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National Association of Parents of Children with Visual Impairments (National Headquarters) - AFB Directory Profile

General Information

National Association of Parents of Children with Visual Impairments (National Headquarters)
15 West 65th Street
New York, NY 10023
(212) 769-7819 (Local)
(800) 562-6265 (Toll-Free)
napvi@Lighthouseguild.org
http://www.napvi.org

Brief Description

NAPVI is a national membership organization that enables parents to find information and resources for their children who are blind or visually impaired, including those with additional disabilities.

NAPVI provides leadership, support, and training to assist parents in helping their children reach their full potential.

NAPVI is dedicated to:

  • Giving emotional support
  • Parent education
  • Initiating outreach programs
  • Networking
  • Advocating for the educational needs and welfare of children who are blind or visually impaired
With the American Foundation for the Blind (AFB), NAPVI created FamilyConnect (www.FamilyConnect.org), an online, multimedia community that gives parents of visually impaired children a place to support each other, share stories and concerns, and link to local resources.

Hours of operation: Mon.-Fri. 9:00 AM-5:00 PM EST
Geographic area served: Nationally and Internationally
Publications: AWARENESS; the association's magazine. Equals in Partnership. In Celebration of Grandparenting. Children with Visual Impairments. Mainstreaming the Visually Impaired Child. Preschool Learning Activities. Legislative Handbook for Parents. The Student with Albinism in the Classroom.

Staff

Susan LaVenture, Executive Director, (212) 769-7819, laventures@lighthouseguild.org

Services Offered

Services for Children

  • Information and Referral
    • Educates parents about their rights under Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). Operates national clearinghouse for information, education, and provides referrals regarding parenting of blind or visually impaired children.
  • Support for Parents
      • Provides a network with other parents through NAPVI's database by eye condition, age, geographic location, educational and/or social needs
      • Publishes AWARENESS, a magazine featuring information on the special needs of children with visual impairments, including child development, education, medical updates, personal articles written parents, and resources available on the local, regional, and national levels
      • Offers information through conferences, workshops, and publications that help you meet the special needs of your child(ren) with visual impairments
      • Helps parents become a part of a national advocacy group that fosters communication and coordination of services among federal, state, and local agencies and organizations involved with people with visual impairments and that increases public awareness and of children with visual impairments so they are more readily accepted by society
      • Offers scholarship opportunities and advocacy skills that advance leadership potential and confidence
      • Helps parents connect with other parents and professionals through state and local NAPVI chapters, which receive consultative and financial support from NAPVI National and through FamilyConnect www.FamilyConnect.org, an online, multimedia community that gives parents of visually impaired children a place to support each other, share stories and concerns, and link to local resources.
      • Allows parents to utilize NAPVI's national support and information network through our web site, phone, and mail correspondence
      • Helps parents save money with special membership discounts on conference registrations and publications

Members

Alabama Association for Parents of Children with Visual Impairments

Arkansas NAPVI

AZ Parents of Children with Visual Impairments

California Association for Parents of Children with Visual Impairments

D.C. Metro NAPVI

Florida Families of Children with Visual Impairments

Hawaii Association of Parents of the Visually Impaired

Illinois Association for Parents of Children with Visual Impairments

Kansas Association for Parents of Children with Visual Impairments

Massachusetts Association for Parents of the Visually Impaired

Minnesota NAPVI

Missouri Association for Parents of Children with Visual Impairments

Nebraska NAPVI

New Hampshire Parents of the Visually Impaired

North Carolina Association for Parents of Children with Visual Impairments

Ohio Parents of Children with Visual Impairments

OK-NAPVI

Virginia Association for Parents of Children with Visual Impairments

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