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Low Vision Support Groups

This list includes both groups that foster discussion among the visually impaired and groups that enlist experts to provide information of interest.  If you have trouble finding a group that suits you, call us (The Low Vision Center) at 301-951-4444 and we'll try to help.

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Local in-person groups

Independence and Information for the Blind (and Low Vision)
Meets 1st Thursday of every month
Contact Gloria Garrett: 301-248-5044

Bender Jewish Community Center of Greater Washington
Internal Light Low Vision Support Group for Senior Adults
Meets 2nd Monday of the month at Ring House 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
1801 E. Jefferson St, Rockville, MD 20852
Contact Debbie Sokobin: 301-348-3760

Macular Degeneration Network
Prevention of Blindness Society of Washington
Call for schedule
Contact: 202-234-1010

Columbia Lighthouse for the Blind
Meets Monthly - Call for schedule
Contact: 202-454-6400

Washington National Eye Center Low Vision Support Group
Meets Monthly - Call for Schedule
Contact: Anne Kelly: 202-877-6982 - Penny Helfgott 202-877-5329

BISM Senior Support Group
Meets Monthly in Baltimore - Call for schedule
Contact Annette Gordon: 410-737-2675

VIP - Visually Impaired Persons
Reston VIP meets 1st Friday of most months
Contact: Sandy Neuzil 703-989-1821 - Stan Gowin 703-470-6633
Vienna VIP meets 3rd Monday of most months
Contact: Ann Koch 571-275-0292 - John Cox 703-624-1748
Contact: Fairfax Access Services: 703-324-8380
Email: access@fairfaxcounty.gov

Telephone and Internet information exchanges

Note that telephone conferences do not necessarily provide toll-free numbers.  Before joining a teleconference, consider what, if any, charges will appear on your phone bill.

The Bright Focus Foundation produces Bright Focus Chats, a series of free monthly telephone discussions on aspects of eye diseases, suitable for the general public.  An archive of previous Bright Focus chats is available on the web site.

The Inspirational 3 Support Group is a nationwide support group for people losing their sight.  It has a conference call every Tuesday and Thursday evening from 7-9 pm Eastern time.  To learn how to call in or for more information, contact Reginald Pratt by e-mail at i3s.foundation.inc@gmail.com or by phone at 240-487-9028.

MDSupport.org hosts a monthly call for those interested in macular degeneration.  The call includes a presentation and discussion.  See the web site or call 1-888-866-6148 for details.

The Philadelphia Computer Users Group for the Blind and Visually Impaired is an occasional teleconference about computers and assistive technology.  Follow this link to the FAQ page.  To get notice of future conference calls and other thoughts from David Goldfield), subscripe to David Goldfield's blog.

"Well Connected" hosts a large number of groups for older individuals, including some specifically addressing low vision.  Note that since the organization is based in San francisco, meeting times are listed in Pacific time.

For those who want to discuss vision problems on the Internet, the American Foundation for the Blind has a large collection of online message boards where you can post messages and respond to other people's messages.

The College Success Program (CSP) from Learning Ally offers blind and visually impaired college students access to mentors, a Facebook group, and in-person and virtual community events including a weekly "office hours" Q&A session.  For more information about the CSP, visit learningally.org/CollegeSuccess.

MDSupport.org maintains an e-mail discussion list for those affected by macular degeneration.  See the web site for more information.