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Serving Langlade, Lincoln, Marathon, and Wood counties
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DR. RONALD J. PIFFL, OPTOMETRIST, LLC

Comprehensive eye exams including diabetic eye exams, cataract co-management and glaucoma testing. Large eyeglass selection, contact lenses. Most insurance accepted.

ADDRESS

1007 E 1st St
Merrill, 54452

PHONE

(715) 536-3250 or (715) 536-2020

GIFT OF SIGHT Lenscrafters

The non-profit agencies listed below may refer their clients to receive a free eye exam and basic pair of glasses. Individuals may receive this service once in a lifetime, by appointment only.*American Red Cross (fire victims only)*Bridge Community Health Clinic*Head Start*Marathon County Health Department*The Neighbors’ Place*North Central Community Action Program*The Salvation Army*Lion’s Club*Wausau Area Hmong Mutual Association*The Women’s Community Center*Randlin Homes No treatment or special glasses are provided through this program.

ADDRESS

D460 Wausau Center Mall
Wausau, 54403

PHONE

(715) 842-5224

LEADER DOGS FOR THE BLIND

Leader Dog services legally blind persons in achieving a greater sense of independence through instruction on dog guide use, accelerated orientation and mobility (O & M) and navigational devices such as Kapten.

ADDRESS

1039 S Rochester Rd
Rochester Hills, 48307

PHONE

(248) 651-9011 or (888) 777-5332

OCCUPAWS GUIDE DOG ASSOCIATION

Dog guide organizations are dedicated to enriching the lives of blind and visually impaired individuals by providing them with the freedom to travel safely, thereby assuring them greater independence.

ADDRESS

PO Box 45857
Madison, 53744

PHONE

(608) 772-3787

OFFICE FOR THE BLIND & VISUALLY IMPAIRED

Provides training to help blind/visually impaired adults to gain/regain independence. Training includes developing techniques of daily living, including personal care, communication skills, and other specialized skills.

Langlade/Lincoln: 2187 N Stevens St., Rhinelander 54501, (715) 365-2804

Marshfield & Wausau & Wisconsin Rapids: 3262 Church St., Stevens Point, 54484, (715) 344-4210

PHONE

(800) 383-8484 Ext 223

SENSORY PROGRAM FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS Wausau Community Theatre

Program allows theater patrons with visual impairment to enjoy productions by Wausau area performance groups including Wausau Community Theatre, Mosinee Community Theatre, Center Stage Band and Show Choir, Wausau West High School, DC Everest Schools, and more. *Provides visually impaired patrons with descriptive audio equipment, a pre-show tour of the stage and Braille programs. During performances, a trained volunteer will narrate the visual highlights. *Services offered to other area performance organizations upon request.

ADDRESS

136 Summer St
Schofield, 54476

PHONE

(715) 370-2694

VISUALLY IMPAIRED SUPPORT GROUP

Support group for visually impaired adults and their families. Meets 1st and 3rd Thursdays of the month from 12:30-2:30. Also provides counseling and assistance to determine needs and offer help in identifying services and visual aids available in the community.

ADDRESS

1000 Lakeview Dr
Wausau, 54403

PHONE

(715) 261-6070

VISUALLY IMPAIRED SUPPORT GROUP - MERRILL Jenny Towers

For those dealing with the challenges of low and impaired vision.  Jan Fredrickson is the facilitator for the Low Vision Support Group. The Low Vision Support Group will be held the 3rd Tuesday of each month at Jenny Towers at 12:00 noon.

ADDRESS

711 E 1st St
Merrill, 54452

PHONE

(715) 536-9816

VISUALLY IMPAIRED SUPPORT GROUP - WAUSAU

Support group for visually impaired adults and their families. Meets 1st and 3rd Thursdays of the month from 12:30-2:30. Also provides counseling and assistance to determine needs and offer help in identifying services and visual aids available in the community.

ADDRESS

1000 Lakeview Dr
Wausau, 54403

PHONE

(715) 261-6070

VISUALLY IMPAIRED SUPPORT GROUP – WI RAPIDS

The Visually Impaired Support Group. Meets at 10:30 am every second Monday of the month in the Brehm Room at the Centralia Center in Wisconsin Rapids. The group is open to people who have low vision or are losing their vision, and those who support those people. Large print books are available check-out in the Paul Resource Library. Equipment to assist with large print reading is also available in the Resource Library.

ADDRESS

220 3rd Ave A, Ste 1
Wisconsin Rapids, 54495

PHONE

(715) 421-0014 or (888) 486-9545

WAUSAU OUTREACH FOR BLIND AND VISUALLY IMPAIRED

This Outreach Center provides opportunities for blind and visually-impaired people to experience fellowship and social activities, to network with others, and to learn of resources available. A free meal and entertainment is provided for those attending. The gatherings are approached from a Christian perspective. Eligibilities: Open to all who are blind and visually-impaired of all ages and their caregivers. Intake procedure: For the meal and transportation (if needed), please make a reservation by Wed. the week of the gathering. Call for days & times.

ADDRESS

501 Stewart Ave
Wausau, 54401

PHONE

(715) 842-0769

WISCONSIN COUNCIL OF THE BLIND & VISUALLY IMPAIRED

Nonprofit organization. Statewide legislative advocacy, speaker’s bureau, webinars, extensive information and referral on website, sales of adaptive products through Sharper Vision Store (store in Madison, catalog, or online at wcblind.org/shop. Free white canes to those in Wisconsin who qualify. Direct services to individuals include low vision evaluations, vision rehabilitation services, and assistive technology training. Annual scholarships to post-secondary students who are blind or visually impaired.

ADDRESS

754 Williamson St
Madison, 53703

PHONE

(800) 783-5213

WISCONSIN SCHOOL FOR THE VISUALLY IMPAIRED

Wisconsin Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired (WCBVI) is part of the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, and operates the Wisconsin School for the Blind and Visually Impaired (WSBVI), a residential school for K-12 students who are blind and visually impaired. The school, in addition to providing a general education curriculum, offers intensive instruction in skills which minimizes the effects of blindness (e.g. Braille instruction, travel with white cane, use of technology, appropriate social skills which would otherwise be learned incidentally through sight, etc.) The WCBVI, through its Janesville campus and the regional sites, also provides a wide array of statewide services, assessments, summer/weekend programs, resources, and professional opportunities. WCBVI offers summer programs for students ages 8-21, as well as an adult summer program.

ADDRESS

1700 W State St
Janesville, 53546

PHONE

(800) 832-9784 or (608) 758-6100

WISCONSIN TALKING BOOK AND BRAILLE LIBRARY

The Wisconsin Talking Book and Braille Library (WTBBL) is part of the Library of Congress National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NSL) network of cooperating libraries. WTBBL provides audio books, playback equipment, and brailled materials free of charge to persons living in Wisconsin, who cannot see regular print or handle print materials. WTBBL patrons receive and return books and equipment, postage-free through the U.S. Postal Service. In addition, WTBBL circulates audio books and brailled materials about Wisconsin or by Wisconsin authors, as well as audio-described videotapes and DVD’s.

Email: wtbbl@milwaukee.gov

ADDRESS

813 W Wells St
Milwaukee, 53233

PHONE

(800) 242-8822 or (414) 286-3045