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To register for any TSBVI sponsored 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.

Updated January 2017

This calendar includes training events for the 2016-17 school year related to visual impairments and deafblindness.  If you would like to have one of your events included on this Statewide Calendar of Training Events, please send pertinent information to Kate Hurst at . For a listing of TSBVI sponsored webinars, workshops and conferences you may also use the navigation links under the navigation menu to the left of your screen.

January 2017

February 2017

March 2017

April 2017

May 2017

June 2017

July 2017


January 2017


January 6, 2017

Meaningful Evaluation of Students with Visual Impairments                

8:30 AM-3:30 PM            

Region 4 Education Service Center, Houston, TX

Session ID 1252703

For more information visit Meaningful Evaluation of Students with Visual Impairments


January 10, 2017

Advocacy for COMS 

3:00-4:15 PM (Central Standard Time) Eastern 4-5:15 PM, Mountain 2-3:15 PM, Pacific 1-2:15 PM

This webinar focuses on developing your skills for educating your administrators and teams about the need for students to receive instruction in the community, receive appropriate service levels, support reasonable workloads / caseloads, and prive instruction that is meaningful and relevant to the student.  Thinking in terms of "educating your way" rather than "battling your wat" can be a good start to avoid having a defensive reception from an administrator or IEP team member and increase your opportunities and possibilities for working cooperatively moving forward.

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


January 13, 2017

Learning Media Assessment & Assistive Technology Assessments for Students with Multiple Impairments: An Overview  

3:00-4:00 PM (Central Standard Time) Eastern 4-5 PM, Mountain 2-3 PM, Pacific 1-2 PM

Assessment of students with multiple impairments in the areas of learning media and assistive technology can be problematic. Typical approaches may not afford information that is useful in designing effective learning strategies.  In this webinar series, we will review existing instruments that are designed for the child with visual and multiple impairments.  Included is information about the design of each instrument, the skill areas it considers and a step-by-step explanation of the assessment process it employs.  Assessment tools that will be reviewed may include: Sensory Learning Kit, Functional Schemes, Every Move Counts, Communication Matrix, Infused Skills / Basic Skills Assessment, Robbie Blaha's Calendar Assessment, and Philip Schweigert's Tangible Symbols assessment.   Additional date: 5/15/17.

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


January 17, 2017

Self-Determination Units & Lessons: Representing myself to others & navigating rules & regulations 

3:00-4:30 PM (Central Standard Time) Eastern 4-5:30 PM, Mountain 2-3:30 PM, Pacific 1-2:30 PM

Self-determination is one component of the ECC that is critical for student success.  However, there are no clear guidelines for teaching these skills.  Join us i n a discussion of lesson plans that will give your students a better understanding of themselves a s a person with visual impairment, and guide them to greater independence through self-advocacy, as well as understanding how IDEA and ADA apply to them personally.  This is the second installment of the Self-Determination Units and Lesson Plans; the previous webinar was broadcast in 2016 and can be access on the On-the-Go Learning page.

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


January 18, 2017 

Unified English Braille and Nemeth Code             

9:00 AM-4:00 PM

Region 4 Education Service Center, Houston, TX

Session ID 1266075

For more information visit Unified English Braille and Nemeth Code


January 24, 2017  

Reading eBooks with the “Right” Devices and Apps            

8:30 AM-11:30 AM          

Region 4 Education Service Center, Houston, TX

Session ID 1263670

For more information visit Reading eBooks with the “Right” Devices and Apps


 January 24, 2017  

Leveraging Cloud-based Technologies and Transitional Skills for Life After High School            

1:00 PM-4:00 PM     

Region 4 Education Service Center, Houston, TX

Session ID 1263671

For more information visit Leveraging Cloud-based Technologies and Transitional Skills for Life After High School


January 25, 2017

Document Triage: Strategies For Making Your PDF Documents Accessible              

8:30 AM-11:30 PM

Region 4 Education Service Center, Houston, TX

Session ID 1263672

For more information visit Document Triage: Strategies For Making Your PDF Documents Accessible


January 25, 2017

JAWS And The Internet: Optimizing Internet Skills And Navigating Inaccessible Webpages             

1:00 PM-4:00 PM     

Region 4 Education Service Center, Houston, TX

Session ID 1263673

For more information visit JAWS And The Internet: Optimizing Internet Skills And Navigating Inaccessible Webpages


January 26, 2016

Working with Our Wee Ones: The Role of the Certified Orientation and Mobility Specialist (COMS) from Birth to Three           

9:00 AM-4:00 PM             

Region 4 Education Service Center, Houston, TX

Session ID 1265235

For more information visit Working with Our Wee Ones: The Role of the Certified Orientation and Mobility Specialist (COMS) from Birth to Three


January 26, 2017

Active Learning Study Group

3:00-4:00 PM Central Standard Time (4-5 PM Eastern, 2-3 PM Mountain, 1-2 PM Pacific)

Penrickton Center for the Blind, Perkins School for the Blind and Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired host this series of webinars on Active Learning, an instructional approach developed by Dr. Lilli Nielsen.  In this series of webinars we will share ideas for moving from assessment to IEP development to delivering instruction.  Attention will be given to organizing the student's day and delivering both general curriculum and expanded core curriculum content using an Active Learning approach.  Additional dates for this series includes: 3/30/17 and 5/25/17.

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


January 28, 2017 

New Teacher Series: Functional Vision Evaluations for Babies and Students with Multiple and Vision Impairments                             

9:00 AM-12:00 PM

Region 4 Education Service Center, Houston, TX

Session ID 1255393

For more information visit New Teacher Series: Functional Vision Evaluations for Babies and Students with Multiple and Vision Impairments


February 2017


February 10, 2017

Spotlight on Technology: What’s New for Students with Visual Impairments           

9:00 AM-4:00 PM            

Region 4 Education Service Center, Houston, TX

Session ID 1258175

For more information visit Spotlight on Technology: What’s New for Students with Visual Impairments


February 11, 2017  

New Teacher Series: Functional Vision Evaluations for Babies and Students with Multiple and Vision Impairments                         

9:00 AM-12:00 PM

Region 4 Education Service Center, Houston, TX

Session ID 1255393

For more information visit New Teacher Series: Functional Vision Evaluations for Babies and Students with Multiple and Vision Impairments


February 12-14, 2017

Mentor Center 

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.

To get more information about this event visit the workshop website.

To register go to ESC Works our secure partner website.


February 13, 2017

Visual Arts and the Expanded Core Curriculum: Coloring and drawing in activities of early elementary 

3:00-4:00 PM (Central Standard Time) Eastern 4-5 PM, Mountain 2-3 PM, Pacific 1-2 PM

Art is highly integrated into learning strategies in general education, beginning with the simple drawing and coloring exercises of early elementary and progressing through advanced studio classes in secondary school.  All too often, students with visual impairments are excluded or discouraged from participation in these activities under the mistaken assumption that such undertakings would be of little benefit or interest for them. This webinar will provide information on how to make learning in the visual arts accessible and meaningful.  Drawing and coloring are integrated into so many activities in early elementary classrooms, enhancing and reinforcing learning in content areas.  This session will provide methods and materials for ensuring the student with visual impairments has access to these valuable tools.

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


February 17, 2017

Considerations for Low Vision in the Classroom including Self-Determination

Presenter: Dr. Penny Rosenblum

Location: Region 8 Education Service Center, Pittsburg, TX

For more information contact: Dawn Adams at


February 23, 2017

Yoga Webinar Series: Introducing Yoga for Children with Visual and Multiple Impairments a new publication from TSBVI - Part 3

3:00-4:00 PM (Central Standard Time) Eastern 4-5 PM, Mountain 2-3 PM, Pacific 1-2 PM

In this final webinar of the three part series, we will present strategies to support the academic learning of students with visual impairments. Participants will be given a sequence appropriate for middle-- high school academic students with visual impairments. Participants will gain an understanding of how to include yoga in to the school environment and how to garner support from other staff members.

To register go to ESC Works our secure partner website.


February 25, 2017

Texas Parent to Parent 1-Day Conference

Tyler ISD Career and Tech Center, Tyler, Texas

For information go to http://www.txp2p.org/training/RegionalConference.html


February 27, 2017

CVI Study Group

3:00-4:00 PM  (Central Standard Time) Eastern 4-5 PM, Mountain 2-3 PM, Pacific 1-2 PM

Participants will share documents and videos of their own students via google drive.  Participants will discuss newly submitted materials and offer suggestions with their peers.  We will explore suggestions with their student and share how the student responded.  Participants will explore topics and resources of interest related to CVI, as identified by the group.  Participants are asked to attend all CVI Study Group webinars which are scheduled for 10/31/16, 12/12/16, 2/27/17, and 4/24/17.

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


March 2017


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.

Visit the Symposium website to learn more about this event!

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

Visit the Symposium website to learn more about this event!

Register for the 2017 Texas Symposium on Deafblindness!


March 28-30, 2017

IN-home Sensory Impaired Training and Education (INSITE) Institute

8:30 AM-3:30 PM            

Region 4 Education Service Center, Houston, TX

Session ID 1265328

For more information visit IN-home Sensory Impaired Training and Education (INSITE) Institute


March 30, 2017

Active Learning Study Group

3:00-4:00 PM Central Standard Time (4-5 PM Eastern, 2-3 PM Mountain, 1-2 PM Pacific)

Penrickton Center for the Blind, Perkins School for the Blind and Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired host this series of webinars on Active Learning, an instructional approach developed by Dr. Lilli Nielsen.  In this series of webinars we will share ideas for moving from assessment to IEP development to delivering instruction.  Attention will be given to organizing the student's day and delivering both general curriculum and expanded core curriculum content using an Active Learning approach.  The final date in this series is 5/25/17.

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


April 2017


April 23-25, 2017

Mentor Center 

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.

To get more information about this event visit the workshop website.

To register go to ESC Works our secure partner website.


April 24, 2017

CVI Study Group

3:00-4:00 PM (Central Standard Time) Eastern 4-5 PM, Mountain 2-3 PM, Pacific 1-2 PM

Participants will share documents and videos of their own students via google drive.  Participants will discuss newly submitted materials and offer suggestions with their peers.  We will explore suggestions with their student and share how the student responded.  Participants will explore topics and resources of interest related to CVI, as identified by the group.  Participants are asked to attend all CVI Study Group webinars which are scheduled for 10/31/16, 12/12/16, 2/27/17, and 4/24/17.

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


May 2017


May 11, 2017

Low Vision Conference 

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.


May 15, 2017

Learning Media Assessment & Assistive Technology Assessments for Students with Multiple Impairments: An Overview  

3:00-4:00 PM (Central Standard Time) Eastern 4-5 PM, Mountain 2-3 PM, Pacific 1-2 PM

Assessment of students with multiple impairments in the areas of learning media and assistive technology can be problematic. Typical approaches may not afford information that is useful in designing effective learning strategies.  In this webinar series, we will review existing instruments that are designed for the child with visual and multiple impairments.  Included is information about the design of each instrument, the skill areas it considers and a step-by-step explanation of the assessment process it employs.  Assessment tools that will be reviewed may include: Sensory Learning Kit, Functional Schemes, Every Move Counts, Communication Matrix, Infused Skills / Basic Skills Assessment, Robbie Blaha's Calendar Assessment, and Philip Schweigert's Tangible Symbols assessment.   

Register for this event.


May 23- 25 2017

IN-home Sensory Impaired Training and Education (INSITE) Institute               

8:30 AM-3:30 PM            

Region 4 Education Service Center, Houston, TX

Session ID 1265328

For more information visit IN-home Sensory Impaired Training and Education (INSITE) Institute


May 25, 2017

Active Learning Study Group 

3:00-4:00 PM Central Standard Time (4-5 PM Eastern, 2-3 PM Mountain, 1-2 PM Pacific)

Penrickton Center for the Blind, Perkins School for the Blind and Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired host this series of webinars on Active Learning, an instructional approach developed by Dr. Lilli Nielsen.  In this series of webinars we will share ideas for moving from assessment to IEP development to delivering instruction.  Attention will be given to organizing the student's day and delivering both general curriculum and expanded core curriculum content using an Active Learning approach.  

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


June 2017


June 12-13, 2017

Active Learning Conference 

Presented by Patty Obrzut, Assistant Director, Penrickton Center for Blind Children

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

Preston Ridge Campus of Collin County Community College

9700 Wade Blvd, Frisco, TX 75035 (near Dallas, TX)

Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired Outreach Programs and Region 10 Education Service Center, Low Incidence Disabilities Network are please to co-sponsor this two-day training event on Active Learning with presenter, Patty Obrzut.  This presentation will cover all the basic elements of Active Learning and is appropriate for individuals who have never been to an Active Learning training as well as those who have experience with this approach.

Registration Fees

  • $100 Texas Early Bird Registration thru April 30th
  • $150 Texas Regular Rate (starting May 1st)
  • $150 Non-Texas Early Bird Registration thru April 30th
  • $200 Non-Texas Regular Rate (starting May 1st)
Registration opens at the end of February.
Adult family members of Texas students with visual impairments or deafblindness may be eligible for a registration stipend.  You may request this stipend when you set up your registration account online or by contacting Kate Hurst at 512-206-9224 or at  .

Contact: 

Kate Hurst, TSBVI Outreach Programs

 or 512-206-9224

or

Deattia MacDonald, Region 10 Education Service Center

 or (972) 348-1700


June 13-14, 2017 

Texas Assistive Technology Network Statewide Conference             

8:00 AM-4:30 PM

Region 4 Education Service Center, Houston, TX

Session ID 1014709

For more information visit Texas Assistive Technology Network Statewide Conference


June 16 & 17, 2017

13th Annual Texas Parent to Parent Statewide Parent Conference 

Embassy Suites in San Marcos, Texas

Save the dates for this fantastic conference!


July 2017


July 19-22, 2017

AER International Orientation & Mobility Conference 2017

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania


July 27-30, 2017

13th International CHARGE Syndrome Conference

Rosen Shingle Creek Hotel in Orlando, Florida

Every two years the CHARGE Syndrome Foundation hosts the largest gathering in the world of individuals with CHARGE syndrome and their families. The conference is also attended by dedicated professionals who make themselves available to families throughout the weekend.

We are thrilled to announce the date and location for the 13th Annual CHARGE Syndrome Conference – Taking CHARGE in Orlando!

Rosen Shingle Creek is conveniently located on Universal Boulevard, minutes away from many world-famous attractions. Begin planning now to join us for an amazing conference and maybe even stay for a holiday!

More information coming soon. Stay tuned!