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: O&M in the time of social distancing
Date: Saturday, July 11, 2020
Time: 1 PM – 3 PM Central Time
Where: Virtual Zoom Meeting
During this time of dealing with COVID-19, life goes on for all of us. Orientation and Mobility haven’t changed and are still the hallmarks for independent travel for those who are visually impaired. We have the need to touch surfaces as we enter vehicles, ascend and descend stairs, and sitting down. Not only that, but we must also often deal with the inability to judge the recommended six-foot needed for social distancing. Even guide dogs cannot assist in keeping us socially distanced, as they are not trained to do that.
So, what are we to do? Start by making plans to join HAVIN for our next Zoom workshop from 1 p.m. till 3 p.m. on Saturday July 11, 2020.
At this workshop, Orientation and Mobility professionals Chris Chancellor and Brian Jones will offer a presentation and discussion on this very personal matter. There will be opportunities throughout the presentation for your questions.
And, if you have general questions or concerns on O&M not related to COVID-19 or social distancing, still join us and we’ll try to fit those in, as well.
Register here to attend
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:
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
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