Support Groups

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Spectrios Institute’s support group is here for everyone with vision loss.  Everyone is welcome and you do not need to be a Spectrios patient to attend.  This group is here for you, if there is a topic you would like to see covered, let us know and we can add it to the agenda.  (email Susanna at PerrettS@Spectrios.org)

The group is moderated by Leah Gerlach M.S., C.R.C. a counselor with extensive experience in the field of low vision rehabilitation.  Living with vision loss herself, she is able to share her personal insights and professional experience.  Her goal and passion is to help people with vision loss attain success.

She will host monthly call-in support groups on the first Friday of the month at 10:30 am ct and the third Wednesday of the month at 7:00 pm ct.

Dial in Information:  Mr. Conference, 712-432-5610 Code 660

Leah Gerlach and her guide dog Boulder

Agenda for Up-Coming Calls:

April 21
7:00 pm CT

Topic: Using Windows 10 Accessibility Settings vs. benefits of using Accessibility Software Products such as ZoomText, Fusion, JAWS, etc.

We will also discuss using Windows 10 shortcut keys and other Vision Accessibility features in Microsoft Office

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May 7
10:30 am CT

Topic: Interactive Sharing!  Bring your best tips and tricks for daily living.  What has worked for you to make laundry, working in the kitchen, grooming, and the like easier for you?

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May 19
7:00 pm CT

Topic: Q&A and interactive chat.  It is a chance for you to connect with other low vision people and get answers to any questions you might have.

June 4
10:30 am CT

Topic: Glare Control and Contrast with Katrina Stratton, OT.  We will discuss the importance of proper glare control to improve vision inside and outside.  Katrina will also give tips on how to use contrast in your daily life.

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June 16
7:00 pm CT

Topic:  Apple accessibility with Chris Retzke.  Join us Chris talks about ways to use your Apple device as an accessibility tool.  Be sure your device iOS is updated.

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Looking For More Support?

Download our regional support group list.  We do our best to maintain this list, but if you find that it is not up-to-date please let us know!  You can contact Susanna at 630-690-7115 x116.

Regional Support Group Listing