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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 long-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.  


Summary Data for Students with DeafBlindness, January 2018

Students with Deafblindness, Recent Year Totals

2018

736

2017

706

2016

729

2015

707

2014

723

Students by ESC region

Region 

2017

change

2016

1  Edinburg, Rio Grande Valley, Laredo

20

-3

23

2 Corpus Christi

12

+1

11

3  Victoria

8

-1

9

4  Houston

162

+11

151

5  Beaumont

14

0

14

6  Huntsville, Bryan, Conroe

20

-3

23

7  Kilgore, Tyler, Lufkin

42

+1

41

8  Pittsburg, Texarkana, Paris, Sulphur Springs

6

-2

8

9  Wichita Falls

14

+3

11

10  Richardson, Dallas

136

+6

130

11  Fort Worth

71

+9

62

12  Waco

27

-1

28

13  Austin, not including students at TSBVI

66

+2

64

14  Abilene

7

+1

6

15  San Angelo

7

+2

5

16  Amarillo

10

-1

11

17  Lubbock

8

+3

5

18  Midland

15

-2

17

19  El Paso

15

0

15

20  San Antonio

64

+7

57

Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired

12

-3

15

Statewide Totals

736

+30

706

Selected Age Groups

Birth-2 years old

39

3-5 years old

85

6-12 years old

303

13-15 years old

143

16 years and older

166

Other impairments

Physical

448

Intellectual

455

Behavior

38

Complex health care

360

Communication

615

Ethnicity

American Indian or Alaskan Native

6

Asian

23

Black (not Hispanic)

96

Hispanic

288

White (not Hispanic)

306

Pacific Islander

Fewer than 5

Two or more

15

Degree of hearing loss

Mild (up to 40 dB)

77

Moderate (41-55 dB)

182

Moderately severe (56-70 dB)

129

Severe (71-90 dB)

122

Profound (91+ dB)

183

Documented Functional Hearing Loss

30

Further testing needed

13

Progressive hearing loss

51

Special types of Hearing Loss

Central Auditory Processing Disorder (CAPD)

22

Auditory Neuropathy (ANSD)

32

Hearing in one ear only

62

Hearing Devices

Hearing Aid or Assistive Listening Device

449

Cochlear Implant

128

Degree of vision loss

Low vision (better than 20/200)

252

Legally blind

324

Light perception only

27

Totally blind

39

Documented functional vision loss        

77

Further testing needed                                                               

9

Diagnosed progressive loss                                                     

95

Special types of vision loss

Cortical visual impairment (CVI)

227

Vision in one eye only

19

Uses corrective lenses

351

Miscellaneous

Has designated intervener

62

Receives services from RDSP

300

Etiologies (more than 10 students identified)

CHARGE Syndrome                   

83

Dandy Walker syndrome                         

10

Down syndrome                                     

28

Goldenhar syndrome                  

11

Usher 1 syndrome                                  

20

Usher II syndrome                                    

Fewer than 5

Cytomegalovirus (CMV)              

24

Hydrocephaly                                         

20

Microcephaly                            

17

Other Pre-natal/congenital

25

Meningitis                                               

12

Tumors                                                     

6

Other Post-natal complications  

28

Complications of Prematurity      

94

No determination of etiology      

60

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

689

19

50

620

31

384

54

409  

170

585

470

259

2

226

7

11

208

6

130

13

 130

53

193

176

65

3

139

9

16

114

*

69

*

63  

24

114

104

57

4

1,994

60

194

1,740

58

1,016

51

  1,085

481

1,643

1,482

850

5

167

*

15

149

8

80

*

  96

46

150

92

25

6

465

16

50

399

14

285

14

 215

95

324

334

238

7

522

19

54

49

9

266

20

 276

118

457

421

255

8

116

*

7

107

*

82

*

 46

32

92

83

50

9

164

8

23

133

*

93

*

 61

53

142

150

21

10

1,597

68

155

1,374

34

841

17

 736

388

1,180

1,091

549

11

884

55

82

747

34

473

22

 372

233

724

685

387

12

439

12

47

380

7

213

22

 202

91

260

291

177

13

873

24

91

758

31

487

36

 475

161

689

677

425

14

117

7

14

96

*

71

7

 65

35

96

109

21

15

142

6

14

122

*

95

4

 63

53

99

120

36

16

170

6

15

149

*

94

*

 80

48

147

130

42

17

187

11

27

149

*

84

8

 99

59

162

171

55

18

167

10

22

135

5

91

8

 84

48

127

145

46

19

332

9

34

289

7

154

5

 177

77

286

251

82

20

898

42

98

758

19

502

38

 519

170

660

642

338

STATE

10,288

393

1,019

8,876

282

5,510

332

 5,253

2,435

8,130

7,624

3,978

TSBVI

133

0

0

133

44

45

20

127 

47

131

129

124

TOTAL

10,421

393

1,019

9,009

326

5,555

352

 5,380

2,482

8,261

7,753

4,102

*indicates fewer than 5 students