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Peer Support Information for the Blind and Visually Impaired in Idaho

Are you a person with declining vision? Have you lost your sight completely?

YOU ARE NOT ALONE!

There are others just like you...partially sighted or totally blind.

Peer Support for the Blind and Visually Impaired is a peer group made up of people from the community. They provide support to those who are experiencing similar conditions. They also serve as a resource that can provide information on adaptive aids and appliances, low vision, and other alternative techniques to blindness.

The number one goal of a peer group is to educate persons who are visually impaired to become independent by using alternative skills. Group discussions center around attainable goals for blind people. Facilitators can direct you to the appropriate agency or service to which you may be entitled.

The second goal is to educate the general public, especially family members and friends about blindness and partial sight. Family members can be the vital link for a blind person in gaining independence.

There are no sign-up fees or yearly membership dues for attending a peer group. Your participation and input is wanted and needed. Volunteers are welcome, as well as, contributions for transportation, facilities, refreshments, etc.

Please share this information with someone you know who has vision loss of any type. The Commission for the Blind and Visually Impaired is here to serve you. We are here to help you live the next chapter of your life with more ease and confidence.

If you are interested in becoming a facilitator and starting your own group for peer support, please call Nancy Wise, Peer Support Coordinator at (208) 334-3220 ext. 113 or email to: nwise@icbvi.idaho.gov or call the office nearest you.


Peer Support Groups

The list below are Peer Support Groups located across the state.

ASHTON
      
SHIRLEY RICHEY 
     3507 East 1600 North
     Ashton, ID  83420
     (208) 652-3500


BLACKFOOT
     
 VEE ANN WILLIAMS
     
  850 Parkway, #17
      Blackfoot, ID  83221
      (208) 785-6656

BOISE & TWIN FALLS
      GEM STATE REGIONAL GROUP OF BLINDED VETERANS ASSOCIATION
      VALERIE DUFFY (OOVIS)
      VA Medical Center
      500 West Fort Street
      Boise, ID  83702-4598
      VA office/Twin Falls ~  Golden Corral/Nampa ~ Valley View Retirement/Boise
    
    
BOISE
    KATHY SLETTEN
    6486 S. Constellation Way
    Boise, ID  83709
    (208) 866-3641


COEUR D'ALENE
        MIKKI OLSON
        3857 W. Linneatus Drive
         Coeur d'Alene, Idaho  83815
         (208) 930-4602

EAGLE   
      EMMA WADDELL
      85 S. Young Lane
      Eagle, ID  83616
     (208) 939-9435 

HEYBURN
       LINDA CROFT
      335 South 400 West
      Heyburn, ID  83336
      (208) 679-0229

JEROME
       CARLYNE WOOLF
       604 East Avenue A
       Jerome, ID  83338
       (208) 324-6833
  
MOSCOW
      LUELLA FREY
      1501 E. 3rd

      Moscow, ID  83843
      (208) 882-2086
 

NEW PLYMOUTH
       FERN ANDERSON 
       Box 211
       New Plymouth, ID  83655       
       (208) 278-5784

POCATELLO
       LINDA FAIRCHILD
       477 Cochise
       Pocatello, ID  83204
       (208) 251-2586

REXBURG
        DEE ANN BAUER
        940 S. 5th W #5201
        Rexburg, ID 83440
        (208) 201-2103
   
SANDPOINT
        BRITT RAUBENHEIMER (telephone group)
       73 Village Lane
       Sandpoint, ID  83864
       (208) 255-8879
       britt@whoi.edu

     
TWIN FALLS
       VERNA MOTES
       482 Whispering Pine Drive
       Twin Falls, ID  83301
       (208) 732-0627

      
GLADE WHITING
       2913 E 3600 N Unit 69
       Twin Falls, ID  83302
       (208) 420-9995

WEISER
        LES HARMON
        913 Haas Road
        Weiser, ID  83672
        (208) 549-0061