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Mail or e-mail your new classifieds to Carolyn Perkins:

TSBVI Outreach, 1100 West 45th St., Austin, TX 78756, or carolynperkins@tsbvi.edu.

An up-to-date Statewide Staff Development Calendar is posted on TSBVI's website at www.tsbvi.edu.  

Usher Weekend in Austin

A Special Opportunity for Students with Usher Syndrome and their Parents

January 22-25, 2004

For Students with Usher Syndrome

TSBVI Special Programs offers a program for middle school and high school students and high school graduates under the age of 22 with Usher Syndrome. This onc-campus class is offered through the Special Programs department in collaboration with Texas Deafblind Outreach at TSBVI. The weekend will be informative and will provide an opportunity for these students to come together and share experiences. More details about the program will be distributed on the TXVIN and the TSBVI web page. So be watching!

Contact: Lauren Newton (512) 206-9119

January 24-25, 2004 - For Their Parents

There will be a special program for the parents held in conjunction with this student weekend. Parents of students attending the Special Programs' class are invited to arrive on Saturday afternoon and stay over Saturday night for information sharing and support before picking up their children. Parents of children younger than middle-school-age with Usher Syndrome are invited to participate in the parent portion of this event.

Contact Beth Bible at (512) 206-9103

Dr. Christine Roman on Cortical Visual Impairment

Save these Dates!

February 27-28, 2004 - Austin

Sponsored by Region 13 ESC, APH, and TSBVI. Registration and travel reimbursement costs are available for new professionals. For more information, visit the TSBVI website or contact Jim Durkel at (512) 206-9270 or email jimdurkel@tsbvi.edu.

Intervener Team Training

November 21-22, 2003

The Four Points Hotel

Austin, Texas

Featuring: Joyce Olson,

Coordinator of The Provincial Outreach Program for Students with Deafblindness

Richmond, British Columbia

Texas Deafblind Outreach is pleased to offer this very special training event for Texas Interveners and their educational team. Limited support is available if needed to help the intervener and one professional team member participate. Additional team members are welcome, but not eligible for travel assistance. More information on the hotel will accompany acceptance letter. If you are an intervener who did not received a registration form or need additional information, contact:

Contact: Beth Bible at (512) 206-9103 or bethbible@tsbvi.edu

Low Incidence Disability Project

Presents Dr. Lilli Nielsen

January 19-21, 2004

The Three Low Incidence Disabilities Decentralized Function is offering this special "by invitation only" opportunity for educational teams from each of the twenty education service center regions to participate in an intensive training event on Active Learning Theory. Participants will complete the asessment for the FIELA Curriculum and learn how to implement this curriculum. Teams will be expected to complete follow-up assignments and submit data on their targeted students. District teams are being selected by the ESC 3 LID Specialist or Deafblind Specialist. Each region will be sending two or three teams to this event. Contact your ESC Three Low Incidence Specialist or Deafblind Specialist for more details.


A Home-Based Model for Infants, Toddlers, and Preschoolers Who Are Multiply Disabled and Sensory Impaired

Six days of training for school and ECI professionals working with families who have children birth through five years of age who have multiple disabilities and sensory impairments. Topics include information on vision and hearing loss, communication development, motor development, active learning, and working with families. Training sites for 2003-2004 include:

Wichita Falls

January 27 & 28, 2004
February 24 &25, 2004
March 30-31, 2004

Contact: Tricia Lee, Region 9 ESC (940) 767-3836


Dates in May or June to be announced

Contact: Beth Bible, Texas Deafblind Outreach (512) 206-9103


December 16 & 17, 2003
February 2 & 3, 2004
April 27 & 28, 2004

Contact: Karen Crone, Region 4 ESC (713) 744-6368

San Antonio

September 18 &19, 2003
October 20 & 21, 2003
November 12 & 13, 2003

Contact: Deborah Thompson, Region 20 ESC (210) 370-5433

To request INSITE training in your region,contact

Gigi Newton at (512) 206-9272 giginewton@tsbvi.edu.

TSBVI Annual Parent Weekend

Saturday, January 31, 2004

The Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired will host its 3rd annual Parent Weekend Saturday, January 31, 2004. Mark your calendars now and plan to spend lots of time with your child's TSBVI teacher, residential instructor, classmates and their families. The theme for this year's event will be "How to find and adapt recreational activities for your child".

Get ready to have some fun!

Contact Roy Martz @ (512) 206-9316 roymartz@tsbvi.edu

Transition Workshop

February 21-22, 2004

This two-day workshop will familiarize families with issues of adult life for young people with deafblindness. Participants will learn about the lives of young adults who are currently leading lives in the community. They will learn how to plan and prepare for a preferred lifestyle, and how to locate the support needed to make the plans become reality.

More details will be available later this fall. Watch for the flyer!

Contact David Wiley, or (512)206-9219 davidwiley@tsbvi.edu

TSBVI Technology Workshops

This year TSBVI will not hold a single Technology Institute, but will offer several all-day workshops throughout the school year. Workshops will be held on the TSBVI campus. Cost is $50.00 per participant; lunch provided. Paraprofessionals and Braille transcriptionists are free. Please see http://www.tsbvi.edu/Outreach/tech-workshop.htm  for complete details and to download registration forms.

Technology for the Student with Low Vision

December 6 - Saturday

An overview of software applications for screen enlargement, whiteboard magnification using the Mimeo  www.mimeo.com,  and video magnification products.

Digital Talking Books

January 16 - Friday

Talking books are now available in more compact formats than the old books on tape. This ia an introduction to digital talking books and their available formats. Digital talking books and digital talking book players will be demonstrated.

Integrating Tech Into The Classroom for MIVI Students to Promote Literacy Awareness

February 6 - Friday

Learn about generating meaningful activities for MIVI students, including promoting literacy awareness activities, using computer based talking books and other activities using PowerPoint, Clicker 4 and other applications.

TSBVI Distance Education

These presentations will be offered through the TETN network at the Regional Education Service Centers. Contact your ESC to learn if they are participating. For general information contact Karen Brown at TSBVI (512) 206-9314 or email to karenbrown@tsbvi.edu.

January 14, 2004

Beyond Single Switch Games & Toys: Advanced Level

February 18, 2004

Working Together-the VI Teacher & the Diagnostician

March 10, 2004

The Braille Note

April 14, 2004

Motor Issues for Babies with Visual Impairments

Functional Academic Curriculum for Exceptional Students Training

December 2, 2003

ESC XI - Fort Worth, Texas

During this two-day workshop, participants will become familiar with the implementation of the F.A.C.E.S. curriculum modules in Science, Social Studies, Math, Personal Health, and Vocational. The primary purposes of the F.A.C.E.S. curriculum are to teach meaningful, age appropriate skills within school and non-school settings and to systematically evaluate students' progress within those settings.

Contact: Olga Uriegas at ouriegas@esc11.net

To register: Central Registration Information System at www.esc11.net

AER Orientation and Mobility Division Conference

December 13-16, 2003

New Orleans, Louisiana

Contact: George Tully or Lynn Gautreaux at oandm@lsvi.org

ACCESS Conference

December 9-10, 2003

South Padre Island, Convention Center

Contact: Debbie Buchanan at 956-984-6202 or Clabelia Solis at 210-632-3285

AFB, Josephine L. Taylor Leadership Institute

March 5-7, 2004

Washington, DC

Contact: Gabriella Smith, American Foundation for the Blind, 11 Penn Plaza, Suite 300, New York, NY 10001

212-502-7600 or afbinfo@afb.net

Moebius Syndrome Conference

July 9, 10 & 11, 2004
Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas

For information email to txmoebiu@flash.net  or visit


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