Academic journal article Journal of Visual Impairment & Blindness

Susan Jay Spungin Recently Received the Founders Award Presented by the National Association for Parents of Children with Visual Impairments (NAPVI)

Academic journal article Journal of Visual Impairment & Blindness

Susan Jay Spungin Recently Received the Founders Award Presented by the National Association for Parents of Children with Visual Impairments (NAPVI)

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Susan Jay Spungin recently received the Founders Award presented by the National Association for Parents of Children with Visual Impairments (NAPVI). Dr. Spungin, vice president for International Programs and Special Projects at the American Foundation for the Blind (AFB), and treasurer of the World Blind Union, received the award in July 2007 during the Families Connecting with Families conference. She was honored for being instrumental in recognizing the need for NAPVI and for compiling the original ad hoc committee of 11 parents from across the United States who formed the organization.

Dr. Spungin became aware of a growing need for a national group for parents of children with visual impairments, age birth to 21 years, in the late 1960s. Her idea became a reality in 1980 and NAPVI was formed. Because of Dr. Spungin's vision, parents and families of children with visual impairments are able to receive support through the identification of state and local services; educate and inform professional service providers and communities about the needs of children and youths with vision loss; network with other families; and learn how to become advocates of improved services for all children and youths with visual impairments by providing information to parents about how to exercise the civil, educational, and vocational rights of their children. …

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