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Braille and Audio Classical Guitar Lessons Now Available

"Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired is happy to introduce Let's Play! - a collection of step-by-step Braille and audio classical guitar lessons. 

The Let's Play! curriculum was designed by Joseph Palmer and TSBVI Music teacher Jeremy Coleman along with Dr. Matthew Hinsley of Austin Classical Guitar and the GuitarCurriculum.com education team.  There are six levels of instruction and a guide to tuning a guitar - all free to download at letsplayguitar.org. You may also order a printed braille package from the TSBVI Online Store for $20.

TSBVI appreciates the efforts of all those who made this resource possible and encourages educators and enthusiasts to take full advantage of letsplayguitar.org. "

- William Daugherty, Superintendent

2018 ACBT Conference / Convention

The American Council of the Blind of Texas (ACBT) will hold its 40th annual Conference/Convention Thursday, September 20 through Sunday, September 23 at the Houston Marriott Westchase. View details and register.

Ford aids blind people to 'see' with new smart window - India Times

Read about the new prototype smart car window using the 'Feel the View' technology that helps blind people visualize the passing landscape.

Assistive Technology Survey - Participants Needed

Dear TVI, O&M Specialist, or Specialized personnel:

You are invited to complete a survey on assistive technology skills and products being taught to high-school students by teachers of students with visual impairments (TVIs), orientation and mobility instructors (O&Ms), and other specialized personnel. 

This research has been approved by Florida State University’s Institutional Review Board.  It is being conducted by Sandra Lewis, Ed.D., Eric Caruso, M.S., and Nicholas Trotter, M.Ed.

We are interested in understanding the assistive technology skills and products being taught to high-school students, what factors might act as barriers to that instruction, and how that instruction varies based on teacher characteristics.  Learning more about assistive technology instruction may lead to identifying and developing better practices for educating students with visual impairments. 

We are looking for TVIs, O&Ms, and other specialized personnel currently providing assistive technology instruction to high-school students who participate in general education courses.

We anticipate it will take 10-15 minutes to complete this survey.

Please forward this link to other professionals you believe are eligible to complete this survey. Link to Survey

Visually Impaired Students Learn to Code

Representatives from tech giant Apple recently visited the TSBVI campus to unveil talking technology that allows blind students to create computer programs. The "Everyone Can Code" curriculum is designed to be accessible to all students.

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.

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.