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 The student Data Program plays and important role for students with Visual Impairments and DeafBlindness in Texas.  In January each year, two important counts are made on behalf of the Texas Education agency related to students with visual impairments and deafblindness by this agency.  These are known respectively as the Registration of students in Texas with Visual Impairment and the DeafBlind child count.

Information is gathered about every student in Texas identified as having a visual impairment or deafblindness who is enrolled in a public, private, or charter school on the first Monday of January each year.  The kinds of information that is gathered includes information about the degree and cause of the visual impairment, age of the child, location of the school and type of program where the child or student receives his/her education whether or not the child uses braille or large print and other information.

This student information is completely confidential.  However, summary demographic data is used for log-term planning and identifying trends and issues for students with visual impairments and deafblindness at Texas Education Agency, the twenty Education Service Centers, Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) Blind Children’s Program, Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) Early Childhood Intervention Program (ECI), Texas Education Agency and Outreach Programs.  Other agencies and organizations may request specific information to help them advocate for services for individuals with visual impairments and deafblindness at all age levels.

Additionally the number of students counted each year on the VI Registration generates funds based on number of students who are legally blind.  These funds are used to purchase materials from the American Printing House for the Blind for local districts through the APH Materials Loan Program.  Last year approximately 1.4 million dollars flowed to Texas and down to local districts to help pay for the specialized materials needed by students who are visually impaired and deafblind.


Summary Data for Students with DeafBlindness, January 2017

Students with Deafblindness, Recent Year Totals

2017

706

2016

729

2015

707

2014

723

2013

751

 

Students by ESC region

Region 

2017

change

2016

1  Edinburg, Rio Grande Valley, Laredo

23

+1

22

2 Corpus Christi

11

-2

13

3  Victoria

9

-2

11

4  Houston

151

-13

164

5  Beaumont

14

-4

18

6  Huntsville, Bryan, Conroe

23

-1

24

7  Kilgore, Tyler, Lufkin

41

-3

44

8  Pittsburg, Texarkana, Paris, Sulphur Springs

8

+1

7

9  Wichita Falls

11

-1

12

10  Richardson, Dallas

130

No

130

11  Fort Worth

62

-3

65

12  Waco

28

+9

19

13  Austin, not including students at TSBVI

64

+5

59

14  Abilene

6

+1

*

15  San Angelo

5

-5

10

16  Amarillo

11

No

11

17  Lubbock

5

No

5

18  Midland

17

+3

14

19  El Paso

15

+1

14

20  San Antonio

57

-11

68

Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired

15

No

15

Statewide Totals

706

-23

729

Selected Age Groups     

Birth-2 years old

31

3-5 years old

84

6-12 years old

289

13-15 years old

133

16 years and older

169

Other impairments

Physical

425

Intellectual

439

Behavior

35

Complex health care

339

Communication

589

 

Ethnicity

American Indian or Alaskan Native

8  

Asian

25

Black (not Hispanic)

84

Hispanic

270

White (not Hispanic)

305

Pacific Islander

Fewer than 5

Two or more

12

Other impairments

Physical

425

Intellectual

439

Behavior

26

Complex health care

339

Communication

589

Degree of hearing loss  

Mild (up to 40 dB)

81

Moderate (41-55 dB)

162

Moderately severe (56-70 dB)

134

Severe (71-90 dB)

113

Profound (91+ dB)

170

Documented Functional Hearing Loss

29

Further testing needed

14

Progressive hearing loss

Fewer than 5

Special types of Hearing Loss 

Central Auditory Processing Disorder (CAPD)

26

Auditory Neuropathy (ANSD)

28

Hearing in one ear only

60

Hearing Devices

Hearing Aid or Assistive Listening Device

432

Cochlear Implant

112

Degree of vision loss     

Low vision (better than 20/200)

233

Legally blind

315

Light perception only

29

Totally blind

35

Documented functional vision loss        

75

Further testing needed                                                               

5

Diagnosed progressive loss                                                     

14

Special types of vision loss     

Cortical visual impairment (CVI)

206

Vision in one eye only

16

Uses corrective lenses

323

Miscellaneous

Has designated intervener

61

Receives services from RDSP

272

Etiologies (more than 10 students identified)

CHARGE Syndrome                   

76

Dandy Walker syndrome                         

10

Down syndrome                                     

26

Goldenhar syndrome                  

13

Usher 1 syndrome                                  

20

Usher II syndrome                                    

6

Cytomegalovirus (CMV)              

24

Hydrocephaly                                         

17

Microcephaly                            

13

Other Pre-natal/congenital

0

Complications                              

26

Meningitis                                               

10

Tumors                                                     

8

Other Post-natal complications  

27

Complications of Prematurity      

99

No determination of etiology      

57


Summary Data for Students with Visual Impairment in Texas

Statewide Results of Registration of Students in Texas with Visual Impairment 

ESC

TOTAL

AGES

0-2

AGES

3-5

AGES

6-22

BRAILLE

VISUAL

AUDITORY

LB

VI ONLY

AT

OM EVAL

OM SERV.

  1

697

15

57

625

36

373

91

441

185

615

409

250

2

238

5

9

217

11

148

20

134

55

202

173

67

3

140

6

20

112

4

92

10

67

33

124

106

58

4

1896

70

151

1624

83

1130

158

1058

467

1597

1400

795

5

170

5

11

142

8

88

15

103

42

        154

96

24

6

454

15

25

395

15

283

15

213

100

337

324

226

7

505

16

41

421

11

306

37

276

121

450

413

265

8

122

*

5

114

*

85

9

55

31

97

78

41

9

164

12

12

128

*

119

5

64

56

143

135

25

10

1488

67

80

1275

46

788

41

742

362

1183

1034

514

11

886

48

55

757

50

536

46

379

234

723

663

365

12

415

17

24

356

9

207

         56

199

88

      252

258

158

13

786

30

42

670

38

448

63

460

169

677

630

384

14

123

8

9

100

6

84

13

68

34

99

110

24

15

147

6

13

126

*

115

10

63

65

105

118

32

16

176

9

5

157

*

106

17

81

52

153

131

41

17

178

12

31

135

*

82

21

90

62

154

161

52

18

153

9

5

130

6

94

46

85

41

122

136

38

19

346

12

21

307

8

169

14

194

81

304

246

89

20

852

48

64

701

26

518

74

529

175

627

616

332

STATE

9936

411

634

8498

372

5811

761

5301

2453

8118

7237

3780

TSBVI

138

0

0

138

42

47

39

135

48

135

133

127

TOTAL

10074

411

1011

8636

414

5858

800

5436

2501

8253

7370

3907

 

*indicates fewer than 5 students