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Sheboygan Parent/Teacher Helps Spearhead Visually Impaired Support Group

For the first time in 10 years, Wisconsin has a parent support group for children with visual impairments. On April 1, Marybeth Riley, the teacher of visually impaired for Sheboygan Area School District and also the parent of a daughter who is blind, has co-founded the Wisconsin Families of the Visually Impaired (WIFVI), a state branch of the National Association of Parents of the Visually Impaired (NAPVI).

WIFVI will be a support group for families as well as a connecting link so that families can get together and share ideas and meet other families who are experiencing or have experienced similar situations to provide friendship, advice and mentoring.

Each of the new board members come from different areas of the state and Riley, as the new vice president, will hold regional activities for the Lakeshore region.

The group encourages teachers of the visually impaired, ophthalmologists, human resource personnel and any other professionals in the field to attend as well.

A website is currently under construction but to learn more about NAPVI visit www.napvi.org or contact Riley at mriley@sheboygan.k12.wi.us. Contact Riley to join the state group, be kept abreast of progress and activities, or to share other ideas.

Sheboygan Area School District Press Release
April 24, 2009