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  • Ellis
    Ellis "HAPS has saved my life."
  • Ray
    Ray “HAPS has made a difference between just being alive and living.”
  • Jennifer
    Jennifer “I get to take my mom to dance every week. To have something fun and normal has been such a blessing to us.”
  • Margaret
    Margaret “Friendship is the most significant thing I have gained though my experience with HAPS. We have happy meetings and understand each other and enjoy ourselves.”
  • Roger
    Roger “The continuing education about Parkinson’s has made me aware of how to manage my disease.”
  • Anna
    Anna “We are doing the Argentine tango, and it’s really a lot of fun. I got to learn how to turn and did a little bit of foot work, and I really, really truly enjoy that. That’s my favorite.”

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Exercise, speech, yoga, tai chi, music, water, dance and various support groups are available free of charge.

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Social Services

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Transportation, respite and emergency financial aid are among the many services offered.

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Education

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HAPS provides numerous programs to educate and raise awareness about Parkinson's disease.

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HAPS recognizes the importance of protecting the privacy of all personal information provided by users of our Web site, invitees and registrants of our events, recipients of our newsletter, donors, individuals and families for whom gifts are made in honor or in memory of and all clients for whom we provide services. We have created this policy with a fundamental respect for individuals' right to privacy and to guide our relationships with the people we serve and those who support our efforts.

When you support our efforts through contributions...

HAPS is committed to the highest standards of integrity in all fund raising efforts and to the ethical collection, retention and use of information about donors and donor prospects in the furtherance of our services. We are committed to balancing our needs to collect and record information with your right to privacy and security.

When you visit our site to read or print off information...

On the HAPS Web site, we do not require you to identify yourself or reveal any personal information. The only way we obtain identifying information about you when you visit our site is if you choose to provide that information to HAPS by sending us an e-mail or making a donation.

The following is our guarantee that we will not misuse the information you entrust to us, and that we will never rent, exchange, sell or give your name to another person or organization for their use.
  1. HAPS is a non-profit organization receiving income through private donations. To ensure the privacy of these sources, individual gift donors and amounts of donations will not be disclosed outside of HAPS. The disclosure of donations related to major gift, corporate or foundation support may be required by some funding sources for consideration of grant requests and every effort is made to ensure that the necessary information is available only to the trustees and officers of the foundations and corporations considering support.
  2. Names and addresses of individuals and organizations in the data base will not be given to outside people or sources without permission from the individual or organization.
When you provide personal details in order to make an online donation...

Through Network for Good, HAPS will collect any information needed to complete your transaction, receipt your gift and communicate back to you or those you honor with your contribution. Credit card numbers are used only for contribution processing and are not retained for other purposes. Network for Good's Web site uses industry-standard security measures to protect against the loss, misuse and alteration of the information under their control. All information is stored in a secure database. For more information on Network for Good’s Privacy and Security Statement, please visit their Web site at www.networkforgood.org.

If you have specific questions about our privacy policy or if you would like to receive a copy of your information on file, please contact HAPS, 2700 Southwest Freeway, Suite 296, Houston, TX 77098. To access Houston Area Parkinson Society’s most current IRS Form 990, please go to www.guidestar.org.

Updated 5/2010

Parkinson's Awareness Month

April is Parkinson's Awareness Month and HAPS invites you to join us in raising awareness of Parkinson's disease. In addition to the Parkinson's activities taking place in Houston during April, HAPS encourages you to get involved and help inform our community about the disease. There is no effort too small and everyone can participate. Get started today—wear a Parkinson's disease or HAPS t-shirt; distribute HAPS brochures to your neurologist and tell your doctor how HAPS has helped you and how it can help others with Parkinson's; "Like" HAPS on Facebook or follow HAPS on Twitter; attend a webinar, the HAPS Annual Educational Symposium or the upcoming Summer Lecture Series; or participate in a HAPS weekly exercise or monthly support group and meet others living with the diagnosis. 


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Following Parkinson's Awareness Month

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HAPS Annual Educational Symposium

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Each year, HAPS offers a full-day educational conference bringing in knowledgeable presenters familiar with the latest in Parkinson's research and options to managing the disease. This year's Annual Educational Symposium, Beyond Shaking and Slowness: Understanding the other symptoms of Parkinson's, will take place on Saturday, May 2nd.

REGISTRATION IS CLOSED. If you would like to be added to the waiting list, please call the HAPS office at 713-626-7114. 

Click here for more details about the symposium.

YOPD Breakfast Club

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Mark your calendars—the Young Onset Parkinson's Disease (YOPD) Breakfast Club is back! Join others under the age of 50 who are living with Parkinson's disease during this fun, social gathering. The YOPD Breakfast Club meets quarterly with the next event scheduled for Saturday, April 25th from 8:30 - 10:00am at Einstein Bros Bagels Tollway location at 600 W. Sam Houston Pkwy N., Houston 77024.

If you are interested in learning more about this program, please contact the HAPS office at 713-626-7114 or by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Push-ups 4 Parkinson's

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Have you heard of the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge? Now is your chance to participate in a similar challenge to benefit people with Parkinson’s disease. Join HAPS and the other members of Alliance of Independent Regional Parkinson Organizations (AIRPO) across the nation to take the Cardel Homes Push-ups 4 Parkinson’s Challenge kicking off on May 1st! Created by Cardel Homes in Colorado in connection with the Parkinson Association of the Rockies, this challenge is designed to encourage creative and fun online videos to help raise awareness for Parkinson’s, as well as generate crucial funding for the programs and services of each participating Parkinson’s support organization.

Here is how it works:
1.      Take a video of yourself doing any kind of push-up including modified, air push-up, pushing up off a chair – anything is acceptable.  
2.      In your video, nominate specific friends to donate and take the Push-ups 4 Parkinson’s Challenge.
3.      Upload your video to your Facebook page, tagging the friends you challenged and using the hashtag #pushups4parkinsons.
4.      Go to www.pushups4parkinsons.com, click the HAPS link and make a donation.
5.      Encourage your community groups to get involved – schools, churches, fitness groups, companies, restaurants, etc.

Don’t forget to “like” the HAPS Facebook page to see HAPS staff and Board member push-up videos. For more information, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


 

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