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Your students will shine!

Does your supervisor understand the challenges of the students you serve or their range of disabilities? Does he/she recognize the importance of what you do and the very specialized resources you have to share with them?  Here's a way to help him/her understand.

Spotlight your students and your supervisor will:

  • learn more about the benefits of specialized VI resources
  • learn more about the range of challenges your students face
  • learn more about the variety of students with visual impairments

How do you get started? 

Consider making a binder, LiveBinder or Powerpoint to spotlight your student.  Here are some tips on how to get started (Word or PDF).

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Be the first!

The first 25 VI professionals who participate in this event during the 2017-18 school year and return a brief survey (Word or PDF version) will receive an iTunes or Google Play gift card.  If you return your survey by January 31, 2018, you will also be entered into a drawing for free registration for a TSBVI sponsored conference.

Please contact me if you have any questions.


Mary Shore, COMS

Personnel Preparation Coordinator

512-206-9156

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Braille Production Round Rock ISD

For visually impaired students, having the correct tools is imperative to successful learning. Learn how Round Rock ISD is helping provide those tools through braille production in this video.

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Querida familia,

Mi nombre es Edgenie Bellah y yo soy la especialista en Participación de Familia para el Proyecto de SordoCeguera de Texas. Déjeme decirle un poco sobre nuestro proyecto y cómo podemos asociarnos con usted. Cualquier pérdida de audición y visión combinada que limita significativamente la capacidad de una persona para obtener información del entorno puede considerarse SordoCeguera. Los niños con SordoCeguera pueden requerir modificaciones especializadas y apoya el fin de aprender, comunicarse y relacionarse con el mundo.

El Proyecto de SordoCeguera de Texas es un subsidio con fondos federales cuya misión es apoyar a los niños con pérdida de la audición y visión combinada (desde el nacimiento hasta los 22 años) y a sus familias. Ofrecemos apoyo, información y capacitación en todo el estado. Para aprender más acerca de nuestro proyecto, por favor visítenos en http://www.tsbvi.edu/deaf-blind-project-1/tx-db-project.


En nuestra página de participación de la familia, he incluido algunos de mis recursos favoritos y espero que usted los encuentre útiles. Usted los puede encontrar en http://www.tsbvi.edu/letter-to-families-db-english  Estoy encantada de proporcionarle más, si usted está interesado.

Algunas de las maneras en que puedo ayudarle incluyen:
• Conversaciones sobre asuntos familiares, participación en la comunidad de su hijo, 

   programa de la escuela, y apoyos relacionados.
• Proporcionar capacitación para su familia.
• Ayudarle a acceder a la asistencia financiera para gastos de viaje para participar en las

  conferencias.
• Explora Entrenamiento en Liderazgo Familiar.
• Ayuda a aprender más sobre la educación especial, las organizaciones familiares, exenciones de Medicaid, los recursos para la transición a la edad adulta, y otras necesidades.

Conéctese con nosotros en http://www.tsbvi.edu/family-db  a:
• Asegúrese de que tengamos su información de contacto preferida
• Consigue añadido a nuestra lista de correo para recibir noticias y oportunidades de interés  para su familia.
• Completar una encuesta corta 5 minutos acerca de sus servicios actuales O simplemente puede enviar por correo la tarjeta adjunta de nuevo a nosotros en el sobre con su dirección.

Estoy disponible a tan sólo una llamada telefónica o correo electrónico de distancia! Por favor, siéntase libre de contactarme en cualquier momento. No hay duda demasiado grande o demasiado pequeño. Espero poder conectar con usted pronto!

Edgenie Bellah,
Especialista de Participación Familiar
(512) 206-9423 |

 

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Dear Family,

My name is Edgenie Bellah and I am the Family Engagement Specialist for the Texas DeafBlind Project.  Let me tell you a little about our project and how we can partner with you. 

Any combined hearing and vision loss that significantly limits a person’s ability to get information from the environment can be considered DeafBlindness. Children with DeafBlindness may benefit from specialized modifications and supports in order to learn, communicate, and interact with the world.

The Texas DeafBlind Project is a federally funded grant whose mission is to support children with a combined vision and hearing loss (birth through age 22) and their families. We offer free support, information, and training statewide. To learn more about our Project, please visit us at http://www.tsbvi.edu/deaf-blind-project-1/tx-db-project.

On our family engagement page, I’ve included some of my favorite resources and hope that you find them helpful. You can find them at http://www.tsbvi.edu/letter-to-families-db-english  I am happy to provide you with more, if you are interested.

Some of the ways I can assist you include:

  • Conversations about family matters, your child's community involvement, school program, and related supports.
  • Provide training for your family.
  • Help you access financial assistance for travel costs to participate in conferences.
  • Explore training opportunities.
  • Help you learn more about special education, family organizations, Medicaid waivers, resources for transition to adulthood, and other needs.

Please connect with us at http://www.tsbvi.edu/family-db to:

  • Make sure we have your preferred contact information
  • Get added to our mailing list for news and opportunities of interest to your family.
  • Complete a short 5-minute survey about your current services

Or you can simply mail the enclosed card back to us using the self-addressed envelope.

I am just a phone call or e-mail away!  Please feel free to contact me anytime.  There is no question too big or too small.  I look forward to connecting with you soon!

Edgenie Bellah,

Family Engagement Specialist

(512) 206-9423 |

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Camp volunteer opportunity in Haiti

campJacob is a week-long holistic, therapeutic, summer camp held each July in Haiti. Staffed by volunteer counselors from the U.S. and Canada, campJacob hosts 70+ youth with physical handicaps (blind, deaf, amputees, and/or non-ambulatory).

For more information 1-800-921-7839; 

Let’s Talk About:  TSBVI Outreach Programs school consultations

 

What is a school/ECl consultation?

An school consultation is a personal visit to your program.  School consultation can help you design more successful programming for an individual student.  We follow a collaborative process by working with the student’s entire team.

At district/ECI program request, and in collaboration with the regional Education Service Center (ESC) consultants, Outreach staff come visit classrooms, ECI programs, job/community placements, and homes to offer our assistance in developing appropriate programs for your VI and DB students. 

We are also available to provide consultation to programs serving transition-aged individuals who are blind or DeafBlind and who are not currently being served by a school.

Why do you offer school consultations?

Students with visual impairment or DeafBlindness are unique. It is not possible for any one professional to know everything about all the many possible ways in which vision (or vision and hearing) loss impact a particular child’s learning.  We pair our expertise with your team’s deep knowledge of your student to help figure out and implement effective educational practices. 

How can I request a school consultation?

Go to the TSBVI website, under Outreach, and on the left hand side you’ll see the Request a Service tab.  School consultation requests are found there.  We do suggest that you connect with the VI and/or DB specialist at your regional Education Service Center prior to inviting us for a consultation as they are much closer and often can offer assistance in a timely manner.   We will also contact them prior to finalizing our visit planning so they can help during our visit and help provide follow through afterward.

What preparations will occur prior to the visit?

The Outreach team reviews requests for training and consultation on a weekly basis. We will assign an Outreach staff member to your referral. This person will get in touch with you as soon as possible to discuss your request, answer any questions and determine a date for the visit. We will request specific documentation (which will be indicated in the “Consultatioin Preparation Checklist”) and may also ask the educational team and/or parents to gather additional data using specific tools. This will help the OTR staff to make better use of time during the consult. We will also call the family and talk with team members before we come so we can come prepared. 

What do you do during the visit?

A consultation visit typically includes a visit at the family home, and an observation period at school of as much of a typical day as possible given travel constraints.  At some point, usually at the end of the observation day, a gathering is held. The family, principal, classroom teacher, teaching assistants, support staff, VI/O&M professionals and all other interested parties are invited to attend this informal exit meeting.  This is a time for asking questions, sharing ideas, and developing plans. 

What can we expect after a school consultation?

After our visit, and depending upon the request, you will receive a written report outlining our observations and making recommendations for program change.   Ideas from the informal exit meeting are incorporated into this report. The report can offer a guideline for developing IEPs or suggest program modifications, alternate curricula or assessment, or respond to specific questions about this child’s unique needs.  At times we will arrange a return visit and/or web-based meetings to help the team implement these recommendations and/or to tweak the plan.

What does it cost?

The Outreach Programs cover salary costs for TSBVI staff.  We ask for district help with paying all OR ANY PART of our travel costs so the Outreach Program will be able to maintain its commitment to local programs statewide.  In many regions, the Education Service Center consultants have been able to help support these costs.  Even if a local district or an ESC is unable to contribute funding for travel, as long as the TSBVI Outreach Programs has available funds, we will be able to come.

Questions? 

If you have any questions, please contact Cyral Miller, Outreach Director.  She can be reached by email at or by phone at 512-206-9242.  

TSVIs Wanted to Provide Information on How They Conduct and Write Functional Vision Assessments

We are exploring what information is collected and reported during the functional vision assessment (FVA) process. This survey is open to teachers of students with visual impairments (TSVI) in the United States and Canada. In order to participate in this study, you must have completed a FVA during the last three academic years (2015-2016, 2014-2015, and/or 2013-2014).



We anticipate that it will take approximately 30 minutes to complete this survey.



The online survey will remain open until April 30, 2016.

Please follow this link to read the consent form and if you choose to complete the survey:

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/92QDL7F

This study has been approved by the IRB at University of South Carolina Upstate.  If you have any questions about this study please contact:

Dr. Justin Kaiser

Assistant Professor


Visual Impairment Program


Office: 864-503-5866


Email:

 

Thank you,
Justin Kaiser and Tina Herzberg

You may download the DeafBlind Child Count Narrative with Screen Shots in either a PDF or Word file in a new window by clicking on the appropriate link below.

All of our events (webinars, workshops and conferences) require a registration in our new online system.  Follow the links for each separate event or go to http://txtsbvi.escworks.net and view the Calendar of Sessions.  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.  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.  You may also submit payment using a credit card; your card will be charged immediately on registration.

Register for any TSBVI Outreach Training Event (Webinar, Workshop or Conference)

Registration is now open for:

Consultation Evaluation: This evaluation form contains questions about the onsite consultation you received from the Outreach Programs. Please down load the form by selecting the link labeled "Consulation Evaluation". Fill out the checkboxes and edit fields, then attach it to an email and send it to Cyral Miller, Outreach Director at email address: . We very much value and appreciate your feedback. 

Evaluacíon de Consulta: Esta forma de evaluación contiene preguntas sobre la consulta en el sitio que ha recibido de los Programas de Alcance a la comunidad. Por favor, de cargar el formulario al seleccionar el enlace" Evaluación de Consulta". Rellene las casillas de verificación y campos de edición, y luego adjúntelo a un correo electrónico y envíelo a Cyral Miller, Director del Programa de Extensión en la dirección de correo electrónico: . Valoramos mucho y agradecemos sus comentarios.