wisconsin.gov

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

See Shawano County

Rhinelander VIP Support Group
Contact: Brent Goodman
Phone: (715) 401-2569
Email: Rhi.VIP..Club@gmail.com

Note: Meetings will resume August 10, 2021. Second Tuesday of the month at 11:30 AM. Meetings held at Papillion’s Restaurant (2124 Lincoln Street, Rhinelander WI 54501).

Lakeland Area VIP Support Group
Our Place Cafe
9832 Pleasant Plaza Drive
Minoqua WI 54548
Contact: Janice Specht
Phone: (715) 356-6545
Email: upnorthjan@frontier.com

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

Note: Meetings will resume August 3, 2021

Appleton VIP Support Group
Fox Valley Lutheran Homes (Meets in Community Room)
425 North Linwood Street
Appleton WI 54911
Contact: Daphne Kennett
Phone: (920) 955-3776
Email:  dkennett4244@gmail.com
Support Group’s Website

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

Transportation is available. 

The Mequon/Thiensville VIP (Visually Impaired Persons)
Frank L. Weyenberg Library
11345 N Cedarburg Road
Mequon, WI 53092
Contact Name: Gary Norton
Phone: (414) 248-6861 – cell
Email: emperor-norton@sbcglobal.net

Meets the last Monday of every month with exception of December from 10:30 a.m. to noon

First meeting will be October 25th (pending Covid status).

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

Open to the public.

Shawano Blind and Low Vision Support Group
Shawano County Human Services
Fellman Center
607 East Elizabeth Street
Shawano WI 54166
Contact: Caroline Melcher
Phone: (715) 851-1076

Meets the fourth Monday of the month at 2:00 p.m. via Zoom.  Call Caroline for details.

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

Note: No group currently meeting.

VIP
Generations
Plymouth WI

Group no longer meeting.

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

No Support Group Currently Meeting

See Shawano County listing

No Support Group Currently Meeting.

 

Fox Valley Adult Vision Loss VIP Group
Goodwill Industries, Obeya Room
1800 Appleton Road
Menasha WI 54952
Contact: Nancy Kraft
Phone: (920) 722-4974

Meets the third Tuesday of each month from 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. Group meets monthly March through October. Various topics related to vision loss.

Transportation: call for information.

Note: Currently meeting via Zoom.

Oshkosh Visually Challenged Support Group
Evergreen Retirement Community
1130 North Westfield Street
Oshkosh WI 54902
Contact: Shirley
Phone: (920) 235-8138

Meets the first Tuesday of the month from 1:00 – 2:30 p.m. 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. Variety of topics and speakers.

Transportation: Call Wood County Transportation program  (715) 421-8989.
Open to the public.

Note: Currently not meeting due to COVID.

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