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Support & Networking Groups

Spectrios Institute's support and networking groups are a part of its low vision services and an opportunity for people with low vision, their families, and their friends to come together to hear new information about vision rehabilitation and to share experiences with others who have similar vision loss. Guest speakers are often invited to discuss topics of interest with the group.

Spectrios Institute conducts two support and networking groups: one in Carol Stream and one in LaGrange Park, Illinois. These are "open" groups, which means that new members are welcome to come to the group at any time. Individuals are welcome to attend as often as they like.

When and Where

The support and networking group in Carol Stream meets on the second Sunday of every month (except May and December) from 1:45pm to 3:30pm at Belmont Village, 545 Belmont Road, Carol Stream, in the Community Room.

The support and networking group in LaGrange Park meets on the fourth Sunday during January, March, May, July, September, and November from 1:30pm to 3pm at Plymouth Place, 315 N. LaGrange Road, LaGrange Park, in the Creative Arts Room.

We ask that those intending to attend an in-person networking/support group call and R.S.V.P. (with name of attendee(s) and phone number(s)) by the Friday before each group meeting in case the meeting is canceled and we need to reach you. To R.S.V.P., please call Leah Gerlach at (630) 690-7115 ext.122.

Call-In Support Group

The call-in support group occurs on the third Thursday of every month from 7:15pm to 8:15pm. The call-in number is (712) 432-5610 code 660.

At the beginning of each meeting, introductions are given with each person sharing their name, where they are from, and their eye condition, if applicable. There is time available to share helpful information as well as to raise question that may be of common concern to the group members, like causes of glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy, or macular degeneration.


This group is a complementary service provided by Spectrios Institute. The group is free of charge!

For more information, please contact the support group facilitator at our low vision clinic, Leah Gerlach, at (630) 690-7115 ext.112.