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  • Ellis
    "HAPS has saved my life." Ellis
  • 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.” Anna
  • Jennifer
    “I get to take my mom to dance every week. To have something fun and normal has been such a blessing to us.” Jennifer
  • 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.” Margaret
  • Roger
    “The continuing education about Parkinson’s has made me aware of how to manage my disease.” Roger
  • Ray
    “HAPS has made a difference between just being alive and living.” Ray

Therapeutic Programs

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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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Support HAPS

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HAPS depends on the generosity of the community to continue to provide much needed services.

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Your privacy is important to us

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

Register for Upcoming Sessions of the Parkinson's Enrichment Program

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HAPS is currently enrolling individuals for 2015 PEP sessions which will take place in April, July and October. Each five-week session is limited to twelve participants with mild to moderate Parkinson's disease, so get registered now! The program is presented at Memorial Drive Lutheran Church for four hours on a Friday over five consecutive weeks and has components of exercise, recreation, socialization, education and peer support with input from participants on content. Past sessions have included educational lectures and discussions on Creativity and Cognition, Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction and Meditation, virtual travel, depression, and infectious disease. Exercise sessions have featured dance, singing, yoga, tango, tai chi and laughter therapy. The program also includes recreational activities like brain games, watercolor lessons and Wii, and socialization/support with peer-led discussion, professionally led support group sessions, ice breakers and lunchtime community building conversations.

Registration is required. Please contact Celeste Harris, LMSW at 713-313-1706 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Save the Date for HAPS Annual Educational Symposium on May 2nd!

2015 symposium dot brainEach 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 and HAPS invites you to attend. 

This educational program is free and space is limited. Registration will open on April 1st. Stay tuned to HAPS website, newsletter and social media for more details. If you have questions about the symposium, contact the HAPS office at 713-626-7114 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Join HAPS in Washington, DC for the 2015 PAN Forum

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HAPS social workers invite you to join them as they travel to Washington, DC March 23-25 to participate in the Parkinson's Action Network's 2015 PAN Forum. This three-day event brings together Parkinson's disease advocates—patients, family members, caregivers, patient support organizations and health care professionals—from regions throughout the country to make a national impact. Advocates at the conference will have the opportunity to learn the latest public policy and research related to Parkinson's disease, network with others in their states and communities, and receive training to advance policy work on Capitol Hill and at home.

Learn more about the PAN Forum and register today by clicking here or by calling the HAPS office at 713-626-7114.

Parkinson's News

Carnegie Mellon neuroscientists identify new way several brain areas communicate 03-06-2015 Findings will impact learning and could lead to improved treatments for Parkinson's diseaseUsing diffusion spectrum imaging and fiber technology, Carnegie Mellon University neuroscientists have...