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Mail or e-mail your new classified 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\Outreach\vi.htm

2005 Texas Symposium on Deafblindness

Feb. 25-26, 2005

Hyatt Regency Hotel - Austin, TX

Texas Deafblind Outreach is proud to host this event for family members, professionals and paraprofessionals involved inthe lives of children with deafblindness who are between the ages of birth and 22. This year's Symposium will include both general and breakout sessions featuring a variety of speakers from Texas and other parts of the United States.

General sessions include a keynote on concept development presented by Robbie Blaha from Texas Deafblind Outreach as well as presentations by Rosie Yanez and Leigh Ann Bryan, adults with deafblindness, on what it means to be a person with deafblindness. Also presenting is the Knapp family from Houston who will talk about their lives with Christian, a young adult with deafblindness and multiple disabilities.

Our national speakers include such individuals as Barbara Miles, co-author of Remarkable Converesations and consultant for Hilton-Perkins International, Cathy Nelson, co-author with Jan van Dijk of Child-Guided Strategies for Assessing Children who are Deafblind or Have Multiple Disabilities and Clinical Assistant Professor of Special Education University of Utah, Tim Hartshorn, parent of a child with CHARGE syndrome and professor of psychology at Central Michigan University, Dr. Sandra Davenport, Pediatric Geneticist, who is an internationally recognized expert on Usher Syndrome and CHARGE syndrome, Maurice Belote and David Brown from California Deafblind Services, and Tanni Anthony, COMS and Project Director for Colorado Services for Children with Combined Vision and Hearing Loss (Deafblindness) Project.

Texas presenters include: Tish Smith and Kim Conlan, Speech Language Pathologists at TSBVI and along with Craig Axelrod from Texas Deafblind Outreach. They will present information about a special project they are collaborating on, with support from Dr. Jan van Dijk, about supporting high quality interactions with students who are deafblind. Kate Moss from Outreach will present on Person-Centered Planning.

There will be opportunities to network and share ideas with committed people who are interested in educational and life issues for children and youth who are deafblind and their families. A social for parents on Friday will be cohosted by the Deaf-Blind Multihandicapped Association of Texas.

Registration Information
  Registration by Jan. 10th: Late Registration:
Family Members and Professionals: $175 $225
(after January 10th)
Paraprofessionals: free $50
(after January 10th)
Out-of-State Participants: $300 $350
(after January 10th)

Symposium registration materials, for more information contact: Beth Bible at 512-206-9103 or bethbible@tsbvi.edu

INSITE Trainings for 2004-05

ESC Region 7

Kilgore, TX

Liz Adams (Region 7) and Alicia Favila (Region10) will work together to support this INSITE training.


ESC Region 1

Edinburg, TX

Contact: Peter Graves, ESC 1

956/984-6165, Ext. 6165

ESC Region 14

Abilene, TX

Contact: Linda Laughlin

325-675-8632; llaughlin@esc14.net

ESC Region 18

Midland, Texas

Contact: Fred Martinez, ESC 18


Understanding Usher's Syndrome

January 25, 2005

Region IV ESC, 7145 Tidwell, Houston TX 77092

Presenter: Jenny Lace, Outreach-TSBVI


Contact: Karen Crone, 713/744-6324
kcrone@esc4.net, or

Cecilia Robinson, 713/744-6379

2004-2005 Intervener

Training Opportunities

A series of training opportunities are available for individuals currently working as interveners, their educational teams and others who are interested in learning more about the role of the intervener in working with students with deafblindness. Interveners wishing to attend the Symposium may receive free registration if they register before January 10th. A complete listing of the training opportunities for intervers and their teams are listed below:

TETN on November 3rd from 2:00-3:30

Topic: The Ins and Outs of the Intervener Model

The 2005 Symposium on Deafblindness

February 25th & 26th

This event held in Austin will include opportunities for interveners to gather, network and learn.

Tentatively scheduled for June
Introduction to the Intervener Model

Introductory statewide training for interveners and a team member who have not attended previously.

If you are interested in learning more about the use of the Intervener Model with students who are deafblind, please contact Texas Deafblind Outreach (512-206-9103).

An Introduction to Seating and Positioning for Accesss to Assistive Technology

December 2, 2004

Region XI ESC, Fort Worth TX

Contact: www.esc11.net

Orientation and Mobility for Individuals with Low Vision

February 28, 2005

Region 10 ESC - Richardson, TX

Presenter: Richard Ludt,
Orientation and Mobility Intern Coordinator Western Blind Rehabilitation Center, Palo Alto CA

Contact: Kitra Gray, GRAYK@esc10.ednet10.net

From Region 4 ESC in Houston

Working Together: Teachers of the Deaf and Teachers of the Visually Impaired

December 1, 2004

Presenter: Kate Moss, Texas Deafblind Outreach,

Austin TX

In Focus with Low Vision: Septo-Optic Dysplasia

December 10, 2004

Fee: $20

Presenter: Dr. Randy Jose,

University of Houston, College of Optometry

Exploring Technology for Elementary Students with Visual Impairments

January 25, 2005


Cortical Visual Impairment: Identificiation, Assessment and Intervention

February 2-3, 2005

Fee: $60

Presenter: Dr. Christine Roman, Marshall University, Huntington, West Virginia

In Focus with Low Vision: Congential Glaucoma

Fee: $20

Presenter: Dr. Randy Jose, University of Houston,College of Optometry

Contact for information about these events:

Karen Crone, 713/744-6324, kcrone@esc4.net

Cecilia Robinson, 713/744-6379, crobinson@esc4.net

The North American Active Learning Convention, Lighting the Fire: Igniting the North American Active Learning Agenda

February 7-9, 2005

Oakland Marriott City Center, Oakland CA

Presenters: Dr. Lilli Nielsen and leading North American Active Learning experts

Hosted by: LilliWorks Active Learning Foundation

For more information: www.lilliworks.com

512/ 814 - 9111

Technology Training at TSBVI

These workshops will be offered on the campus of the Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired in Austin. Enrollment is limited to allow for hands-on participation. Registration information is available at www.tsbvi.edu.

November 13 - Technology for Students with Multiple Impairments: Using a Team Approach to Assess Needs and Implement Use

December 11 -What's New in Technology for Students with Visual Impairments: An Overview of the Latest Technology

January 21 & 22 - Using Duxbury to Prepare Materials in Braille

February 12 - Everything You Want to Know About Using Screen Readers with Email

Distance Broadcasts on TETN

Contact your regional ESC consultant to see if they will be connecting to these broadcasts. Broadcasts are from 1:30-3:30 P.M.Central Time. Sorry, these broadcasts are not available outside of Texas.

October 20 - Issues in deafblindness: Involving deaf education in programming for deafblind students

November 17 - Motor issues for older students with visual impairments

January 19 - A review of the Accessible Graphing calculator with Susan Osterhaus

February 16 - Conducting a Functional Behavior Analysis on students with visual impairments

April 20 - Transition issues for students with visual impairments

Josephine L. Taylor Leadership Institute

March 11-13, 2005

Location: Boston MA, Marriott Long Wharf Hotel

Registration Information: www.afb.org/jltli.asp

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