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A Publication about Visual Impairments and Deafblindness for Families and Professionals

Abstract: A list of family and advocacy organizations in Texas, along with brief descriptions

Keywords: family wisdom, family engagement, family organizations

Being part of a family engagement network is a powerful way to learn while being encouraged, mentored and inspired.  We are fortunate to have many family organizations active at both the state and national level on issues important to our communities, such as working on the passage of the Alice Cogswell and Anne Sullivan Macy Act.  A complete list and video introductions can be found at  Following are the organizations in Texas serving Visually Impaired/Blind and Deafblind Communities. 

Visual Impairment

Texas Association for Parents of Children with Visual Impairments (TAPVI)


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.

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Texas Parents Of Blind Children (TPOBC)

Texas Parents Of Blind Children (TPOBC) logoTexas Parents Of Blind Children 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.

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Deaf-Blind Multihandicapped Association of Texas (DBMAT)

Deaf-Blind Multihandicapped Association of Texas (DBMAT) logoThe 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.

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Texas Chargers, Inc.

Texas Chargers logoThe 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.

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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.

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Email Texas Hands and Voices

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