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Skyward Family Access, a web-based method for parents to access their student's school information, is now available!

For School Year/Comprehensive Programs students, TSBVI is pleased to announce the launch of Skyward Family Access, a web-based method for parents to access the student's school information, including grade history, grades and attendance.

Principal: Miles Fain

(512) 206-9251

General Information

For Parents

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Weekends Home Parent Handbook in PDF

Weekends Home Schedule in PDF

Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired
Weekends Home Program
Please Read Carefully

July 25, 2017

Dear Parents:

This letter is regarding the Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired Weekends Home Program for the 2017-2018 school year. Please read this letter carefully so that you will understand how the Weekends Home Program will work this year. The goal has always been to encourage as many of our students to go home each week as is possible. Our school has always held the value that it is important for our students to maintain the bond they hold with their families and local communities. It is our belief parents do a better job of raising their children than we do. The home community is where resources should be developed to assist the student in their transition to productive adult life.

Here is how the 2017-2018 Weekends Home Program works. If you are within 50 miles of one of our established drop off points: Houston, Columbus, Balch Springs, (Just south of Mesquite), Bear Creek (Red Oak), Belton, Waco, Fort Worth, Franklin, Jacksonville, San Antonio, Brady or Abilene your child will be home every weekend.

If you live more than 50 miles from one of our established drop off points you will have the option to have your child come home only when we are closed or we will make every reasonable effort to get your child home approximately every other weekend at school expense. These options apply to all students who live more than 50 miles from established drop-off points, including all who must use public transportation to return home. Please indicate your choice on enclosed form.

If your child’s ARD Committee makes decisions regarding your child’s participation in the Weekends Home program, we will adhere to those requirements.

Payment for air transportation and bus/van transportation: Your local school district provides for your child to come home, at no expense to you, when the school closes. Please refer to the official TSBVI school calendar for more information about the specific dates of school closings. On all other designated weekends when your child comes home, TSBVI will either provide a TSBVI bus or van transportation for your child to a drop-off point designated by TSBVI or provide a commercial bus or airline ticket for your child approximately every other weekend. Getting your child from TSBVI, the airport/bus station or drop-off point: For the weekends and holidays that TSBVI closes, your local school district will either provide transportation for your child from either TSBVI, the airport, bus station or the TSBVI drop-off point or, reimburse you to do this. You will need to check with someone at your local district about getting paid for this travel.

For all other designated weekends when your child comes home, TSBVI will arrange for you to be paid to pick up your child from the place where your child is dropped off. If your child goes home by plane, you will be paid to pick up and return your child to the airport. If your child goes home by commercial bus or TSBVI bus or van, you will be paid to pick up and take your child to the drop-off point.

Mileage Reimbursement: For each mile you drive back and forth from the drop-off point, TSBVI will reimburse you at the rate of 50% of the federal/state mileage reimbursement rate, which is currently 26 cents per mile. Please be aware that this amount is subject to change based on the federal/state mileage reimbursement rate. So, if you live 15 miles from the drop-off point, TSBVI will pay you 15 x $.26, or $3.90 for your trip to the drop-off point on Friday afternoon; $3.90 for your trip back home on Friday evening; $3.90 to take your child back to the drop-off point on Sunday; and $3.90 for your drive home on Sunday. So, if you live 15 miles from the drop-off point, for one weekend, TSBVI will pay you $15.60.

Reimbursement checks will be mailed to you three times per school year. The first check will be mailed in December and will be for qualifying mileage that you drive between the beginning of the school year and the Thanksgiving holidays. The second check will be mailed in April and will be for qualifying mileage that you drive between the Thanksgiving holidays and spring break. The third check will be mailed in June and will be for qualifying mileage that you drive between spring break and the end of the school year.

Safety: Each school vehicle used for the Weekends Home Program is equipped with a variety of safety equipment to make the trip as safe as possible. All Weekends Home staff have been trained to manage students effectively on the routes and to safely transport the students. This training includes training on evacuations and other emergency response techniques. Every effort is made to ensure a safe ride and a positive experience for students.TSBVI will need your cooperation to keep your child’s participation as consistent as possible with your assigned schedule.

  • Understand, after the school year has started, TSBVI will not be able to make changes in your child’s assigned schedule. In August 2017, we will plan how many staff we will need to supervise students in the dormitories and how many we will need to get students home on each weekend. We cannot afford to make changes after the school year starts because changes will result in not having enough residential instructors to safely and effectively supervise the students who do not go home on a particular weekend.
  • Make sure that you pick up your child on time and have your child back on time from your drop-off point (airport, bus station, TSBVI drop-off point).
  • If your child travels by plane or commercial bus, you must be on time to pick up and to return your child at the time your child’s flight or bus is scheduled.


William Daugherty, Superintendent



Contact: Gian Calaci Weekends Home Coordinator
(512) 206-9231 - Office
(512) 844-9362 - Cell

If you have any questions about these dates please call Gian Calaci, the weekends home coordinator, at 512-206-9231.

Weekends Home Travel Dates

  • School Closings - All student\ travel home on these dates. TSBVI is closed for the indicated long weekends, holidays or end of year travel, which is June 4.
  • 'A' weekend home - All A weekend home students travel home and back to TSBVI on the indicated dates
  • 'B' weekend home - All B weekend home students travel home and back to TSBVI on the indicated dates
  • Most students travel every weekend. Some students travel on either ‘A’ or ‘B’ weekends. Some students travel only on closures. This is generally determined during the ARD process.
REGISTRATION DAY   Sunday 8/2017
1 A Friday 8/25/17 Sunday 8/27/17
2 Closure Friday 9/1/17 Monday 9/4/17
3 B Friday 9/8/17 Sunday 9/10/17
4 A Friday 9/15/17 Sunday 9/17/17
5 B Friday 9/22/17 Sunday 9/24/17
6 A Friday 9/29/17 Sunday 10/1/17
7 Closure Thursday 10/5/17 Monday 10/9/17
8 B Friday 10/13/17 Sunday 10/15/17
9 A Friday 10/20/17 Sunday 10/22/17
10 B Friday 10/27/17 Sunday 10/29/17
11 A Friday 11/3/17 Sunday 11/5/17
12 B Friday 11/10/17 Sunday 11/12/17
13 Closure Friday 11/17/17 Sunday 11/26/17
14 A Friday 12/1/17 Sunday 12/3/17
15 B Friday 12/8/17 Sunday 12/10/17
16 Closure Thursday 12/14/17 Monday 1/2/18
17 A Friday 1/5/18 Sunday 1/7/18
18 B Friday 1/12/18 Sunday 1/14/18
19 A Friday 1/19/18 Sunday 1/21/18
20 B Friday 1/26/18 Sunday 1/28/18
21 A Friday 2/2/18 Sunday 2/4/18
22 B Friday 2/9/18 Sunday 2/11/18
23 Closure Thursday 2/15/18 Monday 2/19/18
24 A Friday 2/23/18 Sunday 2/25/18
25 B Friday 3/2/18 Sunday 3/4/18
26 Closure Thursday 3/8/18 Sunday 3/18/18
27 A Friday 3/23/18 Sunday 3/25/18
28 Closure Friday 3/30/18 Sunday 4/2/18
29 B Friday 4/6/18 Sunday 4/8/18
30 A Friday 4/13/18 Monday 4/15/18
31 B Friday 4/20/18 Sunday 4/22/18
32 A Friday 4/27/18 Sunday 4/29/18
33 B Friday 5/4/18 Sunday 5/6/18
34 A Friday 5/11/18 Sunday 5/13/18
35 B Friday 5/18/18 Sunday 5/20/18
36 A Friday 5/25/18 Monday 5/27/18
Last Day of School 5/31/18    

Dear Parents,

The escorts and drivers on the Weekends Home buses work a 10-hour shift! When you are late, the parents at each following stop are inconvenienced and the staff must work an even longer shift. Please be considerate and on time to pick up and drop off your children.

Thank you so much from everyone in Weekends Home.

Weekends Home FAQs

What items must my child pack?

Residential and/or instructional staff are responsible for ensuring that their students pack clothes, personal items, music players and other items that the student may need for the weekend. Please contact residential or day staff if you have specific items that you would like for your child to bring home on weekends. Also, for those students who may need a change on the bus, please provide between one to three changes of clothes and at least three diapers/pull-ups. These actions will help preserve your child’s dignity and comfort throughout the trip. Thanks for your help!

What do the students do during travel?

Because the buses are often crowded we like travel to be fairly quiet if possible. Most students socialize or listen to music or play games on an iPad. If your child has a favored leisure activity or toy that will help make travel relaxing for them, please send it along. If you know of an activity that soothes your child when they are upset, please let us know that as well.

Do buses make a restroom stop?

Buses make one scheduled stop each way. The bus makes additional stops as needed, however we ask that you please take your child to the toilet prior to boarding the bus and refrain from providing excessive beverages before travel. Thank you. This really helps keep the trips as short as possible.

Is food provided for my child?

We will provide snacks for each student for the Friday trip. Please feed your child lunch before bringing them to the bus on Sundays. We do not provide snacks or lunch for the Sunday trip. Water and juice are available for students on all trips. Please do not give students large drinks before boarding the bus. Unplanned bathroom stops slow down the trip considerably.

Can my child purchase snacks at the restroom stop?

No, due to time constraints and staffing issues, students may not buy snacks or other items at stores during the bus trips. Please plan ahead by providing snacks for return trips.

What if my child has a special diet?

Snacks are prepared by the TSBVI Food Service department in accordance with dietary restrictions and allergy information provided to the Health Center. Please keep all information current so that we may provide a safe and healthy meal for your child.

Can I make changes to my child’s travel schedule?

We will not be able to change the Weekends Home schedule assigned to your child except in emergency or critical situations. If you believe that you have an emergency or critical situation and would like to request a change in your child’s schedule, this must be done no later than 4:00pm on the day before travel will occur.

You must call either:

Garner Vogt, Residential Director- Comprehensive Programs B 512-206-9115

Shelly Allen, Residential Director- Comprehensive Programs A 512-206-9179

***** Important *****

If your child will not be returning on Sunday please notify:

Gian Calaci, Weekends Home Coordinator 512-206-9231 or 512-844-9362

What happens during bad weather?

We will notify you of any cancellations or significant delays due to weather or any other unforeseen circumstances.

Who can pick up my child from the bus stops?

Anyone picking up your child needs to be on their official permissions form. If you need to add someone to this official list please contact the Weekends Home Coordinator 512.206.9362 the week before travel. For safety sake, please do not leave this until the day of travel.

Can my child ride the bus if they are feeling ill?

Students experiencing a temperature above 100 degrees, diarrhea, or vomiting will not be allowed to return on the bus or van in order to protect the other students from a contagion. If a staff member observes a student with any type of medical or health problem indicating that the child may not be healthy enough to return on the bus or van, the staff member may contact the TSBVI Health Center and describe the problem to the nurse on duty. The nurse will determine whether the student will be allowed to return on the bus or van. The staff member will inform you of the nurse's determination.

How are my child’s medications transferred to the school?

Each route has a Medications Sponsor who is responsible for picking up student medications at the Health Center on Fridays. Please meet this person at your stop to get your child’s medication. If you forget to do this, we will call you and ask you to return to the bus stop. If we cannot reach you by phone within a reasonable time period, your child’s meds will be returned to the Health Center at TSBVI. On Sundays please give all returning medications to the Medication Sponsor on your route. Do not pack medications in luggage. EMS must be able to locate all meds easily, in the event of an emergency. If you forget to bring your child’s medication to the bus or the prescription is not full enough to treat the student until her next visit home, your child may not be allowed to return to school. This will be determined by the Administration at TSBVI. The bus Medication Sponsors are not allowed to let a student on the bus until they have all the students’ medications. Thank you for your attention to this important detail for travel.

What kind of training do Weekends Home staff members have?

TSBVI provides First Aid and CPR training, bus evacuation procedures, emergency procedures, basic sign language, Orientation and Mobility, Positive Behavioral Support Techniques and MANDT® training for staff. Staff is also given professional development opportunities to increase the quality of care that your child receives.

Can I send money for my child with Weekends Home staff?

Please remember that we will not be responsible for any money or valuables you send back with your child. We are not able to assume responsibility for any money sent with your child. Our staff is not allowed to accept money, and we strongly discourage parents from sending any money or valuables with the students’ luggage.

Will I need an ID to pick up my child?

Until the staff are familiar with you, you may be asked to show an ID before being allowed to pick up a student. This is for everyone’s safety.


If your child will not be returning on Sunday please notify:
Gian Calaci, Weekends Home Coordinator 512-206-9231 CELL: 512-844-9362

Flight Procedure

 Friday Airport Pick-up

  1. Parents get gate pass at the ticket counter.
  2. Go through security.
  3. Arrive at gate 1 hour before the flight's scheduled arrival.
  4. When the students arrive, exchange info and medications with the escort.
  5. The escorts will depart immediately for their return flight to Austin.

 Sunday Airport Drop-off

  1. Parents and students get gate pass at the ticket counter.
  2. Go through security.
  3. Arrive at gate 1 hour before the scheduled departuret ime.
  4. When the escorts arrive, exchange info and medications with the escort.
  5. If your student has difficulty with parting from you, please say goodbye and then remain out of sight until the plane departs.
  6. The parents must stay at the airport until the plane leaves the ground.

Your student’s dorm manager will provide you with your student’s flight itinerary the week before travel. If you have not received this information by the Wednesday before travel, please contact the dorm manager.

Parents, you must get a gate pass to meet and drop your student at the gate one hour before travel. If you are unwilling to do this, you must arrange for a friend or district person to meet or drop your student at the gate one hour before the flight. This needs to be arranged before the day of travel each week.

Students should travel with one carry-on backpack only.

Your child may not be allowed to return to TSBVI without their medications.

If you want to shop in the airport before flights, please plan to do this early; you need to be waiting at the gate one hour before the scheduled flight.

Flying students to and from TSBVI can be complex, expensive and stressful. Please do your part to make the experience as stress-free as possible. By arriving early and saying your goodbyes quickly, we can avoid many of the problems we have seen in the past.

 Thank you so very much for your help making the flights go smoothly. As always, if you have questions or problems please call me.

Gian Calaci, Weekends Home Coordinator 512-206-9231 CELL: 512-844-9362

Weekends Home Reports

Required Reports of Child Neglect and Abuse:

Texas State law requires all persons who have reason to believe that a child has been abused or neglected to make a report of abuse or neglect to a law enforcement authority such as a police department or the Texas Department of Protective and Regulatory Services. Reporting abuse and neglect is required.   Therefore, any TSBVI staff member who believes that a TSBVI student has been abused or neglected will make a report of such abuse or neglect to an appropriate authority. Types of conduct that may be reported include: striking a child and driving a child while intoxicated.

Prohibition against releasing students to persons who appear to be under the influence of alcohol.

TSBVI prohibits Weekends Home drivers and escorts from releasing any student to a person who appears to be either legally intoxicated or incapable of safely operating a vehicle because of alcohol use. At any time a driver or an escort believes that the person to whom the student is to be released is legally under the influence of alcohol or cannot safely operate a vehicle, the driver or escort will notify the local law enforcement authorities to come to the pick-up or drop-off location. The law enforcement authority will determine whether the student may be released to the person picking up the student.

Student incident reporting:

All incidents will be reported on a TSBVI incident report or on a student’s behavior checklist. The same expectations that apply in the classroom and dorms apply on the bus. If an incident is serious you will be notified. Following the rules on weekends home is a safety issue. Repeated failure to follow the bus rules may result in a student losing the ability to participate in the Weekends Home program.

Weekends Home Vehicle Rules

**The rules of the Student Code of Conduct apply at all times on the Weekends Home vehicles.**

Be Safe - Be Responsible -Be a Participant -Be Respectful

  1. Respect Others' Rights. Students must respect the rights and privileges of other students and Weekends Home staff.
  2. Respect Others' Property. Students must respect the property of others.
  3. Cooperate with Staff. Students must cooperate with or assist the Weekends Home staff in maintaining safety, order, and discipline.
  4. Seatbelts. Students are to remain seated and buckled in their seats as long as the vehicle is in route.
  5. Entertainment. Your child is likely to enjoy a smoother bus trip if they carry preferred music, toys, etc. Please remember to provide spare batteries for the four-hour trips. We are happy to work with the team in establishing a supportive bus routine for your child.
  6. Headsets Required! All radios, CD players, keyboards, electronic toys, etc. must be used with a headset unless Weekends Home staff has given permission otherwise.
  7. SHH! Students must keep all noise levels as low as possible.
  8. Rest Stops. Students must cooperate to make each rest stop as safe and efficient as possible. Students will not be able to purchase snacks or drinks at rest stops. All students must be under supervision of a Weekends Home staff person at all times during the rest stop.
  9. Glass Prohibited. Students may not bring glass objects onto the vehicle unless they are stored in their luggage.
  10. No Aerosols or Sprays. Students may not bring aerosols or sprays (such as perfumes, colognes, etc.) into the seating area of the vehicle.
  11. No Hanging Out the Window. Students must not throw or hang anything out of the window of the vehicle.

The rules of the student code of conduct apply at all times on the Weekends Home vehicles.

Weekends Home Pick-up and Drop-off Schedule

Abilene Route—stopping in Brady & Abilene

Friday Sunday
1:00 PM depart TSBVI 8:10AM depart TSBVI
4:00 PM arrive Brady 1:55 PM arrive Abilene
4:15 PM depart Brady 2:15 PM depart Abilene
6:00 PM arrive Abilene 4:00 PM arrive Brady
6:20 PM depart Abilene 4:15 PM departs Brady
10:30 PM arrive TSBVI 7:00 PM arrive TSBVI

Dallas Route—stopping in Bear Creek & Balch Springs

Friday Sunday
2:45 PM depart TSBVI 9:05 AM depart TSBVI
6:25 PM arrive Bear Creek 1:45 PM arrive Balch Springs
6:45 PM depart Bear Creek 2:00 PM depart Balch Springs
7:00 PM arrive Balch Springs 2:20 PM arrive Bear Creek
7:20 PM depart Balch Springs 2:35 PM depart Bear Creek
11:15 PM arrive TSBVI 6:30 PM arrive TSBVI

Fort Worth Route—stopping in Belton, Waco & Fort Worth

Friday Sunday
2:45 PM depart TSBVI 9:05 AM depart TSBVI
4:00 PM arrive Belton 1:30 PM arrive Ft. Worth
4:15 PM depart Belton 2:00 PM depart Ft. Worth
5:00 PM arrive Waco 3:45 PM arrive Waco
5:30 PM depart Waco 4:30 PM depart Waco
7:00 PM arrive Ft. Worth 5:00 PM arrive Belton
7:15 PM depart Ft. Worth 5:30 PM depart Belton
11:30 PM arrive TSBVI 6:30 PM arrive TSBVI

Houston Route—stopping in Columbus & Houston

Friday Sunday
2:45 PM depart TSBVI 9:15 AM depart TSBVI
4:30 PM arrive Columbus 1:30 PM arrive Houston
5:00 PM leave Columbus 1:45 PM leave Houston
6:30 PM arrive Houston 3:00 PM arrive Columbus
7:00 PM leave Houston 3:30 PM leave Columbus
11:30 PM arrive TSBVI 6:15 PM arrive TSBVI

Jacksonville Route—stopping in Franklin & Jacksonville

Friday Sunday
1:00 PM depart TSBVI 8:00 AM depart TSBVI
3:00 PM arrive Franklin 12:45 PM arrive Jacksonville
3:30 PM leave Franklin 1:00 PM depart Jacksonville
5:30 PM arrive Jacksonville 3:15 PM arrive Franklin
10:30 PM arrive TSBVI 3:30 PM depart Franklin
  5:30 PM arrive TSBVI

San Antonio Route

Friday Sunday
3:15 PM depart TSBVI 2:30 PM depart TSBVI
5:30 PM arrive San Antonio 4:00 PM arrive San Antonio
5:45 PM depart San Antonio 4:15 PM depart San Antonio
7:30 PM arrive TSBVI 6:30 PM arrive TSBVI


TSBVI Short-Term Programs Bus Schedule

WEEK-LONG CLASSES (Sunday to Friday)

Abilene Route - stopping in: Brady and Abilene

To Austin - Sundays Return Home - Fridays
1:55 PM - depart Abilene 1:10 PM - depart TSBVI
4:00 PM - arrive Brady 4:00 PM - arrive Brady
7:00 PM - arrive TSBVI 6:00 PM - arrive Abilene

Dallas Route - stopping in Balch Springs and Red Oak

To Austin - Sundays Return Home - Fridays
1:45 PM - depart Balch Springs 2:45 PM - depart TSBVI
2:20 PM - Depart Read Oak 6:30 PM - arrive Red Oak
6:30 PM - arrive TSBVI 7:30 PM - arrive Balch Springs

Fort Worth Route - stopping in Belton, Waco & Fort Worth

To Austin - Sundays Return Home - Fridays
1:45 PM - depart Ft. Worth 2:45 PM - depart TSBVI
4:15 PM - depart Waco 3:45 PM - arrive Belton
5:15 PM - depart Belton 4:45 PM - arrive Waco
6:30 PM - arrive TSBVI 6:45 PM - arrive Ft. Worth

Houston Route - stopping in: Columbus and Houston

To Austin - Sundays Return Home - Fridays
1:30 PM - leave Houston 2:45 PM - depart TSBVI
3:15 PM - leave Columbus 4:30 PM - arrive Columbus
6:15 PM - arrive TSBVI 6:30 PM - arrive Houston

Jacksonville Route - stopping in: Franklin and Jacksonville

To Austin - Sundays Return Home - Fridays
12:45 PM - depart Jacksonville 1:00 PM - depart TSBVI
3:15 PM - depart Franklin 3:00 PM - arrive Jacksonville
5:30 PM - arrive TSBVI 5:30 PM - arrive Franklin

San Antonio Route

To Austin - Sundays Return Home - Fridays
4:00 PM - depart San Antonio 2:30 PM - depart TSBVI
6:30 PM - arrive TSBVI 5:15 PM - arrive San Antonio

WEEKEND CLASSES (Thursday to Sunday)

Travel to Austin…TSBVI buses do not run on Thursdays. Parents must arrange transportation

Dear Parents,

Please be considerate and on time to pick-up and drop off your children. The escorts and drivers on the Weekends Home buses work a 10 hour shift. When you are late, the parents at each following stop are inconvenienced and the staff must work an even longer shift.

Thank you so much for your promptness from everyone in the Weekends Home Department.

Abilene/Brady Returning Home (Sunday)

  • 8:15 a.m. Depart TSBVI
  • 10:30 Arrive Brady
  • 12:00 p.m. – Arrive Abilene

Dallas/Red Oak Returning Home (Sunday)

  • 9:00 a.m.   Depart TSBVI
  • 12:15 p.m.   Arrive Red Oak
  • 12:40 p.m. Arrive Balch Springs

Ft. Worth/Belton/Waco Returning Home (Sunday)

  • 9:00 a.m.   Depart TSBVI
  • 10:00 a.m. Arrive Belton
  • 11:00 a.m. Arrive Waco Shell Station
  • 1:15 p.m.   Arrive Ft. Worth

Houston Returning Home (Sunday)

  • 9:00 a.m.   Depart TSBVI
  • 11:00 a.m. Arrive Columbus
  • 1:30 p.m.   Arrive Houston

Jacksonville/Franklin Returning Home (Sunday)

  • 8:00 AM.   Depart TSBVI
  • 10:00 p.m.   Arrive Bryan
  • 1:30 p.m.   Arrive Huntsville

San Antonio Returning Home (Sunday)

  • 2:30 pm     Depart TSBVI
  • 4:00 pm     Arrive San Antonio


Abilene Route Information

1st Stop: Brady, Texas

Stripes Convenience Store
2013 S Bridge St
Brady, Texas 76825

map of location of stripes convenience store

Abilene 2nd Stop

Burger King
1633 Antilley Rd
Abilene, Texas 79606

abilene shell map

Dallas Route Information

1st Stop: Bear Creek stop, Red Oak, Texas

Dallas Area Rapid Transit Station (DART)
1200 E Bear Creek Rd
Red Oak, Texas 75154

dallas dart map

2nd Stop: Balch Springs stop, Balch Springs, Texas

Home Depot #555
12005 Elam Rd
Balch Springs, Tx 75180

dallas home depot map

Fort Worth Route Information

1st Stop: Belton, Texas

1601 E 6th Ave
Belton, Texas 76513

fort worth belton mcdonalds map

2nd Stop: Waco, Texas

Pilot Travel Center
8055 Interstate 35 Frontage Rd
Robinson, TX 76706

fort worth waco map

3rd Stop: Fort Worth, Texas

Sears Parking lot, Hulen Mall
4800 S Hulen St
Fort Worth, Tx 76032

fort worth hulen map

Houston I and II Route Information

1st Stop: Houston, Texas

Columbus Travel center
Columbus, Texas 78934

houston columbus map

2nd Stop: Houston, Texas

Lighthouse for the Blind
3602 West Dallas
Houston Tx 77019

houston lighthouse big

houston lighthouse detail

Jacksonville Route Information

1st Stop: Mud Creek Country Store

1870 US-79
Franklin, Texas 77856

 Jacksonville details

2nd Stop: Taco Bell

302 S. Jackson St.
Jacksonville, Texas 75766

 jacksonville details

San Antonio Route Information

1st Stop: Applebee’s

7780 IH35 N
San Antonio, Texas 78239


san antonio applebees map

Useful Numbers

Weekends Home Coordinator: Gian Calaci

Office 512-206-9231

Cell 512-844-9362

Residential Director: Comprehensive Programs B, Garner Vogt

Office 512-206-9115

Residential Director: Comprehensive Programs A, Shelly Allen

Office 512-206-9179

TSBVI Health Center  




TSBVI Main number


Bus Phone Numbers

Abilene Bus 512-296-0779

Dallas Bus 512-844-8731

Fort Worth Bus 512-844-8801

Houston I Bus 512-844-8815

Houston II Bus 512-844-7299

Jacksonville Bus 512-296-0675

San Antonio Bus 512-844-8856

The OT Screening Form is a worksheet, not the real report. The report is a narrative that summarizes and interprets the info on the form. The PT form is the actual computerized report that is filled in as a narrative. We write it in language for educators to understand (not medical language). The style ends up being (as one of my interns described it) 'research paper' style. 

We have no 'real' or 'normed' evaluations that we use. So far, we have found the information on normed forms to be not very helpful. Example: A child with a gross motor level of "16 months" really doesn't tell us much about what s/he can do, and whether the low scores are really due to poor motor skills, or to poor cognition and poor desire to move. Many times low scores are due to lack of experience and cognition and motivation , or lack of vision (many motor skills are learned by imitating other kids, so lack of vision means lack of imitation) rather than truly poor motor skills.

The finger isolation and strength for keyboard and braille writer is actually tested on the keyboard and braille writer: Can the student actually make a readable impression on the braille paper? or Press a keyboard hard enough for the computer to process it?

As for the vision issues, we always check on the vision diagnosis and functional vision evaluation. That information really factors in when you have field problems, and primitive motor reflexes interworking. Vision affects head position, body position, and is important to factor into each section of the generic evaluation.

from Brenda Gregory ()

Download OT Screening form in RTF (24.5K)
Download PT evaluation form in RTF (6.5K)

O.T. Screening Form

Student Name:
Date of Report:




  • Range of Motion
    • active
    • passive
  • Muscle Tone/Quality of Movement
    • flaccid
    • spastic
    • fluctuating
  • Equilibrium Responses/Balance
  • Reflex Behavior

Observe The Following Developmental Skills

  • rolling:
    • segmental
    • log
  • hand/knee crawl
  • commando crawl
  • knee walking

Observe The Following Transitional Movements

  • floor to sit to stand
  • stand to sit to floor



(Determine right or left hand dominance)
use various objects and activities to observe fine motor skills

Prehensile Patterns

  • disc grip (jar lid)
  • spherical (ball)
  • cylindrical
  • standard palmar
  • pinch (2 point tip)
  • tripod (3-jaw chuck)
  • lateral pinch

In-Hand Manipulation Skills

  • shifting
  • translating
  • rotating
  • crumpling


Observe Accommodating Responses For Both Hands

Observe Two-Handed Tasks

Describe Eye-Hand Coordination:


Sensory Motor:

  • observe finger isolation skills
  • correct identification of fingers and thumbs for both hands
  • ability to move fingers in isolation from hand motion
  • sufficient finger isolation for Braille writing
  • or using a keyboard
  • communication through gesture
  • or sign language
  • design copy
  • tracing activities

Sensory Integration: use objects and activities to observe sensory

  • responses
  • stereognosis
  • tactile discrimination
  • sensation
  • tactile localization

Describe Proprioceptive Skills

Describe Spatial Awareness Skills


Oral Motor Skills Check List

  • suck/swallow
  • take food from a spoon
  • bite and chew food
  • bolus formation/movement of food
  • to prepare for swallow

Feeding Skills Check List

  • orient to food
  • ability to grasp and manipulate
  • scoop food
  • utensils
  • napkin
  • hand to mouth pattern
  • drinking cup

Describe Reflex Behavior or Associated Reactions or any unusual

  • movements that occur during eating or toothbrushing


Feeding Adaptations Currently Being Used

Suggested Adaptations To Increase Independence For Self-Feeding

Food Texture - suggested food textures to help increase control of jaw, lips, and tongue:

Feeding Position - suggested seating adaptations to improve self-feeding and over-all posture:

posture check list

  • hips, knees, and ankles at 90 degrees
  • head, neck, and back aligned
  • feet flat on the floor
  • adjust table/chair height if needed


Observe Travel Skills: (independent with cane, sighted guide, hand trailing, familiar and unfamiliar routes, even and uneven surfaces)

Self Care Skills Check List: (is student independent in the following areas, if not describe assistance needed)

  • toileting
  • wash hands with soap
  • wash face
  • brush/comb hair
  • apply toothpaste to toothbrush
  • brush teeth
  • apply deodorant (if applicable)
  • wash upper body
  • wash lower body
  • wash hair
  • dry off with towel
  • doff undergarments
  • don undergarments
  • doff shirt/blouse
  • don shirt/blouse
  • doff pants/shorts
  • don pants/shorts
  • doff dress
  • don dress
  • doff socks
  • don socks
  • doff shoes
  • don shoes
  • zippers
  • snaps
  • unbutton
  • button

List any Adapted Equipment currently used for Toileting, Bathing, Dressing, Classroom Activities, and Computer Accessibility

Suggested Adaptive Equipment to increase independence with Self Care Skills




Physical Therapy Evaluation Form

Date of Report: 


Reason for TSBVI Referral:


Physical Findings:

Range of Motion:


Muscle Tone:



Motor Planning:


Gait/Mobility Skills:

Transitional Skills:

Gravitational Insecurity:



Other Comments:

Problem List:




PT Goals:

Adapted by Richard Mover

What is it:

Personal Data Sheet is a convenient way of organizing all the information that will be required to fully complete an application form. Instead of trying to keep track of a number of documents (record of work history, references, address book, etc.), it is helpful to keep this important information all together on a few stapled pages. Everyone will need a Personal Data Sheet, although not everyone will need a resume. Some jobs have never required resumes, and now, even for professional positions, there are many agencies and companies that will no longer accept resumes. If you have decided that you need to have a resume, do not be concerned if some of the material on your Personal Data Sheet is duplicated on your resume. Each document is used for a different purpose.

How to use it:

As a resource in filling out application forms independently. Not all applications ask for the same information - some may ask for an emergency contact; most ask for three personal references but some ask for four; some want mailing addresses for elementary, junior high and high schools. You can be caught short when filling out applications at the personnel office if you try to rely strictly on your memory and your resume.

For a reader/scribe. If you will need help in completing application forms, a Personal Data Sheet is one way of insuring that spelling is correct and information is accurate. It also will cut down on the amount of talking that will go on in the personnel office as you fill out the form - you will draw less attention to yourself and will appear more organized and professional by having planned ahead. It is preferable to take a reader/scribe with you to fill out application forms, but if you need to rely on the office secretary or receptionist, a Personal Data Sheet will give you more control.

What to include:

  • Your whole name
  • Local (current) address
  • Permanent address
  • Telephone number
  • Alternate telephone number
  • Emergency contact person (name, address, telephone number)
  • Social Security Number
  • Driver's license or Texas identification card number
  • Education (name of school, address, years attended, degree or certificate earned, year it was awarded, credit hours achieved, major and minor concentrations).
  • Work History (name of business, address, telephone number, supervisor's name, start and end dates for employment, job title, brief description of job duties, starting and ending salary, reason for leaving). Include all this information for every job you have held. List on your Personal Data Sheet with the most recent job first and working back to the earliest.
  • Special Skills as appropriate (typing speed, computer programs, foreign languages, additional equipment you can use if it applies to the job you are seeking).
  • References (name, occupation, address, telephone number) Ideally you will have a number of references to choose from to support different types of jobs, but make sure you have at least three. Before you list someone as a reference, ask them first!

adapted from the TCB Career Guidance "Job Seeking Skills Workshop" by Richard Mover

What is it?

An Ability Statement is an organized presentation of information that specifically addresses concerns an employer might have about hiring a person who is visually impaired. It includes the following descriptions:

  • What the disability is. Do not use medical terminology or give acuities. Instead, give a practical description of what you see.
  • How you plan to get to work and how you will get around the work site safely.
  • What low vision aides and adaptive equipment you plan to use to accomplish work tasks. Pay special attention to how you will do written work and how you will access printed material. Positive words should be chosen to focus on what you can do.

Why is it necessary?

The Americans With Disabilities Act prohibits employers from asking about disabilities, but if you come into an office using your cane, believe that the employer will have questions about how you can do the job safely and efficiently. Since the employer cannot ask (and usually does not know about techniques and tools that are second nature to you), it will be up to you to provide information about how you will perform the essential duties of the job. If you have researched the job and can describe your strategies for meeting the employer's needs, you will appear as a competent, motivated, intelligent individual with the ability to plan ahead and problem-solve.

How to use it?

Although as a class we will be putting your Ability Statement on paper, this is for your own benefit so that you can organize the material you want to share and so that you will have a "study sheet" to review when preparing for interviews. You will never give this written Statement to an employer and you will not include it with an application form. Instead, you will verbally present the information during an interview when it seems most appropriate.

  • For persons who are totally blind - Consider beginning the interview by saying,

    "Before we get started, let me take a few minutes to tell you something about the way I get things done". When you finish giving your Ability Statement, turn control of the interview back to the employer by saying, "I imagine you have a number of questions. Please feel free to ask." Most employers cannot imagine how they would do their jobs without sight, and they can get so wrapped up in their own thoughts that they don't give their full attention to your interview. By bringing the blindness issue into the open and talking about it, you clear the air and set the stage for more serious consideration as a candidate.
  • For persons without an obvious disability - There will be several logical places in any interview where the Ability Statement can be added. Two common times might be at the end of your response to the question, "Tell me about yourself" or as part of your answer to, "How is your health?"

Did you know that TSBVI has a Coding Club?

Currently in it's second year, TSBVI Coding Club is made up of mostly high school students. We coordinate with students from the University of Texas Computer Science department to meet with our students on a weekly basis and carry out a 12-week curriculum. These volunteers teach our students the basics of programming so that at the end of the 12-week course, the students are able to use their developed skills to create games and build Lego Mindstorms robots.


The programming language that is being used to teach computer programming to students at TSBVI is Quorum. Originally created to be more accessible for blind and visually impaired users, Quorum is based on usability and human factor concerns. More information on the language can be found at:

EPIQ Conference

If you or someone you know are interested in receiving training to share Quorum with students at your school, more information can be found on the following link:

The annual conference is generally held towards the end of the summer and this year will be held at the Yerkes Conservatory in Wisconsin! 

Additional Information

For additional information, please contact Melinda Hudson at or (512) 206-9454.