Peer Mentor Program

This program is for patients with all levels of vision loss ranging from mild visual impairment to legal blindness, as well as parents who have children who have been diagnosed with vision impairments.

Our mentors share their own experiences from a peer perspective and listen to our patients and their caregivers. Participants in the program say this one-on-one communication with another patient or caregiver has been extremely beneficial.

Peer Mentors can:

  • Provide information, guidance and emotional support to patients who have experienced a serious vision issue.
  • Help patients confront challenging issues and emotions.
  • Offer a network of peers to help those experiencing vision loss to not feel alone.
  • Encourage patients to partner in their care.
  • Offer information about community resources and tools.

All peer mentors are Michigan Medicine volunteers who have received extensive training. Conversations are kept in strict confidence. Participants can connect with a mentor in by phone, have a single conversation or more – whatever you find most helpful.

For more information about the Kellogg Eye Center Peer Mentor Program, please contact:

Ashley Howson, MS, OTR/L, Occupational Therapist
fraseras@med.umich.edu