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.

 

HAVIN is now Presenting Workshops on Zoom

 

In light  of having to postpone our 2020 HAVIN Insight Expo, we have been trying to think of ways to still share some workshops with our community and have launched an initiative using the Zoom conference call platform.

 

And our next Zoom workshop is now set!

 

Topic: Game On!

This will be an interactive workshop about Accessible online and iOS games for the visually impaired

Date: Saturday, August 8, 2020

Time: 1 PM – 3 PM Central Time

Where: Virtual Zoom Meeting

 

Game On! Its time to play!

 

We are excited to branch out and try some interactive game playing for our attendees. In this workshop, we will have a general overview of the three gaming platforms we will be exploring — RS Games, Quinten C’s Playroom, and iOS on iPhones and iPads.

Then we will transition to hosted breakout rooms where we will have interactive games you can actually play against others in the room with you on your chosen platform.

And, for those who are seeking something social but are not into trying the games, we will also have a hosted chat room to socialize.

 

We will be playing online games against one another on both RS Games and Quinten C’s Playroom. If you have an account at either or both of these, and understand how to play, great! If not and you plan to attend and play, you need to set up an account at your choice and understand how the platform works.

In the following introductions, there is a link to the home page for each of them.

Please understand that we want to maximize playing time, so this workshop is not going to be a tutorial for learning these platforms or the specific games.

 

 

Here’s a brief overview of the platforms.

 

RS Games

*A special note about RS Games: Playing online through the computer is free. They also have an 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/

 

Quinten C’s Playroom

From the web site: The Playroom is a free online gaming platform, especially made to be accessible to visually impaired people. Anyone can connect ! 20 367 players around the world are already waiting to play with you, in 6 languages, and at anytime of the day and night.

http://qcsalon.net/

 

iOS for iPhone and iPad

We will look at a few specific accessible games here.

At this time, we will focus on Dice World, Blindfold Bowling, Audio Rush, Blindie Match, and A Blind  Legend.

 

Chit Chat

And, as stated, there will also be a room purely for socializing and hanging out.

 

Door Prize!

We have a very neat door prize to be given at the end of this workshop.

This is a Houston based magazine called Local with a profile picture of James Harden up close beard and all, and his autograph on this is located at the top right corner of the artistic and colorfully painted profile of James.

Felip Peraic is the artist who painted the magazine cover.

This particular illustration of the artist’s James Hardin’s series is called Psychedelic James Hardin.

For Moore info on this artist, His website is:

James Harden Illustrated

 

 

So, what are you waiting for? Game on!

Register here to attend

 

www.bit.ly/3hwTs90

 

Keep watching here for the latest information about upcoming workshops. Or, follow us on Twitter and Instagram @HAVINTX because we will be sharing these announcements there, too.

 

 

 

2020 HAVIN Insight Expo Postponement

 

This is a message on behalf of the HAVIN board to update you about the status of the 2020 HAVIN Insight Expo that had been scheduled for Saturday, March 28, 2020.

 

In light of the KOVID-19 Coronavirus, and the changes and restrictions that it has brought upon us, we are postponing this event. It is a program we all believe in and it is worthy of having. We will reschedule this year’s Insight Expo at the earliest opportunity. However, with the on-going evolution of the health crisis and the modifications we are all needing to make, we are unable to project exactly when this will be. After the threat of infection and spread of Coronavirus have passed, we will coordinate with the University of Houston to find a suitable date where their facilities will be once again available to us for this. We hope you will make plans to join with us when this date is set and arrives.

 

In the meantime, please take whatever measures you need to keep yourself and your loved ones safe, maintaining healthy and sanitary practices in all that you do. This is a quickly evolving situation that will be dynamic in what it brings to all our lives, requiring patience and resourcefulness from all of us, and will take time to resolve.

 

For the latest, up-to-date information, you can always come here to our official HAVIN web site

or you can also follow us at our social media outlets:

Facebook www.facebook.com/HAVINTX

Twitter and Instagram: @HAVINTX

 

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:

www.facebook.com/havintx