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 Steve Achabal, Peer Support Coordinator at (208) 639-8366 or email to: email@example.com or call the office nearest you.
Peer Support Groups
The list below are Peer Support Groups located across the state. Please check with the support groups to verify accurate meeting days and times. (list updated February 2020)
BOISE, MERIDIAN, NAMPA, ID
We are currently looking for Peer Support Group Leaders in these areas. If you are interested in being a Peer Support Group Leader please contact Steve Achabal at (208) 334-3220.
Contact Person: LINDA CROFT
Meeting Location: Golden Heritage Senior Center
2421 Overland Ave
Meetings are usually held the first Thursday of each month from 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm
COEUR d’ALENE, ID
Contact Person: MIKKI OLSON
Meeting Location: MacKenzie River Pizza
405 W. Canfield Ave.
Coeur d’Alene, ID 83815
Meetings are usually 4nd Thursday of each month from 11:30 am – 1:30 pm
Contact Person: LINN CRAIG LINDSEY
(208) 883-8164 or (208) 715-5449
Meeting Location: 1912 Center
412 E 3rd St
Meetings are usually every Wednesday from 10:15 am – 11:15 am
NEW PLYMOUTH, ID
Contact Person: CARL ESHELMAN
Meeting Location: New Plymouth Senior Center
126 N Plymouth Ave
New Plymouth, ID
Meetings are usually held the first Thursday of each month from 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
TWIN FALLS, ID
Contact Person: DONALYN JORGENSON
Meeting Location: Twin Falls Senior Center
530 Shoshone St S
Twin Falls, ID
Meetings are usually held the last Thursday of the month from 12:45 pm to 2:00 pm
For Veterans: BOISE, NAMPA & TWIN FALLS, ID
GEM STATE REGIONAL GROUP OF BLINDED VETERANS ASSOCIATION
Contact Person: TRAVIS WILSON (OOVIS)
VA Medical Center
500 West Fort Street
Boise, ID 83702-4598
Contact Person: DOUG OWSLEY