Welcome to the home of the
Houston Area Visually Impaired Network (HAVIN).
Because we are visually impaired ourselves, we understand how large in area Houston is and that there are many people from across our great city who are visually impaired. Our goal when starting HAVIN was to try to make it a little smaller for us, at least once a year, for those of us who are visually impaired. To do this, we bring together the various support groups and nonprofit organizations that serve the visually impaired community and make up HAVIN to host at least one event a year, the annual Insight Expo. While its not practical to come to each of our group’s individual meetings, it is possible for us to come together for that one day a year and bring unity to our community. There are links to our “About Us” page above, and “Our Groups,” if you want to find out about our history, or to contact one of the groups that comprise HAVIN.
Please take the time to explore our web site and learn more about our organization.
There is also a menu above which allows you to find support groups or other organizations that serve our community, and we have contact information so that you can get in touch with somebody near you.
HAVIN is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization comprised of various volunteer groups from across Houston that serve the information, resource, and support needs of the visually impaired. Our vision is to educate, provide peer support, and unify the visually impaired community in the Greater Houston area.
2021 HAVIN Insight Expo is set!
🥁 Yes, Drum roll please…
Here is the announcement you’ve been waiting for, registration for the 2021 HAVIN Insight Expo is now open!2021 HAVIN Insight Expo
Date: Saturday, April 10, 2021
Time: Program 9:30a.m. -noon; Exhibit hall 1 – 3 p.m.
Location: Online Zoom event
Make plans to join HAVIN for our first-ever virtual Insight Expo. Our theme is “Where Do I Fit In?” Vision loss is such an individualized experience, so our featured presentation will explore where we find ourselves fitting in among other visually impaired people around us.
Stay tuned for more details through the following means:
Follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter: @HAVINTX
Or through your local group or organization email list.
HAVIN is now Presenting Workshops on Zoom
And our next Zoom workshop is now set!
You don’t have to be a scuba diver to join HAVIN for a Deep Dive into Zoom!
Topic: A Deep Dive into Zoom
Date: Saturday, March 20, 2021
Time: 2 p.m. – 5 p.m. Central Time
Where: Virtual Zoom Meeting
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we’ve all been doing a lot of Zoom meetings over this past year. And it appears that this will continue for some time to come. For many of us, this often entails simply attending the meetings. However, there is so much more that Zoom can offer, so we are inviting you to join us for our latest HAVIN workshop, a Deep Dive into Zoom.
This feature-rich presentation will include exploring aspects that are only available to hosts and cohosts on Zoom, which seems to have become the most widely used video platform for everybody.
Aside from the actual use of Zoom, we will also be discussing our visual appearance when we are using this platform to communicate with others. Just because we are blind or visually impaired doesn’t mean the other Zoom meeting attendees are going to be. Zoom is a video platform, where we are very often seen by others. This means that when you’re hosting a Zoom workshop and making a presentation, you will likely have sighted attendees. The pandemic also caused a shift in so many protocols where video job interviews have become the norm, which we anticipate will also continue going forward, and this is another important reminder that our visual appearance is just as important to consider as how you use Zoom.
Given all of these thoughts, this workshop will be a two pronged approach, focusing on both the Zoom participation and hosting aspects, and will also address video presentation concerns that you will want to consider as a Zoom presenter. And, here’s an added feature, since we are including so much here, this presentation will be an extended 3-hour HAVIN workshop.
For the first part of the presentation, Raul Gallegos, from RGA Tech Solutions, will share his very knowledgeable insights to what all one can do with Zoom. He will go through some of the basics for attending a meeting, but will also take attendees to the next level of what controls and options are available to hosts and cohosts. Zoom is such a rich and robust application that we feel certain you will learn some new insights to what this powerful platform can do for you.
Then, the second part of the workshop will focus on the visual presentation aspects. Chelsea Nguyen, from CN Vision Image Consulting, will share insights and tips to remember to make your best video presentation. She will discuss camera use and things to consider regarding this, as well as your personal appearance and how to maximize your video presentation.
We hope you will join us for this jam-packed Deep Dive into Zoom!
Register to attend
Registration for this workshop will close at 5 PM on Friday, March 19, 2021.
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Keep up with HAVIN
For the latest, up-to-date information about HAVIN and what we are doing, you can always come here to our official HAVIN web site
or you can also follow us at our social media outlets:
On Twitter and Instagram, follow us @HAVINTX
Also, make sure to subscribe to the
to know when we post new videos and also check out several of our past Zoom workshops.
Watch any of these outlets for updated news when we have a rescheduled date for this year’s Insight Expo.
Hear how we began
If you would like to learn more and hear our president telling more about the formation of HAVIN, check out this interview with Chelsea Nguyen at Sight Into Sound studios.
Follow HAVIN on Social Media
We are on Twitter and Instagram: @HAVINTX
Also be sure to follow us on Facebook: (20+) Houston Area Visually Impaired Network – HAVIN | Facebook