Door prizes to watch for at The Insight Expo

Yes, we have a variety of door prizes for both low vision and blind Texans, which several of our sponsors have donated.  Here is the list of door prizes every attendee will be registered for and will have a chance to win.

 

 

  • Serotek:
  • 1 license of System Access Mobile screen reader ($399 value) and a one-Year subscription to System Access Mobile Network (SAMNET) ($129 value)
  • Kewing Enterprises:
  •  1 HumanWare SmartView Nano handheld magnifier ($196 value)
  • Dionysus Theatre – 2 Pairs of Tickets to future described performance
  • Independent Living Aids:
  • water proof timer by CDN Water proof, shatter proof counts up and down long and loud audio and visual alarm, 

1 Smart loupe by gem Oro-10X extra large precision 34mm optical glass loupe with 8 super bright dual long life illumination, 

1 Moshi voice controlled travel alarm clock

1 Talking indoor-outdoor thermometer, by voice craft, you can wake up to voice recording of indoor/outdoor temperature every fifteen minutes for an hourafter the alarm goes off.

  • CHRISTAL VISION :
  • 1 TALKING WATCH

    *One door prize per person

    *Must be registered as an attendee on day of the event, but need not be present to win.

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    Program of events for Insight Expo 2011

    Welcome to the Houston Area Insight Expo 2011

     
    A Day of Information and Networking
    For the Visually Impaired
    UNIVERSITY OF HOUSTON – Main Campus
    College of Optometry
    4901 Calhoun
    Houston, Texas
    Saturday, March 5, 2011 

    SPONSORED BY THE HOUSTON AREA VISUALLY IMPAIRED NETWORK
     

    PRINTING AND BRAILLING OF THIS PROGRAM COURTESY OF
     DEPARTMENT OF ASSISTIVE AND REHABILITATIVE SERVICES – DIVISION FOR BLIND SERVICES
    HOUSTON, TEXAS

     Houston Area Insight Expo 2011
     Adult Program

    Time Event
    8:30 – 9:15 Registration
    9:30 – 10:30 Opening Session – Center for Sight Enhancement
    10:45 – 11:45 Panel 1  – Adjustment to Blindness
    10:45 – 11:45 Workshop 1 – Site Focused on the Supporter
    10:45 – 11:45 Workshop 2 – iPad/iPhone Accessibility Demo
    10:45 – 11:45 Workshop 3 – Advocacy Issues
    12:00 Lunch
    1:30 – 2:00 Keynote Speaker – Dr. Franklin Porter, MS, OD, Lighthouse of Houston
    2:15 – 3:15 Workshop 1 – Site Focused on the Supporter
    2:15 – 3:15 Workshop 2 – iPad/iPhone Accessibility Demo
    2:15 – 3:15 Workshop 3 – Advocacy Issues
    2:15 – 3:15 Panel 2 – High School, College and Career-Bound Students
    2:15 – 3:15 Panel 3 – Visually Impaired Adults
    3:30 Talent Showcase
    4:30 Adjourn
     

     Assistive Technology Vendors – Room 2306
     Vendors and Resource Agencies – Main Lobby

    Houston Area Insight Expo 2011
    Featured Speakers, Panelists
    Adult Program

    Opening Session – Center for Sight Enhancement
     Nicole Hooper, OD
     Ana Perez, OD
     Swati Modi, OD

    Panel 1 – Adjustment to Blindness
     Nicole Hooper, OD Moderator
     Angela Braden NuVision Unlimited
    Dr. Ed Bradley Houston Council of the Blind
     Bhavani Iyer, OD Cizik Eye Center
     Benigno Aceves DARS – Division for Blind Services
     Lind Stevens, OTR/L Cizik Eye Center

    Workshop 1 – Site Focused on the Supporter
     Rick Swanson Moderator
     Kenda Greer Visually Impaired People of Southeast Texas
     Charlotte McKinney Visually Impaired People of Southeast Texas
     Lee Ann Atwood Northshore ISD

    Workshop 2 – iPad/iPhone Accessibility Demonstration
     Michael McCulloch Houston Low Vision Club – Central

    Workshop 3 – Advocacy Issues
     Michael Garrett (a.m.) Houston Council of the Blind
     Dr. Ed Bradley (p.m.) Houston Council of the Blind

    Houston Area Insight Expo 2011
    Featured Speakers, Panelists
    Adult Program
    Panel 3 – High School, College and Career-Bound Students
     Joy Ohara, OD Moderator
     Elaine Akin DARS – Division for Blind Services
     Lee Ann Atwood Northshore ISD
     Angela Price DARS – Division for Blind Services
     Ron Graham Visually Impaired People of Southeast Texas
     Cynthia Fobbs Graduate Student,
      University of Houston

    Panel 4 – Visually Impaired Adults
     Swati Modi, OD Moderator
     Karen Bays Petty Michael E. DeBakey
      VA Medical Center
     Diana Arnold Memorial Hermann Home Health
     Julio (JC) Leal DARS – Division for Blind Services
     Gayle Metoyer Visually Impaired Advocates
     Larry Spitzberg, OD, PhD    Houston Low Vision Center
      
     Houston Insight Expo 2011
     Youth Program

    Time Event
    8:30 – 9:15 Registration
    9:30 – 10:30 Opening Session – Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired
    Special Programs
    10:45 – 11:30 Panel 1  – Parents of Blind and Visually Impaired Children
    11:30 – 12:30 Workshop 1 – Region 4 Education Service Center
    12:30 – 1:15 Lunch
    1:30 – 2:00 Keynote Speaker – Dr. Franklin Porter, MS, OD,  Lighthouse of Houston
    2:15 – 3:15 Workshop 2 – Financial Preparation for Parents of Children with Special Needs
    3:30 Talent Showcase
    4:30 Adjourn

     
     Assistive Technology Vendors – Room 2306
     Vendors and Resource Agencies – Main Lobby

    Houston Area Insight Expo 2011
    Featured Speakers, Panelists
    Youth Program
    Opening Session – Texas School for Blind and Visually Impaired Children (TSBVI)
     Cindy Bachofer TSBVI
     John Rose TSBVI
     Kathi Zuniga TSBVI

    Panel 1 – Parents of Blind and Visually Impaired Children
     Ana Perez, OD Moderator
     Cecilia Robinson Region 4 – Education Service Center
     Christine Griffin Clear Creek School District
     Rebecca Poscovsky Bay Area Rehabilitation Early Childhood Intervention Program
     Chimee Ahaiwe DARS – Division for Blind Services
     Kellee Costello New Caney ISD
     
    Workshop 1 – Region 4 – Education Service Center
     Cecilia Robinson Region 4 – Education Service Center

    Workshop 2 – Financial Preparation for Parents of Children with Special Needs
     Tony Ackerman New England Financial 
    Houston Area Insight Expo 2011
    HAVIN Planning Committee
    Elaine Akin DARS – Division for Blind Services
    Monica Blancas South Texas NOAH Chapter
    Lee Boncher Houston Low Vision Club – Bayland Park
    Minnie Christal Visually Impaired Advocates Foundation
    Karen Eitel Visually Impaired People of South East Texas
    Emily Gibbs Texas Parents of Blind Children
    Ron Graham Visually Impaired People of Southeast Texas
    Michael McCulloch Houston Low Vision Club – Central
    Stanley Woo, OD Center for Sight Enhancement
     University of Houston
     College of Optometry

    Houston Area Visually Impaired Network (HAVIN)
    About Us

    Houston Low Vision Club (HLVC) – Bayland Park
    Meets:  2nd Friday of each month
    11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
    Location:  Bayland Community Center
    6400 Bissonnet Street
    Houston, Texas  77074
    Additional Outreaches:
    HLVC at the Terrace at Memorial City
    HLVC at the Clarewood House
    Lee Boncher, Facilitator
    Houston Low Vision Club at Bayland Park
    E-mail:  houstonlowvisionclub@yahoo.com
    Phone:  281-558-8771

    Houston Low Vision Club (HLVC) – Central
    Meets:  4th Saturday of each month
    10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
    Location:  Metropolitan Multi-Service Facility
    1475 West Gray Street
    Houston, TX  77019
    Facilitator: Michael McCulloch
    E-mail:  mdmcculloch@comcast.net
    Phone:  832-453-7139
    Website:  www.houstonlowvisionclub.org


    Houston Area Visually Impaired Network (HAVIN)
    About Us

    National Organization for Albinism and Hypopigmentation (NOAH) – South Texas Chapter
    Check local website (below) often for meetings, events and locations
    South Texas Chapter Contact:
    Monica Blancas, President of S. TX Chapter
    E-mail:  stxnoahmom@yahoo.com
    Phone:  832-524-1581
    Website (local):  http://stx.albinism.org/
    National Contact:
    info@albinism.org
    Phone:  800-473-2310
    Website (National): http://www.albinism.org/

    The Visually Impaired Advocates (V.I.A.)
    Meets:  Bimonthly on 1st Saturday of the month
    2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
    Location:  Marcie L. Keys Activity Center
    8302 Colonial Lane
    Houston, Texas  77051
    Facilitator:  Minnie Christal, President
    E-mail:  viafoundation@yahoo.com

    Houston Area Visually Impaired Network (HAVIN)
    About Us

    Visually Impaired People of South East Texas (VIPSET)
    Meets:  3rd Monday of each month
    6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
    Location:  Second Baptist Church, North Campus
    22770 Hwy 59 North
    Kingwood, TX  77339
    Facilitator: Ron Graham, President
    Email:  rgraham@cebridge.net
    Phone:  713-825-9108
    Blog:  http://vipset.blogspot.com

    College Support Group
    Meets:  2nd Friday of each month
    2:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
    West Gray Adaptive Recreation Center
    1475 West Gray Street, Room 2
    Houston, TX  77019
    Facilitator: Elaine Akin, DARS-DBS College Counselor
    Phone:  713-802-3105
    Email:  elaine.akin@dars.state.tx.us

    Houston Area Visually Impaired Network (HAVIN)
    About Us

    RE-FOCUS
    Please check website for information
    Website:  WWW.RE-FOCUS.ORG

    Texas Parents of Blind Children
    Please check website for information
    Website:  WWW.TOPBC.ORG

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    Houston Area Insight Expo 2011

    I’d like to introduce you to the recently-formed Houston Area Visually Impaired Network (HAVIN,) a group connecting the various support groups and resources for visually impaired people across the vast area of the Bayou City.  While HAVIN might be new, our leadership comes from individuals involved with these different groups and we have been busy planning our first big event where we want to bring together Houston’s visually impaired community.

    The Houston Area Insight Expo will be a day-long event with workshops, feature speakers, panel discussions, information, and resources for the visually impaired.  The Insight Expo will be held on Saturday, March 5, 2011, from 9 am until 4 pm.  The location will be at the College of Optometry on the University of Houston main campus. 

    We will have vendors, groups  and organizations serving the visually impaired community and inviting them to share their information and wares with us. 

    Please join with us and participate in what we hope will grow to be a premiere community event in Houston. 

    For more information, contact:

    Ron Graham

    HAVIN Publicity Committee Chair

    Email: rgraham@cebridge.net

    Ph: 713.825.9108

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    Introducing the Houston Area Visually Impaired Network (HAVIN)

    Hello,

    We want to take the opportunity to introduce you to the Houston Area Visually Impaired Network, or to make easier to remember us, HAVIN.  Welcome to our blog site and make sure to bookmark it for the latest news and updates.

    HAVIN is comprised of Houston area volunteer support groups and our goal is to bring together the visually impaired community from the vast area of the Bayou City.

    VISION:  To educate, provide peer support, and unify the visually impaired community in the Greater Houston Area. 

    PLAN:

    1.            Executive committee comprised of representatives from area support groups, and professionals in the Houston area meets for conference calls as designated by the committee. 

    2.            City-wide events to educate, to raise awareness for individuals and professionals, and provide an opportunity for networking in the Greater Houston Area. 

    3.            Create a newsletter to inform the community and professionals of ongoing events. 

    4.            Unify agencies, organizations, and support groups in the Greater Houston Area to meet future needs of the visually impaired in the Greater Houston Area such as transportation, vision rehabilitation center, and assistive technology, etc.

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