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2015 Texas Deafblind Symposium

Once every two years, the Texas Deafblind Project hosts a big conference. This year's 2015 Texas Deafblind Symposium will host several nationally known speakers as well as many presenters from across Texas. Beginning February 19 with a pre-conference on pre-linguistic communication interaction, and continuing with the main conference the 20 and 21, with a theme of Mindfulness:  Active Attention to the Here and Now. Some of our best known speakers include: Bernadette van den Tillaart, Deafblind Consultant Haben Girma, Civil Rights Advocate Dr. Catherine Nelson, Assistant Professor, Department of Special Education, University of Utah Tanni Anthony, Director of Low Vision and Blindness Services, Colorado Department of Education Dr. Amy Parker, Coordinator of Professional Development and Products, National Center on Deafblindness Registration is closed, but detailed information on the sessions can be found at: http://www.tsbvi.edu/workshops-items/4203-tx-symposium-detailed
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Scholarships for Space Camp

I am very excited to tell you about this amazing opportunity for students throughout the world.  In cooperation with Space Camp and SCIVIS, the St. Louis Lighthouse for the Blind is offering full scholarships and transportation assistance to children of unique cultural diversity to attend SCIVIS 2014. The link below will give you the details of the scholarship program.  http://www.tsbvi.edu/space/lighthouse.htm  Please send this out to all of your listserves and fellow professionals around the world.  SCIVIS 2014, our 25th Anniversary, should prove to be an exciting year!  Dan Oates, Coordinator Space Camp for Interested Visually Impaired Students (SCIVIS) http://www.tsbvi.edu/space SCIVIS videos are on You Tube! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wiINS7NS6YE http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X_AaCnDvHRQ Sharon Nichols
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Testing for the pH Factor in Liquids using the LabQuest (1st Version)

This is a short four-part video demonstrating how students in a science lab at the Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired use the LabQuest equipment from Vernier Science .  They are finding the pH factor of four liquids: distilled water, tap water, milk and vinegar. The data collection device used in the experiment is the stand-alone LabQuest-Version 1.   LabQuest 1 is the only Vernier device that “accepts” the Sci-Voice scripting software.  With Sci-Voice installed, the LabQuest 1 device is able to voice the data.  This enables the student with a visual impairment to hear the incremental changes relative to time of any experiment that is recorded by a sensor probe used in conjunction with the LabQuest device.  Discerning the change in incremental findings of substances as they occur in real time is essential to laboratory experiments and data collection.   A pH sensor is plugged into one of the...
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New School Year

Just to get things rolling with a new school year beginning, here are a few links with loads of information, inspiration, and answers to many questions that students/clients may have. BlindHOW, "Finding answers & sharing knowledge related to any question regarding blindness & visual impairment" http://blindhow.com Braille Institute documents and multimedia files for information, research or education. http://brailleinstitute.org/Resources/Document_Library/Tips_for_Daily_Living.aspx VisionAware™, Resources for Independent Living with Vision Loss http://www.visionaware.org And, looking forward to professional development... AER will hold its next International Conference in San Antonio, TX in 2014.  The AERBVI Board also approved a request from the Orientation and Mobility Division to hold a separate conference in 2013 specifically focused on Orientation and Mobility, similar to the "mega conference" held in New Orleans, LA in 2003 with over 600 in attendance.  Location and date are yet to be determined.  
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