HAVIN FACT SHEET
Name of organization: Houston Area Visually Impaired Network, also known as HAVIN
HAVIN’s motto: “Bringing unity to our community”
What is HAVIN?
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.
History of how HAVIN began
In August, 2010, the leaders of five Houston area support groups for the visually impaired met with a plan to join forces and bring together the blind and visually impaired community from across the greater Houston area in a manner that had not been accomplished before. Their desire was to have the visually impaired support groups that were separated by miles, get together and host a program that would unify the community.
To do this, they committed to working together to plan one or two events each year that would be useful for sharing information and resources, as well as letting these people meet and network with one another. The first goal was to put on an event that would provide information and resources, and this was to become the inaugural Insight Expo. To meet this goal, they planned a seminar with speakers, panel discussions, and workshops, as well as a variety of exhibitors that serve this community to share information and products with the attendees.
Since that first event, , some of the founding support groups have rotated from the executive committee and been replaced by other groups, including groups representing both of the national consumer groups for the blind. The ultimate goal is to keep our community connected and share information and resources with one another. If we are able to help out somebody who is searching for these items, then we have done our job.
Past events HAVIN has sponsored
March 2011 – Inaugural Insight Expo University of Houston, College of Optometry
February 2012 – Screening of the documentary movie “Going Blind” and panel discussion afterwards Winwood Baptist Church, (in Willowbrook area)
October 2012 – Fall Social Metropolitan Multi-Service Center, on West Gray, Houston
April 2013 – Insight Expo University of Houston, Health and Biomedical Sciences Building
April 2014 Insight Expo University of Houston, Health and Biomedical Sciences Building
April 2015 Insight Expo University of Houston, Health and Biomedical Sciences Building
July 2016 Insight Expo University of Houston, Health and Biomedical Sciences Building
March 2017 Insight Expo University of Houston, Health and Biomedical Sciences Building