Support groups provide practical and emotional support to individuals coping with serious sight loss. Support groups provide the opportunity for participants to share fears, frustrations, coping mechanisms, and resources as their vision changes. Groups are located in communities throughout Massachusetts; many are led by visually impaired peer coordinators.
For information call (617) 926-4232 or (800) 852-3029 (MA only).
View a listing of our current support groups. (PDF)
- Provide an opportunity for newly blind and visually impaired persons to come together to discuss issues relating to their vision loss. Individuals in each group have a variety of eye diseases and conditions.
- Focus on topics such as specialized equipment to use in the home or on the job, how to maintain independence, aging and vision loss, or the effects of vision loss on family and friends.
- Meet monthly in various community locations. Some groups meet during the day, others meet in the evening. Transportation is provided when possible.
Our peer-led support groups are funded through a contract with the Massachusetts Commission for the Blind.
Read about the Marlborough support group leader in the Community Advocate's article "Marcotte Helps Sight-Impaired".
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