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Top 15 Reasons To Be Part of the DBMAT and Texas Chargers Family Retreats This Year!

Texans are fond of saying that it ain’t bragging if it’s true!  Well, Texas claims the right to do some serious bragging that we have four strong, ever growing, and active family organizations.  Not only should we be proud that we have so many, but thankful that they lead our community in making services, supports, and connections the best they can be for individuals who are visually impaired and deafblind.    These four organizations are the Texas Association for Parents of Children with Visual Impairments (TAPVI), Texas Parents of Blind Children (TPOBC), Deaf-Blind Multihandicapped Association of Texas (DBMAT), and Texas Chargers.

In this blog, I want to highlight the two organizations that are part of the deafblind community – DBMAT and Texas Chargers, Inc. – and their family conferences.    If you haven’t had the opportunity to participate in one of these annual events, this is your year!

The 40th Annual DBMAT Family Conference and Workshop will be October 12-14, 2012 at Camp John Marc outside of Meridian.  DBMAT welcomes families who have children with multiple disabilities; however the adult training will focus on deafblind issues.

The 7th Texas Chargers Annual Retreat, which will be held November 2-4, 2012 at Camp Allen outside of Navasota Texas.  Remember, this weekend is for families who have children and young adults with Charge Syndrome and the professionals who serve them.

Want to learn more about each family event?  Check out the conference information found at and

I’m sure that you’ll find each one offer a weekend filled with learning, relaxation and connection.  If you need something more to convince you to join us, then here are the Top 15 Reasons families and professionals find DBMAT and Texas Chargers retreats to be the highlight of their year:

15.  Plenty of opportunity to chat with families who are on a similar journey as yours and…

14.  Pick the brains of professionals in the field in a casual, relaxed setting.

13.  Learn about resources that can be a support to you.

12.  Learn about deafblindness and other topics that help you support your child and young adult.

11.  Be inspired by and learn from the smartest and brightest professionals in our community, including Linda Mamer, David Wiley and Fran LaWare (keynote speakers at DBMAT) and David Brown (keynote speaker at Texas Chargers).

10.  Spend time enjoying the great outdoors at beautiful Camp John Marc (DBMAT) and Camp Allen (Texas Chargers).

 9.  Watch (from a distance) your kids and young adults enjoying tons of fun camp activities throughout the weekend and…

 8.  Brace yourself for them to beg you to come back every year so they can continue connecting with friends and having a blast.

 7.  Find new homes for that stuff in your house you’ve been meaning to get rid of and…

 6.  Know that you’re raising money for a great organization as you get cool new stuff through the silent and live auctions.

 5.  Have a rockin’ good time at the Saturday night parties.

 4.  Become a member of a family organization who is nationally recognized and…

 3.  Has the ability to help policy-makers embrace important issues for our deafblind community.

 2.  Recognize individuals with deafblindness, family members and professionals for all they do for our deafblind community.

And the Top Reason for coming to DBMAT and Texas Chargers this Year is:

  1.  Celebrate our deafblind community!

So mark your calendars and get your applications in as soon as possible.  Also, don’t forget to share the registration information with others.  The DBMAT and Texas Chargers retreats fill us FAST and you don’t want to be left out of the fun!

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