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Mail or e-mail your new classified to Carolyn Perkins:

TSBVI Outreach, 1100 West 45th St., Austin, TX 78756, orcarolynperkins@tsbvi.edu.

An up-to-date Statewide Staff Development Calendar is posted on TSBVI's website

Texas Focus 2004: The Itinerant VI Professional

June 10 & 11, 2004

Wyndham Dallas North

Intersection Dallas North Tollway & I-635

Dallas, Texas

Most students with visual impairments in Texas are served by itinerant VI teachers and O&M specialists. What skills does an itinerant professional need? How can the itinerant professional meet the various needs of students with visual impairments? Keynote speaker Jean Olmstead, teacher for students with visual impairments, orientation and mobility specialist, and author of Itinerant Teaching: Tricks of the Trade for Teachers of Students Who Are Blind or Visually Impaired, will address these and other questions.

Association for Parents of Children with Visual Impairments (TAPVI) will hold its 1st Annual Meeting in conjunction with Texas Focus 2004. We will present a summary of the progress and accomplishments for the organization. Join us for a lively exchange of ideas on the future of TAPVI. We will hold annual meetings at every Texas Focus.

For More information, contact: Jim Durkel at (512) 206-9270 or Jimdurkel@tsbvi.edu, or Melinda Lucas at (512) 206-9344.

A Texas Focus Preconference Event

Making a Clean Sweep:Daily Living Skills for Students with Visual Impairments

Presented by Shelia Dahm, RTC

June 9, 2004 , 9AM to 4 PM , Wyndham Dallas North

Daily living skills consist of all the tasks and functions people perform, in accordance with their abilities, in order to lead lives as independently as possible. These needs are varied, as they include skills in personal hygiene, food preparation, money management, time monitoring, organization, etc. The skills and knowledge that sighted students acquire by casually and incidentally observing and interacting with their environment are often difficult, if not impossible, for blind and visually impaired students to learn without direct, sequential instruction by knowledgeable persons.

For More information, contact:

Jim Durkel at (512) 206-9270 Jimdurkel@tsbvi.edu, or Melinda Lucas at (512) 206-9344

Helen Keller National Center National Training Team

May 16 – 21, 2004 – Orientation & Mobility Techniques for Deaf-Blind Travelers

June 14 – 18, 2004 – Employment: The Ultimate Goal (for Employment Training Specialists)

September 13 – 17, 2004 – Enhancing Services for Older Adults With Vision and Hearing Loss

October 18 – 22, 2004 – Imagine the Possibilities: Person Centered Approach to Habilitation

November 15 – 19, 2004 – Expanding the Arena: The Magic of Technology

Cost of week long seminars at Helen Keller National Center - Sands Point, NY - $350 (includes lodging, meals, training, and training manual)

For further information, please contact:

National Training Team, Helen Keller National Center

141 Middle Neck Road, Sands Point, NY 11050

Phone: (516) 944-8900 ext. 233; FAX: (516) 944-7302

TTY: (516) 944-8637

e-mail: ntthknc@aol.com

Visit our website: www.hknc.org

The 22nd National Cornelia de Lange Syndrome Conference

June 24-27

Chicago Marriott Hotel ,Oak Brook, Illinois

Contact: CdLS Foundation


Children’s Craniofacial Association Family Retreat

June 24-27

Tempe, Arizona

Contact: Jana Butera

1-800-535-3643 or jbutera@ccakids.com

The 2004 FOCUS Families ONH/SOD Conference

June 24-27

Kansas City, Missouri Embassy Suites Hotel,

7640 NW Tiffany Springs Parkway

Presenters: Mark Borchert, M.D.,

Campbell Thompson, Ph.D.

Fee: $30 Professional; $35 per family (limit 5)

$10 each additional person

Contact: 1-866-362-875

Moebius Syndrome Conference

July 9, 10 & 11, 2004

Dallas/Ft. Worth, Texas

For information: email to txmoebiu@flash.net , or visit http://www.moebiussyndrome.com/2004/texas2004.htm

AER 2004 Biennial International Conference

AER--Where Dreams Come True

July 13-18

The Hilton in the Walt Disney World Resort

1751 Hotel Plaza Boulevard, Lake Buena Vista, Florida


AER group rate of $115 plus tax for a single or a double!

When making reservations, call 800-782-4414 or 407-827-4000 and ask for the AER rate.

Registration Information: Barbara Sherr Ph: 877-492-2708 or 703-671-4500

NAPVI/FFCVI National Conference

Hosted by AER

(The Association for Education and Rehabilitation for the Blind and Visually Impaired)

July 15-17, 2004

The Hilton in the Walt Disney World Resort

1751 Hotel Plaza Boulevard, Lake Buena Vista, Florida


AER group rate of $115 plus tax for a single or a double!

When making reservations, call 800-782-4414 or 407-827-4000 and ask for the AER rate.

for more information, including the conference program and registration form: www.AERBVI.org

Statewide Conference on Education of the Deaf

July 26-28, 2004

Fort Worth, TX

Renaissance Worthington Hotel


Ruth Hicks



for registration info

Best Practices in Teaching Students with Low Functioning Autism and Pervasive Development Disorders

July 26-30, 2004

Advanced Practices in Teaching Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders

August 2-6, 2004

San Marcos, Texas

The Meeting Place,

400 C.M. Allen Parkway

Each workshop:

Registration fee $495, only 60 spaces

Contact: 512-461-1298

Virginia Murray Sowell Center Distinguished Lecturer Series

September 17 & 18

Michael Collins, Director

Hilton/Perkins Program, Perkins School for the Blind,

Louis Tutt, Principal

Colorado School for the Deaf and the Blind

Transition Strategies for Students with Deafblindness: Living, Work, and Leisure

Texas Tech University College of Education, Room 001

Lubbock, Texas

Contact: Dr. Roseanna Davidson

806-742-1997, ext. 246

SWOMA 2004

October 29-30, 2004

Greene Family Camp, Bruceville, Texas (Waco area)

Theme: recreation, leisure, and sports skills

Registration materials will be avaiable in early August

2005 Texas Symposium on Deafblindness

Preliminary Date: Feb. 18-19, 2005

Austin, TX

Mark your calendars, and look for details in the next See/Hear.

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