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Organizations of Parents of Blind/Visually Impaired
Association for Parents of Children with Visual Impairments (NAPVI)
is a non-profit organization of, by and for parents committed to
providing support to the parents of children who have visual impairments.
NAPVI is a core partner for the Families & Advocates Partnership
for Education (FAPE)
project spearheaded by the Parent
Advocacy Coalition for Education Rights (PACER).
workshops and publications for parents; information and referral;
publishes a quarterly publication called "Awareness;" provides seed
money for organizing local NAPVI chapters; maintains a national
information and support network; monitors legislation affecting
children with visual impairment, and provides information on local,
regional and national conferences of interests to parents.
National Organization of Parents
of Blind Children (NOPBC) -a Division of the National Federation
of the Blind (NFB). NOPBC is a national membership organization
of parents, educators, and friends of blind children reaching out
to each other to give vital support, encouragement, and information.
Publishes an informative quarterly magazine "Future Reflections;"
sponsors a Braille pen-pal service for blind youth; provides parent
training and seminars; sponsors a summer camp for blind kids, their
sighted siblings, and sighted children of blind parents;special
committees; an annual Braille Readers are Leaders contest
for Braille students; there also are many local/regional chapters
of NOPBC throughout the states.
NOBPC also distributes
free literature, establishes cane banks so parents
may trade in old canes for new ones, consults with legislators about
the needs of blind children, provides assistance to parents and
blind children whose rights have been denied, and much more. Most
of all, the NOPBC provides guidance to parents as they come to grips
with what blindness means and as they strive to instill independence
in a child who happens to be blind.
Online Groups of Interests to Parents of Visually Impaired/Blind
Online Group - This online group of primarily parents
and educators promotes discussion of educational software and
non-violent computer games playable by blind children. Parents and
educators of blind children often suggest/recommend to other group
members not only software, but also non-computer games, toys, and
educational materials appropriate for blind children.
Online Group - This is for families who are homeschooling
*or parenting* a blind child (not just for home schoolers). Parents
share tips, suggestions, resources and offer mutual support. Teachers
of the Visually Impaired can also be members to share tips and suggestions.
Blind Parents Online
Group - sponsored by the National Federation of the Blind
(NFB). This online list consists primarily of postings by blind
parents about areas of mutual concern, questions, sharing resources,
support in raising their blind and/or sighted children. Sighted
parents of blind and visually impaired children can also join and
may find many of the postings helpful.
The 2000-2001 PFA-CSB Membership Drive is Underway!
We invite ALL parents, family members, teachers, students
and members of the community to JOIN PFA-CSB! Please complete
Membership Form Below.
This association is comprised of dedicated parents who work HARD
for OUR KIDS! PFA-CSB provides funding for those "special"
programs and trips that ENRICH and ENCOURAGE our students.
The class that has the largest percentage of memberships will receive
the following prizes:
- 1st place $100
- 2nd place $50
- 3rd place $25
Activities Funded by PFA-CSB
- Space Camp at Huntsville, Alabama
- School Carnival and Picnic
- Welcome Back Staff Breakfast
- Staff Appreciation Day
- Water-skiing at Modesto Reservoir