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TAPVI Families
TAPVI is a non-profit organization of parents and professionals committed to providing support to families of children who have blindness or visual impairments in including those with other disabilities.
TAPVI is a non-profit organization of parents and professionals committed to providing support to families of children who have blindness or visual impairments in including those with other disabilities.


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Join us!

How do I join TAPVI? Simply fill out the form below…

We welcome all parents, relatives, educators and others involved in supporting Texas families who have children with blindness or visual impairments. Can you answer "Yes" to these two questions? 1- Do you live in Texas? 2-Do you have a child with a Visual Impairment in your life?

YES YES You're welcome in our Group!

¿Necesita materiales y la información en español? llamada 972-984-0671
Un número limitado de becas está disponible para padres/guardianes. Indique por favor, si usted necesita ayuda con el tributo o contáctese con un oficial de TAPVI.
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Please join #TAPVI – Dallas
Tuesday, May 3, 2016  | 6:30 – 8pm
Region 10 Educational Service Center
Region 10 Educational Service Center located at 904 Abrams Rd,
Entrance B, Richardson, TX 75081
We are excited to have Neva Fairchild, National Independent Living & Employment Specialist at AFB, she will be talking about resources and assistive technology.
Did we mention PIZZA for everyone!? Families do not have to be a TAPVI member to join our support group.
Need more information or have questions? Contact Karen Whitty 512-587-8246 or
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#TAPVI & #TSBVI are excited to offer a three part workshop series for parents 
on how to teach their children kitchen basics so their child can 
navigate the kitchen as independently as possible!

Hurry and reserve your spot by May 5! This workshop is for 10 participants & parents only. Childcare will not be provided. 

To reserve contact: Karen Whitty at 512-587-8246 or email

FIRST HOUR - “Let’s get personal in the kitchen” by making sure our children are able to navigate successfully, independently and most important - safely. Parents will learn how to help their VI child set up areas in kitchen for themselves. That way the VI child takes ownership in navigating through their kitchen at home.
SECOND HOUR - “Getting the day started” by making your own breakfast so mommy and daddy can sleep in. Parents learn how to teach their children basic techniques in preparing their first meal of the day; ie cereal, toast, etc. This is a caffeinated exercise. Hint hint...mommy and daddy would love to wake up to a fresh cup of coffee.

For more info and to reserve online:
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Will you be attending TAER in Houston this March 31- April 2? ‪#‎TAPVI‬ will be there! Friday evening after the last conference TAPVI will have a PARENT SOCIAL in the Black Gold Bar. Please stop by and see us!
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Ho! Ho! Ho!  Santa has made the staff at the National Federation of the Blind Jernigan Institute honorary elves. He has asked us to send letters from Santa to very young (under 10) boys and girls. Parents who want their child to receive a Braille letter from Santa should complete the application form at the web address listed below, by December 18. The child will receive a letter in Braille, and the parent will receive a print copy as well. Please share this information widely so that lots of boys and girls get letters. Our elves are anxious to hear from you as soon as possible.
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Membership Drive! We're looking forward to a New Year and new TAPVI! We want to send out a "TAPVI Trinket" to all of our past, present and future members to say "THANK YOU". We hope that you will be a part of 2016 in a big way.
Please consider renewing your membership by going to the new and improved While there check out the trinkets we are considering producing and cast your vote for the one you like best.

Whichever one wins will be produced and sent out.

Be sure to include your updated contact info so we can send it to you!
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Mon. Dec. 14th | Sensory Friendly Day at The Houston Children's Museum |
An opportunity for kids with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) to explore the Children’s Museum of Houston in their own way and time!
Time: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.  |  Admission: $5 (FREE for members)

For more information or to make reservations,
contact Lydia Dungus at (713) 535-7238 

We provide a supportive environment for children and families to have the best experience possible. Sensory Friendly Day is a wonderful opportunity for parents of children with special needs to connect with other families! We provide the following:

On hand specialists ready to answer your questions
Weighted lap pads (information booth check out)
Sunglasses for overstimulating lights (information booth check out)
Ear defenders for overstimulating sounds (information booth check out)
Wheelchairs, transport chairs, walking aids (first-come, first-serve basis)
Maps and guides to help plan a visit
Museum Story Book Guide
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50 Scholarships Available to #CorpusChristi Museum with visual disabilities or sensory sensitivities (autism, SPD, hearing impairments, Visual impairments, etc) I would like to let you know about Sensory Night at the Corpus Christi Museum of Science and History on December 5th 5:30 – 9:00 pm.

Science and history will come alive for children with sensory sensitivities in a calm and friendly environment. This evening is an opportunity for children, siblings, families and friends to explore the Museum in a calmer environment, in their own way, at their own pace. There will be many holiday themed activities for the night with a focus on inclusion and accessibility.

Scholarships include price of admission and a nutritious, locally sourced catered dinner provided by Kris Busk of Shoreline Sandwich Company. We will have Santa from 6-8pm, as well as live carolers. We will have many multicultural holiday activities that night plus:

Keepsake ornament making
Science experiments
Help me give all the scholarships away! To receive the scholarship they can contact me by email or phone. Savannah Olkowski, Camp Director, |  361-826-4659
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