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Updated May 2018

2018-19 School-Year Calendar

To register for any of these events, follow the links for each separate event or go to http://txtsbvi.escworks.net (our secure partner website) and view the Calendar of Sessions.

For Credit All of our workshops and conferences have been approved for continuing education credit (ACVREP and SBEC). In order to be eligible for continuing education credit for participation in any of our events, you must register for this event, sign the roster for the session(s) you attend, and complete an evaluation using a code following the event.  You will need to create an account the first time you enter the site. If there is a fee for the registration, you will be asked for a PO or check number during registration, unless you are paying by credit card. If you do not have the number at the time of registration, simply enter 0000 in that box. You can send in payment or bring it with you to the event. 


July 16th - 23rd, 2018

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Computer Science Principles Workshop for Educators

Texas School for the Blind & Visually Impaired, Austin, TX

The Experience Programming in Quorum (EPIQ) conference is an international professional development workshop for educators to learn the skills necessary to teach students Computer Science Principles using the Quorum programming language. EPIQ was started in 2010 as part of a National Science Foundation funded project (CNS-0940521). Multiple tracks will be available to help teachers learn from any experience level in computer science, programming, or computer science principles.

EPIQ 2018 corresponds to the release of the Quorum programming language, version 6, which will introduce a new accessible graphic user interface library and support for Android devices. Besides this new tech, Quorum already supports a wide range of fun and engaging programming activities, from digital signal processing (audio applications), 2D/3D graphics and games, LEGO robotics, and many other types of applications. Curriculum using Quorum is used by teachers across the U.S. and has been thoroughly vetted by expert teachers in the classroom. It is free, runnable online, and fully accessible to people with disabilities.

Come join a national group of awesome teachers at EPIQ 2018! EARLY REGISTRATION IS CLOSING ON APRIL 1st!

Conference registration fees are as follows:

* Early: $350 (Dec 1st - Mar 31st)

* Regular: $450 (Apr 1st - Jul 1st)

* Late: $550 (After Jul 1st)

Registration includes:

Access to all EPIQ programming tracks, and breakfast and lunch catered by local vendors for the duration of the event.

REGISTER HERE!


 August 7-10, 2018

Braille Boot Camp: Braille and Tactile Graphic Production: A  workshop for paraprofessionals and other beginners to braille and tactile graphics productions

James C. Durkel Conference Center, Texas School for the Blind & Visually Impaired, Austin, Texas

 Braille Boot Camp is four days of hands-on experiential learning focused on braille and tactile graphic production.  Susan O-Brien, Karen Barber and Cecilia Robinson will lead participants through both small group and individual activities to create braille and tactile graphic documents. 

Activities include:

  • Braille Document Production for Literary, Foreign Language, Mathematics and Technical materials
  • Tactile Graphic Production of one-page and multiple-page tactile graphics
  • Creation of Templates for basic shapes and Cartesian coordinate planes
  • Applying braille format and tactile graphic placement decision-making
  • Document conversion into editable text
  • Opportunity to work with graphic embossers and software programs used in producing tactile graphics
  • Basic Drawing skills and computer generated graphics

All sessions start at 8:30 am and end at 4:00 pm

For Additional Information visit the Braille Boot Camp webpage.

REGISTER HERE!


October 4, 2018

Low Vision Conference: Students Taking Charge of Their Technology

Region 8 Education Service Center, Pittsburg TX

9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Technology over the last decade has become a constant presence across our day. We rely on these tools to accomplish tasks in both our professional life and personal life. Keeping informed on the range of devices available and accessibility features has rapidly become a critical part of the VI professional role. Supporting our academic students with low vision to become confident and independent technology users is a priority in our digital age. This conference will provide interactive sessions with hands-on technology time and presentations that highlight topics such as problem solving with tech, preparing for transition with tech and hearing from successful tech users in the working world.

This event is being co-sponsored by Region 8 ESC and Region 10 ESC.

Registration fee: $30

REGISTER HERE!


October 4-5, 2018

Introduction to the Intervener Team Training Model

James C. Durkel Conference Center, Texas School for the Blind & Visually Impaired, Austin, Texas

Interveners need specialized skills related to DeafBlindness, in order to provide one-on-one instructional support to students who are DeafBlind. They also need appropriate supervision and support from the IEP team. To help meet the needs of interveners in Texas, the Texas DeafBlind Project is pleased to announce the 2018 Introduction to the Intervener Team Model.

This conference is for those individuals who are newly assigned as an intervener or current interveners who have not yet had the opportunity to attend this introductory training. Each intervener should attend with a professional member of the educational team (ideally a classroom teacher, a teacher for the deaf and hard of hearing, a teacher for students with visual impairments or another professional regularly involved with the student). Adult family members of the student are also welcome to attend with the IEP team members.

Start Times and End Times:

Thursday, October 4th - 8:30 AM to 4:00 PM

Friday, October 5th - 8:30 AM to 3:45 PM

Audience:

Interveners are required to attend with at least one member of their educational team.  Registration is limited to 55 individuals. There is a limit of 3 people per team plus 2 family members (5 total).

This training targets:

  • newly assigned interveners or current interveners who have not attended this training,
  • professional member of intervener's educational team and
  • adult family members of the student. 

During the two days of training individuals will participate in both general and small breakout sessions.  This workshop is highly interactive and will include a number of simulation activities to help participants better understand the unique learning styles and needs of students with deafblindness and how the intervener can be a bridge (not a barrier) to accessing the world with the proper support from the educational team.  

Training Areas Include:

  • Experiencing the World of DeafBlindness
  • Deafblindness: Impact & Implications
  • Intervener Competencies & Training Updates
  • Intervener and Team Roles & Responsibilities
  • The Five Components of Quality Intervention
  • Intervention Issues & Considerations
  • Identification of Tools and Strategies to Support the Student Profile

Breakout Sessions:

Sessions have been designed to meet the needs of individuals working with students at all communication levels:

  • Pre-Symbolic Communicator
  • Emerging Symbolic Communicator
  • Intermediate Symbolic Communicator
  • Advanced Symbolic Communicator.

Financial Assistance: 

Limited funds may be available to assist families with their travel related expenses.  A financial assistance check box will be located on the checkout page near the end of your registration process.  Before making a request, we kindly ask that family members first seek out assistance with their HHSC / TWC counselor.

This workshop is not suited for children to attend.  Onsite childcare will not be available.

Registration Fee:

Note: you may register now and pay later if you are paying with a check or purchase order.  Credit card payment will be processed immediately when you register.

  • $40.00 for Early Registration (thru September 16, 2018)
  • $50.00 for Late Registration (after September 16, 2018)

REGISTER HERE!

Questions?

Please contact Suzanne Slade at  or 512-206-9103.


October 21-23, 2018 

Mentor Center

James C. Durkel Conference Center, Texas School for the Blind & Visually Impaired, Austin, Texas

Mentor Centers provide participants an opportunity to observe experienced TVIs and COMS as they use a variety of strategies and materials with their students on the TSBVI and Austin ISD campuses. Each participant will have the opportunity to observe between 4-6 individual VI professionals a day. Participants also have the option to tour the Criss Cole Rehabilitation Center for adults with visual impairments, located near the TSBVI campus. Audience: Texas protégés and their mentors, as well as Texas students currently enrolled in the Texas Tech University or Stephen F. Austin State University VI/O&M programs who do not have a mentor.

This event is schedule three times each school year. The next dates are February 10-12, 2019 and April 14-16, 2019.

Register now.


November 1-3, 2018

2018 Southwest Orientation and Mobility Association (SWOMA) Conference

This year SWOMA will offer both a pre-conference and a two-day conference.  Details are still being worked out, so stay tuned for more information to follow.

Registration begins in September.


November 29 - December 2, 2018

Game of Life: Middle School Transition

Texas School for the Blind & Visually Impaired, Austin, Texas

Is the game of life a game of chance or choice? Throughout life, we all make choices and navigate roadblocks daily. Students heading into high school are faced with a number of challenges as they transition to adult life. Students with visual impairments have an added layer of learning, related to concepts such as money handling, career exploration, and socializing with peers. Together, we will develop skills in these areas while encouraging students to be leaders in their own lives. 

In this weekend course, students and their parents must attend together. Students will be taught by teaching staff in Short-Term Programs while parents will attend a conference portion hosted by the Outreach department. Hotel lodging will be available for adults and paid for by TSBVI. Students will reside on the Short-Term Programs dorm. The goal is for students to understand ways that they can “step up” as they transition to adult life, while parents will learn ways to “step back,” as they support their child with this transition.

Contact Short-term Programs to register!


December 7-8, 2018

Mentor Training

James C. Durkel Conference Center, Texas School for the Blind & Visually Impaired, Austin, Texas

Individuals who have completed the mentor application process will be required to attend an initial face-to-face training on the TSBVI campus in Austin. This training lasts for one and a half days, and covers such topics as common problems of novice teachers, mentor/protégé communication, record keeping for mentors, and promising practice standards for TVIs and COMS.

Register now.


Studies in DeafBlindness for the Advanced Practitioner

December 13, 2018

James C. Durkel Conference Center, Texas School for the Blind & Visually Impaired, Austin, Texas

The field of DeafBlindness has attracted a small and passionate membership of individuals.  This annual event targets professionals working with students with DeafBlindness.  

Look for more information soon!


February 10-12, 2019

Mentor Center

James C. Durkel Conference Center, Texas School for the Blind & Visually Impaired, Austin, Texas

Mentor Centers provide participants an opportunity to observe experienced TVIs and COMS as they use a variety of strategies and materials with their students on the TSBVI and Austin ISD campuses. Each participant will have the opportunity to observe between 4-6 individual VI professionals a day. Participants also have the option to tour the Criss Cole Rehabilitation Center for adults with visual impairments, located near the TSBVI campus. Audience: Texas protégés and their mentors, as well as Texas students currently enrolled in the Texas Tech University or Stephen F. Austin State University VI/O&M programs who do not have a mentor. The last Mentor Center is scheduled for April 14-16, 2019.

Register now!


February 21-23, 2019

2019 Texas Symposium on DeafBlindness Preconference and Conference

Austin Marriott North, 2600 La Frontera Boulevard, Round Rock, TX 78681

This biennial event is for family members, paraprofessionals and professionals. This conference provides information on  on best practice in programming, educational trends and issues in this field.  Sessions focus on all levels of learners in the field of DeafBlindness providing a variety of breakout sessions for those new to the field as well as those who have been trained at higher levels about DeafBlindness.

Look for more information in the Fall of 2018.


 April 14-16, 2019

Mentor Center

James C. Durkel Conference Center, Texas School for the Blind & Visually Impaired, Austin, Texas

Mentor Centers provide participants an opportunity to observe experienced TVIs and COMS as they use a variety of strategies and materials with their students on the TSBVI and Austin ISD campuses. Each participant will have the opportunity to observe between 4-6 individual VI professionals a day. Participants also have the option to tour the Criss Cole Rehabilitation Center for adults with visual impairments, located near the TSBVI campus. Audience: Texas protégés and their mentors, as well as Texas students currently enrolled in the Texas Tech University or Stephen F. Austin State University VI/O&M programs who do not have a mentor.

Register now!


May 3, 2019

Low Vision Conference: Literacy for Students who Rely on Print

James C. Durkel Conference Center, Texas School for the Blind & Visually Impaired, Austin, Texas

The 2019 Low Vision Conference will have a focus on literacy for students who rely on print.  Possible session topics include intervention when an additional developmental disability is present, description  of IEP goals and objectives that support reading instruction and the role of the Learning Media Assessment.  This conference is in the early planning stage and more information will be available in the fall.


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