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 Done!

 

We thank all of you who attended and took part in our inaugural virtual Insight Expo. It was also our first-ever international Insight Expo!

 

And, if you missed it, don’t worry; we have it recorded and it is available on our YouTube channel.

2021 Insight Expo

 

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!

 

If you’re like us, then you’ve been working hard lately. And let’s face it…life is work. so even if you’re just living life, then it’s time to kick back and relax. Make plans to do that by joining with HAVIN for some play time. We will have a play day on Saturday, November 13, 2021 from 1-3 pm. We will have breakout rooms with different games to play, as well as a room for karaoke and socializing.

 

Topic: Let’s Play! A HAVIN Game day

Date: Saturday, November 13, 2021

Time:     1 – 3 p.m. Central Standard Time

Where: Virtual Zoom Meeting

 

We will be playing two types of games. First, the ever-popular RS Games as before. Second, we will also be playing Jackbox Games. If you haven’t tried Jackbox games, then plan on joining in…it’s a blast!

 

If you want to play using RS Games, you need to have your account set up and the pc client installed before joining to play.

*A special note about RS Games: Playing online through the computer is free. They also have an iOS app that is available for download. However, the app requires in-app purchases, so understand that it is not free to play everything using this app.

From the web site: Since 2009, RS Games has developed online board, card, and dice games that are accessible to the blind and visually impaired. Over 20 games are currently available including Monopoly, Uno, Blackjack, Yahtzee, Farkle, and Cards Against Humanity.

https://rsgames.org/

 

And, if you haven’t heard about Jackbox Games, let me tell you about it!

Jackbox Games is the party game-making studio best known for hit games like YOU DON’T KNOW JACK, Quiplash, Fibbage, Drawful, Trivia Murder Party, and more! Think of them as the child of classic social games like ‘charades’… the child who dropped out of college, then earned the family’s respect by founding a jam company.

Every year since 2014, Jackbox Games has released a new collection of games, grouped together as a Jackbox Party Pack. Each pack, contains five different games that can accommodate from 1-8 players. For the most fun, it’s best to have 3 players or more.

What does it cost? If you are a player who is joining in the fun, it doesn’t cost you anything. All you need is a smartphone or web-enabled device of some kind! There is no app or additional purchase needed in order for you to play. You only need a mobile device; a way to access the internet; and to be able to see the screen.

The cost has already been taken care of by the person hosting the Jackbox Party, so thank them and be nice to them.

To play, you simply go to https://jackbox.tv, enter the 4-letter room code, your name, then enjoy. To keep things fun for everyone, we highly recommend that you are already familiar with using your web browser and your screen reader when browsing web pages. Wearing headphones or some kind of screen reader suppression device is a must. For more details on how to play, visit this link. https://www.jackboxgames.com/how-to-play/

 

And, as in the past, if you plan to sing karoake, you need to have your backing music ready on your end.

But, you don’t have to be a singer to hang out and socialize. Come chill with your friends and make some new ones.

 

Register Here

 

Registration for this workshop will close at 5 PM on Friday, November 12, 2021. Those who register will be entered into a drawing for our ever popular door prize. We hope to see you there.

 

*Note: if you have problems completing this registration form, there may be compatibility issues with your browser. You may wish to try completing it with a different browser.

If you continue to have problems, contact us by email: havin.tx@gmail.comKeep 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:

Facebook

On Twitter and Instagram, follow us  @HAVINTX

 

Also, make sure to subscribe to the

HAVIN YouTube channel

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