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Peer Assisted Learning and Support (PALS)

The PALS Groups provide a forum for adult clients to share ideas and feelings in a group setting. At meetings, clients learn about a variety of visually impaired-related topics, new aids and appliances, and will receive support and encouragement from others going through similar challenges.

Understanding what others have experienced will help you better understand your own vision loss and encourage you to accept the loss and learn skills necessary for everyday independence.

PALS Program Goals:

  • Build the confidence of visually impaired adults by teaching effective Orientation and Mobility skills
  • Educate clients on ways to cope with vision loss, and how everyday tasks can be modified and handled
  • Encourage clients to try new aids and appliances
  • Minimize feelings of isolation and depression that are often associated with vision loss
  • Provide opportunities to be involved in the community by participating in activities and outings

Local Monthly PALS Group Meetings

Essex PALS Group
Location: Grace Methodist Church- 130 Maple Street, Essex Junction, Vermont 05452
Time: 9:30 AM-1:00 PM
Dates: First and third Wednesday of each month
Contact: Kim Irish-Aldrich
Phone: 802-863-1358 ext. 230  Email:  kirishaldrich@vabvi.org
2018 Monthly Schedule 

Rutland PALS Group
Location: Baxter’s Restaurant- Rutland Country Club- 275 Grove Street, Rutland, Vermont 05701
Time: 10:00 AM- 1:00 PM
Dates: Second and fourth Tuesday of each month
Contact: Kim Irish-Aldrich
Phone: 802-863-1358 ext. 230  Email:  kirishaldrich@vabvi.org
2018 Monthly Schedule

Middlebury PALS group
Location: The Lodge at Otter Creek- 35 Maxwell Place, Middlebury, Vermont 05753
Time: 10:00 AM- 1:00 PM
Dates: Third Monday of each month
Contact: Kim Irish-Aldrich
Phone: 802-863-1358 ext. 230  Email:  kirishaldrich@vabvi.org
2018 Monthly Schedule

Bennington PALS Group
Location: Second Congregational Church- 115 Hillside St, Bennington, VT 05201
Time: 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM
Dates: First Thursday of each month
Contact: Aldona Petrenas-Mann
Phone: 877-350-8839 ext. 18 Email: apetrenas-mann@vabvi.org 
2018 Monthly Schedule

Brattleboro PALS Group
Location: Vermont Hall, 130 Austine Drive, Brattleboro, VT 05301
Time: 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Dates: Third Tuesday of each month
Contact: Melinda Underwood
Phone: 802-254-8761 Email: munderwood@vabvi.org
2018 Monthly Schedule 

Springfield PALS Group
Location: Community Room – 113 Westview Terrace, Springfield, VT 05156
Time: 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Dates: Third Monday of each month
Contact: Melinda Underwood
Phone: 802-254-8761 Email: munderwood@vabvi.org
2018 Monthly Schedule

Woodstock PALS Group
Location: Thompson Center – 99 Senior Lane, Woodstock, VT 05091
Time: 10:15 AM – 12:00 PM
Dates: Third Thursday of each month
Contact: Melinda Underwood
Phone: 802-254-8761 Email: munderwood@vabvi.org
2018 Monthly Schedule

Newport PALS Group
Location: State Building Room, Community National Bank – 100 Main Street, Newport, VT 05855
Time: 9:30 AM (coffee) Meeting: 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Dates: First Monday of each month
Contact: Jerry Doody
Phone:  (802)505-4006 ext. 333 Email: jdoody@vabvi.org
2018 Monthly Schedule

Lyndon PALS Group
Location: The American Legion – 4854 Memorial Drive, Lyndon, Vermont 05849
Time: 9:30 AM (coffee) Meeting: 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Dates: Third Monday of each month
Contact: Jerry Doody
Phone:  (802)505-4006 ext. 333 Email: jdoody@vabvi.org
2018 Monthly Schedule

Barre PALS Group
Location: Community National Bank – 316 North Main Street, Barre, Vermont 05641
Time: 9:30 AM (coffee) Meeting: 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Dates: Second Wednesday of each month
Contact: Jerry Doody
Phone for Jerry:  (802)505-4006 ext. 333 Email: jdoody@vabvi.org
Phone for Venue: (802) 476-6565
2018 Monthly Schedule

Montpelier PALS Group
Location: Vermont Center for Independent Living – 11 East State Street, Montpelier, Vermont 05602
Time: 9:30 AM (coffee) Meeting: 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Dates: Fourth Wednesday of each month
Contact: Jerry Doody
Phone for Jerry:  (802)505-4006 ext. 333 Email: jdoody@vabvi.org
Phone for Venue: (802) 229-0501
2018 Monthly Schedule

St. Albans PALS Group
Location: Church Of The Rock – 1091 Fairfax Road, St. Albans City, Vermont 05478
Time: 9:30 AM (coffee) Meeting: 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Dates: First and third Tuesday of each month
Contact: Jerry Doody
Phone:  (802)505-4006 ext. 333 Email: jdoody@vabvi.org
2018 Monthly Schedule

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