is to empower families, professionals and the community
to meet the needs of children who are blind or visually
impaired, including those with multiple disabilities.
is to promote and provide information and education
regarding raising and educating a child with vision
loss, provide emotional support, increase public
awareness and foster communication and coordination of
services among state and local agencies and
organizations involved with providing services to
children with visual impairments. VAAPVi is a state
affiliate of NAPVI, the National Association for Parents
of Children with Visual Impairments.
When a child is first diagnosed with a visual impairment
most parents go through a variety of emotions. Most
parents leave the doctors office stunned and with little
information. Not knowing where to turn or who to contact
for guidance. As parents of children who are blind or
visually impaired we have been there. We understand the
emotions that a parent goes through. We are here to
support you and each other every step of the way. In
addition to emotional support our network of parents and
professionals will help you locate and guide you through
resources, services, IEPs and much more.
Services and education for our children has varied
drastically from state to state and even from county to
county. What makes a difference is community awareness
and involvement – but especially parental involvement.
VAAPVI has collaborated with professionals and
organizations to work toward the common goal for
improved and consistent services and education for our
children who are blind or visually impaired.
Become an active part of our community and let us all
work together to improve opportunities and make a better
community for our children.