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As participants in the TSBVI Mentor Program, TTU and SFASU students, protégés and their mentors qualify for a trip to Austin to observe experienced VI professionals at the Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired and in the Austin Independent School District.  You do not have to have a mentor to attend.

Mentor Centers are scheduled three times every school year.  You may attend only a total of two Mentor Centers, and only one for this school year.  During a Mentor Center you will spend two days observing your choice of TVIs and COMS as they work with students, attending concurrent mini-sessions on relevant topics, and learning about Criss Cole Rehabilitation Center.  During lunch you will have the opportunity to discuss what you have observed with the instructors.  Hotel, meals, one-way travel, and substitute teacher expenses are paid for by the mentor program. 

Plan to arrive in time for a 5:00 dinner and a (required) orientation meeting on Sunday evening.  Observations begin at 7:45 a.m. Monday morning and will end at 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday.

Mentors and protégés sign up for observations

To be eligible to attend, you must be a student currently working on VI or O&M certification in Texas, or a VI professional who has entered the field within the last three years. Your mentor may accompany you to a Mentor Center; she/he is welcome and will receive the same accommodations.

Mentor Center Schedule

This event occurs 3 times during the academic year. Registration is required.

Questions? Please contact:

Chrissy Cowan, Mentor Coordinator

512-206-9367

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