About Us

Michigan Parents of Children with Visual Impairments is an affiliate of the National Association of Parents of Children with Visual Impairments (NAPVI). We strive to help families with support, information, advocacy, and events that are fun, educational, and practical. We can help answer questions about Individual Education Plans (IEP), what to expect from a child’s school and from your child, and how to raise a child who is blind or visually impaired to be as independent as possible.

Who is MPVI?

MPVI is a group of families, members of the blind community, and professionals who have or work with children who are blind or visually impaired. Over the years our membership has grown to include more than just parents and children as our name suggests. We are adults who are blind, many who have kids of our own. We are young adults, who are blind, who have grown into adulthood. We are professionals with varying expertise in the areas of blindness. Our group strives to be fully inclusive. We welcome the assistance of community members willing to work together to provide informative and growth inspiring activities for our membership. We meet to share and support each other as we face the challenges of raising our children and shaping positive futures for our kids.

Who supports MPVI?

MPVI receives support and funding from a variety of sources, including the Hilton-Perkins Foundation, Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired (Grand Rapids), Sunshine Lady Foundation, Capitol Region Community Foundation, Kalamazoo Community Foundation, and private donations. MPVI is a non-profit organization with tax exempt status.

What programs does MPVI have?

MPVI responds to the needs of parents who participate. Annual family retreats are held at various locations around the state on specific topics of interest. Other events may include ski trips, museum outings, technology workshops, concerts, or other special events, which are often at a location of interest to children and adults. Childcare is usually available. We publish an informative quarterly newsletter which includes a calendar of upcoming events.


Anyone who wishes to become a Member of MPVI may do so by one of the following four ways:
1. Become a member of our parent organization, the National Association for Parents with Children with Visual Impairments (NAPVI). A portion of the national dues is reserved for state chapters of NAPVI.
2. Attend any MPVI sponsored event within the calendar year.
3. MPVI will provide membership scholarships to people who can provide current documentation that they receive a Bridge Card and/or Free and Reduced Lunch from the State of Michigan.
4. Fill out the Membership Form and make a donation to MPVI. Click here for a Membership Form. Contact amyshepherd@mpviweb.org to become a member today!

Donate to MPVI

In lieu of Membership fees, we ask you to please consider making a Tax-Deductible Donation to MPVI.
MPVI is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization. We run entirely on volunteer labor, we have no employees, no premises and own nothing! All of our funding goes into making lives better for our families and their children. We would appreciate being remembered as the end of the fiscal year approaches for many of you.
If you wish to make a donation, checks can be mailed to our Treasurer: Cory Allers 3678 Lantern Lane, Fort Gratiot, MI 48059.

What is MPVI’s history and affiliation?

MPVI was formed in 1989 as an independent parent support group. In 1999, MPVI became an affiliate of NAPVI – National Association for Parents of Children with Visual Impairments.

What does it mean to be affiliated with NAPVI?

For more information, please email Amy Shepherd, President, at: amyshepherd@mpviweb.org