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Congratulations, TSBVI Class of 2018!

2018 ACBT Conference / Convention

The American Council of the Blind of Texas (ACBT) will hold its 40th annual Conference/Convention Thursday, September 20 through Sunday, September 23 at the Houston Marriott Westchase. View details and register.

EPIQ 2018 is Coming Soon

The Experience Programming in Quorum (EPIQ) conference is an international professional development workshop for educators to learn the foundational skills necessary to teach students computer science using the Quorum programming language. The conference will be held at TSBVI July 16-23. Regular registration ends July 1st. Register today!

Assistive Technology Survey - Participants Needed

Dear TVI, O&M Specialist, or Specialized personnel:

You are invited to complete a survey on assistive technology skills and products being taught to high-school students by teachers of students with visual impairments (TVIs), orientation and mobility instructors (O&Ms), and other specialized personnel. 

This research has been approved by Florida State University’s Institutional Review Board.  It is being conducted by Sandra Lewis, Ed.D., Eric Caruso, M.S., and Nicholas Trotter, M.Ed.

We are interested in understanding the assistive technology skills and products being taught to high-school students, what factors might act as barriers to that instruction, and how that instruction varies based on teacher characteristics.  Learning more about assistive technology instruction may lead to identifying and developing better practices for educating students with visual impairments. 

We are looking for TVIs, O&Ms, and other specialized personnel currently providing assistive technology instruction to high-school students who participate in general education courses.

We anticipate it will take 10-15 minutes to complete this survey.

Please forward this link to other professionals you believe are eligible to complete this survey. Link to Survey

Visually Impaired Students Learn to Code

Representatives from tech giant Apple recently visited the TSBVI campus to unveil talking technology that allows blind students to create computer programs. The "Everyone Can Code" curriculum is designed to be accessible to all students.

Ford aids blind people to 'see' with new smart window - India Times

Read about the new prototype smart car window using the 'Feel the View' technology that helps blind people visualize the passing landscape.

 Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired

PARENT WEEKEND

NOVEMBER 10 & 11, 2017

Family Social BBQ Dinner

Friday evening 5:30 - 8:00 pm, Recreation Building/Bistro (603)

Registration 

Saturday 7:30 - 8:30 Quad (outside cafeteria)

Breakfast

7:30 - 8:30 (Cafeteria)

Welcome

8:30 (Cafeteria)

Concurrent Activities

  • 9:00 - 1:00
  • Parent-Teacher Meetings (classrooms)
  • Wellness Fair (Quad) Parent Social Coffeehouse (603/Bistro)      
  • Orientation and Mobility Demonstrations 9:30 to 11:30(600/248)
  • Transition Fair 10-1:00 (covered walkways)
  • Student Art Show (602) PT/OT Open House (606/120)
  • EXIT Team Specific Activities (see schedule for details)

Picnic Lunch

11:30 - 1:00

 

 Carnival Activities

   11:45 – 1:50

“A Century to Celebrate” Commemorative Video & Student Performance (602/auditorium)

  2:00 - 3:30

Parents will receive an individualized schedule at registration.

Childcare will be available  8:00 - 1:00 (606/144)

Please bring your old or unused eyeglasses for our Lions Club.

Directions to TSBVI

 

SWOMA Conference 2017

The 2017 Southwest Orientation and Mobility Association (SWOMA) Conference takes place October 20th - 21st, 2017 at Region 4 Education Service Center in Houston. Featured speakers and topics include among others:

* Linda Myers and Wendy Scheffers: Street Crossings for Travelers Who Are Visually Impaired, Part 1 and Part 2 
* Kay Clarke: Mobility Devices and Very Young Children: Clues to Making Informed Decisions 
* Ed Gervasoni: O & M Assessment & Instruction Strategies for Individuals Who Are DeafBlind or Have Combined Vision & Hearing Losses (CVHL) 
* Joe Cioffi: A model for blindness wayfinding; combining ibeacon messaging with searchable precompiled directions and pre-journey exploration. 
* Diane Brauner and Ed Summers: Hi-Tech O&M for Everyone!

Register now and get the early bird discount rates! (http://www.tsbvi.edu/swoma-conference)

Austin Community Foundation Fighting Blindness Potluck

Some of your local Foundation Fighting Blindness (FFB) members are hosting a community potluck with our friends at TSBVI! Join us for some scrumptious food, and a wonderful afternoon with new and old friends. Take advantage of this opportunity to meet your neighbors in the Austin area. Bring your favorite finger food item or afternoon snack to share! RSVP by Wednesday, October 25th.

Hurricane Harvey Resources

Our thoughts are with those affected by Hurricane Harvey. The safety of our students and staff are our priority and we encourage you to be prepared and stay safe, too.

If you need a shelter, please call 1-800-RED-CROSS (1-800-733-2767).
Si necesita un refugio, por favor llame al 1-800-Red-Cross (1-800-733-2767).

For readiness tips and information, visit WHAT THE US GOVERNMENT IS DOING (Huracán Harvey - En español)

The following resources are provided by FEMA

Resources for Hurricane Harvey

Social Media Accounts to Follow

The Austin Blind Café Returns to Austin in 2017

After a series of sold out events in recent years, the Austin Blind Café is back by popular demand.

The Blind Café is an award winning community awareness concert, discussion, and dinner in the dark where people connect, learn, and break bread together. The aim is to inspire and initiate positive social change in the lives of everyone involved in the experience, using the concept of darkness to break down social norms that typically exist as barriers.