National Association for Parents of Children with Visual Impairments
NAPVI is a national, non-profit, independent organization that enables parents to find information and resources for their children who are blind or visually impaired, including those with additional disabilities. NAPVI provides leadership, support, and training to assist parents in helping their children reach their full potential. NAPVI is dedicated to:
• Giving emotional support
• Parent education
• Initiating outreach programs
• Advocating for the educational needs and welfare of children who are blind or visually impaired
NAPVI, 15 West 65th Street, New York, NY 10023
Susan LaVenture, Executive Director
Toll free: 800-562-6265
Family Connect Website: http://www.familyconnect.org/parentsitehome.asp
National Family Association for Deaf-Blind
The National Family Association for Deaf-Blind (NFADB) is a nonprofit 501(c) 3, volunteer-based organization that has served families since 1994. NFADB is the largest network of families focused on deaf-blindness. Originally started by and for families of individuals who are deaf-blind, our membership is now extended to any person or organization that desires to support individuals and families who are deafblind.
We are all in this community together!
Visit us on the web at www.nfadb.org and on Facebook
For questions, please call Lori at 1-800-255-0411 or
The mission of PACER Center (Parent Advocacy Coalition for Educational Rights) is to expand opportunities and enhance the quality of life of children and young adults with disabilities and their families, based on the concept of parents helping parents. http://www.pacer.org/parent/
Founded in 1977, PACER Center was created by parents of children and youth with disabilities to help other parents and families facing similar challenges. Today, PACER Center expands opportunities and enhances the quality of life of children and young adults with disabilities and their families. PACER is staffed primarily by parents of children with disabilities and works in coalition with 18 disability organizations.
With assistance to individual families, workshops, materials for parents and professionals, and leadership in securing a free and appropriate public education for all children, PACER's work affects and encourages families in Minnesota and across the nation.
Visit the PACER Center on the web at www.pacer.org or on Facebook
Partners Resource Network
Partners Resource Network (PRN) is a non-profit agency that operates the state wide network of federally funded Parent Training and Information Centers (PTIs) in Texas. The PTI Projects are:
PATH - http://www.partnerstx.org/path,
PEN - http://www.partnerstx.org/pen, and
TEAM - http://www.partnerstx.org/team.
The programs and services of PRN are based on the concept of parents helping parents. Our mission is to empower parents of children and youth with disabilities in their roles as parents, decision makers, and advocates for their children and to promote partnerships among parents and professionals.
Our web site is designed to provide timely information and to link the visitor with other resources in Texas and the nation. Our goal is to make a positive difference in the lives of infants, toddlers, children and young adults with disabilities and their families who live in the great State of Texas.
1090 Longfellow Drive, Suite B, Beaumont, TX 77706
Toll free TX Parents Only: 1-800-866-4726
Family to Family Network / Texas Project First
The mission of Family to Family Network is to help families of children with disabilities by providing information, training, referral and support.
13150 FM 529, Suite 106 Houston, TX 77041
Family to Family Network (F2F) began in 1993 with a couple of moms who shared a vision for their young children who had just been diagnosed with a disability. Part of this vision was the dream that their children would grow up as fully participating members of their school and home communities with a brig
ht outlook for the future. F2F continues to be staffed primarily by parents who have “walked the walk”. In addition, we have added a Bilingual Assistant and an Information and Technology Specialist to extend our reach to even more families of children with disabilities. One way we do this is through monthly meetings that allow parents to network and learn best practices from leading speakers on disability topics. We also have an extensive lending library and resource center. Other projects include:
- Family Friends, an intergenerational program that matches volunteers (50+) to children with disabilities and their families. The volunteers offer support to families by caring, becoming a mentor, listening, and providing practical assistance to meet the demands of daily living.
- Disability Leadership Network of Houston, a leadership training program, in which participants learn about current disability issues, best practices, decision making processes at both the local and state levels, and how to impact public policies that affect people with disabilities.
- Most recently, F2F was approached to serve as a neutral organization working on behalf of the Texas Continuous Improvement Process (TCIP) under the auspices of the Texas Education Agency and Region 9 Education Service Center to assist in fulfilling the goals of the State and of the Parent Training Committee.
Texas Project FIRST is a natural extension of Family to Family’s mission, which is to help families of children with disabilities by providing information, training, referral and support. In the first phase of Texas Project FIRST, F2F has developed this parent-friendly, Bobby-approved bilingual website to provide consistent, accurate information to help parents understand the complex special education issues and become more effective participants in their child’s education process.
Texas Project First Website: http://texasprojectfirst.org/index.html
Texas Parent to Parent
Texas Parent to Parent is a state-wide non-profit organization that provides support to families of children with disabilities, chronic illnesses, and other special health care needs by empowering their families to be advocates for them through peer support, resource referral and public awareness.
3710 Cedar Street, Box 12, Austin, Texas 78705
Phone: 512- 458-8600
Toll free phone: 866-896-6001
Texas: Visual Impairment
Texas Association for Parents of Children with Visual Impairments
TAPVI is an affiliate of NAPVI. We are a non-profit organization that provides support to the families of children who have blindness or visual impairments, including those with additional disabilities. TAPVI enables families to find information and resources, as well as connect and network with one another. We offer leadership, support, and training to assist families in helping children reach their full potential in school and in the community.
Texas Parents Of Blind Children
Texas Parents Of Blind Children (TPOBC) is the state chapter of the National Organization of Parents of Blind Children (NOPBC), a division of the NFB of Texas, a national membership organization of parents and friends of blind children.
Kim Cunningham, President, PO Box 125, Friendswood, TX 77549-0125
Deaf-Blind Multihandicapped Association of Texas
The mission of DBMAT is to promote and improve the quality of life for all Texans who are deaf-blind multi-handicapped, deaf multi-handicapped, and blind multi-handicapped. We support the establishment of educational, rehabilitative, vocational and independent living opportunities.
Texas Chargers, Inc.
The Texas Chargers, Inc. is a group of Texas families, friends, and professionals who are dedicated to helping children and young adults who live with Charge Syndrome. The primary function of our organization is to support the emotional and educational needs of the people with Charge Syndrome and the families and professionals working with them, to provide them with a better quality of life.
Texas: Deaf & Hard of Hearing
Texas Hands and Voices
Texas Hands & Voices is a chapter of the nationwide non-profit organization dedicated to supporting families and their children who are deaf or hard of hearing, as well as the professionals who serve them. We are a parent-driven, parent/professional/community collaborative group that is unbiased towards communication modes and methods. Our diverse membership includes those who are deaf, hard of hearing, and hearing impaired and their families who communicate orally, with signs, cue, and/or combined methods. We exist to help our children reach their highest potential.
Guide By Your Side Website: www.txgbys.org