Texas Parents of Blind Children (TPOBC) is a statewide membership organization of parents, blindness professionals, and friends of blind children reaching out to each other to give vital support, encouragement, and information.
Many people make a sharp distinction between whether a person is visually impaired or blind, and accordingly classify various tools or techniques as being useful for either a partially sighted person or a person with little or no sight.
We take a different approach. We believe that the exact level of a child's eyesight should not restrict their choice of tools and techniques, and instead ask, “Which are the skills and tools that will best enable this child to succeed?" We gauge success just as for sighted children—by the ability to perform the task at hand effectively, independently, and with confidence. Whatever terms may be used to describe a child's vision loss, the important thing is to ensure access to the entire range of skills and tools available. We believe these 'skills and tools of blindness,' as they are called, are essential for the child’s success both at home and at school. We further believe that blind people who are taught and who embrace effective non-visual skills, whatever their degree of eyesight, are capable of living a full and satisfying life.
Our status as a division of the National Federation of the Blind of Texas, the largest and most influential organization of blind people in the state, provides many benefits. Our members are well informed about the technological, legislative, and societal issues that affect blind people. We also enjoy the resources, support, and expertise of blind people who can serve as mentors and role models for our children. And finally, as our children grow up, they, too, have the Federation to belong to.
The purpose of TPOBC is to:
For more information about TPOBC or to learn how you can become a member contact:
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National Federation of the Blind of Texas
1600 E Highway 6, Suite 215
Alvin, TX 77511
(281) 968-7733 * (281) 809-4860 (Fax)