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Don't wait! Send your new classifieds to Jim Durkel now, so he can update the Statewide Staff Development Calendar posted on TSBVI's website at <www.tsbvi.edu>. Mail or email your ads to 1100 West 45th Street, Austin, TX 78756, or durkel_j@tsbvi.edu.


Through Your Child's Eyes

Have you ever wondered how your child "sees" the world? Have you ever considered what a world with little or no sight might be like? If these questions seem important to you, then Through Your Child's Eyes was designed with you in mind. At this workshop you will have the opportunity to:

Target audience: Parents of young or recently diagnosed children with visual impairments, including multiple impairments. This workshop has been scheduled in the following locations:

San Antonio, TX
November 6-8, 1998
Contact: Judy Wright at TCB
(210) 732-9751

Bryan/College Station, TX
February 20-21, 1999
Contact: Bettye Giordano or Alice Thomas
at TCB (409) 696-9610

This workshop is also planned for the Winter/Spring of 1999 in Victoria and Abilene, Texas.


Cornelia de Lange Syndrome 20th Annual Conference for Families

June 24-27, 1999
Doubletree Hotel
Dallas, Texas
For more information contact:
CdLS Foundation
(800) 223-8355


CHARGE into the New Millennium!

CHARGE Syndrome Conference
July 23-25, 1999
Houston, TX
Contact:
(800) 442-7604 (for families only)
(573) 499-4694 (for professionals)
or
mnorbury@mail.coin.missouri.edu


Helen Called Her "Teacher"

January 15-16, 1999
Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired
Austin, TX

This workshop is for new and experienced VI teachers, O&M specialists, and paraprofessionals working with children who have visual impairments. Tentatively, we will focus on issues related to preparing our students for life after graduation.

Contact: Jim Durkel, TSBVI
(512) 206-9270 or
durkel_j@tsbvi.edu


Statewide Conference on Community Services and Supports for All Texans

Sponsored by:
Texas Respite Resource Network and the Coalition of Texans with Disabilities / Personal Assistance Services Task Force
December 13-16
Hyatt Regency on the Riverwalk
San Antonio, TX

This conference will provide up-to-date information about statewide issues in community supports and how you can impact legislative action, as well as provide an opportunity for networking. Family and consumer stipends may be available.

Contact: Texas Respite Resource Network
(210) 704-2794 or diana_cerna@srhcc.org


November 11 Beginning Abacus

Location: Region XII ESC, Waco, TX
Target audience: Teachers for students with visual impairments
Description: This workshop will focus on introducing teachers to using and teaching the abacus. This is a beginning level workshop.

Presenters: Debra Sewell
Contact: Tina Herzberg, Region XII ESC
(254) 666-0707, ext. 260


November 16-18 Every Move Counts

Location: Region XX ESC, San Antonio, TX
Target audience: Professionals working with students with profound disabilities
Description: This workshop covers assessment and intervention strategies for students with profound disabilities.
Presenters: Jane Korsten
Contact: Deborah Thompson, Region XX ESC
(210) 370-5433


November 18 Before the Technology Assessment

Location: Region X ESC, Richardson, TX
Target Audience: Teachers for the visual impaired serving students with either no other impairments, or with multiple impairments.
Description: This session will give teachers some resources to try before asking their technology teams to conduct a full assessment on a student.
Presenter: Sharon Nichols, TSBVI, Austin, TX Contact: Kitra Gray, Reg. X ESC (972) 348-1580


November 19-20 Tactile Communication Systems for Students with Sensory Impairments

Location: Region IV ESC, Houston, TX
Presenters: Ann Rash and Craig Axelrod, TSBVI
Contact: Cecilia Robinson, Region IV ESC
(713) 744-6368


December 9 Tactile Graphics and TAAS

Location: Region IV ESC, Houston, TX
Presenters: Diane Spence, Irene Rojas, Ana May Hernandez
Contact: Cecilia Robinson, Region IV ESC
(713) 744-6368


December 11 A New Era of Braille Instruction

Location: Region XI ESC, Ft. Worth, TX
Target audience: Teachers for the visually impaired

Description: This workshop will discuss relevant educational factors for selecting a primary learning media, braille readiness activities, and activities to minimize rubbing, scrubbing, and letter reversal.

Presenters: Sally Mangold, San Francisco, CA
Contact: Olga Uriegas, Region XI ESC
(817) 625-5311

Jan. 19, Feb. 16, Mar. 16, April 20, May 11


VIISA: Vision Impaired In-Service in America

Location: Region XVIII ESC, Midland, TX

Target audience: Professionals working with students with visual impairments, birth to 3 years of age

Description: This workshop will help participants gain skills in understanding the unique needs of infants and toddlers who are visually impaired, and their families.

Contact: Miriam Powell, Region XVIII ESC
(915) 563-2380 or mpowell@esc18.net


January 26 Ecological Evaluations: Practical Solutions to Complex Concerns for Students with Visual Impairments

Location: Region X ESC, Richardson, TX

Presenter: Karen Wolffe, Austin, TX

Contact: Kitra Gray, Region X ESC (972) 348-1580


January 27 Career Education for Students with Visual Impairments

Location: Region X ESC, Richardson, TX

Presenter: Karen Wolffe, Austin, TX

Contact: Kitra Gray, Region X ESC (972) 348-1580


January 28-29, and February 25 Every Move Counts

Location: Region XII ESC, Waco, TX

Target audience: Professionals working with students with profound disabilities

Description: This workshop covers assessment and intervention strategies for students with profound disabilities.

Presenters: Jane Korsten

Contact: Tina Herzberg, Region XII ESC

(254) 666-0707, ext. 260

January 28-29 Part 1
February 25-26 Part 2
March 29-30 Part 3


INSITE Training: A Home-Based Model For Infants, Toddlers, and Preschoolers Who Are Multiply Disabled Sensory Impaired

Location: Region XI ESC, Ft. Worth, TX
Target Audience: School and ECI professionals working with families who have children, birth to 5 years, with multiple impairments, including an impairment in at least one of the sensory systems.
Description: This is a 6-day training divided into 3 parts. Attendance at all 6 days is required. Topics include information on vision loss, hearing loss, communication development, motor development, active learning, and working with families.

Contact: Olga Ureigas, Region XI ESC
(817) 625-5311



For a complete and up-to-date listing of workshops and conferences, visit the TSBVI website at <www.tsbvi.edu>.


Medicaid Expansion for Teens

As of July 1998, more Texas teenagers can qualify for Medicaid for their health care. Medicaid changed the family income limits for teens. Teenageers who are under 19 years old may now qualify for Medicaid even if they did not qualify before.

Last year, Congress passed legislation which helps states provide health care for children who are uninsured and whose families have low incomes. Each state develops its own children's health insurance plan. The first phase of the the Texas plan to cover more children who are uninsured is an expansion of Medicaid for older teens, 15-18 years old, whose family income is less than 100% of the federal poverty limits. Teens younger than 15 are currently eligible at this family income level. Families must still meet other Medicaid requirements, such as asset limits.

Please help teenagers take advantage of this opportunity to get health coverage (medical and dental check-ups, equipment and supplies, prescriptions, etc.). Contact your local Texas Department of Human Services (TDHS) office to learn more about the Medicaid Expansion for Teens.

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