In Memory of Jay Howard Stitely (1954-2016)
With great sadness we share the loss of Mr. Jay Stiteley, a beloved friend to many at TSBVI and in the disability community. Jay served as the City of Houston's primary advocate for the disability community, working closely with city officials, the Houston Commission on Disabilities and partner agencies to ensure the delivery of essential services, including legal clinics, financial empowerment workshops, tax preparation assistance and job and health fairs. He introduced “disability etiquette” workshops for local professionals who serve people with disabilities, stressing appropriate interaction and the importance of treating people with dignity and respect.
How's It Working for You? AFB Launches Communications and Video Technology Surveys
Unless you live entirely off the proverbial grid, you are likely a user of mobile phone, TV programming, cable/satellite, personal computer, office phone, apps, land line, and/or any other related communications and video technologies. If you, your family members and/or friends are also blind or visually impaired, then you know all too well that the accessibility and usability of these technologies is a mixed bag. With your help, we can tell a more complete story about these technologies and how successfully, or unsuccessfully, they are being used by people with vision loss. Read the full article or start taking surveys.
Meet Me in St. Louis, Gateway to the West (October 27-29, 2016) - The National Braille Association Professional Development Conference
Registration is now open! The National Braille Association is pleased to announce that we will be heading to St. Louis, Missouri for our 2016 professional development conference.
T-TESS companion documents are now available for administrators and VI professionals.
The T-TESS was specifically designed for classroom teachers, therefore, a committee of VI professionals developed companion documents to assist administrators in completing evaluations for VI professionals who serve students through an itinerant service delivery model. These documents are intended to be a companion to the T-TESS rubric, not to replace it.
Goodbye to a Friend - Floyd Gerke (1936-2016)
Floyd Gerke, 79, former student and staff member of TSBVI, passed away on June 18, 2016. Floyd attended the School for the Blind from 1944 at age 8 until he graduated. While a student at TSBVI he was on the wrestling team and a campus leader. After moving to Idaho he worked at the Idaho School for the Blind and Deaf for 13 years, supervising the boys’ dorm, teaching mobility and using his TSBVI experience to coach the wrestling team. While there, he met and married his wife, Annie.