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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.

See the up-to-date Statewide Staff Development Calendar.

Fifth Biannual Usher Syndrome Family Retreat

June 7-9, 2002

Austin, TX

Usher Syndrome is a leading cause of deafblindness. People with Usher Syndrome are usually born with a hearing impairment, then begin losing vision later as a result of retinitis pigmentosa. This pattern of deafblindness creates some unique issues for children with Usher Syndrome and their families.

Families from all over Texas come to this event year after year. The experience of meeting other families and adult mentors with Usher Syndrome, and simply having time together, makes this a very special weekend. Topics of this year's retreat will include recreation and leisure, planning for college and post-secondary life, and strategies for living a rich full life while coping with the challenges of Usher Syndrome. Information will also be shared about the supports and resources available to school-aged children with Usher Syndrome, their siblings, and their parents.

Travel assistance from Texas Deafblind Outreach is available for families interested in attending.

Registration deadline is May 21, 2002.

Mental Health Issues Associated with Usher Syndrome

A special day of training for Counselors, Teachers, Rehabilitation Professionals and Parents

June 7, 2002

TSBVI Conference Center - Austin, TX

Michael Brennan, currently the Mid-Atlantic Regional Representative for the Helen Keller National Center, will be the featured speaker at this one-day training. Michael brings a unique perspective to this topic. He has Usher Syndrome (Type II). After completing his Masters Degree from Gallaudet University, he established the Mental Health Counseling Program at Deaf Community Services of San Diego, California. Michael was also Coordinator of Research and Training on Mental Health and Deaf-Blindness, under a grant at Alliant University. He is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (MFT), has extensive knowledge and experience in the field of psychosocial issues and deafblindness, and is well-versed in the emotional adjustment challenges caused by dual hearing and vision loss.

The registration fee of $50 includes the cost of lunch and materials.

Checks or agency purchase orders should be made out to Texas School for the Blind & Visually Impaired.

Registration deadline is May 21, 2002.

For more information about the retreat or one-day training, or to request registration flyers for these events,

contact Beth Bible

Phone: (512) 206-9103 or E-mail: bethbible@tsbvi.edu

Motor, Vision & Travel: Working as a Team to Address the Motor and O&M Issues of the Young Child with a Visual Impairment

Movement and exploration of the environment play important roles in the development of concepts, strategies for interacting with objects, and body awareness. Vision loss can significantly impact these areas. This workshop will share fun ideas for working on orientation and mobility, motor and sensory skills. The importance of teamwork will be emphasized, and roles of the OT, PT and O&M Specialist will be discussed.

This workshop will be offered to families and professionals at these locations:

Monday, June 3, 2002 - Huntsville, TX

Thursday, June 6, 2002 - Mt. Pleasant, TX

Saturday, June 8, 2002 - Abilene, TX

Tuesday, June 18, 2002 - Lubbock, TX

Friday, June 21, 2002 - New Braunfels, TX

Thursday, June 27, 2002 - Kilgore, TX

For information, contact Karen Brown

Phone: (512) 206-9314 or

E-mail: KarenBrown@tsbvi.edu

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

INSITE is a 6-day training for school and ECI professionals working with families who have children (birth to 5) with multiple impairments, including sensory impairment.

Silsbee - Region V Education Service Center

Part I - June 4 & 5, 2002

Part II - August 19 & 20, 2002

Part III - September 17 & 18, 2002

For more information, contact Kathy Williams

at Region V ESC

Phone: (409) 386-5507

E-mail: kmwilliams@esc5.net

Texas Focus 2002: Looking for Access

June 13-14, 2002

Renaissance Hotel, Houston, TX

This conference is for people involved in the education of children with visual impairments, including those with multiple impairments and deafblindness.

This year's theme, "Looking for Access," will draw our attention to ways students with visual impairments can be given more and better access to the school curriculum, their community, and the world in general.

For more information, contact Jim Durkel

Phone: (512) 206-9270

E-mail: JimDurkel@tsbvi.edu

or Mindy Carroll

Phone: (512) 206-9344

E-mail: MindyCarroll@tsbvi.edu

5th International UMDF
Symposium on Mitochondrial Disease

June 6-9, 2002

The Westin Galleria in Dallas, TX

The 5th International United Mitochondrial Disease Foundation (UMDF) Symposium on Mitochondrial Disease for Mitochondrial Specialists, Clinicians, and Families will take place this summer at the Westin Galleria, in Dallas, Texas. Meetings are planned for everyone's needs and families will have the opportunity to attend the medical meeting for clinicians. Also new this year will be a special session for affected adults. A special tract will be offered for newcomers to learn the basics of mitochondrial disease before the detailed medical sessions. Other topics include insurance, legal issues, estate planning, and practical tools for couples and non-affected siblings.

For family registration information, please contact the UMDF office by phone at (412) 793-8077 or e-mail at info@umdf.org, or visit the UMDF website at www.umdf.org. Medical professionals seeking information on the Scientific Meetings or Meetings for Clinicians, contact the UT Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas by phone at (800) 688-8678 or e-mail at Misti.fitzner@utsouthwestern.edu, or look on their website at www.utsouthwestern.edu.

Third Mid-Atlantic CHARGE Syndrome Conference

June 21-23, 2002

Four Points Sheraton - Aberdeen, Maryland

Any individual who is interested in learning more about this rare and complicated syndrome should attend, including family members, medical and educational professionals, therapists, medical interns/residents, education/special education students. All are invited to participate in this event. For more information contact:

CHARGE Syndrome Foundation, Inc.

2004 Parkade Boulevard

Columbia, MO 65202-3121

Phone: (800) 442-7604 or (573) 499-4694

Contact: Marion Norbury

E-mail: marion@chargesyndrome.org

American Council of the Blind
Annual Convention

June 29 - July 6, 2002

Adam's Mark Hotel in West Houston, TX

For information contact the ACB at:

1155 15th Street, NW, Suite 1004
Washington, DC, 20005
Phone: (800) 424-8666 or FAX: (202) 467-5085

Website: http://www.acb.org/convention/index.html

Braille Revival League's
Annual Convention

June 30 - July 3, 2002

Location: Houston, TX

Contact: Kim Charlson

Phone: (617) 926-9198

E-mail: kcharlson@acb.org

10th Biennial Statewide Conference on Education of the Deaf
Sailing Together Toward New Horizons

July 24-26, 2002

The Omni Bayfront & Marina Towers Hotels

Corpus Christi, TX

Contact: Ruth Hicks at (281) 396-6378

E-mail: rhicks@wmjh.katy.isd.tenet.edu

National Federation of the Blind
NFB Convention 2002

July 3, 2002 (Seminars)

July 4-9, 2002 (Formal Convention)

Location: The Galt House Hotel, Louisville, KY

For information, visit the NFB website at


Phone: (410) 659-9314
E-mail: nfb@nfb.org

Association for Education and Rehabilitation of the Blind and Visually Impaired
International Conference

July 17-21, 2002

Toronto, Canada

Please contact AER for additional information.
Executive Director, Mark Richert

P.O. Box 22397, Alexandria, VA 22304
Phone: (877) 492-2708 or FAX: (703) 823-9695

E-mail: aernet@aerbvi.org

Website: http://www.aerbvi.org

Foundation Fighting Blindness Annual Low Vision Conference
Seeing the Light

August 22-24, 2002

Chicago, Illinois

For information, contact the FFB at


11435 Cronhill Drive

Owings Mills, MD 21117-2220
Phone: (410) 568-0150

Cortical Visual Impairment: Further Pathways To Intervention

August 27-29, 2002

Braille Institute of America, Los Angeles, CA

Presenter: Dr. Chris Roman

Contact: Janie Humphries

Phone: (800) 223-1839, ext. 367

E-mail: jhumphries@aph.org

Virginia Murray Sowell Center
2002 Distinguished Lecturer Series
"Providing Quality Instruction in the Expanded Core Curriculum"

with Dr. Phil Hatlen
Superintendent, TSBVI

& Other Guest Speakers

September 27 & 28, 2002

Texas Tech University - Lubbock

Contact: Virginia Murray Sowell Center for Research and Education in Visual Impairment

(806) 742-2345 or (806) 742-2326 FAX

Website: http://www.educ.ttu.edu/sowell/VSC_Pages/Lecture/lecturerseries.html

Closing the Gap Conference

October 17-19, 2002

The Radisson South Hotel

Bloomington, Minnesota

Contact: Sarah Anderson, Administrative Assistant

Closing The Gap, Inc.
P.O. Box 68, Henderson, MN 56044
Phone: (507) 248-3294 or FAX: (507) 248-3810

E-mail: sanderson@closingthegap.com

Website: http://www.closingthegap.com

American Speech and Hearing Association Annual Convention

November 15-18, 2002

New Orleans, LA

Please contact ASHA for additional information.

10801 Rockville Pike, Rockville, MD 20852
Phone: (800) 498-2071 or TTY: (301) 897-5700

FAX: (301) 571-0457

E-mail: actioncenter@asha.org

Website: http://professional.asha.org/events/index.cfm

Coming in February 2003!
Texas Symposium on Deafblindness

Look for more information about this event in the summer edition of SEE/HEAR and on the Statewide Staff Development Calendar for Professionals in Visual Impairment at http://www.tsbvi.edu/Outreach/vi.htm

American Association of the Deaf-Blind 2003 Conference

July 12-18, 2003

San Diego State University - San Diego, CA

Please contact AADB at

814 Thayer Ave, Ste 302, Silver Spring, MD 20910

FAX: (310) 588-8705 or TTY: (510)797-3213

E-mail: tomjill@juno.com

American Society for Deaf Children 18th Biennial Conference

July 26-30, 2003
Texas School for the Deaf, Austin, TX

This conference is scheduled for the summer of 2003 in Austin, Texas. Please contact Ken Silverstein, ASDC:

P.O. Box 3355, Gettysburg, PA 17325
Phone: (800) 942-2732 (Parent Hotline)

TTY: (717) 334-7922 or FAX: (717) 334-7922

E-mail: asdc1@aol.com

Website: http://deafchildren.org/

Children Who Are Medically Complex or Technology Dependent: Building Relationships, Respecting Diversity

March 31, April 1 and April 2, 2003

Lowes Hotel in Philadelphia, PA

Ken-Crest Children & Family Services
3132 Midvale Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19129
Phone: (215) 844-4620, ext. 134

FAX: (215) 844-4610

E-mail: kencrest@kencrest.org

Website: www.kencrest.org/medfrag/conf.html

Deafblind International Conference

August 5-10, 2003

Delta Meadowvale Hotel & Conference Centre

Mississauga, Ontario

To request more information on the conference,

and to be on the mailing list, contact Stan Munroe
Phone: (519) 372-0887 or FAX: (519) 372-0312

E-mail: stan.munroe@sympatico.ca

Website: http://www.dbiconferencecanada.com/index2.htm

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