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Los siguientes recursos fueron compilados por el Proyecto de Sordo ceguera de Texas para ser compartido con las familias en las reuniones anuales del programa de educación individualizada de su hijo (a menudo referida como reuniones ARD). Esta información se actualizó en noviembre de 2017. Puede descargar este documento en un archivo Word o PDF. También está disponible en inglés.

Apoyos Estatales:

Proyecto para Sordociegos de Texas, Escuela de Texas para Ciegos y Discapacitados Visuales:

http://www.tsbvi.edu/deaf-blind-project-1/tx-db-project

Información de contacto del especialista de ESC DeafBlind:

http://www.tsbvi.edu/esc-contacts

Servicio Estatal para Individuos con Impedimento Visual/Ceguera:

Programa de Descubrimiento y Desarrollo Vocacional para Niños Ciegos (Comisión de Salud y Servicios Humanos):

https://hhs.texas.gov/services/disability/blind-and-visually-impaired/blind-childrens-vocational-discovery-and-development-program

Programa de Transición (Texas Workforce Commission):

http://www.twc.state.tx.us/jobseekers/vocational- rehabilitation-youth-students

Escuela de Texas para la Educación de Sordos Centro de Recursos sobre la Sordera:

http://www.tsd.state.tx.us/apps/pages/index.jsp?uREC_ID=174971&type=d&pREC_ID=361563

Programas de Extensión de Texas:

Programa de Exención de Medicaid de Incapacidades Múltiples de Sordos-Ciegos:

https://hhs.texas.gov/sites/hhs/files//basic_page/dbmd_english.pdf

Comparaciones del Programa de Cuidado a Largo Plazo:

https://hhs.texas.gov/sites/default/files//documents/doing-business-with-hhs/providers/resources/ltss-waivers.pdf

iCanConnect

(comunicación en tecnología y capacitación gratuita para mantenerse conectado con la familia y amistades):

http://www.icanconnect.org/

Texas Project Primer sitio web:

http://texasprojectfirst.org/

Navegue por el sitio web de Life Texas:

https://www.navigatelifetexas.org/en/search?q=deafblind

Parent Companion - el sitio web de los primeros cinco años:

http://www.parentcompanion.org/

Texas Deafblind Child Count:

http://www.tsbvi.edu/fact-sheet-for-parents-on-the-texas-deafblind-child-count

IEP Quality Indicators:

http://www.tsbvi.edu/attachments/other/IEP_Indicators.pdf

Apoyos Nacionales (Programas financiados por el gobierno federal):

Centro Nacional de Sordo-Ceguera Sitio web:

https://nationaldb.org/

Library:

https://nationaldb.org/library

Asuntos Familiares página web:

https://nationaldb.org/families

Ojalá tuviera ... folleto y video:

http://documents.nationaldb.org/Family/Iwish.pdf

Centro Nacional Helen Keller

Website Nacional:

https://www.helenkeller.org/hknc

Represente Regional (TX, AR, LA, NM, OK):

Molly Sinanan, S., ,Voice: 516.393.7997, VP: 512.394.8334

Personal cualificado para personas con discapacidad auditiva:

Maestros para Estudiantes con Sordera:

http://www.tsbvi.edu/tdb-home

Apoyos Individualizados (Interventores, Proveedores de Servicios de Apoyo e Intérpretes para personas con Sordera):

Manos Abiertas Acceso Abierto Módulos de aprendizaje Servicios de Interventor:

http://nationaldb.org/library/page/2269

Interventores en el hogar y la comunidad – Un Articulo imperativo Insuficientemente reconocido:

https://nationaldb.org/library/page/2458

Interventores y Niños quienes están Sordo Ciegos sitio web:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7ug5wxz8ack

La guía familiar para interventores – Bajar el folleto:

http://intervener.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/06/A-Familys-Guide-to-pdf

Determinar la necesidad de un Interventor en Entornos Educativos en Texas:

http://www.tsbvi.edu/determining-the-need-for-an-intervener- in-educational-settings-in-texas

Maestros de Estudiantes con Impedimento Visual:

http://www.tsbvi.edu/tb-jobs/tb-tvi

Maestros de Estudiantes que están Sordos/Dificultades Auditivas:

https://texasdeafed.org/topics/deaf-education-in-Texas

Especialistas en Orientación & Movilidad:

http://www.tsbvi.edu/orientation-and-mobility-items/2110-the-role-of-the-orientation-and-mobility-teacher-in-the-public-schools-1

Comunicación Y Alfabetización:

Comunicación para niños con Sordera o Discapacidades Visuales:

http://www.tsbvi.edu/distance/communication/

Alfabetización para niños con visión combinada y pérdida auditiva:

http://literacy.nationaldb.org/

Organizaciones de Familia:

Conozca a sus organizaciones familiares:

http://www.tsbvi.edu/family-support- organizations

Vídeo de sensibilización para personas sordas de NFADB:

https://nationaldb.org/library/page/2287

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

Here’s How You Do It in 2 Simple Steps

Download a printable flyer.

Step 1: Create something to show your administrator.

For example:

  • PowerPoint
  • 3-ring binder
  • LiveBinder
  • Photo album

Your creation should spotlight 3 or 4 students who represent the range of abilities typical of students with visual impairments, such as:

  • Infants
  • Students with additional disabilities including DeafBlindness
  • Braille reader
  • Cane user

The format should cover the students’ etiology, how their vision affects performance and examples of your role in ensuring student participation in the home, school and community.

Here are some examples (Word or PDF).

Step 2: Email an Invitation

Once you have step 1 completed, send an email invitation to the person who supervises your VI program with wording such as this:

Dear

I would like to offer you a glimpse into my world as a VI professional. I work with students in a wide variety of teams across the district and in home, school and community settings.  Students with visual impairments are such a small population; you may have questions about the scope of my job, the type of instructional support I provide, and the impact of the VI program on student achievement. 

Please join me for an introduction to just a few of my students which may answer these questions. This will give you a feel for how their visual condition affects issues such as learning, movement and concept development.

I look forward to sharing the successes of students with visual impairments supported by the VI program. What are some times that are convenient for you?


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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

 

GigiBabySm

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 |

 

An adult touches the arm of a toddler.

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 |

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 Emily Coleman, Outreach Director.  She can be reached by email at  c or by phone at 512-206-9242.  

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)

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 Emily Coleman, Outreach Director at email address: c. 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 Emily Coleman, Director del Programa de Extensión en la dirección de correo electrónico:  c. Valoramos mucho y agradecemos sus comentarios.

Let's Talk DeafBlind Eligibility - FAQs and Their Answers is a new document to help you in determining if a student should be placed on the DeafBlind Child Count. You may download this document in either a Word or PDF file as well.

Letter from OSERS

The Office of Special Educations and Rehabilitation Services at the Department of Education have provided the following guidance document which you may download in a PDF File.


Registration of Students in Texas with Visual Impairment & the Texas Deafblind Child Count

Description: Updated information for completing the 2018 Registration of Students in Texas with Visual Impairment & the Texas Deafblind Child Count. Registration of students who are blind, visually impaired or deafblind ensures students have access to leaning materials for their age and leaning skill. Teachers and school districts benefit by having access to APH Quota funds.

Downloads: Transcript (txt) Audio (mp3) Handout (docx)

Deafblind Child Count FAQ 2016

Original webcast date: 11/01/2016
Description: Brent Pitt, Director Sensory Impairments with TEA answers Frequently Asked Questions about the Deafblind Child Count.

Downloads: Transcript (txt) Audio (mp3)

IMPORTANT DATES

The data needed should reflect the number of students with a visual impairment who were in a Texas school district as of January 2, 2018, or the first day the district resumed following the winter holiday. Deadline to complete registration is January 31, 2018.

SUPERINTENDENT SIGNATURES

  • The Superintendent's signatures will be collected electronically. 
  • At the end of the registration period, they will be notified by email that their page is open and given a password to access their district data.
  • Once notified, they will have a five-day window to go to the Superintendent's Page to click the box certifying their district's information. No paperwork will need to be submitted.

About the Deafblind Child Count

The Texas Education Agency (TEA), Division of Special Education, is required to report annually on individuals, 0-21 years of age, who are deafblind in Texas. This report requires a different type of information than the Child Count data mandated under IDEA. Through the DeafBlind Child Count, the Texas Education Agency must annually report:

  • the number of children who meet the criteria for being reported on the DeafBlind Child Count served by age, severity, sex, and nature of deafblindness; and
  • the types of services provided and the setting in which the services are provided.

The DeafBlind Child Count provides information that is used for regional and statewide planning to develop funding and appropriate services for infants, children, and youth who are deafblind. This child count report is more inclusive and extensive than the Child Count report done at the end of October that is required under the IDEA. It is important to point out that the federal definition of deafblindness is a functional definition which goes beyond medical and clinical determination of severity of two major sensory deficits and focuses on evidence of need for modification of special education practice.

New or Noteworthy in 2018

  • The VI and Section 504 Registrations have a pale yellow background, while the Texas DeafBlind Child Count has a pale blue background. 
  • The Superintendent login is found on the Texas DeafBlind Child Count login page.
  • New search features will help you to find students even if there is a number or letter transposed.
  • New this year is a link in the top left of each application so that you can easily switch between the Annual VI Registration and the Texas DeafBlind Child Count. All students on the Texas DeafBlind Child Count are also entered in the Registration of Students with Visual Impairment, so you will be reminded to enter your students in both counts.   
  • Statewide assessments are listed for you. If your student took the STAAR alt 2, you will be asked to indicate whether it was scored or NAAR (no authentic academic response)
  • At the end, instead of a contact person, the registration asks for the Teacher of Students with Visual Impairment assigned to this student. If the student is DeafBlind, you will also note the Teacher of Students who are Deaf and Hard of Hearing. 
  • Not a change, but please remember that parent addresses change often. Please double check that you are providing a current address.

Consent for Release of Confidential Information

Each student who is registered as a student in Texas with a visual impairment, a student with deafblindness or a student with a visual impairment under Section 504 must have consent for sharing that information with other agencies. The consent form allows us to share their information for funding and resources available from the student with deafblindness from American Printing House for the Blind, the Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC), Blind Children's Program; HHSC Early Intervention program; Texas Workforce Commission; regional Education Service Centers; and other agencies. It is important that the CONSENT FOR RELEASE OF CONFIDENTIAL INFORMATION!-- (Spanish Version and Vietnamese Version) --> form is signed annually and maintained in the student folder.

Please fax this roster to Brian Sobeck at 512-206-9320 or email to  .  

Please make sure to write legibly.

Sign-in Roster in Word

 Sign-in Roster in PDF

 

 PLEASE TAKE A QUICK SURVEY!

 

"The Texas Deafblind Project helped us prepare for life after school. I’m happy to share that now that he’s graduated, his day is full of activities he finds meaningful and fun."                                                                    

~Chris, Parent


FamilyLetter-LookingTowardsAdulthoodDear Family,

As your child is becoming a young adult, you may feel unprepared for this part of your family's journey. You may not know what questions to ask about the transition beyond school, or where to turn. Many families who are preparing for transition out of school share similar challenges:

  • figuring out whole new service systems
  • facing uncertainty about what the future might hold for your young adult
  • searching for how to make your child's vision for his or her life a reality.

Rest assured you are not alone – others are standing by, ready and willing to help you help your child prepare for adult life.

The Texas Deafblind Project offers free support, information and training statewide with a focus on issues for young adults with combined vision and hearing loss. As a part of an annual Child Count report collected for the Texas Education Agency, you gave permission to share your family's contact information so that we could connect with you. We want you to know that we are here to support you as your young adult prepares for living in the adult world.

We've included a packet of useful resources and can offer you additional information and support that is specific to your family.

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

  • Learn about additional resources for your child and your family
  • 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

Our project staff has experience, compassion and knowledge about challenges and solutions for individuals with deafblindness. If we haven't had the opportunity to work with you before, we welcome the chance to do so. Please connect with Edgenie Bellah, our Family Engagement Specialist, by calling 512-206-9225 or email to .

Texas Deafblind Project Staff
http://www.tsbvi.edu/deaf-blind-project