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Mail or e-mail your new classifieds to Jim Durkel at:
TSBVI Outreach, 1100 West 45th St., Austin, TX 78756, or JimDurkel@tsbvi.edu

Texas Focus: Looking at Low Vision

June 14 & 15, 2001

Radisson Plaza Hotel - Ft. Worth

This annual conference sponsored by the 20 Regional Education Service Centers, with help from Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired, will focus on topics related to the student with low vision. Topics include monocular and magnifier use, literacy issues for the student with low vision, services to infants and toddlers with low vision, and issues related to field loss.

For more information, contact Jim Durkel.
Phone: (512) 206-9270
E-mail: JimDurkel@tsbvi.edu

TSBVI Technology Institute

September 21 & 22, 2001

Sheraton Four Points in Austin, Texas

This training is designed for education professionals working with students who have visual impairments. Sessions will include introduction to the Braille `n Speak, introduction to Duxbury Braille Translation software, and introduction to screen readers. This is not general technology training. Parents interested in attending are encouraged to learn more about the relevance to them and their child by contacting Jim Durkel or Sharon Nichols before registering for this event.

For more information, contact:
Jim Durkel at (512) 206-9270, JimDurkel@tsbvi.edu 


Sharon Nichols at (512) 206-9388, SharonNichols@tsbvi.edu 

Visions 2001: The National Conference of The Foundation Fighting Blindness

September 13-15, 2001

Westin Galleria Hotel in Dallas, Texas

Each year, Foundation researchers, staff and volunteers gather to share information about the latest scientific advances, assistive technologies, orientation and mobility resources, and coping strategies with attendees from across the United States. For more information, contact The Foundation Fighting Blindness at (888) 394-3937

or www.blindness.org

Virginia Murray Sowell 
Distinguished Lecturer Series

September 28 & 29, 2001

Lubbock, Texas

Dr. Jan van Dijk will be the featured speaker at this year's Virginia Sowell Distinguished Lecturer Series, sharing his wealth of experience working with people who are deafblind. For more information, contact:

The Virginia Murray Sowell Center
(806) 742-2320 or sheila.dowling@ttu.edu

SWOMA: (Southwest Orientation & Mobility Association Annual Conference)

October 12-14, 2001

Sheraton Four-Points in Austin, Texas

For more information, contact: Ruth Ann Marsh (512) 206-9203 or RuthAnnMarsh@tsbvi.edu

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

Part 1 - September 27 & 28, 2001

Part 2 - October 24 & 25, 2001

Part 3 - November 29 & 30, 2001

Bryan, Texas

This is a 6-day training for 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. Topics include information on vision loss, hearing loss, communication development, motor development, active learning, and working with families. For more information, contact Gigi Newton at TSBVI. Phone: (512) 206-9272;

E-mail: GigiNewton@tsbvi.edu 

The Third Annual Sports Extravaganza for Blind and Visually Impaired Students

Nimitz High School in Irving, Texas

October 26 & 27, 2001

Children with visual impairments often need confidence-building experiences, so they can participate in their regular school sports programs. This event provides the opportunity to do just that. For more information, contact Kitra Hill Gray at (972) 348-1580.

Mark Your Calendars for the DBMAT Family Weekend

October 12-14, 2001!

It's not too early to mark your calendars for the DBMAT (Deafblind Multihandicapped Association of Texas) Family Conference, which will take place at Camp John Marc in Meridian, Texas. This annual fall retreat and learning weekend for families and service providers is a time of renewal and reunion for all who attend.

For more information, call (972) 287-1904 or e-mail DBMATorg@aol.com

CHARGE at the Crossroads: 5th International CHARGE Syndrome Conference

July 20-22, 2001

Indianapolis, Indiana

Indianapolis Marriott Hotel

This conference is for families with a member who has CHARGE Association. Friday sessions focus on medical issues and include presentations on adolescence, cochlear implants, dental issues, endocrinology, plastics, gastro-intestinal issues, neurology, vestibular function, balance, and oral feeding. Presenters will be Dr. Kim Blake, Dr. Udi Shah, Dr. Rod Lusk, James Thelin, Dr. Rebecca Slayton, Dr. Jeremy Kirk, Dr. Jeffrey Marsh, Dr. Jules Constantino, Dr. Sandra Davenport, Sara Johnson and staff from Riley Hospital for Children.

Saturday session topics include Circle of Friends, hearing issues, communication, interveners, deafblind simulations, SibShop, recreation/therapy (ice skating, adaptive skiing hippotherapy/therapeutic riding) and a grandparents get-together. A video entitled "Then and Now" will also be shown. Presenters will be Nancy Hartshorne with Jacob's Circle Participants, Susan Appell, Linda Alsop, Kim Lauger, Dick and Liz Young, Judith Bluestone, James Thelin, Kara Heide, Penny Clark, Mary Siebolt, Diane Hazel-Jones, Rob Last and Michigan Deaf-Blind Project Coordinators.

For more information, contact

Marion Norbury at (573) 499-4694.

Golf Fore Sight

Are you a golfer and a person who wants to prevent blindness in Texas? Consider a "Golf Fore Sight" card! Purchase of this card entitles the holder to golf one round of golf at each course - free or discounted (cart rental required), and supports Prevent Blindness Texas. Nearly 100 golf courses around the state of Texas are participating in this event. You can purchase one card for $35, two for $60 or four cards for $100.

For more information about this program, contact Prevent Blindness at (888) 987-4448.

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