[nfbwatlk] FW: [tovi] NAPVI meeting in WA

Doug Trimble Doug.Trimble at wssb.wa.gov
Mon Jan 4 16:34:44 CST 2010




Doug Trimble
Orientation & Mobility Instructor
Washington State School for the Blind
2214 E. 13th Street Vancouver,  WA  98661
office ph. 360-696-6321 #118


From: Terri Thurston [mailto:territ at ncesd.org] 
Sent: Monday, January 04, 2010 1:40 PM
To: TOVI: Administrative Question
Cc: k.rowland at msn.com
Subject: [tovi] NAPVI meeting in WA


To:  All on the VI listserv




From: Kelly Rowland [mailto:k.rowland at msn.com] 
Sent: Monday, January 04, 2010 11:30 AM
To: speced



My name is Kelly Douglas, I am a parent of a 5 year old blind boy that
attends Lakes Elementary in Lacey Washington. Being a parent of a child
with special needs, I have learned how important it is to have support
from all areas. Let me say first, North Thurston School district is
absolutely incredible. Amy Hollbrook, Leah Obryan and Linda (I have
seemed to forget her last name but she is the Braillist for Emmit) are
angels. We are truly blessed to have these 3 special ladies in our life.
I am not sure if we could have gotten through the years that we did with
out them. Thank you!!

Now back to the reason I am emailing you. I have found that a lot of
parents are not so lucky in the state of Washington. This got me
thinking. Parents of children of the visually impaired need to find some
type of support even if it is another parent. This is why I am starting
a National Association for Parent of children with visual impairments
better known as NAPVI. The Executive director of NAPVI, Susan LaVenture,
will be addressing parents at a day conference on January 23, 2010 at
12:00pm. Is there any way for you to get this out to your teachers of VI
through out the state? I want every parent to have a chance to come to
this. Now especially since Washington State department of the Blind has
cut backs and can not do their annual conference. This is vital to a lot
of parents of the VI kids. A lot of them it felt like a saving grace. 

Thank you so much for taking the time to read this. Here is the NAPVI
website if you have any questions www.napvi.org


Kelly Douglas



Terri Thurston
Project Director/Coordinator of Blind/VI Resources
Washington Sensory Disabilities Services
North Central Educational Service District

509.665.2619 - 509.665.2630 - Fax 509.662.9027
PO Box 1847 - 430 Olds Station RD - Wenatchee, WA 98801
www.wsdsonline.org <http://www.wsdsonline.org>  - www.ncesd.org

WSDS provides information, training, technical assistance and resources
to families and educators statewide regarding children and youth from
birth to age 21 who are deaf, hard of hearing, blind, visually impaired
or deaf-blind.


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