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).
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Contact Riley to join the state group, be kept abreast of progress and activities, or to share other ideas.