Patty Bushland

Welcome to Patty Bushland, who joins the TAPVI Board as a Board Member at Large, 2019-2022.

Patty and her husband live in Austin with their five children.  Their youngest daughter Mary Rose has been completely blind since birth. She received a diagnosis of Lebers Congenital Amaurosis (LCA) when she was 4 months old.  She is excited to be entering the 7th Grade at TSBVI this fall. Mary Rose enjoys singing, piano, theatre and swimming!

Patty’s previous board experience includes…

FOUNDER | MINNESOTA NAPVI | 2008 – 2012

  • Founder of Minnesota chapter of NAPVI (a 501(c)3 organization).
  • Organized numerous workshops on relevant topics for parents of children with visual impairments
  • Planned multi day conference with speakers from across nation for parents
  • Led multiple family events for those impacted by visual impairment
  • Helped organize fundraiser to support organization
  • Partnered with Minnesota State Academy for the Blind on various events
  • Provided direct 1:1 support for families impacted by visual impairments

FOUNDER | ARKANSAS NAPVI | 2006 – 2008

  • Founder of Arkansas chapter of NAPVI (a 501(c)3 organization).
  • Organized numerous workshops on relevant topics for parents of children with visual impairments
  • Planned multi day conference with speakers from across nation for parents
  • Led multiple family events for those impacted by visual impairments
  • Helped organize fundraisers to support organization
  • Partnered with Arkansas School for the Blind on parent meetings and summer camp for families
  • Provided direct 1:1 support for families impacted by visual impairments

Awards

  • AER, Arkansas Chapter, Distinguished Advocate Award, 2007
  • Benedictine University, Distinguished Alumni Award, 2008

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