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Parent Connections

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photos by: Rick Guidotti, Positive Exposure

Parent Connections is part of the NOAH Connections program, an ongoing series of virtual opportunities to bring the albinism community together. An essential part of NOAH’s mission is to “provide a place where people with albinism and their families in the U.S. and Canada can find acceptance, support, and fellowship.” Parent Connections provides the opportunity for virtual “face to face” connections for parents of children with albinism through social, educational, and supportive discussion.

Would you like your child to connect with others in the albinism community? Sign up for NOAH Connections for email updates about upcoming virtual meet-ups and opportunities to connect with kids their age!

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To receive participation instructions for upcoming calls, please fill out the brief registration form.

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We also have something special for YOUR parents! Learn more about our Grandparent Connections Teleconferences.

Upcoming Sessions 2021

Please note: 
While our teleconferences take place regularly, they aren’t scheduled on a consistent day of the week, and the time of day varies for each call.

Kathi Garza M.Ed TVI and Jill Gorman

Education and Albinism
Jill Gorman and Kathi Garza

A session for parents & grandparents

Monday, August 2nd, 2021
8:30pm ET // 7:30pm CT // 6:30pm MT // 5:30pm PT

This session will provide you with a clear understanding of the educational system and your child or grandchild with albinism.  Jill and Kathi will outline typical services that children with albinism may need in school and cover ways that parents and grandparents can assist in the process.  They will have plenty of time for questions.

Learn more about our call hosts:

Kathi Garza
Jill Gorman

Parenting with Self-Awareness and Authenticity:
To Whom Much is Given, Much is Required
Tanika Harris

Monday, August 9th
9:00pm ET // 8:00pm CT // 7:00pm MT // 6:00pm PT

Join Tanika Harris, a single mother of three, as she shares her story of raising a Black son with albinism with self-awareness and authenticity.  Together we’ll share our unique experiences and perspectives about the journey of raising a child with albinism. How do we acknowledge the pain of our circumstances and foster community? We will acknowledge the levels of privilege and discuss ways to assist others in our community.

This session is intended for ALL parents of children with albinism!

Learn more about Tanika Harris

Learn More About Our Call Hosts:

Tanika Harris is a proud grandmother (Gigi) of 5 and mother of three children and one son in love. She was born and lived on the east side of Pittsburgh, PA but raised in Brooklyn, NY, during her young adult life. Brooklyn raised her to be a strong woman of faith, purpose, and love. 

Tanika struggled during most of her life but never lost hope. Her strong familial upbringing in Pittsburgh set the foundation for her to be open to the rest of the world. She grew up in the inner city of Pittsburgh, where most people looked the same. Living in Brooklyn amongst others who did not look, talk, and expressed different beliefs allowed her the opportunity to expand her worldview. As a result, she became a devout advocate for all people and a dedicated servant leader.  

Tanika is the Director of Ministry at Macedonia Church of Pittsburgh, focusing on community engagement, ministry development, special events, and hospitality. She is also an entrepreneur and founding partner of ACT3 Consulting Partners, LLC, a consulting firm specializing in strategic planning, community development and engagement, event management, and diversity and inclusion for local clients. 

Tanika believes that we all have a responsibility to be change agents in our communities of place, interest, and action. To do so, we must expand our worldview to consider others’ needs better. Tanika acknowledges that advocacy is her life’s work and devotes her expertise, abilities, and energy to that as well.

Kathi Garza M.Ed TVI lives in Austin, Texas with her son Keegan. She is a Certified Teacher of Students with Visual Impairments and works as a Family Engagement Coordinator in the Outreach Department of Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired. Kathi has worked at TSBVI for the last 11 years, and while her current role is to support families across the state of Texas, she has experience teaching in a classroom setting and with Short-Term Programs. Kathi has volunteered with NOAH over the years by contributing to Albinism Insight, coordinating events in her area, and helping to develop the NOAH SchoolKit resource for families. Kathi has served on the planning committee Adult Weekend and collaborated on the Kids Conference portion of the NOAH Conference in 2016 and 2018.

Jill Gorman lives in the San Francisco Bay area with her husband, Taggart and their son Kyle, who has albinism. Jill and her family have been members of NOAH for several years hosting events in their area such as bowl-a-thons and a mini conference in Berkeley, CA. Jill has participated in several NOAH projects including Managing Editor of the parent book, Raising a Child with Albinism: A Guide to the School Years, the relaunch of the NOAH website, the development of the NOAH SchoolKit and assisting with national conferences starting in 2016. She served for eight years as the chair of a community support group for families of children with special needs and continues to be an active member of her community. Jill currently is the Development Associate at Bay Area Outreach & Recreation Program (BORP), a nonprofit that provides sports, fitness and recreation programs for people with physical disabilities.