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GameOfLifeTSBVI Short-Term Program and Outreach Programs offers a special opportunity for middle school students and their parents!

November 29 - December 2, 2018

 

Is the game of life a game of chance or choice? Throughout life, we all make choices and navigate roadblocks daily. Students heading into high school are faced with a number of challenges as they transition to adult life. Students with visual impairments have an added layer of learning, related to concepts such as money handling, career exploration, and socializing with peers. Together, we will develop skills in these areas while encouraging students to be leaders in their own lives.

In this weekend course, students and their parents must attend together. Students will be taught by teaching staff in Short-Term Programs while parents will attend a conference portion hosted by the Outreach department. Hotel lodging will be available for adults and paid for by TSBVI. Students will reside on the Short-Term Programs dorm. The goal is for students to understand ways that they can “step up” as they transition to adult life, while parents will learn ways to “step back,” as they support their child with this transition.

The parent program includes information about:

  • Transition planning
  • Graduation plans
  • Supporting your child in the expanded core areas at home and in the community
  • Exploring post secondary options
  • Experiences shared by other parents and students who have made this transition
  • Opportunities at Criss Cole Rehabilitation Center and the Post Secondary Programs on the TSBVI campus - Parents will be able to tour both programs.

Logistical details:

  • Students and their parents must attend together.
  • Activities for parents and for students will be in separate locations.
  • Students will be taught by staff in Short-Term Programs while parents work with Outreach Programs staff.
  • Parents are welcome beginning Thursday night, or may join in Friday.
  • Program runs through Sunday noon.
  • Hotel lodging will be available for adults and paid for by TSBVI. Students stay at Short-Term Programs dorm.

Lodging and Travel Arrangements:

Parents will be contacted by Randall McAlister from our Outreach Programs to find out about your specific travel needs and to make travel arrangements for you.  

Parents will be staying at the DoubleTree by Hilton, located at 6505 Interstate Highway-35 North in Austin.  For more information about the DoubleTree follow this link.  Randall will make your hotel reservations for you after finding out what type of room you will need.  Please do not make hotel reservations on your own.

DoubleTree lobby01Other individual travel needs related to rental cars, flights, or transportation in Austin will be planned during Randall's contact with you.  If you have questions about any of your travel plans, please contact Randall at   or phone him at 512-206-9344.

 

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All meals will be provided for the students.  Luncheon will be provide on Friday, Saturday and Sunday for the parents, along with morning and afternoon breaks.  On Saturday evening a dinner will be provided at the hotel. Complementary breakfasts for two is included with each room reservation for parents staying at the hotel.

Parent registration:

Students apply through Short-term Programs, and parents will be register by the TSBVI Outreach staff for this workshop once their child has been accepted.  Your child must be accepted for the weekend in order for you to attend. A registration fee of $175 will be charged to cover the costs.  However, parents may request assistance with this fee and travel which may be paid by TSBVI Outreach and will include the cost of lunch on Friday, Saturday and Sunday as well as dinner on Saturday.

Parent agenda:

Thursday, November 29th: Arrival and check-in at the hotel and TSBVI

3:00-6:00 PM Parents check students in at TSBVI Health Center 
5:00-7:00 PM Hospitality at the DoubleTree - meet and greet.

 

Friday, November 30th: DoubleTree Hotel

9:00-9:45 AM Welcome
9:45-10:30 AM Big Picture What is a Full Life?
10:30-10:45 AM Break
10:45-12:00 PM

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Assistive Technology

12:00 -12:45 PM Lunch
12:45-1:15 PM Travel to TSBVI James C. Durkle Conference Center
1:15-2:15 PM Tour EXIT/Post-Secondary Programs
2:30-4:00 PM Tour Criss Cole Rehabilitation Center
4:00-6:00 PM Optional social hour; meet in the hotel lobby.  Drinks available for purchase.

 

Saturday, December 1st: DoubleTree Hotel

9:00-10:30 AM Big Picture What is a Full Life? Revisited
Graduation plans and transition elements
Building work-skills now
10:30-10:45 AM Break
10:45-11:45 AM Panel
11:45-12:45 PM Lunch 
12:45-1:45 PM ECC Guidelines and Standards
1:45-2:00 PM Break
2:00-3:30 PM How Do You Feel?
3:30-4:00 PM 19 ways to Step Back
6:00-8:00 PM Dinner at the hotel

 

Sunday, December 2nd: TSBVI- James C. Durkel Conference Center

9:00- 10:00 AM Stepping back so your child can step up
10:00-12:00 PM Presentations of student ability statements and parent’s support statement

 

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Updated May 2018

2018-19 School-Year Calendar

To register for any of these events, follow the links for each separate event or go to http://txtsbvi.escworks.net (our secure partner website) and view the Calendar of Sessions.

For Credit All of our workshops and conferences have been approved for continuing education credit (ACVREP and SBEC). In order to be eligible for continuing education credit for participation in any of our events, you must register for this event, sign the roster for the session(s) you attend, and complete an evaluation using a code following the event.  You will need to create an account the first time you enter the site. If there is a fee for the registration, you will be asked for a PO or check number during registration, unless you are paying by credit card. If you do not have the number at the time of registration, simply enter 0000 in that box. You can send in payment or bring it with you to the event. 


July 16th - 23rd, 2018

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Computer Science Principles Workshop for Educators

Texas School for the Blind & Visually Impaired, Austin, TX

The Experience Programming in Quorum (EPIQ) conference is an international professional development workshop for educators to learn the skills necessary to teach students Computer Science Principles using the Quorum programming language. EPIQ was started in 2010 as part of a National Science Foundation funded project (CNS-0940521). Multiple tracks will be available to help teachers learn from any experience level in computer science, programming, or computer science principles.

EPIQ 2018 corresponds to the release of the Quorum programming language, version 6, which will introduce a new accessible graphic user interface library and support for Android devices. Besides this new tech, Quorum already supports a wide range of fun and engaging programming activities, from digital signal processing (audio applications), 2D/3D graphics and games, LEGO robotics, and many other types of applications. Curriculum using Quorum is used by teachers across the U.S. and has been thoroughly vetted by expert teachers in the classroom. It is free, runnable online, and fully accessible to people with disabilities.

Come join a national group of awesome teachers at EPIQ 2018! EARLY REGISTRATION IS CLOSING ON APRIL 1st!

Conference registration fees are as follows:

* Early: $350 (Dec 1st - Mar 31st)

* Regular: $450 (Apr 1st - Jul 1st)

* Late: $550 (After Jul 1st)

Registration includes:

Access to all EPIQ programming tracks, and breakfast and lunch catered by local vendors for the duration of the event.

REGISTER HERE!


 August 7-10, 2018

Braille Boot Camp: Braille and Tactile Graphic Production: A  workshop for paraprofessionals and other beginners to braille and tactile graphics productions

James C. Durkel Conference Center, Texas School for the Blind & Visually Impaired, Austin, Texas

 Braille Boot Camp is four days of hands-on experiential learning focused on braille and tactile graphic production.  Susan O-Brien, Karen Barber and Cecilia Robinson will lead participants through both small group and individual activities to create braille and tactile graphic documents. 

Activities include:

  • Braille Document Production for Literary, Foreign Language, Mathematics and Technical materials
  • Tactile Graphic Production of one-page and multiple-page tactile graphics
  • Creation of Templates for basic shapes and Cartesian coordinate planes
  • Applying braille format and tactile graphic placement decision-making
  • Document conversion into editable text
  • Opportunity to work with graphic embossers and software programs used in producing tactile graphics
  • Basic Drawing skills and computer generated graphics

All sessions start at 8:30 am and end at 4:00 pm

For Additional Information visit the Braille Boot Camp webpage.

REGISTER HERE!


October 4, 2018

Low Vision Conference: Students Taking Charge of Their Technology

Region 8 Education Service Center, Pittsburg TX

9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Technology over the last decade has become a constant presence across our day. We rely on these tools to accomplish tasks in both our professional life and personal life. Keeping informed on the range of devices available and accessibility features has rapidly become a critical part of the VI professional role. Supporting our academic students with low vision to become confident and independent technology users is a priority in our digital age. This conference will provide interactive sessions with hands-on technology time and presentations that highlight topics such as problem solving with tech, preparing for transition with tech and hearing from successful tech users in the working world.

This event is being co-sponsored by Region 8 ESC and Region 10 ESC.

Registration fee: $30

REGISTER HERE!


October 4-5, 2018

Introduction to the Intervener Team Training Model

James C. Durkel Conference Center, Texas School for the Blind & Visually Impaired, Austin, Texas

Interveners need specialized skills related to DeafBlindness, in order to provide one-on-one instructional support to students who are DeafBlind. They also need appropriate supervision and support from the IEP team. To help meet the needs of interveners in Texas, the Texas DeafBlind Project is pleased to announce the 2018 Introduction to the Intervener Team Model.

This conference is for those individuals who are newly assigned as an intervener or current interveners who have not yet had the opportunity to attend this introductory training. Each intervener should attend with a professional member of the educational team (ideally a classroom teacher, a teacher for the deaf and hard of hearing, a teacher for students with visual impairments or another professional regularly involved with the student). Adult family members of the student are also welcome to attend with the IEP team members.

Start Times and End Times:

Thursday, October 4th - 8:30 AM to 4:00 PM

Friday, October 5th - 8:30 AM to 3:45 PM

Audience:

Interveners are required to attend with at least one member of their educational team.  Registration is limited to 55 individuals. There is a limit of 3 people per team plus 2 family members (5 total).

This training targets:

  • newly assigned interveners or current interveners who have not attended this training,
  • professional member of intervener's educational team and
  • adult family members of the student. 

During the two days of training individuals will participate in both general and small breakout sessions.  This workshop is highly interactive and will include a number of simulation activities to help participants better understand the unique learning styles and needs of students with deafblindness and how the intervener can be a bridge (not a barrier) to accessing the world with the proper support from the educational team.  

Training Areas Include:

  • Experiencing the World of DeafBlindness
  • Deafblindness: Impact & Implications
  • Intervener Competencies & Training Updates
  • Intervener and Team Roles & Responsibilities
  • The Five Components of Quality Intervention
  • Intervention Issues & Considerations
  • Identification of Tools and Strategies to Support the Student Profile

Breakout Sessions:

Sessions have been designed to meet the needs of individuals working with students at all communication levels:

  • Pre-Symbolic Communicator
  • Emerging Symbolic Communicator
  • Intermediate Symbolic Communicator
  • Advanced Symbolic Communicator.

Financial Assistance: 

Limited funds may be available to assist families with their travel related expenses.  A financial assistance check box will be located on the checkout page near the end of your registration process.  Before making a request, we kindly ask that family members first seek out assistance with their HHSC / TWC counselor.

This workshop is not suited for children to attend.  Onsite childcare will not be available.

Registration Fee:

Note: you may register now and pay later if you are paying with a check or purchase order.  Credit card payment will be processed immediately when you register.

  • $40.00 for Early Registration (thru September 16, 2018)
  • $50.00 for Late Registration (after September 16, 2018)

REGISTER HERE!

Questions?

Please contact Suzanne Slade at  or 512-206-9103.


October 21-23, 2018 

Mentor Center

James C. Durkel Conference Center, Texas School for the Blind & Visually Impaired, Austin, Texas

Mentor Centers provide participants an opportunity to observe experienced TVIs and COMS as they use a variety of strategies and materials with their students on the TSBVI and Austin ISD campuses. Each participant will have the opportunity to observe between 4-6 individual VI professionals a day. Participants also have the option to tour the Criss Cole Rehabilitation Center for adults with visual impairments, located near the TSBVI campus. Audience: Texas protégés and their mentors, as well as Texas students currently enrolled in the Texas Tech University or Stephen F. Austin State University VI/O&M programs who do not have a mentor.

This event is schedule three times each school year. The next dates are February 10-12, 2019 and April 14-16, 2019.

Register now.


November 1-3, 2018

2018 Southwest Orientation and Mobility Association (SWOMA) Conference

This year SWOMA will offer both a pre-conference and a two-day conference.  Details are still being worked out, so stay tuned for more information to follow.

Registration begins in September.


November 29 - December 2, 2018

Game of Life: Middle School Transition

Texas School for the Blind & Visually Impaired, Austin, Texas

Is the game of life a game of chance or choice? Throughout life, we all make choices and navigate roadblocks daily. Students heading into high school are faced with a number of challenges as they transition to adult life. Students with visual impairments have an added layer of learning, related to concepts such as money handling, career exploration, and socializing with peers. Together, we will develop skills in these areas while encouraging students to be leaders in their own lives. 

In this weekend course, students and their parents must attend together. Students will be taught by teaching staff in Short-Term Programs while parents will attend a conference portion hosted by the Outreach department. Hotel lodging will be available for adults and paid for by TSBVI. Students will reside on the Short-Term Programs dorm. The goal is for students to understand ways that they can “step up” as they transition to adult life, while parents will learn ways to “step back,” as they support their child with this transition.

Contact Short-term Programs to register!


December 7-8, 2018

Mentor Training

James C. Durkel Conference Center, Texas School for the Blind & Visually Impaired, Austin, Texas

Individuals who have completed the mentor application process will be required to attend an initial face-to-face training on the TSBVI campus in Austin. This training lasts for one and a half days, and covers such topics as common problems of novice teachers, mentor/protégé communication, record keeping for mentors, and promising practice standards for TVIs and COMS.

Register now.


Studies in DeafBlindness for the Advanced Practitioner

December 13, 2018

James C. Durkel Conference Center, Texas School for the Blind & Visually Impaired, Austin, Texas

The field of DeafBlindness has attracted a small and passionate membership of individuals.  This annual event targets professionals working with students with DeafBlindness.  

Look for more information soon!


February 10-12, 2019

Mentor Center

James C. Durkel Conference Center, Texas School for the Blind & Visually Impaired, Austin, Texas

Mentor Centers provide participants an opportunity to observe experienced TVIs and COMS as they use a variety of strategies and materials with their students on the TSBVI and Austin ISD campuses. Each participant will have the opportunity to observe between 4-6 individual VI professionals a day. Participants also have the option to tour the Criss Cole Rehabilitation Center for adults with visual impairments, located near the TSBVI campus. Audience: Texas protégés and their mentors, as well as Texas students currently enrolled in the Texas Tech University or Stephen F. Austin State University VI/O&M programs who do not have a mentor. The last Mentor Center is scheduled for April 14-16, 2019.

Register now!


February 21-23, 2019

2019 Texas Symposium on DeafBlindness Preconference and Conference

Austin Marriott North, 2600 La Frontera Boulevard, Round Rock, TX 78681

This biennial event is for family members, paraprofessionals and professionals. This conference provides information on  on best practice in programming, educational trends and issues in this field.  Sessions focus on all levels of learners in the field of DeafBlindness providing a variety of breakout sessions for those new to the field as well as those who have been trained at higher levels about DeafBlindness.

Look for more information in the Fall of 2018.


 April 14-16, 2019

Mentor Center

James C. Durkel Conference Center, Texas School for the Blind & Visually Impaired, Austin, Texas

Mentor Centers provide participants an opportunity to observe experienced TVIs and COMS as they use a variety of strategies and materials with their students on the TSBVI and Austin ISD campuses. Each participant will have the opportunity to observe between 4-6 individual VI professionals a day. Participants also have the option to tour the Criss Cole Rehabilitation Center for adults with visual impairments, located near the TSBVI campus. Audience: Texas protégés and their mentors, as well as Texas students currently enrolled in the Texas Tech University or Stephen F. Austin State University VI/O&M programs who do not have a mentor.

Register now!


May 3, 2019

Low Vision Conference: Literacy for Students who Rely on Print

James C. Durkel Conference Center, Texas School for the Blind & Visually Impaired, Austin, Texas

The 2019 Low Vision Conference will have a focus on literacy for students who rely on print.  Possible session topics include intervention when an additional developmental disability is present, description  of IEP goals and objectives that support reading instruction and the role of the Learning Media Assessment.  This conference is in the early planning stage and more information will be available in the fall.


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James C. Durkel Conference Center, Austin, TX

October 4-5, 2018

Intervener2Interveners need specialized skills related to deafblindness, in order to provide one-on-one instructional support to students who are deafblind. They also need appropriate supervision and support from the IEP team. To help meet the needs of interveners in Texas, the Texas Deafblind Project is pleased to announce the 2018 Introduction to the Intervener Team Model.

This conference is for those individuals who are newly assigned as an intervener or current interveners who have not yet had the opportunity to attend this introductory training. Each intervener should attend with a professional member of the educational team (ideally a classroom teacher, a teacher for the deaf and hard of hearing, a teacher for students with visual impairments or another professional regularly involved with the student). Adult family members of the student are also welcome to attend with the IEP team members.

Start Times and End Times:

Thursday, October 4th - 8:30 AM to 4:00 PM

Friday, October 5th - 8:30 AM to 3:45 PM

 

Audience:

Interveners are required to attend with at least one member of their educational team.  Registration is limited to 55 individuals. There is a limit of 3 people per team plus 2 family members (5 total).

This training targets:

  • newly assigned interveners or current interveners who have not attended this training,
  • professional member of intervener's educational team and
  • adult family members of the student. 

During the two days of training individuals will participate in both general and small breakout sessions.  This workshop is highly interactive and will include a number of simulation activities to help participants better understand the unique learning styles and needs of students with deafblindness and how the intervener can be a bridge (not a barrier) to accessing the world with the proper support from the educational team.  

Training Areas Include:

  • Experiencing the World of Deafblindness
  • Deafblindness: Impact & Implications
  • Intervener Competencies & Training Updates
  • Intervener and Team Roles & Responsibilities
  • The Five Components of Quality Intervention
  • Intervention Issues & Considerations
  • Identification of Tools and Strategies to Support the Student Profile

Breakout Sessions:

Sessions have been designed to meet the needs of individuals working with students at all communication levels:

  • Pre-Symbolic Communicator
  • Emerging Symbolic Communicator
  • Intermediate Symbolic Communicator
  • Advanced Symbolic Communicator.

Lodging:

All participants are required to make their own hotel reservations. View a list of hotels near TSBVI.

Meals and Breaks:

In order to make maximum use of our time together, we have scheduled presentations or activities to take place during lunch. Lunch and snacks will be provided. If you have special dietary needs, please be aware that you may wish to bring your own food; a refrigerator and microwave are available. We can accommodate for individuals who prefer vegetarian, but we cannot address specific food allergies or specialty diets.  We DO NOT HAVE VENDING MACHINES. No cokes, etc. are available, so plan to bring your own if you want them.

Financial Assistance: 

Limited funds may be available to assist families with their travel related expenses.  A financial assistance check box will be located on the checkout page near the end of your registration process.  Before making a request, we kindly ask that family members first seek out assistance with their HHSC / TWC counselor.

This workshop is not suited for children to attend.  Onsite childcare will not be available.

Registration Fee:

Note: you may register now and pay later if you are paying with a check or purchase order.  Credit card payment will be processed immediately when you register.

  • $40.00 for Early Registration (thru September 16, 2018)
  • $50.00 for Late Registration (after September 16, 2018)

REGISTER HERE!

Questions?

Please contact Suzanne Slade at or 512-206-9103.

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The Statewide Leadership Services for Blind and Visually  Impaired has taken over management of the Statewide Calendar.  Please visit them at https://www.slsbvitexas.org/

A workshop for paraprofessionals and other beginners to braille and tactile graphics productions

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James C. Durkel Conference Center

Texas School for the Blind & Visually Impaired 

Austin, Texas

August 7-10, 2018


 Register Now!

Braille Boot Camp is four days of hands-on experiential learning focused on braille and tactile graphic production.  Susan Mattson and Sharon Nichols will lead participants through both small group and individual activities to create braille and tactile graphic documents. 

Activities include:

  • Braille Document Production for Literary, Foreign Language, Mathematics and Technical materials
  • Tactile Graphic Production of one-page and multiple-page tactile graphics
  • Creation of Templates for basic shapes and Cartesian coordinate planes
  • Applying braille format and tactile graphic placement decision-making
  • Document conversion into editable text
  • Opportunity to work with graphic embossers and software programs used in producing tactile graphics

All sessions start at 8:30 am and end at 4:00 pm.

Audience:

This is an ideal training for paraprofessionals and others who are beginners to braille and tactile graphics productions. Braille transcribers and TVIs who produce at least 40% of the braille for their students.

Enrollment is limited to 20 participants.

Registration Fee:

$100 Early Registration Discount by July 7, 2018

$125 after July 7, 2018

Note:  You may cancel up thru July 7, 2018  at 5 PM and not incur a cancellation fee.  Cancelling after that time may result in a $25 cancellation fee. Contact Carrie Keith at 512-206-9314 or email to  to cancel.

Register now!

Payment Information:

Payment can be made by credit card at the time or registration, or you can pay by check or purchase order and pay later.  If you do not have the purchase order or check number at the time you register, simply enter "0000" when asked for that number.  

Payment to TSBVI Outreach Programs should be sent to:

TSBVI Business Office

Attention: Cashier

1100 W. 45th Street

Austin, TX 78756

Lodging:  

We have a limited number of rooms available at the Wildcat Inn on the TSBVI campus.  These rooms are provided at no cost on a first-come-first-served basis, but you may be asked to share the room with another workshop participant.  To request lodging at the Wildcat Inn please email Carrie Keith at   by July 1, 2018.

 A list of near-by hotels typically offering a state rate is available.  You must make your own reservations.

Meals:

Lunches will be provided each day along with morning and afternoon snacks.  Vegetarian options are available, but you must note this in your registration account profile before you register.  If you are not sure how to do this, please contact Carrie Keith at or phone 512-206-9314. We try to be mindful of other dietary restrictions in planning for snacks and meals, but if you are lactose intolerant, have gluten allergies or other considerations important to your health, please plan to bring your own food for each day.


Agenda:

Day 1

Morning: Literary Braille Production – Foundational Skills
Afternoon: Tactile Graphic Production – Foundational Skills
  • Two breaks (Morning and Afternoon)
  • Lunch is from 12-1pm

Day 2

Morning: Braille Production Foreign Language
Afternoon: Tactile Graphic Production – Social Studies
  • Two breaks (Morning and Afternoon)
  • Lunch is from 12-1pm

Day 3

Morning: Braille and Nemeth Production:  Math and Science Worksheets in the U.E.B. Context
Afternoon: Tactile Graphics – Diagrams for Mathematics
  • Two breaks (Morning and Afternoon)
  • Lunch is from 12-1pm

Day 4

Graphic Embossers and Software Programs – Work with Equipment Before Purchasing

  • Two breaks (Morning and Afternoon)
  • Lunch is from 12-1pm

Continuing Education Credits:

All CEU credits have been approved by both ACVREP and SBEC.  CEUs available: 24 - all participants must be able to attend all 4-days.  No partial credit will be given.

Additional Information:

Near-by Hotels

Maps and Directions

 

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May 4, 2018

at Texas School for the Blind & Visually Impaired

James C. Durkel Conference Center

Austin, Texas

“Makes me unique” were the three words on the poster created by one student with albinism who participated in NOAH’s “My Three Words” YouTube video. Feeling good about yourself when you stand out as unique can be a tricky path. Students with albinism have unique needs in addition to having low vision and providing service for this student population is the focus of our 2018 Low Vision Conference. Program highlights include an interactive session on genetics of albinism with Dr. Murray Brilliant, a renowned researcher who has dedicated his professional work to this topic and a session focusing on psychosocial impact with Ms. Kelsey Thompson, a licensed clinical professional counselor and a certified rehabilitation counselor.

Special Pre-Conference Event

This year there will be a special pre-conference event on Thursday, May 3, from 6:30-8:00 PM at the James C. Durkel Conference Center on the TSBVI campus.  Deciding how to respond when being VI makes you stand out; this is an interactive session to talk about it. Kelsey Thompson (Vocational rehab counselor in Chicago, a presenter for the Low Vision Conference, NOAH Insight contributor, a person with albinism) will lead this discussion. Students, parents, & professionals are welcome to join in this discussion.

Registration

Early Bird Registration begins February 26, 2018 and continues through April 22, 2018 for the discounted price of $30 for all participants.  After April 22nd the fee rises to $50.  Registration online is through our trusted partner, ESC Works.  You may pay immediately with a credit card or you can registered now and pay later to get the discount fee if you pay with a check or purchase order.  Send payment to:

Cashier

c/o TSBVI Business Office

1100 W. 45th Street

Austin, TX 78756

Register Now!

Cancellation

You may cancel your registration up until May 2, 2018 without a penalty.  Beginning May 2nd you may be subject to a $25 cancellation fee.  Please contact Randall McAlister right away at  if you need to cancel your registration.


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8:00-8:45 AM: Sign-in and Coffee

8:45-9:30 AM:  Welcome & Panel of persons with albinism

9:45-10:45 AM Genetics & the Eye (Dr. Murray Brilliant)

11:00-12:00 PM: Ages and Stages (Chrissy Cowan & Marjie Wood)

12-1:30 PM Exhibit Fair

1:30-2:45 PM Social and Emotional Aspects of Albinism (Kelsey Thompson)

2:45-3:00 PM Video Tapestry

3:00 PM Closing

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Objectives:

Participants will:

  1. Summarize the different patterns of inheritance and the genes associated with the most common forms of albinism;
  2. Identify unique needs of students with albinism and intervention strategies to support them;
  3. Describe the impact on social and emotional growth of having albinism, a condition that includes visual impairment along with differences in appearance and social stigma.

Stipends for Adult Family Members

Limited stipends are available for adult family members of students with albinism which can be used to cover the cost of registration, hotel, transportation, meals and / or child care as needed.  Please contact your TWC or HHSC Caseworker about their ability to help you with the costs associated with this workshop before requesting this stipend.  You may make a request when you register and someone from our staff will contact you to set up the assistance you need. If you have questions about this assistance please contact Rachel Simpson at or at 512-206-9418.

Continuing Education Credits

This workshop, like all of TSBVI Outreach workshops, has been approved for both SBEC and ACVREP continuing education credits.  The number of credits available for this workshop is 5.75.

Lodging

There are a variety of hotels located near by TSBVI Campus.  Please make your own reservations unless you are a family member requesting assistance with the hotel.  There are a number of hotels in the area which typically offer a state rate.

 

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Download edited transcript from the Impact of Stress on Brain Architecture and Resilience and What Harvard's Research Means for Children who are DeafBlind

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Podcasts [Opening & Closing Keynotes and Panel discussion]

Select Video Interviews

 Deafblind Insights - David Brown

 Deafblind Insights - Joe Gibson

 Deafblind Insights - Suzanne Zeedyk


Podcasts [Opening & Closing Keynotes and Panel discussion]

Outdoors with and for People who are DeafBlind

Original webcast date: 3/3/2017
Description: Dr. Joe Gibson, Outdoor Activities Coordinator, Sense Scotland, Glasgow, Scotland Dr. Gibson was the opening keynote speaker at the Symposium. He discussed developing an understanding of some of the theories relating to the beneficial use of the outdoor environment and how these might apply to people who are DeafBlind. He shared practices of and opportunities for using the outdoors with people who are DeafBlind and different cultural ways of using and viewing the outdoor environment.

Downloads: Transcript (txt)

An Active Lifestyle - Two Experiences

Original webcast date: 3/3/2017
Description: George Stern and Andrew Cohen each talk about living active lives as individuals who have deafblindness.

Downloads: Transcript (txt)

Impact of Stress on Brain Architecture and Resilience

Original webcast date: 3/3/2017
Description: Dr. Judy Cameron, Professor, University of Pittsburgh and member of the Harvard Center on Child Development, Pittsburg, PA Science tells us that early childhood is a time of both great promise and considerable risk. Having responsive relationships with adults, growth-promoting experiences, and healthy environments for all young children helps build sturdy brain architecture and the foundations of resilience. The following key scientific concept areas and their impact on child development will also be discussed: toxic stress, serve and return interactions, executive function and self regulation. Dr. Cameron will discuss the developing brain and what research shows related to the impact of stress on this development.

Download edited transcript from the Impact of Stress on Brain Architecture and Resilience and What Harvard's Research Means for Children who are DeafBlind

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Downloads: Transcript (txt)

What Harvard's Research Means for Children who are DeafBlind

Original webcast date: 3/3/2017
Description: Dr. Judy Cameron, Professor, University of Pittsburgh and member of the Harvard Center on Child Development, Pittsburg, PA Suzanne Zeedyk, Developmental Psychologist, Founder of the Organization connected baby, Dundee, Scotland Bernadette van den Tillaart, M.Ed., Deafblind Consultant, Ohio State School for the Blind, Columbus, OH David Brown, Deafblind Consultant, San Francisco, CA Robbie Blaha, Deafblind Consultant, Texas Deafblind Outreach, Austin, TX Following Dr. Cameron's presentation deafblind experts Bernadette van den Tillaart, Suzanne Zeedyk, David Brown and Robbie Blaha joined in a plenary discussion about how this information relates to individuals with deafblindness and what it means for us in interacting with these individuals at school, home and in the community.

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Emotional Connection for Human Health and Happiness

Original webcast date: 3/4/2017
Description: Dr. Suzanne Zeedyk, Founder of the connected baby and Research Professor at the University of Dundee, Scotland. What does emotional connection during infancy look like, and why are early experiences so important to later human functioning? In this informal workshop, Suzanne will use video footage of DeafBlind and non-DeafBlind infants to illuminate patterns of emotional exchange, exploring the biological consequences these early patterns hold for later development. This platform will leave us well placed to think more deeply about how the early life experiences of DeafBlind people, usually unknown and unconsidered, go on to affect the way they relate to practitioners, care-givers and families later in childhood and adulthood.

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Select Video Interviews

Deafblind Insights - David Brown

Description: interview with David Brown, Education Specialist, California Deaf-Blind Services.

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Deafblind Insights - Joe Gibson

Description: Interview with Dr. Joe Gibson Outdoor Activities Coordinator; Sense Scotland, Glasgow, Scotland.

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Deafblind Insights - Suzanne Zeedyk

Description: Interview with Dr. Suzanne Zeedyk, founder, Connected Baby.

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These hotels are located near TSBVI, and some offer a state rate.  You must make your own reservation at the hotel of your choice.  If you are a family member receiving assistance for your hotel room from TSBVI Outreach Programs, please contact Brian Sobeck at 512-206-9225 before making any reservation.

Drury Inn

6711 N I-35
Austin, TX 78701

Phone number: (512) 467-9500

Holiday Inn Austin Midtown

6000 Middle Fiskville Rd
Austin, TX 78752

Phone number: (888) 897-0095

Courtyard by Marriott Austin University Area

5660 N I H 35

Austin, TX 78751

Phone number: (512) 458-2340

Holiday Inn Express & Suites Austin Arboretum-Domain

10711 Research Bvld Austin, TX 78759
Austin, TX 78759

Phone number: (512) 346-5555

Embassy Suites Austin - Arboretum

9505 Stonelake Blvd
Austin, TX 78759

Phone number: (512) 372-8771

Renaissance Austin Hotel

9721 Arboretum Boulevard
Austin, TX 78759

Phone number: (512) 343-2626

Staybridge Suites Extended Stay Hotel Austin Arboretum

10201 Stonelake Blvd
Austin, TX 78759

Phone number: (512) 349-0888

Hyatt Place Austin - North Central

7522 N IH 35
Austin, TX 78752

Phone number: (512) 323-2121

The Westin Austin at The Domain

11301 Domain Drive
Austin, TX 78758

Phone number: (512) 832-4197

HYATT house Austin/Arboretum

10001 N. Capital of Texas Highway
Austin, TX 78759

Phone number: (512) 342-8080

Residence Inn - Austin/University Area

1209 E 51st

Austin, TX 78723

512-469-7842

TXFocus18SMAn Important Message

Most of the presentations at the 2018 Texas Focus Conference will include presentation handouts in fully accessible formats.  You may collect all of the handouts or only those that are related to the sessions for which you register.  The handouts will include, whenever possible the contents of the speakers' powerpoints if they are using one during their presentation. If there is no handout posted, there is no handout provided for the session.

Handouts should be posted online on or about February 23rd. Participants will also receive and email notice when the handouts go up.

If you request a special format in your account profile such as large print or accessible downloadable file in Word, these will be available for you.

All participants will receive the Session Guide in a paper or braille format when they sign-in.

Can't Download and Print Handouts?

If you have any trouble downloading and/or printing the handout to bring with you to the conference, please contact Carrie Keith at  or 512-206-9314.  We will be happy to provide a paper copy for you when you sign-in at the conference.

Some handouts may not be available until Wednesday before the conference.  If your session does not have handouts posted, check back to see if some are added nearer to the date of the conference.

Thursday, March 1, 2018

Family Workshop: Ready, Set, Go! An Orientation and Mobility Workshop

12:15-12:45 PM

What is O&M?

No Handout

1:00-1:45 PM

Student Demonstrations and Adapting Activities

Kristen Seljenes and Mark Gronquist

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3:30-4:15 PM

Family on the Move: How Parents Can Integrate O&M at Home

Heather Withrow

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Professional / Paraprofessional Pre-Conference: Meeting the Unique Needs of Students in Phase III CVI for professionals

Dr. Christine Roman-Lantzy, Director of Pediatric VIEW Program, Pennsylvania

No Handouts


Friday, March 2, 2018

Friday

 9:00 AM

General Session

NeuroMovement®: Transcending our vision of what is possible for the visually impaired child

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1:30-3:00 PM

First Breakout Session

Let Your Fingers Do the Walking: Assistive Technology to Optimize One’s Mind, Body and Spirit

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Introducing Two Publications from AFB Press: Cortical Visual Impairment: Advanced Principles and Cortical Visual Impairment: An Approach to Assessment and Intervention

No Handout

I Want to Play, Too!

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Movement for Life: Panel discussion

No Handout

Friday

3:30-5:00 PM

Second Breakout Session

Accessing Information Anywhere / Anytime! Shedding Light on Accessible Cloud Computing

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CVI Q&A with Dr. Christine Roman-Lantzy

No Handout

It Is All Connected: Early Learning and Movement

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Know Your Rights and Advocacy Strategies for Physical Education and Transition

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Conference-at-a-Glance Saturday

Saturday

8:00-9:30 AM

     

Third Breakout Session

Anat Baniel Method Q & A

No Handouts

No Wheels- Not a Problem! Ideas for Getting Your Teens Moving into the World of Nondriving

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Developing Comprehending Hands

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Mental Health Education Program for School Personnel: Parents and Teachers as Allies

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Advocating for your Students in Physical Education and Transition Services

No Handouts

9:45-11:15 AM

Fourth Breakout Session

What Do Sensorimotor Theories Have to Do with Visual Impairments?

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Learning to Access through Touch

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Going Places with APH

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Parent’s Talk: How to Start the Mental Health Conversation with your Teen

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Using Yoga to Increase Motor Skills for Children with Visual and Multiple Impairments

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Saturday

12:30-2:00 PM

General Session

Moving Forward…..Empowering Learners with Visual Impairments to Shape their Own Future

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