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National Association of Parents of Children with Visual Impairments - Maine Chapter (NAPVI-ME) - AFB Directory Profile

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National Association of Parents of Children with Visual Impairments - Maine Chapter (NAPVI-ME)
16 Spruce Swamp Rd E.
Buxton, ME 04093
(207) 229-5937 (Local)

Brief Description

We are a Maine non-profit organization dedicated to sharing information and resources relating to raising children who are visually impaired, as well as offering social opportunities and emotional support for our families. Our organization is run by parents who volunteer their time and talent. NAPVI-ME is an affiliate of NAPVI, the National Association of Parents of Children with Visual Impairments. No one is excluded from NAPVI-ME. Our children range in age from infancy to adulthood and have many types and severities of visual impairments. Some of our kids are in early intervention programs, while others are in mainstreamed, specialized, or vocational educational settings. We encourage all Maine parents of children with visual impairments, as well as professionals who work with children with visual impairments, to connect with us and help make a difference in the lives of our children. All are welcome!

Clients served on average per year: Varies
Staff description: Lori Bartlett - President, Jane Allen - Past President, Caryn Ford - Vice President, Kelly Freitas - Treasurer
Geographic area served: State of Maine

Services Offered

Services for Children

  • Community Outreach Programs
    • Initiates outreach programs and facilitates networking among Maine families of children with visual impairments.
  • Information and Referral
    • Provides support and information and advocates for the educational needs and welfare of children who are blind or visually impaired.
  • Recreation Services
    • Coordinates social and recreational activities to provide our children and their families an opportunity to meet, have fun and socialize with others in a stress-free, no pressure atmosphere.
  • Support for Parents
    • Provides leadership, support, and training to assist parents in helping their children reach their full potential.
  • Support Groups
    • Offers mutual family support through meetings, activities and individual contact.
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