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!

Topic: Be My Eyes and Beyond

Date: Saturday, October  9, 2021

Time: 11 AM to 1 PM (CDT)

Location: Zoom

We hope you’re planning to join HAVIN on Saturday, October  9, 2021 from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. (CDT) for our next informative and resource-rich workshop, “Be My Eyes and Beyond!”

Many people think the iOS and Android app Be My Eyes is simply an app for getting a volunteer on the other end of a video connection to assist in a task where a pair of eyes is needed. Sure, that was what it was originally designed to do, but it has evolved greatly since then to do so much more. Join us on Saturday, October 9, 2021 from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. (CDT) to discover some of the hidden gems that lie within the Be My Eyes app.

Did you know that you can directly contact many companies and organizations through the app? You certainly can, and we will have representatives from two of these presenting on the workshop.

Join Sara Freeman-Smith as she hosts this exploration into Be My Eyes and some of the connections you can make through the app. She will be joined by Andy Burstein, the CEO of Accessible Pharmacy, and Mark from Hadley, who will be speaking about their specific services to the blindness community. Accessible Pharmacy is tailor-made to provide personalized pharmacy services to the blind in more than half of the United States, and is currently in the process of expanding its services to more of them. Also, Hadley is long-established in offering correspondence courses to the blind, so they are not new, but they have evolved to change what they offer the blindness community and how they deliver it, completely embracing this digital age.

 You may also want to download the app ahead of the workshop so you can go through it during Sara’s presentation.

About Accessible Pharmacy

Accessible Pharmacy Services for the Blind is a home delivery pharmacy service specializing in the needs of the blind and low vision community. Delivery, accessible packaging, support and labeling are free. They offer free Delivery of: Prescription Medication, OTC Medication, Eye Drops, Insulin, Vitamins & Nutritional Supplements, and Accessible Medical Devices. They feature  Accessible Packaging, in the forms of Presorted Disposable Pill Organizers, Presorted Daily Pill Packets, Standard and Easy Open Bottles, Children’s Single Liquid Dose Packaging, and Labeling in Braille, Large Font, or using the Scrip-Talk device.

Their web site is:


Also, here is a recent New York Times article about their services.

About The Hadley Institute for the Blind and Visually Impaired

When he lost his sight at the age of 55, William Hadley faced many challenges. A former high school teacher with a lifelong passion for reading, Hadley wanted to learn braille. He was frustrated, however, in his search for a teacher. So, he taught himself braille instead.  Hadley’s dream was to share his newfound skills with others like him, empowering them to thrive as much as he. Together with Dr. E.V.L. Brown, an ophthalmologist and neighbor, Hadley found a way to reach others from around the corner and across the globe. The Hadley Correspondence School and the “braille by mail” curriculum launched in 1920.  The very first student, a woman in Kansas, had lost her sight later in life, too, and she was desperate to continue reading. She mailed her lessons to Hadley. He corrected and returned them along with notes of help and encouragement. This was the beginning of the close instructor-learner relationship that is a hallmark of Hadley learning even today.   Dr. Brown was also critical to the founding and success of Hadley. He worked to build and manage an organization that could sustain itself while offering education free of charge. In 1922, Dr. Brown was appointed to be Hadley’s first President of the Board of Trustees and would serve in this role until his death in 1953.

For more than 100 years, Hadley’s life has inspired the vision for the organization that bears his name. We continue to this day to leverage new ways to share, pave new paths for connection, and empower those with vision loss to find their way…and thrive.

And, here is the Hadley web site:www.hadley.edu

So, mark your calendars and get registered! This workshop is sure to have something for everyone.

Register Here

Registration will close on Friday, October 8, 2021 at 5 PM Central time. 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.com

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

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