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Austin Community Foundation Fighting Blindness Potluck

Some of your local Foundation Fighting Blindness (FFB) members are hosting a community potluck with our friends at TSBVI! Join us for some scrumptious food, and a wonderful afternoon with new and old friends. Take advantage of this opportunity to meet your neighbors in the Austin area. Bring your favorite finger food item or afternoon snack to share! RSVP by Wednesday, October 25th.

Survey for TVIs and COMS on Delivery of ECC Instruction

If you are a TVI or O&M Specialist, you are encouraged to complete a survey on the implementation of the expanded core curriculum.

SWOMA Conference 2017

The 2017 Southwest Orientation and Mobility Association (SWOMA) Conference takes place October 20th - 21st, 2017 at Region 4 Education Service Center in Houston. Featured speakers and topics include among others:

* Linda Myers and Wendy Scheffers: Street Crossings for Travelers Who Are Visually Impaired, Part 1 and Part 2 
* Kay Clarke: Mobility Devices and Very Young Children: Clues to Making Informed Decisions 
* Ed Gervasoni: O & M Assessment & Instruction Strategies for Individuals Who Are DeafBlind or Have Combined Vision & Hearing Losses (CVHL) 
* Joe Cioffi: A model for blindness wayfinding; combining ibeacon messaging with searchable precompiled directions and pre-journey exploration. 
* Diane Brauner and Ed Summers: Hi-Tech O&M for Everyone!

Register now and get the early bird discount rates! (http://www.tsbvi.edu/swoma-conference)

Hurricane Harvey Resources

Our thoughts are with those affected by Hurricane Harvey. The safety of our students and staff are our priority and we encourage you to be prepared and stay safe, too.

If you need a shelter, please call 1-800-RED-CROSS (1-800-733-2767).
Si necesita un refugio, por favor llame al 1-800-Red-Cross (1-800-733-2767).

For readiness tips and information, visit WHAT THE US GOVERNMENT IS DOING (Huracán Harvey - En español)

The following resources are provided by FEMA

Resources for Hurricane Harvey

Social Media Accounts to Follow

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Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired Presents SMALL ACTORS

Directed by Robert Pierson, Small Actors is a one act play by Stephen Gregg. In the play, Emily desperately wants to play the lead in her high school's production of Romeo and Juliet. Instead, she gets a one-line, four-word role. Nonetheless, she tells her parents (who will be out of town during the performance) that she got the lead, and suddenly, things spin way out of control. This outlandishly funny and very touching play is about the roles we all play—in theatre and in life.

Join the students and staff at the Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired on Thursday, February 25th, in celebrating the Unified English Braille Code.

The events will be live-streamed from TSBVI.

Events

Program Sponsored by the TSBVI Student Council

Date: Thursday, February 25, 2:15pm to 2:45 pm

  • Welcome
  • Braille Cheer by the Cheerleaders and Pep Squad
  • UEB Q & A Dialogue by Demetria and Ta'Lia
  • History of the Braille Code by Moreblessings and Mariana
  • "We Need Braille" by Precious Perez with Power Point of students using Braille
  • Announce the winners of the UEB Contest

Refreshments will be served in the Cafeteria immediately following the program. All students and staff invited.

Contest

Student created poems, stories, artwork and more will be judged and winners announced at the end of the program. All entries should be turned into the Learning Resource Center by the end of the school day, Wednesday, February 24th.

UEB SCAVENGER HUNT

The UEB scavenger hunt has been on-going all month with the first clue located on the bulletin board in the main instructional building, 600. All students welcome to participate. See your O&M instructor for more details and to get started.

The Austin Blind Café Returns to Austin in 2017

After a series of sold out events in recent years, the Austin Blind Café is back by popular demand.

The Blind Café is an award winning community awareness concert, discussion, and dinner in the dark where people connect, learn, and break bread together. The aim is to inspire and initiate positive social change in the lives of everyone involved in the experience, using the concept of darkness to break down social norms that typically exist as barriers.

ALERT! Cogswell-Macy Bill Introduced! 

Comprehensive Special Education Legislation for Blind/Visually Impaired, Deaf/Hard of Hearing, and Deafblind Students

H.R. 3535: The Alice Cogswell and Anne Sullivan Macy Act

"Our students will thrive - with Thirty-five Thirty-five!"
Follow this link to read this latest edition of DirectConnect online:
http://www.afb.org/info/programs-and-services/public-policy-center/directconnect- newsletter/cogswell-macy-bill-introduced/1235


For further information, contact:

Mark Richert, Esq.
Director, Public Policy, AFB
(202) 469-6833

Dear colleagues, friends and fellow advocates for students with disabilities:

Yesterday, following impressive, dedicated advocacy across the sensory impairments communities, the most comprehensive legislation to enhance and reform America's special education system for students with vision/hearing disabilities and deafblindness has been introduced. H.R. 3535, the Alice Cogswell and Anne Sullivan Macy Act, once enacted, will ensure that: every child who is deaf, every child who is blind, and every child who is deafblind, regardless of whether they have additional disabilities, will be properly counted and served; each of a child's unique learning needs will be properly evaluated; states will engage in strategic planning to be sure that they can in fact meet each child's specialized needs; the U.S. Department of Education will do its part to hold states and schools accountable; students with sensory disabilities will be served by qualified personnel; and students who are blind will receive state-of-the-art services and skills supported through a new major national collaborative initiative addressing their unique learning needs.

Introduced by Reps. Matt Cartwright (D-PA) and David McKinley (R-WV), H.R. 3535 is named for Anne Sullivan, Helen Keller's beloved teacher; and Alice Cogswell, the first deaf girl to be educated in a school for the deaf in the United States. Originally introduced in the previous Congress as H.R. 4040, this updated version of the Cogswell-Macy Act includes additional language to support students who are deafblind. Advocates for students who are blind/visually impaired, deaf/hard-of-hearing, and deafblind have worked tirelessly with legislators to compose three strong, parallel titles within the Act, addressing the needs of students in these three sensory- disability areas.

Read below for the press release from Rep. Cartwright's office, and read the complete text of the Cogswell-Macy Act on the AFB Policy Center website at the following link:
http://www.afb.org/info/get-involved/take-action/complete-text-of-macy-act/125

Advocates are urged to contact your member of the U.S. House of Representatives to ask him/her to cosponsor H.R. 3535 today!

Tell your Representative that by cosponsoring, he/she will be helping to make history by ensuring that America's special education system is worthy of the enormous potential of every child who is blind, visually impaired, deaf, hard of hearing, or deaf blind.

This year, 2015, is the 40th anniversary of Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). Tell your Representative that by joining in this campaign, they will help us transform a forty-year-old system from one that has broken down barriers into a system that finally ensures that kids with sensory disabilities will be receiving the education and supports they need to thrive in our nation's classrooms!

Advocates should stay tuned to at: www.AFB.org/MacyAct for more information and regular updates as the Cogswell-Macy Act progresses. Thank you for your advocacy for children and youth with sensory disabilities!

Photo of a woman reading a braille book to two children.OCTOBER 1, 2015
12:00 (Noon) - 1:30 PM
Austin, Texas
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National Braille Press is pleased to invite its braille readers, supporters and those in the field to learn about its new publications, its work on braille technology, NBP's efforts to strengthen its future and braille literacy, and UEB's impact. NBP Trustee Frances West is delighted to be hosting this event at IBM in Austin, Texas.

Light lunch will be served.

Please RSVP to Joe Quintanilla via email at or via phone at: 617-425-2415 by Monday, September 28th.

Here are the details:

National Braille Press - Because Braille Matters Luncheon
Date: Thursday, October 1
Time: 12:00 (Noon) – 1:30 PM
Location: IBM Austin, 11501 Burnet Rd, Austin, TX 78758

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The guiding purposes of National Braille Press are to promote the literacy of blind children through braille and to provide access to information that empowers blind people to actively engage in work, family, and community affairs.

 2017-18 PARENT WEEKEND INFORMATION COMING SOON!

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