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Starting and Leading a Support Group

 

Welcome to Vision Exchange!

Second Sense knows how important community-based low vision support groups are for adults with vision loss.

Vision Exchange is an informal online resource for support group leaders. We are committed to helping you make your group a strong resource for your members.

Vision Exchange provides support and training to support group leaders in a variety of ways:

Resources for Low Vision Support Group Leaders

Leading a support group can be very rewarding.  It can also be very time-consuming and demanding.

We have gathered a collection of resource sheets that can help make your job a little bit easier and a lot more enjoyable:

Starting a Low Vision Support Group

If you are in the early stages of starting your own group, read:

Keeping Members Engaged

Keeping your members engaged is an ongoing challenge when leading a support group.  These tip sheets can help:

Meeting Topics

Member engagement requires interesting meeting topics.  Here are two resource sheets to help:

Tip Sheets

Your members will look to you as a resource, asking for you to help them with daily tasks.  Here are some guides you can use to help your members with common issues they may face. We have also included large print handouts you can provide to your group members for them or a family member to use.

Magnification

Using Devices with Buttons

Writing

Kitchen and Dining Skils

Home Modifications

Human Guide Technique

Family Members

Understanding Vision Rehabilitation

As a support group leader, it will be beneficial for you to understand vision loss and vision rehabilitation training.

How to Videos

Watch our series of How-To Videos to gain insight or to share with your group members.

Resources foe Low Vision Support Group Leaders

Finally, a group of other resources you may benefit from:

If you can’t find the information you need here, please feel free to contact Cody Froeter, our Certified Vision Rehabilitation Therapist. Cody will answer your questions about vision loss, group facilitation, training, resources or any other topic about vision loss.

Contact Cody by email or call him at 312-236-8569.