Due to weather concerns, the 2016 HAVIN Insight Expo is cancelled.

The HAVIN Insight Expo planning committee met earlier this evening.  We assessed the potential impacts of the predicted weather conditions for the Houston area on our event planned for Saturday, April 30.  As a safety precaution to all involved, the committee decided to cancel the Insight Expo tomorrow.

We will be investigating the possibility of rescheduling the Expo at a later date.  If that is not possible, then all registration fees will be returned.


Everyone please stay dry and be safe throughout the weekend.


$5 Pre-registration period extended

If you haven’t pre-registered, relax…we’vre extended the $5 pre-registration until April 27!


However, to respect those that have pre-registered by today’s original earlybird deadline, those who have registered by today will be entered into an exclusive door prize drawing just for them.

Here’s more about the 2016 Insight Expo

So, you want to know what this year’s Insight Expo is bringing to you?

The purpose of our events are to bring our Houston visually impaired community together for several workshops and presentations that are of interest to all of us. But, we figure that if we’re going to be together, we might as well try to bring in exhibitors you want to see who regularly serve the visually impaired. And, we all enjoy winning things, so how about some door prizes just for fun.

Did you see that part in the previous paragraph that said something about bringing us all together”? That’s what HAVIN is all about, bringing unity to our community.

As shared previously, this year’s theme is “Advocacy In Action,” and each of our presentations has a focus on this life-empowering skill.

Keynote Speaker:  Diego Demaya (Southwest ADA Center)

Workshop 1 – Advocacy in the Community
Deborah Nowinski – Emergency Preparedness
Sheryl Sokoloski – Region IV Education Service Center.

Workshop 2 – Advocacy in the Workplace
Sara Freeman Smith – UR GEMS Group
Diego Demaya – TIRR Memorial Hermann

Workshop 3 –  Advocacy in Government
Will Burley – Disability Rights Texas

But,that’s just the presentations we have planned. As in our previous Insight Expos, we will again have many exhibitors who serve our visually impaired community rocking the exhibit hall. These include assistive technology vendors, Christal Vision, Freedom Scientific, HIMS Inc., as well as the DARS Division for Blind Services, the Houston Lighthouse for the Blind, Sight Into Sound Radio, the University of Houston Center for Sight Enhancement, the Cyzik Eye Center, and many others.

And, whatever you do, don’t forget door prizes! We will have plenty of door prizes throughout the day!


There is still time to get pre-registered, so don’t delay…get ‘er done!

Pre-register now for the 2016 Insight Expo!

Okay, here they are, the long-awaited registration forms for the 2016 Insight Expo!


If you’re going to attend the 2016 Insight Expo, here are two documents you want, the registration form and the photo release form.

Here’s the registration form:


*Note the pre-registration deadline is April 21. If you’re going to go, get registered before then.


There will also be a photographer from the University of Houston taking photos throughout the event, and they require us to have the photo release form from all attendees. On the photo release, just complete and bring it with you on the day of the event. It speeds the registration process when everybody does that.

Here’s the photo release form:

Here’s more Information about 2016 Insight Expo

5th Annual Insight Expo
Sponsored by the Houston Area Visually Impaired Network (HAVIN)
Date: Saturday, April 30
Time: 9 AM – 2 PM
Location: University of Houston (Main Campus), Health and Biomedical Sciences Building, 4811 Calhoun, Houston, TX

Our theme this year is “Advocacy In Action” and we will have workshops discussing Advocacy in the Community, Advocacy in the Workplace, and Advocacy in Government.
It will be a half-day of programming, workshops, and shared resources for the greater Houston visually impaired community.

Our keynote speaker is Diego Demaya, an attorney with the Southwest ADA Center.

Diego Demaya of Houston is a human resources educator and legal specialist for the Southwest Region of the Disability and Business Technical Assistance Center, a program of the Memorial Hermann Healthcare System. He is a member of the Houston Commission on Disabilities and past president of the Houston Council of the Blind Inc. He is also a member of the Society of Human Resource Management and Texas State Bar Disability Issues Committee. Demaya received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Houston and a law degree from the City University of New York School of Law.

In addition to our programming, we will also feature an exhibit hall with many exhibitors who serve the bisually impaired community. We are also going to be giving away door prizes throughout the day.

We are also serving breakfast.

Watch for our registration form, its coming soon!