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Spring/Summer 2010 Table of Contents
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Abstract: The statewide organization for parents of children with visual impairments announces information about their parent conference and gives membership information.
Keywords: Family wisdom, parent organization, visually impaired, parent training

TEXAS FOCUS:

The time for Texas Focus 2010 is has come and the Texas Association for Parents of Children with Visual Impairments is sponsoring a preconference specifically for adult family members on June 9, 2010. The agenda is full of networking opportunities and informative breakout sessions. Bill Daugherty, TSBVI Superintendent is providing update on the campus renovation and current programs offered. The concurrent break-out sessions include both parent and professional presenters: Millie Smith discussing strategies for developing cognitive, communication, and motor skills in young children; Mary Ann Siller showing the necessary tools and resources that help schools assess, set goals, teach, and evaluate your child; Michele Chauvin helping families get started on their child’s portfolio; and Tammy and her daughter, Taylor sharing their experiences on their journey to high school graduation.

This year the National Industries for the Blind (NIB) is partnering with NAPVI and TAPVI to hold a “town hall meeting.” Texas is one of 3 sites chosen to begin a new initiative that will involve families with their area employment resources. Parents are invited to give feedback on the future employment needs of their children.

Learning from Near to Far promises to be an outstanding conference where families will learn about your statewide parent organization and enjoy meeting other families. If you aren’t there this year, look for other opportunities to gather together with families like yours at other events.

Look for future opportunities on the TSBVI web-site and click on “News and Upcoming Events” or the “STaewide Calendar..

for help to attend a parent training opportunity, ask your local school district, your Regional Educational Service Center, and your Specialist with DARS/DBS for funding assistance. If you need travel assistance from TSBVI Outreach please inquire about availability.

NETWORKING ON THE WEB:

TAPVI is on Facebook! It’s a great way to get to know families across Texas. If you want to be part of the TAPVI Facebook community send an email to .

TAPVI MEMBERS KNOW:

“There is no more powerful advocate for children than a parent armed with information and options.” – Dr. Rod Paige, U.S. Secretary of Education, 2001-2004

WHO WE ARE:

TAPVI is an affiliate of the National Association for Parents of Children with Visual Impairments (NAPVI) and ascribes to the general purposes and policies of the national association. TAPVI is a non-profit organization of, by and for parents committed to providing support to families of children who have blindness or visual impairments, including those with additional disabilities. We welcome all parents, relatives, educators, and others involved in supporting families of children with blindness or visual impairments.

WHAT WE DO:

TAPVI and NAPVI enable parents to find information and resources for their children with blindness or visual impairments. We provide leadership, support, and training to assist parents in helping children reach their full potential in school and in the community, through workshops and publications. We offer national, regional, local and online networking opportunities to support and to connect families. We advocate for the educational needs and welfare of children, as well as increase public awareness about children with blindness or visual impairments, so they are included in the community. We foster communication and coordination of services among the agencies and organizations involved with people who have blindness or visual impairments.

TAPVI BOARD:

The TAPVI board is made up of officers who are parents of children who have blindness or visual impairments. Please contact us with any questions.
President
Michele Chauvin
Sugar Land, TX
832-248- 703


President elect
Isela Wilson (Habla Español)
Rancho Viejo, TX
956 -778-1142


TAPVI MEMBERSHIP:

There are several categories of membership. NAPVI dues* are $40 per family per year. Members of NAPVI receive the quarterly Awareness newsletter and become members of TAPVI, which receives $15 of the dues. Grandparents can join NAPVI for $20. Professional associate membership is $50, and group or agency membership is $250. Donations or gifts are tax deductible.

* Membership assistance is available for parents/ guardians. Contact us for information.

HOW DO I JOIN TAPVI?

Please print a membership form from the web address below, enclose your membership dues (make checks are payable to NAPVI), and send to the following address:

NAPVI
P.O. Box 317
Watertown, MA 02471

Online NAPVI & TAPVI membership form:

HOW DO I FIND OUT MORE?

NAPVI: www.spedex.com/napvi 1-800-5 2- 2 5

TAPVI: www.spedex.com/napvi/chapters.html#5

TAPVI on facebook:

Join the online VI community, Family Connect: www.familyconnect.org

Join the TX VI Family email list: www.topica.com/lists/txvifamily

TSBVI Outreach Dept: www.tsbvi.edu/Outreach/index.htm> 1-800-872-5273

TAPVI is supported by a grant from the Hilton/ Perkins Program through NAPVI. TAPVI is also receives support through our collaboration with the TSBVI Outreach Department. We acknowledge our gratitude for their support.