Check out the First Edition of the New OPVIC Newsletter!
Ontario Parents of Visually Impaired Children (OPVIC)
Previously known as Views for The Visually Impaired
Twitter: @_OPVIC Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/OPVICCanada
July 4, 2022
Belated happy Canada Day. We are sending you this OPVIC Newsletter because you are in our records as a member of OPVIC.
Who, you may ask, is OPVIC? You may know us by our corporate name “Views for the Visually Impaired.” We decided several months ago to use the name OPVIC (Ontario Parents of Visually Impaired Children) in our daily activities. It better describes who we are.
We are an Ontario-based self-support and advocacy organization of parents, guardians and other family members of children, youth and people of any age who are blind, low vision or deafblind. If you were a member of Views three years ago, or if you joined us since then, you are a member of OPVIC! You don’t need to do anything. We have dropped our annual membership fee, so you don’t need to pay anything to stay a member of OPVIC.
In this newsletter, we want to introduce or re-introduce ourselves . We are a friendly and supportive organization of parents, family members and guardians of children with any amount of vision loss. We are volunteer and non-profit. Here’s what we can do for you:
- You can connect with other parents, guardians and family members of children and youth with vision loss. You can get practical tips from each other on parenting a child with vision loss.
- From the comfort of your home, you can take part in and learn from our free educational programs. You can learn from experts and peers about effective ways to help your child grow, become independent, and succeed in their education and future life after school. We partner with CNIB (Canadian National Institute for the Blind) to provide these for you over the internet or by phone.
- You can benefit from and take part in our advocacy to the Ontario Government and local school boards around Ontario to get them to improve how they meet the needs of students with vision loss.
Together, we are stronger. Together we can support each other. Together we can help you learn from the experience of others.
The OPVIC board of directors has been busy working on building up our organization. Here are two examples:
- Check out the brand new OPVIC website at www.opvic.ca It has helpful resources for you.
- We have a new OPVIC leaflet, attached to this email. It explains who we are, what we do, and how to join us. Please share it with others. Post it on your Facebook page or via other social media.
We will have more helpful information to share with you in upcoming editions of the OPVIC Newsletter. Our Newsletter is not going to come out on a fixed schedule. When we have news to share, we will email it to you!
Please help OPVIC expand our membership. If you know any parents, guardians or other family members of children, youth or people of any age who are blind, low vision or deafblind, please encourage them to join OPVIC. Send them our leaflet. Invite them to visit our website. It is fast and easy to sign up as a new OPVIC member. The OPVIC website has a sign-up link that people can access using a computer, tablet or smart phone. Help more families benefit from what OPVIC has to offer!
Stay tuned over the next weeks and months for more news from OPVIC. We always welcome your feedback. Contact us at any time by writing us at firstname.lastname@example.org