Event News and Policies
Other groups and events at Vision Loss Resources
Low Vision Support Groups
Vision Loss Resources offers low vision support groups in the Twin Cities for individuals to meet for support, comradery, and information. Call (651) 224-7662.
Online Low Vision Support Group
Online Diabetes Support Group
Are you interested in joining an online support group for persons with diabetes? Email Paul Deeming at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Independent Living Skills Courses
Need some help learning how to manage your vision loss? Take our 4-week Independent Living Skills course, which covers the Emotional Impact of Vision Loss, Orientation and Mobility, Technology and Communication, Organization & Labeling, Writing, Ways to Enhance Remaining Vision, Food Prep Techniques, and Money Management. Lunch is provided.
October Dates: Thursdays, October 3rd, 10th, 17th and 24th from 10am to 3pm at our St. Paul location.
To register: Call (651) 224-7662.
Events in the community
The Birds at Theatre in the Round
Theatre in the Round in Minneapolis presents The Birds, based on a Daphne du Maurier story. The audio described performance is on September 22nd. Contact the theater for tickets at (612) 333-3010 or purchase tickets online at the Theatre in the Round website.
Blind bowling is on Saturdays at 9am at Memory Lanes in South Minneapolis. It will run for 28 weeks and it costs $10 per week to participate. For more info, please contact Janice Erkilla at (612) 722-3041.
Your Input is Needed
Metro transit wants to improve the experience for their blind and low vision consumers. Complete their survey about wayfinding at Metro Transit bus stops and transfer points. Take their survey about Metro Transit Riders Club, which allows their customers to give feedback through surveys, studies, and more.
Gaelynn Lea will be doing a showcase at The Ordway on October 5th, the pre-show talk starts at 6:30 pm. She’s a huge disability rights advocate and her show features artists with disabilities. This show will be ADA accessible and has ASL seating available! After the show there will be an artist reception with desserts and a cash bar. There’s also a limited number of low-income tickets available with the code GAELYNN at checkout. For more information visit the Ordway’s page, and check out Garlynn Lea’s website too.
Reimagine Aging Conference
Join us for the 4th Annual Reimagine Aging Conference on Thursday, October 3rd from 1-4:30 pm at the Metropolitan Ballroom in Golden Valley! Members of the community are coming together for the latest information about how older adults can live a high-quality life, independently using accessible technology.
This year will feature a keynote panel discussion on transportation and technology with panelists from Minnesota’s Department of Transportation, Department of Human Services, and Mobility4All, as well as 3 breakout sessions to choose from. Visit their website to learn more and register.
Blind and Low Vision Computer Users Group
They meet every month at various locations to discuss many relevant technology topics! For more info contact Bill Herzog at (612) 408-9415 or email email@example.com.
The Blind Fellowship Outreach
Free event for the visually impaired of all denominations. Enjoy a free meal, Bible study, friendship, and music. 2nd Saturdays monthly from 12:00-2:00pm at Faith Evangelical Lutheran Church in Minneapolis. RSVP 2 weeks prior by calling (612) 729-5463. Have questions or need help with transportation? Please contact Carol Zemke, (612) 799-5782 or Beth Pursley, (952) 221-4717.
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Disability Radio Show
Listen to Disability and Progress, a radio show dedicated to bringing you insights into, ideas about, and discussions on disability topics. Listen Thursdays from 6-7pm on KFAI 90.3 FM in Minneapolis or 106.7 FM in Saint Paul, listen on their website, or use the KFAI app.
Poker: player needed!
Do you enjoy nickel poker, but need pals to play with? A group that meets every other Friday needs a fourth player. Call Tom Heinl at (651) 489-8609.
RSVPs are required for all activities every month. Please RSVP at least 3 working days prior to event to ensure that we have enough registered participants, supplies, and volunteers.
No Early RSVPs: RSVPs that are submitted before 7:00am on the listed date they begin will not be accepted. If you want to attend any events you must submit your RSVP through the RSVP hotline or RSVP email.
Hours: Please schedule your Metro pickups as close to the activity end time as possible. Vision Loss Resources hours are 8:00am-4:30pm Monday-Friday (except when there are evening classes and activities, or holidays). Please schedule your pick-ups before the building closes. Thank you!
No-Show Policy: For activities identified as “Space is limited”, if you accumulate three no-shows in six months, you will be unable to sign-up for activities for one month. Our intention is to continue to make our activities available to everyone who wishes to attend, so please make sure to cancel if you are unable to join us for any reason.
Severe Weather Days: Please call the Vision Loss Resources Weather Hotline at (612) 284-8107 to learn whether offices and activities are open for that day. The hotline will be updated by 6:00am if Vision Loss Resources is closing for severe weather. Participants who have RSVP’d for a class will also be notified.
Refund Policy: All events that need to be pre-paid are marked on the calendar. To hold your spot for these events, we must receive your money. If you need to cancel when a ticket is purchased in advance, you will be charged for the ticket unless someone on the waiting list can take your place. If you need to cancel, please call the RSVP line.
Scholarships: No one is denied participation due to inability to pay. Full and partial scholarships are available.
Visitor Sign-in: Please sign in and sign out at the front desk in Minneapolis.
Photo Policy: When you attend a Vision Loss Resources activity, your image may be recorded for use by VLR and/or our community partners. This use may include printed media, social media, or online uses. If you have any questions about this policy, please contact Iris at VLR: (612) 843-3425.