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TSBVI students walking along the covered path and laughing while it rains. General School Contact Information

  • Address:
    Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired
    1100 W. 45th St.
    Austin, TX 78756
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  • Switchboard: (512) 454-8631
  • Toll Free Number: 1-800-872-5273
  • FAX Number: (512) 206-9453
  • Hours of Operation: Monday - Friday, 8 am - 5 pm

 Board of Trustees

Staff Directory

Superintendent

William Daugherty
(512) 206-9133

Open Records Coordinator & Customer Service

All open record requests should be submitted in writing to TSBVI’s Open Records Coordinator:

Susan Houghtling, Open Records Coordinator, Customer Service Representative
TSBVI
1100 W. 45th Street
Austin, Texas   78756
Fax: 512-206-9453

Principals/Assistant Principals/Coordinators

  • Comprehensive Programs
    • Miles Fain - Principal
      (512) 206-9251
    • Tad Doezema  - Assistant Principal
      (512) 206-9457
    • Eden Hagelman - Assistant Principal
      (512) 206-9451
    • G'Nell Price - Assistant Principal
      (512) 206-9396
  • Post Secondary Program
    • Linda Locke Cordinator
      (512) 374-1664 
  • Special Education Coordinator
    • Valerie Perwein
      (512) 206-9281
  • Short-Term Programs
    • Sara Merritt - Principal
      (512) 206-9176

Accessibility Coordinator

  • Jim Allan
    (512) 206-9315

Admissions

  • Cathy Olsen, Coordinator
    (512) 206-9182

Business Department

  • Amanda Hafer, Director of Accounting
  • (512) 206-9208

Business, Information/Technology, and Operations

  • Pamela Darden, Administrator
    (512) 206-9422

Center for School Resources

  • Susan Hauser, Director
    (512) 206-9273

Health & Medical Issues

  • Yanni Crespo, Supervisor
    (512) 206-9137

Human Resources

  • Kate Mainzer, Director
    (512) 206-9132

Information/Instructional Technology

  • Dan Hampton, Director of Information Resources
    (512) 206-9210 

Operations Department

  • Brian McDonald 
    (512) 206-9126

Outreach Program

  • Cyral Miller, Director
    (512) 206-9242
  • Miriam Miramontes, Outreach Administrative Coordinator
    (512) 206-9268
  • Randall McAlister, APH Quota Materials
    (512) 206-9344
  • Chrissy Cowan, Mentor Coordinator and Personnel Prep
    (512) 206-9367

Psychologist

  • Valerie Perwein, Supervising Psychologist
    (512) 206-9281

Publications / Curriculum

Book Orders & Order Status

  • Bob Mellon
    (512) 206-9272 Voice or (512) 206-9282 FAX

Questions About Publication Content

  • Debra Sewell
    (512) 206-9183
  • Jeanne Williamson
    (512) 206-9383

Short-Term Programs

  • Sara Merritt - Principal -
    (512) 206-9176

Student Counselors and Social Workers

Student Trust Fund

  • Amanda Hafer
    (512) 206-9208

Supervisors of Comprehensive Residential Programs

Volunteers

  • Gloria Bennett , Coordinator
    (512) 206-9234

Webmasters

  • Stacey Rayos
    (512) 206-9458
  • Kristi Sprinkle
    512) 206-9207

Weekends Home:

  • Shelly Allen
    (512) 206-9179
  • H. Garner Vogt
    (512) 206-9115
  • Gian Calaci
    (512)206-9231 - Office
    (512) 844-9362 - Cell

Board Meeting Dates

Sep. 29, 2017      Committee Meetings 8:00 - 10:00 a.m.  Full Board Meeting 10:15 a.m.

Nov. 17, 2017      Committee Meetings 8:00 - 10:00 a.m.  Full Board Meeting 10:15 a.m.

Jan. 26, 2018      Committee Meetings 8:00 - 10:00 a.m.  Full Board Meeting 10:15 a.m.

Apr. 6, 2018        Committee Meetings 8:00 - 10:00 a.m.  Full Board Meeting 10:15 a.m.

Jun. 1, 2018        Committee Meetings 8:00 - 10:00 a.m.  Full Board Meeting 10:15 a.m.

 

Contact Information

General Contact Information

  • Address:
    Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired
    1100 W. 45th St.
    Austin, TX 78756
  • Switchboard: (512) 454-8631
  • Toll Free Recording Number: 1-800-872-5273
  • TDD (512) 206-9451
  • FAX Number: (512) 206-9450
  • Hours of Operation: Monday - Friday, 8 am - 5 pm

Superintendent

  • Bill Daugherty, (512) 206-9133

Principals/Assistant Principals/Coordinators: 

  • Comprehensive Programs
    • Miles Fain, Principal (512) 206-9251
    • Tad Doezema, Assistant Principal (512) 206-9457
    • Eden Hagelman, Assistant Principal (512) 206-9451
    • G'Nell Price, Assistant Principal (512) 206-9396
  • Post Secondary Program
    • Linda Locke, Coordinator (512) 374-1664

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Admissions

  • Cathy Olsen, Coordinator (512) 206-9182 

Business and Operations

  • Pamela Darden, Administrator (512) 206-9422
    • Business Department
      • Amanda Hafer, Director of Accounting (512) 206-9208
    • Operations Department
      • Brian McDonald, Director of Operations (512) 206-9126

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Center for School Resources

  • Susan Hauser, Director (512) 206-9273

Health & Medical Issues

  • Yanni Crespo, Supervisor (512) 206-9137 

Human Resources

  • Kate Mainzer, Director (512) 206-9132

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Information Resources

  • Dan Hampton, Director of Information Resources (512) 206-9210

Outreach Program

  • Full TSBVI Outreach Staff list
  • Cyral Miller, Director (512) 206-9242 
  • Miriam Miramontes, Outreach Administrative Coordinator (512) 206-9268
  • Randall McAlister, APH Quota Materials (512) 206-9270
  • Chrissy Cowan, Mentor Coordinator (512) 206-9367

Psychologist

  • Valerie Perwein, Supervising Psychologist (512) 206-9281

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Short-Term Programs

  • Sara Merritt, Principal (512) 206-9176

Social Workers

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Special Education Coordinator

  • Valerie Perwein, (512) 206-9281

Student Trust Funds 

  • Director of Accounting (512) 206-9208 (contact Pam Darden until further notice at )

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Supervisors of Comprehensive Residential Programs 

  • Shelly Allen, Residential Director A,  (512) 206-9179
  • H. Garner Vogt, Residential Director B,  (512) 206-9115

Volunteers, Community Resources and Donations: 

  • Gloria Bennett, Coordinator (512) 206-9234

Weekends Home

  • Shelly Allen, (512) 206-9179
  • H. Garner Vogt,  (512) 206-9115
  • Gian Calaci, (512) 206-9231

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This page and the entire TSBVI World Wide Web site strives to be accessible to all people.

Purpose

The Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired World Wide Web site reflects the schools vision of serving as a leading center of educational expertise for students with visual impairments. The TSBVI website strives to be a model for web site design to ensure the information is accessible to individuals with visual impairments. Such information can be easily transformed into Braille, large print, voice output, and regular text. As a technical information resource, the site will focus on four areas:

Training - materials to support training and education, announcements of upcoming training events, and provision of on-line training

Research - provide for the ongoing development and dissemination of research information developed here at TSBVI, within the State of Texas, and elsewhere. It is our hope that such information will coordinate the efforts of professionals working in the classroom, educational center, and academic context

Curricula - provide for the efficient sharing of information concerning education of students with visual impairments.

Technical - provide resources for professionals, parents, and lay persons associated with programs for the visually impaired and deaf/blind throughout the state, country, and world

All resources on the TSBVI Web page are in the public domain unless otherwise noted. You are welcome to use these resources as needed provided that the TSBVI Web page is cited as the source. A basic tenet of TSBVI is to promote the collegial sharing of information. You are invited to submit items for publication on the website. In all cases author contact information will be included. In this manner, we hope to build a valuable resource to promote the development of instructional materials and resources.

Disclaimer of Endorsement

All articles appearing on this website represent the individual positions of their authors and not the position of the Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired.

The TSBVI website contains a variety of links and references to resources available through government, educational, commercial, nonprofit, and international websites. External links to websites from the TSBVI website and references to non-TSBVI resources are provided solely for informational purposes and the convenience of the user. The Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired does not control, review, approve, or endorse these sites or the information, products or services contained therein. These other sites may collect data or personal information. Once you link to another site, you are subject to the privacy policy of the new site. If you decide to access any site linked to this site, you do so entirely at your own risk. In addition, the external links and resources are in no way intended to represent an exhaustive listing.

State Web Site Link and Privacy Policy

Accessibility Policy

The Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired (TSBVI) is committed to making its Web site accessible to all users. To make the site more accessible, we include several features designed to improve accessibility for users with disabilities. Some of these features are described below.

A descriptive text equivalent is provided for images and other non-text elements, aiding users who listen to the content of the site by using a screen reader, rather than reading the site.

Major reports and other publications that are on the Web site are generally available in HTML or other accessible format. When publishing a document in Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF), we will also post an accessible version.

TSBVI is committed to making its Web site accessible according to the standards set forth by the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) Web Content Accessibility Guidelines and the Section 508 Web Accessibility Standards. To improve the accessibility of our Web site, we test any major redesign with screen readers and other tools. The results of these reviews are incorporated into the Web site.

TSBVI welcomes comments on how to improve the site's accessibility for users with disabilities. If you use assistive technology and the format of any material on our Web site interferes with your ability to access the information, please contact the webmaster. To enable us to respond in a manner most helpful to you, please indicate the nature of your accessibility problem, the preferred format in which to receive the material, the Web address of the requested material, and your contact information.

Additional information about accessibility programs in Texas is available from the Governor's Committee on People with Disabilities.

If you have a visual impairment there are many options which you can control from the selection of an accessible browser to modifying your browser to meet your needs. Visit Large Print and Speech Access to the World Wide Web.

Questons about accessibility?


Privacy Policy

The Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired maintains this web site as a public service. The following is the privacy policy for this site (all pages starting with www.tsbvi.edu):

  1. We do not use cookies to collect information. Note: A cookie file contains unique information a web site can use to track such things as passwords, lists of pages you've visited, and the date when you last looked at a specific page or to identify your session at a particular web site. A cookie is often used in commercial sites to identify the items selected for a specific shopping cart application. We do, however, use cookies to store your viewing preferences during your visit to our site so that if you choose to view the site in high contrast mode, your selection will be applied to every page that you view.
  2. If you send us an electronic mail message with a question or comment that contains personally identifying information, or fill out a form that e-mails us this information, we will only use the personally-identifiable information to respond to your request and analyze trends. We may redirect your message to another government agency or person who is in a better position to answer your question.
  3. For site management functions, information is collected for analysis and statistical purposes. This information is not reported or used in any manner that would reveal personally identifiable information, and will not be released to any outside parties unless legally required to do so in connection with law enforcement investigations or other legal proceedings.

We use Log analysis tools to create summary statistics, which are used for purposes such as assessing what information is of most interest, determining technical design specifications, and identifying system performance or problem areas. The following information is collected for this analysis:

  • User Client hostname - The hostname (or IP address if DNS is disabled) of the user/client requesting access.
  • HTTP header, "user-agent" - The user-agent information includes the type of browser, its version, and the operating system it's running on.
  • HTTP header, "referer" - The referer specifies the page from which the client accessed the current page.
  • System date - The date and time of the user/client request.
  • Full request - The exact request the user/client made.
  • Status - The status code the server returned to the user/client.
  • Content length - The content length, in bytes, of the document sent to the user/client.
  • Method - The request method used.
  • Universal Resource Identifier (URI) - The location of a resource on the server.
  • Query string of the URI - Anything after the question mark in a URI.
  • Protocol - The transport protocol and version used.

Submission Guidelines for Content Publication on TSBVI.edu

  • Use a FAQ structure (see bns faq as an example)
  • Identify sources of quoted materials (link to source when available)
  • When referencing specific products provide a link to appropriate manufacturer's product page
  • Provide complete author information. Name, Organization, Address, E-mail.
  • Submit publications for consideration to Jim Allan

Open Records Policy

Parent Flyer - Printable version in Color

Versión Español de este artículo (Spanish Version)

Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired is a vital part of educational opportunitities that are available to blind and visually impaired students in Texas. In order to make informed decisions about their children's education, parents should know about the programs and services available from TSBVI.

Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired
1100 W. 45th Street
Austin, Texas 78756

  • General Information (512) 454-8631
  • Admissions (512) 206-9182
  • Outreach Services (512) 206-9268
  • Website: www.tsbvi.edu
  • Toll-free number (answering machine) 1-800-872-5273 (TSB-KARE)
  • TDD (512) 371-1599

  • Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired (TSBVI) is a special public school established by the Texas Legislature to provide specialized and intense services which focus on the unique learning needs of students with visual impairments, including those with additional disabilities.
  • TSBVI is located in a pleasant neighborhood in Austin, Texas. The forty-five acre campus is close to shopping, recreation areas, restaurants, and public transportation. Students attend school in well-equipped classrooms. They live in homelike residences with living rooms, playrooms, bedrooms, study areas, and kitchens.
  • TSBVI recognizes and addresses the unique educational needs and interests of each student.
  • Every student receives instruction and guidance from staff who have been specially trained to work with children and young people with visual impairments.
  • TSBVI is a partner to the public schools of Texas, advocating for students to be able to learn and live in their local communities. The school can help students to do this successfully.
  • We offer a variety of short-term and long-term programs, as well as outreach services specially designed to meet the unique needs of students with blindness or a visual impairment.
  • We stand ready to assist local schools and parents whenever students need the specialized services and resources of this school.

You Have Options

Soon you will be having your annual ARD meeting to develop your son or daughter's educational program and placement. Often your local school can provide the educational services which your child needs. However, there may be times in your child's education when specialized, intensive services might be needed from a special school. The Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired can help when this happens, either at its Austin campus or in your local area.

Frequently Asked Questions

What can TSBVI offer students?

TSBVI provides a broad range of specialized instruction and services on its campus. Students can:

  • Learn with specially trained teachers and other staff who understand vision loss and its effects on development
    • teachers certified in visual impairment
    • orientation and mobility specialists
    • occupational and physical therapists
    • adaptive physical education teachers
    • speech/language therapists
    • counselors and social workers
    • low vision specialists
    • technology teachers
  • Have access to a 24-hour per day Health Center, staffed by licensed nurses 7 days a week.
  • Experience a school day which integrates language development, motor skills, independent living and self-help skills, behavior management, and social development into all aspects of learning.
  • Learn to talk and communicate, read and write, using Braille or other special communication systems.
  • Become familiar with specialized technology such as adapted computers and notetakers.
  • Acquire academic skills at TSBVI and in Austin public school classes.
  • Learn to get around independently using orientation and mobility skills.
  • Participate fully in extracurricular activities.
    • be in a school play
    • learn photography and create art
    • join the wrestling, swimming, or track teams
    • be in tandem biking
    • learn to play a musical instrument
    • learn outdoor sports such as fishing, boating, running
  • Have a home away from home.
    • live in pleasant dorms with caring staff
    • visit museums, parks, malls, and more
    • have fun with friends at the School's Recreation Center, bowling alley and pool
  • Learn the skills needed to live independently, (e.g., dressing, eating, cooking, maintaining an apartment, budgeting money).
  • Learn work skills, explore a career, get a job on campus or in the community.
  • Grow with special friends who share and understand visual loss.

Where does the student live while going to TSBVI?

Students live in campus houses, apartments, and dorms with one- or two-student rooms. Students go home on a weekly or monthly basis to be with their families. The school operates a "Weekends Home" program using school vehicles. Some students from the Austin area live at home and attend TSBVI as day students.

How long does a student attend TSBVI ?

TSBVI returns students to local programs as soon as possible. The student's family, local school, and the staff of TSBVI decide together when a student is ready to make a successful transition to home and local programs. The School offers both long-term and short-term programs. Some of these programs take place during the school year, others are offered during the summer.

How much do these services cost?

There is no cost to students or their families for instructional and residential services. Families simply provide for their child's clothing, medical care, and personal needs.

Are there services provided by TSBVI for families and students throughout Texas who attend their local schools and live at home?

Yes. TSBVI has a group of excellent teachers and other professionals in our Outreach Department who can work with parents and local school teachers to develop ideas on how to improve learning in the student's local program. Workshops, on-site consultations, newsletters and parent support are available.

What are the eligibility requirements for services from TSBVI ?

A student must be 21 years of age or younger, must have a visual impairment or a visual impairment with an additional disability, and must need specialized services related to the visual impairment to receive services. The student's local school and parents must agree to request the services of TSBVI , whether those services are at the school or provided locally by Outreach Services.

However, TSBVI would not be able to meet a student's educational needs if the student requires educational services in a hospital or in the home, or requires intensive services related to a severe emotional, behavioral, or mental disability, including the services of a residential treatment facility.

You Have Rights

What rights do parents have if they request any of these services from TSBVI , and either the local school or TSBVI disagrees?

Although this does not happen very often, the parent may request assistance from the Texas Education Agency to provide mediation in order to resolve the problem, or the parent may request a due process impartial hearing in accord with the provisions of the federal Individuals With Disabilities Education Act.

How do I get more information about services from TSBVI ?

Contact the school's admission office if you are interested in school year, short-term, or summer programs.

Contact Outreach Services if you desire services to be provided in your local area.

 

 

Short-Term Programs provide short-term services to visually impaired students who attend their local districts during the school year. Short-Term Programs provide two types of service:

  • School Year Short-Term Programs: range from three to five days in length and offer  intensive, individual, narrowly focused training to academic students who are on or close to grade level in any area specifically related to vision loss, such as adaptive  technology, Braille & Nemeth Code, and tactile math tools in relation to the Expanded Core Curriculum. Close collaboration with independent school districts occurs before and after participation in these programs. Instruction supports the regular curriculum (TEKS) by teaching:

    • Disability-specific skills needed to access the regular curriculum (e.g., technology, low vision tools and strategies, math tools and strategies)

    • Basic concepts that support the curriculum (e.g., college prep, social studies, research, number concepts)

    • Attitudinal changes that support successful learning (e.g., self-determination, social skills, independent living) 
       

  • Summer Short-Term Programs: provide a wide range of offerings, from elementary to high school, academic to severely multiply-impaired,  in a broad array of content areas such as vocational, functional application of academic skills, independent living skills, social-emotional  development, and adapted athletics.

 If you would like more information about Short-Term Programs, please contact: Sara Merritt, Principal of Short-Term Programs (512) 206-9176  .

 
 

* on or close to grade level: Most of these students take the regular or accommodated TAKS/STAAR tests and pass at least one test. They typically receive primary instruction in the regular classroom supported by a TVI rather than content mastery, resource room, or inclusion support. If a student does not perform at this academic level, he or she should apply for our summer school program (the application is posted between January 9 - Feb 14 on our website).