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2018 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. 


January 9-12, 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 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

For Additional Information visit the Braille Boot Camp webpage.

Register Now!


February 11-13, 2018

Mentor Center

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.

To learn more about this event visit the Mentor Center page.

Register for this event.


February 23-25, 2018

Family Transition Weekend, “Discovering the Future”

This weekend workshop will help families of students with visual and multiple impairments, including those with deafblindness, learn to make plans for their family member’s adult life after graduation. The targeted audience is families of middle school and high school students who will need services and supports in the community for plans other than traditional graduation to college and career.

For more information visit the workshop webpage.


 

February 28-March 1, 2018

Active Learning Conference

Region 3 Education Service Center, Victoria, TX

This conference focuses on an approach for educating students who are sensorimotor or early pre-operational learners (developmentally functioning between birth to about 6 years old) of any age. The Active Learning Approach was developed by Dame Lilli Nielsen of Denmark and is used especially with students who are visually and multiply impaired. This year Region 3 ESC Low Incidence Disabilities Network hosts this event in Victoria.  

For more information go to Region ESC Professional Development site.


 March 1-3, 2018

Texas Focus: On the Move - EARLY BIRD DISCOUNT extended thru February 15th!

Crowne Plaza, Austin, TX

This year's Texas Focus Conference includes a special pre-conference day for parents and professionals.  Confirmed speakers include:

  • Anat Baniel
  • Anne Corn
  • Lauren Leiberman
  • Michael McLinden
  • Patty Obrzut
  • Athena Oden
  • Karen Reynus
  • Christine Roman-Lantzy
  • Penny Rosenblum

For more information visit the conference webpage.


April 6-8, 2018

In the Driver’s Seat

This 3-day student-parent workshop is co-hosted by TSBVI Short-term Programs and Outreach Programs.  Parents attend with the student and have opportunities to learn about pre-driver readiness skills, use of bioptics for driving, and steps to preparing for driver's license.  Both parents and students participate in “passenger” driving exercises and ask questions about low vision evaluations, rehabilitation driver’s training, and more from the experts.

For more information go to In the Driver's Seat page.


April 22-24, 2018

 Mentor Center

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.

To learn more about this event visit the Mentor Center page.

Register for this event.


May 4, 2018

Low Vision Conference: Supporting students with albinism

at Texas School for the Blind & Visually Impaired

James C. Durkel Conference Center

Austin, Texas

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“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.

Objectives:

Participants will:

Summarize the different patterns of inheritance and the genes associated with the most common forms of albinism;

Identify unique needs of students with albinism and intervention strategies to support them;

Describe the impact on social and emotional growth of 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.

For more information visit the Low Vision Conference page.

Registration

Register Now!


July 16th - 23rd, 2018

EPIQ Logo

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 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

For Additional Information visit the Braille Boot Camp webpage.

REGISTER HERE!


October 4-5, 2018

Introduction to the Intervener Team Training Model

James C. Durkel Conference Center, TSBVI Campus, Austin, TX

nterveners 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)

Registration begins in July for this event. Go to http://txtsbvi.escworks.net and check the calendar.

Questions?

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

 


TSBVI On-the-Road Training Events

We are currently planning with various Education Service Center consultants to co-host events in their regions (see the tentative list below).  Please contact Kate Hurst at mailto: or submit a request for training if you would like to bring one of our training events to your region.


May 11, 2018

Active Learning Make and Take

Region 3 Education Service Center, Victoria, TX

Active Learning is an approach based on the work of Dr. Lilli Nielsen.It is an approach that can be used with all learners, but is most effective for those who have significant multiple disabilities and are functioning in the 0-48 month developmental level. This approach is closely tied to evidence-based research, such as the work of Jean Piaget's developmental stages of learners. It views the child's development wholistically, including not only motor, cognitive, and sensory skills, but also social and emotional development.Come join us as we review the foundations of Active Learning by Dr. Lilli Nielsen and create active learning tools you can use with your students the next day! 

For more information or to register go to the Region 3 ESC registration site.


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