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Low Vision Support GroupsThis 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 groupsIndependence 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
Macular Degeneration Network
Columbia Lighthouse for the Blind
Washington National Eye Center Low Vision Support Group
BISM Senior Support Group
VIP - Visually Impaired Persons
Telephone and Internet information exchangesNote 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 240-487-9028.
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.
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