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TCB's Corner

By Terrell I. Murphy, Executive Director, Texas Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services (formerly known as Texas Commision for the Blind)

Happy New Year! It may not be January 1, but it's a new school year, a new fiscal year for the Texas Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services (formerly known as Texas Commision for the Blind) , and a new year for the See/Hear newsletter. My thanks to the editors for not only this opportunity to visit with you about a few exciting things that are happening at the Commission, but also for their hard work in producing a newsletter that pulls us all together in creating a brighter future for children who are blind.

One of the most important terms buzzing around TCB these days is Texas Confidence Builders (or for you acronym lovers, TCB2) — our way of breathing renewed life into who we are. Our job is to provide Texans who are blind and visually impaired with the skills, training, knowledge, and equipment they need to be confident in their own abilities. Therefore, every service we deliver must promote a positive, can-do attitude. Every employee will be training hard in the coming months to make this a reality.

That same can-do attitude from TCB2 will be flowing over into what has become known as Opportunity 2000, our plans for creating more comprehensive services for children with visual impairments and their families. In the spirit of one of my other favorite acronyms, we are using TEAM-work (Together, Each Accomplishes More) to help us design a blueprint for building an even better children's program. Our staff has been busy meeting with Texans who are blind, their families, education professionals, advocates, consumer groups and national organizations since August, and I'm looking forward to sharing the results in a future issue.

On the horizon are innovative projects coming into communities across the state as a result of grants and contracts approved by the Commission's Board in August. Our goal in making these funds available is to expand services to people with visual impairments through the creative efforts of nonprofit organizations. Glenda Embree shares information about some of these projects Coming Soon to a Neighborhood Near You . . ..

The "numbers" for the year that just ended are all in as I write this, and once again our dedicated staff set new records or stayed at previous year's record levels. With the help of our many partners such as yourselves, this new year will offer many new opportunities for children who are blind.

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