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Updated April 2018

This calendar includes training events for the 2017-18 school year related to visual impairments and deafblindness. If you would like to have one of your events included on this Statewide Calendar of Training Events, please send pertinent information to Kate Hurst at . For a listing of TSBVI sponsored webinars, workshops and conferences you may also use the navigation links under the navigation menu to the left of your screen. You may also want to visit the Statewide Leadership Services for Blind and Visually Impaired calendar page for information on other regional training events.








April 2018

April 6-8, 2018

In the Driver’s Seat

This 3-day student-parent workshop is co-hosted by TSBVI Short-term Programs and Outreach Programs.  Parents attend with the student and have opportunities to learn about pre-driver readiness skills, use of bioptics for driving, and steps to preparing for driver's license.  Both parents and students participate in “passenger” driving exercises and ask questions about low vision evaluations, rehabilitation driver’s training, and more from the experts. 

Please visit the Short-term Programs calendar to learn more about the student registration.

April 12-15, 2018

Texas AER Conference

Fort Worth, Texas

Visit the TAER website for more information.

April 15-18, 2018

Dbi Network of the Americas Conference'

Cape Cod, Massachusetts - Resourt and Conference Center at Hyannis

Deafblind International and Perkins School for the Blind are excited to host the first-ever Network of the Americas Conference. Don’t miss this unique opportunity to network, learn and have fun with leaders in the field of deafblindness from Canada, the United States, Latin America and the Caribbean.

We’re all stronger when we work together. Our conference theme – Partnerships for lifelong learning – acknowledges the importance of teamwork. By partnering as educators, service providers, consumers, policymakers, advocates and family members, together we can offer a lifelong array of support for the deafblind community – spanning from early intervention and K-12 education to programs, services and products for adults. Be sure to join us!

Early bird registration ends October 31, 2017.  For more information visit the Conference webpage.

April 22-24, 2018

 Mentor Center

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 state Rehabilitation Center for adults with visual impairments, located near the TSBVI campus.

Register now.


3:00-4:00 PM (Central Standard Time) Eastern 4-5 PM, Mountain 2-3 PM, Pacific 1-2 PM

CVI Study Group For Credit

April 30, 2018 - CANCELLED

3:00-4:00 PM (Central Standard Time) Eastern 4-5 PM, Mountain 2-3 PM, Pacific 1-2 PM

Visual Art for the Visually Impaired: Accommodations in Art for Students with Multiple Impairments For Credit

This webinar is part of an ongoing series addressing accommodations and strategies for making art accessible for students with visual impairment. In this session, we will focus on students with visual impairments and multiple impairments and how art activities can be modified in order to provide effective and meaningful learning experiences for them.

May 2018

May 4, 2018

Low Vision Conference For Credit

TSBVI James C. Durkel Conference Center, Austin, TX

“Makes me unique” were the three words on the poster created by one student with albinism who participated in NOAH’s “My Three Words” YouTube video. Feeling good about yourself when you stand out as unique can be a tricky path. Students with albinism have unique needs in addition to having low vision and providing service for this student population is the focus of our 2018 Low Vision Conference. Program highlights include an interactive session on genetics of albinism with Dr. Murray Brilliant, a renowned researcher who has dedicated his professional work to this topic and a session focusing on psychosocial impact with Ms. Kelsey Thompson, a licensed clinical professional counselor and a certified rehabilitation counselor.


Early Bird Registration begins February 26, 2018 and continues through April 22, 2018 for the discounted price of $30 for all participants.  After April 22nd the fee rises to $50.  Registration online is through our trusted partner, ESC Works.  You may pay immediately with a credit card or you can registered now and pay later to get the discount fee if you pay with a check or purchase order.  Send payment to:


c/o TSBVI Business Office

1100 W. 45th Street

Austin, TX 78756

Register Now!

May 8, 2018

3:00-4:15 PM Central Standard Time (4-5:15 PM Eastern, 2-3:15 PM Mountain, 1-2:15 PM Pacific)

Caseload Point System For Credit

Current caseload point systems from around the country will be discussed in relation to finding a point system that represents students’ functional needs and the workload of COMS’s and TVI’s. These concepts for caseload point systems will then be applied to administrative action triggers to allow for naturally occurring staff level changes based on student enrollment rather than having to rely on direct and often time consumer advocacy of the COMS, TVI, parent, or other blindness/vision professional. Specific suggestions for creating a caseload point system that represents a district’s or region’s unique set of variables will be addressed.

Register now.

 May 11, 2018

Active Learning Make and Take

Region 3 Education Service Center, Victoria, TX

Active Learning is an approach based on the work of Dr. Lilli Nielsen.It is an approach that can be used with all learners, but is most effective for those who have significant multiple disabilities and are functioning in the 0-48 month developmental level. This approach is closely tied to evidence-based research, such as the work of Jean Piaget's developmental stages of learners. It views the child's development wholistically, including not only motor, cognitive, and sensory skills, but also social and emotional development.Come join us as we review the foundations of Active Learning by Dr. Lilli Nielsen and create active learning tools you can use with your students the next day! 

To register visit the Region 3 ESC site.

May 17, 2018

3:00-4:00 PM (Central Standard Time) Eastern 4-5 PM, Mountain 2-3 PM, Pacific 1-2 PM

Active Learning Study Group For Credit

This is a 5-part series of webinars that will focus on a variety of topics, such as setting up a classroom and schedule, choosing materials, addressing the student with CVI, using Active Learning with older students and information on research related to Active Learning. Various guest speakers will be a part of this year’s presentations. 

Register now.

 May 22, 2018

2:30-3:30 PM  (Central Standard Time) Eastern 3:30-4:30 PM, Mountain 1:30-2:30 PM, Pacific 12:30-1:30 PM

Designing Routines For Credit

Using video, participants to this webinar series will collaborate with one another throughout the school year in order to design effective and meaningful routines for their own students. Webinar moderators will present the first student and participants will volunteer for subsequent student videos. This is the final session in the series.

Register now.

 May 29, 2018

3:00-4:00 PM (Central Standard Time) Eastern 4-5 PM, Mountain 2-3 PM, Pacific 1-2 PM

CVI Study Group For Credit

Participants will share documents and videos regarding their own students via Google Drive. Participants will discuss newly submitted materials and offer suggestions to share with the community of professionals and parents who would like the opportunity to learn together. Participants will explore suggestions with their student and share how the student responds with the group. Participants will explore topics and resources of interest related to CVI as identified by the group. These webinars will not be recorded.

Register now.

June 2018

July 2018

July 16th - 23rd, 2018


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.


 August 2018

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 Mattson and Sharon Nichols will lead participants through both small group and individual activities to create braille and tactile graphic documents. 

This is an ideal training for paraprofessionals and others who are beginners to braille and tactile graphics productions. Braille transcribers and TVIs who produce at least 40% of the braille for their students.

Enrollment is limited to 20 participants.

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

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

Registration Fee:

$100 Early Registration Discount by July 7, 2018

$125 after July 7, 2018

Note:  You may cancel up thru January 7, 2018  at 5 PM and not incur a cancellation fee.  Cancelling after that time may result in a $25 cancellation fee. Contact Carrie Keith at 512-206-9224 or email to  to cancel.

Register now!


September 2018

October 2018

October 4-5, 2018

Introduction to the Intervener Team Training Model

James C. Durkel Conference Center, TSBVI Campus, Austin, TX

nterveners 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


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)

Registration begins in July for this event. Go to and check the calendar.


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