Eyecare America has a Senior EyeCare program that provides free eye exams and treatment to U.S. citizens 65 and older who have not seen an ophthalmologist in 3+ years and who do not belong to an HMO or the VA. Call 1-800-222-3937 or visit www.eyecareamerica.org
Vision Aware: American Foundation for the Blind (AFB) and Reader’s Digest Partners for Sight Foundation sponsor VisionAware, a free, easy-to-use informational website for adults with vision loss, their families, caregivers, healthcare providers, and social service professionals.
Vermont Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired (VABVI): This non-profit organization founded in 1926 is the only private agency to offer free training, services, and support to visually impaired Vermonters. Each year they serve hundreds of children from birth to age 22 and adults age 55 and over. The mission of VABVI is to enable Vermonters with vision problems, whether blindness or impairment, to achieve and maintain independence.
VABVI has offices in Brattleboro, Rutland, Berlin, and S. Burlington.
Holton Hall, Suite 280
130 Austine Drive, Brattleboro, VT 05301
877-350-8840 (toll free)
Low Vision Support Groups: The groups below are open and ongoing for those living with low vision, facilitated by a Vision Rehabilitation Therapist from the Vermont Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired. If you are interested in attending one of these groups please contact the Brattleboro VABVI office at 802-254-8761 or 877-350-8840 (toll free).
Brattleboro Area PALS (Peer Assisted Learning Support) Group
Meets on the 3rd Tuesday of each month from 10-12.
Holton Hall, 4th floor community room
130 Austine Drive, Brattleboro VT
Springfield Area PALS (Peer Assisted Learning Support) Group
Meets on the 1st Monday of each month from 10-12.
Huber Building Community Room
80 Main Street, Springfield VT
Woodstock Area PALS (Peer Assisted Learning Support) Group
Meets on the 3rd Thursday of each month from 10:15 – 12.
The Thompson Center
99 Senior Lane, Woodstock VT