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

Second Wednesday of the month, start time is 1:00 p.m.

Transportation is available

Speakers (Dr. Bennington, Ophthalmologist) and others, no specific focus, 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: chris.hagen@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.

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.

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

Contact Name: Daphne Kennet
Phone: (920)-955-3776
Website

Meets the 2nd Tuesday of the month from 12:30 pm to 2:00 pm.

Transportation is available

Speakers, general topics.  Sometimes it is just a social gathering.

Colonial Club Vision Support Group
301 Blankenheim Ln
Sun Prairie, WI 53590

Contact: Arnold Tucker
Phone: 608-333-7654
Email: alnarnie@gmail.com

Meets the 2nd Wednesday of each month at 1:00 p.m.


Low Vision Support Group
Capitol Lakes Retirement Center – Garden Room
110 S Henry Street
Madison, WI 53703

Phone: (608) 283-2003

Meets 1st Wednesday of the month at 10:30AM.


Madison Low Vision Support Group
Attic Angel Place
8301 Old Sauk Road
Middleton, WI 53562

Contact Name: Kathy Schultz
Phone: (608) 662-8872
E-mail: kathy.schultz@Atticangel.org

Meets every Tuesday at 10:30 a.m.

Frequent speakers who discuss assistance in many areas for blind & visually impaired persons. Private group for Attic Angels residents only.


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

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

Meets the 4th Friday of the month from 11:00 to 1:00PM.

Transportation is available

About 50% of meeting have speakers, no constant focus (general in nature), open to the public.


Oakwood Village East Low Vision Support Group
Oakwood Village East
5560 Tancho Drive
Madison, WI 53718

Phone: (608) 230-4000

No transportation as group is limited to residence.


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

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.

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

Contact Name: Norene
Email: nstrappa@sbcglobal.net
Phone: (715) 835-3496

Second Wednesday of the month, Lunch 11:00AM – 12:00 noon, Meeting/Speaker 12:00 noon – 1:00PM, Social Time 1:00PM – 2:00PM 

No transportation

This group does not meet in December through February. Lunch is ordered by calling (715) 839-4886. Please call by 3pm the day before.

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

Contact: Karen Neumann 
Phone: 920-361-5422

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 – 3:30 p.m.

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

Third Tuesday of each month at 12:00 to 1:00PM. Also have lunch program starts at 11:30, meets in the library, Call Jan ahead of time if you want lunch.

Open discussion

Lakeshore VIP Group
Ascend Services
2818 Meadow Lane
Manitowoc, WI 54220

Contact Name: Claudia Halonen
Phone: (920) 682-4663

Meets the 4th Tuesday of the month at 7:00PM.

Transportation is available

Speakers on various subjects, this is an open group.

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: (715735-7196
Email: Donnabehnke38@gmail.com

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
Monroe County
Barney Community Center
1000 East Montgomery Street
Sparta, WI 54656

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

Meets the third Monday of each month at 1:00 PM.

Transportation is available. Variety of topics and speakers. 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@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 Name: Erma Schroeder
Phone: (920) 855-2911

Meets first Tuesday of the month from 1:00-3:00PM.

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

Speakers, potlucks, play games and socialize.

Rhinelander VIP Support Group
Oneida Senior Center
100 W. Keenan Street
Rhinelander, WI  54501

Contact: James Unger
Phone: 715-365-2804
E-mail: James.Unger@dhs.wisconsin.gov

Meets the 3rd Monday of the month at 12:30PM.

Transportation not available

A variety of subjects, speakers, this is an open group. 


Woodruff  VIP Support Group
Molly’s Café
9832 Pleasant  Plaza Dr.
Minoqua, WI

Contact Name: Janice Specht
Phone Number: 715-356-6545
Email: upnorthjan@frontier.com

First Tuesday of each month at 1:00 PM.

A variety of subjects, speakers, open group.

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

Contact Name: Erin Christiensen
Phone: (715) 346-1401
E-mail: adrc@co.portage.wi.us

Second Wednesday at 1:00PM. April through October, and December, (do not meet November, January, February, and March).

Focus on vision issues, occasional speakers.  Open to the public.

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

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

Meets 2nd Tuesday, at 1:30PM.

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
Email: lion1975.rb@gmail.com

Meets on the third Monday of the month at 6:00 p.m. Transportation available. Various speakers and topics.

Primetimers
Creekside Place
320 Fair St
Evansville, WI 53536

Contact: Kristin Fountaine
Phone: (608) 882-0407
Email: sara@creeksideplace.org

Meets the first Thursday of the month 10:30 a.m. Transportation is available. Call Creekside Place at least one day in advance for arrangements. Various topics.

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

Low Vision Support Group for Waukesha
WCTC Room 110
327 E. Broadway St.
Waukesha WI 53186

Contact Name: Maria
Phone: (262) 547 6670
9:00 to 11:30 a.m., fourth Wednesday of the month

Fox Valley Adult Vision Loss SG Goodwill Industries
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
Oshkosh Senior Center
200 N. Campbell Road
Oshkosh, WI 54902

Contact Name: Evan Bremberger
Phone: (920) 232-5303
Email: ebremberger@ci.oskkosh.wi.uus

Meets the 1st Tuesday of each month at 1:00 – 2:30 pm.

Call for information on transportation

VIP Support Group
Centralia Center, Brehm Room
220 3rd Avenue South
Wisconsin Rapids, WI 54495

Contact Name: Carol Monge
Phone: (715) 424-1495

Meets the second Monday of each month, 10:30PM. 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.