Peer Support and Teleconferencing Services

Peer support is one of the greatest methods one learns to contend and overcome a disability. Unfortunately blindness restricts our ability to engage with our peers due to travel barriers. Below you will find a variety of teleconferences to participate. Each enables you to directly interact and learn from other blinded Veterans about topics like blindness information, what is happening in the area, using a guide dog, and technology. We encourage you to review the list and consider participating when available.

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General Teleconferences

Heartland Regional Group Monthly Teleconference

  • When: Second Tuesday of each month
  • Time: 1100 or 11:00 Am Central Time
  • Phone Number: (866) 820-9940
  • This teleconference is designed to discuss activities, actions, and ideas related to the Heartland Regional Group. It is open to everyone interested in furthering the Heartland’s Objectives.

Blinded Veterans Association’s Leadership Training and Discussion Teleconference

  • When: Second Monday of each month
  • Time: 1300 or 1:00 Pm Central Time
  • Phone Number: (866) 820-9940
  • This teleconference is designed to provide leaders, perspective leaders, or those interested the BVA the opportunity to share information, provide focused training opportunities, and bring together blinded Veterans from across the country. It is open to BVA Regional Group leaders, BVA general membership, and similar interested parties.

Council on Veteran Guide and Service Dog Handlers Monthly Teleconference

  • When: third Wednesday of each month
  • Time: 1100 or 11:00 Am Central Time
  • Phone Number: (866) 820-9940
  • This teleconference provides blinded Veterans interested in service dogs the chance to talk about service dogs, legislation impacting service dogs, using service dogs in public and at the VA, and other topics. Participants includes blinded Veterans, representatives of guide dog schools, representatives from the VA, and similar parties.

Technology Specific Teleconferences

Blind Vet Tech Monthly Tech Talk

  • When: third Thursday of each month
  • Time: 1900 or 7:00 Pm Central Time
  • Phone Number: (866) 820-9940
  • This teleconference possesses three sections. Each teleconference starts with a presentation on a specific device, iOS app or feature, or other piece of technology employed by blinded Veterans. The second section is an open question and answer related to either the monthly topic or general discussion. The third section reviews technology news and related trends.

Blind Vet Tech MacOS Monthly Talk

  • When: Second Thursday of each month
  • Time: 1900 or 7:00 Pm Central Time
  • Phone Number: (866) 820-9940
  • This teleconference will provide demonstrations and open discussions for using the MacOS with Voice Over and Zoom assistive technologies. Each month starts with a demonstration on a particular feature, app, or tool. This is followed by an open discussion and answer section. It is open to everyone interested in learning how to use a MacBook, iMac, or other computer with MacOS.

Hines Blind Center Alumni GPS and iOS Talk

  • When: first Tuesday of each month
  • Time: 1000 or 10:00 Am Central Time
  • Phone Number: (800) 767-1750
  • Access Code: 44125
  • This teleconference is based out of the Hines Blind Rehab Center and moderated by alumni. It focuses on GPS, mobile devices, and smart phones. It is open to everyone.

Hines Blind Center Alumni Windows Computers Talk

  • When: first Thursday of each month
  • Time: 1000 or 10:00 Am Central Time
  • Phone Number: (800) 767-1750
  • Access Code: 44125
  • This teleconference is based out of the Hines Blind Rehab Center and moderated by alumni. It focuses on Windows computers, ZoomText, and JAWS. It is open to everyone.

Peer Support Groups

Kansas City VA Medical Center Visual Impairment Services Team’s Peer Support Meeting

  • When: Second Thursday of each month
  • Time: 1030 or 10:30 Am Central Time
  • Location: Hall of Heroes, KCVA
  • This VIST Peer Support Group is open to all visually impaired Veterans and their family/support systems. Please contact the VIST Coordinator for more information about topics and other information.

Topeka VA Medical Center Visual Impairment Services Team’s Peer Support Meeting

  • When: First Tuesday of each month
  • Time: 1000 or 10:00 Am Central Time
  • Location: Menninger Conference Room, Building 1, Topeka VAMC
  • This VIST Peer Support Group is open to all visually impaired Veterans and their family/support systems. Please contact the VIST Coordinator for more information about topics and other information.

Leavenworth VA Medical Center Visual Impairment Services Team’s Peer Support Meeting

  • When: Second Wednesday of each month
  • Time: 1000 or 10:00 Am Central Time
  • Location: group room #4, 6th Floor, Building A, Leavenworth VAMC
  • This VIST Peer Support Group is open to all visually impaired Veterans and their family/support systems. Please contact the VIST Coordinator for more information about topics and other information.

If you operate a peer support group and would like it listed, send us an email through our contact form on the Contact Us page.