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2016-2017 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.  


September 30, 2016

El Paso Low Vision Conference: Filling in the Gaps For Credit

Location: El Paso, Region 19 Education Service Center

Time: 9:00 am - 4:00 PM

This one-day event is co-sponsored by TSBVI Outreach Programs and Region 19 Education Service Center.

What’s my next lesson with my student with low vision? What is my role and how can I support the needs of academic students with low vision?  Join us at this event to learn more about issues and answers for this unique group of students with visual impairments.

Highlights include:

  • interactive learning stations with ideas for instruction in the Expanded Core Curriculum,
  • tips for access to the general curriculum, and   
  • effective models for itinerant service and collaboration.

Presenters: Our presenters include: Dr. Cindy Bachofer, Chrissy Cowan, and Eva Thompson-Lavigne. 

Audience: The conference is geared for professionals. Parents, administrators, and others are always welcome and are encouraged to attend and share in the learning. 

Learn more about this event and/or register (ESC Works our secure registration partner).


October 6-7, 2016

Introduction to the Intervener Team Model For Credit

Location: TSBVI James C. Durkel Conference Center, Austin, TX

This is a training for team members who are working with a deafblind student (birth-22) who has been assigned an educational intervener or one on one professional. The intervener needs to attend with at least one team member.

Interveners need specialized skills related to deafblindness, in order to provide one-on-one instructional support to students who are deafblind. They 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 2015 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 or a teacher for the deaf and hard of hearing or teacher for students with visual impairments or another professional regularly involved with the student). Adult family members of the student are welcomed.

Learn more about this event and register (ESC Works our secure registration partner).


October 11-14, 2016

Braille and Tactile Graphic Production Boot Camp For Credit

Location: TSBVI James C. Durkel Conference Center, Austin, TX

Participants will create braille and tactile graphic document. 

Activities include:

  • Analyzing print worksheet for element style and/or mathematical expressions,
  • Applying braille format and tactile graphic placement decision-making.
  • Document conversion into editable text.
  • Document and graphic preparation for braille translation.

Braille Bootcamp is four days of hands-on experiential learning with activities consisting of small group collaboration and individiual activities. There are seats for 20 participant.

Software included in the training;

  • Microsoft Word 2010
  • MathType 6.9a
  • Duxbury 11.2 SR4
  • Tiger Software Suite 4.x-5.0

Learn more about this event and/or register (ESC Works our secure registration partner.)


October 23-25, 2016

Mentor Center For Credit

Location: TSBVI James C. Durkel Conference Center, Austin, TX

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 state Rehabilitation Center for adults with visual impairments, located near the TSBVI campus.

Register for the October Mentor Center (ESC Works our secure registration partner.)


November 2, 2016

Studies in Deafblindness for the Advanced Practitioner: Brain function and human connectedness For Credit

Presenter: Dr. Jan van Dijk

Location: TSBVI James C. Durkel Conference Center, Austin, TX

Join us for a day with Dr. Jan van Dijk.  For over 50 years, Dr. van Dijk has been one of the leading voices in the field of deafblindness, both as a practitioner and as a researcher. His work includes, social/emotional development in children with deafblindness, the development of deafblind specific assessment, as well as teaching strategies for children with deafblindness. 

This workshop will focus on understanding how neurological development relates to attachment, social learning, and behavior in children with deafblindness. The day will be geared toward THE ADVANCED PRACTITIONER AND TEACHERS OF STUDENTS WITH DEAFBLINDNESS.

Get more information.

Register for this workshop. (ESC Works is our secure website partner.)


November 3-5, 2016

Southwest Orientation and Mobility Association (SWOMA) Conference For Credit

Location: Region 11 Education Service Center, Ft. Worth, TX

This year's conference begins with a special pre-conference event, Uncontrolled Intersections: Teaching Students to Recognize and Deal with Situations of Uncertainty presented by Dona Sauerburger, COMS.  Our Friday keynote speaker will be Janet Barlow, President of Accessible Design for the Blind, will present Innovative Intersections and Implications for Pedestrians. Breakout sessions tentatively include:

  • Nora Griffin Shirley, Orientation and Mobility for Independent Living
  • Tanni Anthony, Learning to Move / Moving to Learn
  • Karen Wolffe, Transition to Work and Adult Life
  • Alecia Self, Grant Writing to Obtain Orientation and Mobility Teaching Materials and Technology
  • Chris Tabb, Orientation and Mobility and the Expanded Core Curriculum
  • Mandy Jenkins, Transition Planning at All Grade Levels
  • Alecia Self, Administrative Collaboration for Traveling Off Campus and other areas of Orientation and Mobility Instruction
  • Lelan Miller, Deafblind Orientation and Mobility
  • Author Panel, Apply Texas Two-Step to your Caseload: a Texas Two Step 
  • Rona Pogrund and Shannon Darst, Visual Impairment Scale of Service Intensity of Texas: Orientation and Mobility (VISSIT-OM)

Lodging: A block of rooms at the Fairfield Inn and Suites and Hampton Inn & Suites in Ft. Worth has been arranged for a fee of $119 for single, double, triple and quadruple occupancy.

Get more information or register for SWOMA (ESC Works is our secure website partner.)  Registration opens September 1st.


December 9-10, 2016

Mentor Training For Credit

Location: TSBVI James C. Durkel Conference Center, Austin, TX

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.


February 12-14, 2017

Mentor Center For Credit

Location: TSBVI James C. Durkel Conference Center, Austin, TX

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 state Rehabilitation Center for adults with visual impairments, located near the TSBVI campus.


March 2-4, 2017

Texas Symposium on Deafblindness and a Special Pre-Symposium Workshop For Credit

March 2, 2017 - Pre-Symposium Workshop: The Basics of Understanding Deafblindness in Children and Youth

The 2017 Symposium will include discussion of a variety of topics for an in-depth look at many issues affecting the education, support, and parenting of children and youth who are deafblind.  If you want to take full advantage of this experience, but you are new to deafblindness, consider attending the full-day 2017 Symposium Pre-Conference Event to get a basic foundation to build upon during the other symposium sessions.

The pre-conference training, “The Basics of Understanding Deafblindness in Children and Youth,” will provide an overview of:

  • terminology associated with the issues surrounding deafblindness;
  • the effects of deafblindness on information access and concept development;
  • understanding and communicating with people who are deafblind;
  • encouraging and supporting purposeful and confident movement;
  • strategies to more effectively offer support and connect with people who are deafblind;
  • developing successful and meaningful learning activities; and
  • elements of effective intervention in a variety of settings.

The content of the pre-conference will be a day of “Deafblindness 101”, with information geared toward parents, educators, and associated professionals who are new the world of deafblindness.  If you have attended training about deafblindness in the past, this Pre-Conference Event may be repetitive, and you may prefer to register only for the two-day main Symposium.

For more information visit the Symposium webpage!

Register for the Pre-Conference.

March 3-4 - Symposium on Deafblindness: Making Connections

We are in the process of planning another spectacular Symposium for 2017.  Our theme for 2017 is Making Connections and will focus on the importance of making connections in the life of individuals with deafblindness. Sessions are still being planned for the Symposium but we have tentatively scheduled the following speakers:

  • Dr. Judy Cameron, Center on Developing Children at Harvard
  • Dr. Joe Gibson, Outdoor and Physical Activities Co-ordinator for Sense Scotland 
  • Suzanne Zeedyk, University of Dundee (Scotland), within the School of Psychology and founder of Connected Baby
  • Bernadette van den Tillaart, Deafblind Consultant and National Leadership Consortium in Sensory Disabilities Doctoral Scholar
  • Robbie Blaha, Deafblind Education Consultant with TSBVI Outreach
  • and many more

For more information visit the Symposium webpage!

Register for the 2017 Texas Symposium on Deafblindness!


April 2-5, 2017

The 4th Biennial POSB Math & Science Institute for Instruction

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

This event will take place just prior to the NCTM Annual Meeting set for April 5-8, 2017 in San Antonio, TX (about 100 miles south of Austin).

What to Expect

  • This is your chance to connect with other professionals around the country about teaching math and science to the blind or visually impaired.  
  • We have tentatively scheduled a social gathering Sunday night, morning and afternoon sessions on both Monday and Tuesday, a tour of TSBVI late Monday afternoon (4:15-5:15 PM) and networking time on Wednesday morning. 
  • The NCTM Annual Meeting and Exposition will be taking place starting the evening of April 5th in San Antonio if you would like to attend that also.  Registration for NCTM will need to be made separately at www.nctm.org.
  • TSBVI will be providing transportation from Austin to San Antonio on the 5th for participants registered for the POSB Math and Science Institute who would like this assistance.

Goals

  • To build community and a support system among teachers of the visually impaired. Often, teachers feel isolated and don’t have easy access to other teachers for guidance and support. 
  • To provide professional development opportunities. The “POSB Institutes for Instruction” would include a training component, focusing on a particular area of instruction to inspire teachers and provide them with tools to improve their instructional practices.  
  • To establish online communities for individual disciplines in order to provide ease in communication and to share documents and other materials related to instruction.

View the agenda!

Registration

Registration begins on November 1, 2016 and is free to all individuals who register before March 4, 2017 thanks to the generous contributions from our sponsors.  If you register March 4, 2017 or later, you will be charged $50.

Register now for the POSB Math and Science Institute!

Hotel

A block of rooms has been reserved at the CROWNE PLAZA AUSTIN located at 612 North IH-35 Austin, Texas at a special rate of $135 for either a single or double room.  

To make your reservation call (800) 227-6963. Individuals must identify themselves as an attendee at the POSB Math and Science Institute to recieve this special rate.  This rate is only good for rooms reserved by March 15, 2017.

The Crowne Plaza is approximately 4 1/2 miles from Texas School for the Blind & Visually Impaired campus.

Included in your hotel reservation is a full breakfast.

A free shuttle will be provided by TSBVI to transport participants to and from the hotel to TSBVI.


April 23-25, 2017

Mentor Center For Credit

Location: TSBVI James C. Durkel Conference Center, Austin, TX

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 state Rehabilitation Center for adults with visual impairments, located near the TSBVI campus.


May 11, 2017

Low Vision Conference For Credit

Location: TSBVI James C. Durkel Conference Center, Austin, TX

Save the dates for this event.  One day will focus on information for parents and one day will focus on information for professionals.  Check back in the fall for more information about this event.


June 12-13, 2017

Active Learning Conference For Credit

Presented by Patty Obrzut, Penrickton Center for Blind Children

Co-sponsored by TSBVI Outreach and Region 10 Education Service Center

Given the opportunity, any child can learn!  Active learning, an innovative approach developed by Dr. Lilli Nielsen has reshaped educational programming.  Motivating and empowering those with multiple special needs to be engaged by their environment, instead of being controlled by it.      

Join Ms. Patricia Obrzut, M.S., O.T.R/L., as she provides you with this fresh and pioneering approach.  Learn how to increase functional independence and developmental skills while reducing stereotypical, self-injurious or aggressive behaviors.  This exciting conference will feature lecture, video and demonstrations.  Active Learning equipment and materials will be on display throughout this conference.

Individuals with multiple disabilities (cerebral palsy, visual impairment, cognitive impairment, autism, hearing impairment, etc.) are at great risk from developing reliance on others to interact with the world around them.  Active Learning recognizes that every child/adult with special needs is unique.  The programming and intervention for facilitating learning must reflect this individuality. Active Learning emphasizes creating a developmentally appropriate and enriched environment so that children and adults with multiple special needs become active learners. 

This conference will help professionals and parents understand the theories of Active Learning, to facilitate simple ways to change the environment, and to create a daily curriculum that fosters independent and appropriate developmental learning.  

Learning Objectives for this Conference

Participants will be able to:

  • Establish rich environments to encourage active learning vs. passive learning
  • Identify the role of play as a developmental tool in learning
  • Understanding the dynamic learning circle and the role a disability plays in disrupting this process
  • Identify strategies to encourage developmental learning
  • Identify how to use Active learning as an instrument for decreasing self-injurious behavior, self-stimulatory behaviors or aggressive behaviors
  • Understand the purpose and use of equipment that facilitates an Active Learning environment including:  the Little Room, Resonance Board, HOPSA-dress, Support Bench, Multi-functional table and others.
  • Understand and identify the emotional and intellectual levels of the special needs child. 
  • Identifying the role of the adult in promoting skill development
  • Assess a child’s developmental level with the use of the Functional Scheme
  • Establish a rich and appropriate Active Learning curriculum by developing appropriate IEP goals.  

Our Speaker

Patricia Obrzut is the Assistant Director of Penrickton Center for Blind Children, a private, non-profit organization serving blind, special needs children ages 1-12 years.  Located in Taylor, Michigan, Penrickton Center offers residential, daycare, and consultative programs at no charge to families.  Ms. Obrzut has a Master’s Degree in Occupational Therapy and received the permission of Dr. Lilli Nielsen in 2002 to provide Active Learning educational trainings. She is considered an expert in the use Active Learning strategies, equipment, techniques, assessment tool and curriculum, implementing programming for special needs children since 1992.

Preston Ridge Campus of Collin College

This year's Active Learning Conference will take place in the Conference Center at the Preston Ridge Campus of Collin College. The campus is located at 9700 Wade Blvd., Frisco, TX near Preston Road and Wade Boulevard, in Frisco, TX.  

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Hotels in the Area

The following hotels are listed as offering the state rate on rooms.  Please make your own reservations at one of these hotels or a hotel of your choice.

COMFORT SUITES | 972-668-9700 MAP & Directions 

9700 Dallas Pkwy, Frisco, TX 75033-4258

Website: www.csfrisco.com 

HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS | 972-668-5959 / 972-668-5959 MAP & Directions 

3400 Parkwood Blvd, Frisco, TX 75034

Website: www.hiexpress/friscotx 

HYATT HOUSE | 972-668-4500 MAP & Directions 

2875 Parkwood Blvd, Frisco, TX 75034

Website: www.hyatthousefrisco.com 

Registration Fee

You may register now and pay later if you are using a purchase order or check.  You may also register using a credit card.

  • $100 for Professionals and Family Members thru May 15th; $125 beginning May 16, 2017.
  • $75 for Paraprofessionals and University Students thru May 15th; $100 beginning May 16, 2017.

Register now!

Family Members of School-aged Children with Visual Impairments

Limited assistance is available for Texas family members of students with visual impairments or deafblindness.  Please contact your HHSC caseworker if you have an active case open about their ability to help with the cost of registration and travel before requesting assistance from TSBVI Outreach.  When registering you may request assistance with registration costs and other financial needs to attend and one of our staff will contact you about your request.

If you are not sure if this conference is for you, you may want to visit the Active Learning Space Website prior to attending this event.  There you will learn some of the basics 

Contact: 

Kate Hurst, TSBVI Outreach Programs

 or 512-206-9224

or

Deattia MacDonald, Region 10 Education Service Center

 or (972) 348-1700

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