Join Us at the International Family Conference: Families Connecting with Families From Around the US and the World!

It’s not too late to join us at the International Family Conference that will be held in Costa Mesa, California, July 17-19, 2009! The excitement for the conference is heating up! To date we have families registered from 28 states, Puerto Rico, and 5 countries: Bahamas, Canada, England, Philippines, and Uzbekistan.

The conference program includes 2 stellar keynotes, 40 workshops on a wide variety of topics, 22 eye condition networking sessions, family events, and receptions, all with great food included in the low-cost registration fee!

An incredibly comprehensive children’s program is being provided and planned for kids who are visually impaired, blind, and deaf-blind, including those with multiple disabilities and their brothers and sisters, from birth through adulthood. A special highlight includes a Paralympics program for kids 8 years and up coached by athletes who competed in the Paralympics Summer games in Beijing in 2008.

Family events include the Opening Welcome Friday night reception with entertainment, refreshments and a chocolate fountain—an opportunity for families to network. Saturday night we will be hosting a Family Movie Extravaganza Night featuring a popular movie for families that will be narrated and described for blind and visually impaired viewers.

The National Association for Parents of Children with Visual Impairments (NAPVI) has locked in a special discounted room rate of $119 per night at the Hilton Orange County/Costa Mesa, and the deadline to get the special discounted room rate has been extended to June 20th. So if you decide to join us, make your hotel reservation ASAP and ask for the NAPVI discounted rate.

Some families are using this opportunity to plan a family vacation since we are so close to Disneyland, Knotts Berry Farm, and beaches!

The conference program and registration are available on line at in English and in Spanish. You can register online or you can download the documents and mail them in to the NAPVI national office. If you have any questions you can call the NAPVI national toll-free line at 800-562-6265.

Hope to meet you and your family in person in California!

Susan LaVenture
NAPVI Executive Director