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

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

An up-to-date Statewide Staff Development Calendar is posted on TSBVI’s website at www.tsbvi.edu

Feeling Good and Doing Well: Self Esteem and The Child with Visual Impairments

June 9 & 10, 2005

Omni Southpark Hotel

4140 Governor’s Row (IH 35 at Hwy 71)

Austin, Texas

Doing well is more than getting good grades and meeting IEP objectives. Doing well is having the confidence to make choices. Doing well is taking control of one’s present and future. Doing well is about being an active member of a family, of a school, of a community. Doing well is having self-worth. Join us at Texas Focus 2005: “Feeling Good and Doing Well” as we explore these issues as they relate to children with visual impairments. Our keynote address will be delivered by Dr. Dean Tuttle, who with his wife Naomi, wrote the book, Self-Esteem and Adjusting with Blindness: The Process of Responding to Life’s Demands

A general membership meeting of the Texas Association for Parents of Children with Visual Impairments (TAPVI) will be held during Texas Focus on Thursday, June 9, 2005 from 5-7pm. All interested parents are encouraged to attend.


New Professional Preconference:
Using the Sensory Learning Kit

June 8, 2005

Omni Southpark Hotel

Presenter: Millie Smith

The Sensory Learning Kit is a soon-to-be released product from the American Printing House for the Blind (APH). The kit is designed for use with students with significant multiple impairments that include a visual impairment, and improves upon the old sensory stimulation kits.

This training is designed for VI professionals who have completed their training program within the last 3 years. We are able to waive registration fees and assist with travel expenses for this group. Others may register, but we cannot waive those fees nor assist with travel. Attendance is limited to the first 200 registrants.

Contacts for both events:

Jim Durkel, (512) 206-9270 or jimdurkel@tsbvi.edu,

Paula Effenger, (512) 206-9344 or paulaEffenger@tsbvi.edu


Assessment for Students with Visual Impairments

June 13-15, 2005

TSBVI Conference Center
Texas School for the Blind & Visually Impaired
1100 W. 45th Street, Austin, Texas

Summer workshop for assessment personnel responsible for testing students with visual impairments. Cost: $150 per person, which includes lunch for all three days and an extensive handbook with resource materials.

Registration deadline June 1st

Contact: Karen Brown at 512-206-9314, or <karenbrown@tsbvi.edu>

7th International CHARGE Syndrome Conference

July 22-24, 2005

Wyndham Miami Beach Resort
4833 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, Florida

Speakers selected from medical, educational, and related professions, offering a wide range of topics from which to choose. Childcare is provided during the meetings for families in attendance.

There will be a late registration fee of $50 per registration after June 15th, and absolutely no registrations will be accepted after June 30th.

For information contact the CHARGE Syndrome Foundation office: 800-442-7604, e-mail: marion@chargesyndrome.org,or visit http://www.chargesyndrome.org/miami.htm

2nd Annual Texas Parent to Parent Conference
“Our Children...Our Journey”

July 22-24, 2005

University of Mary Hardin Baylor, Belton, Texas

Texas Parent to Parent is a nonprofit organization that was created to connect families caring for children with disabilities and special health care needs.

Contact: 866-896-6001 or 512-458-8600,

E-mail: infor@txp2p.org, Website: www.tsp2p.org

Helen Keller National Center 2005 Seminars

Leona & Harry B. Helmsley Conference Center, HKNC
141 Middle Neck Road, Sands Point, New York

Interpreting Techniques for the Deaf-Blind Population
August 20-23, 2005
Enhancing Services for Older Adults with Vision and Hearing Loss
September 12-16, 2005
Transformation: Person-Centered Approach to Habilitation
November 14-18
Getting in Touch with Literacy Conference
December 1-3, 2005

Contact: (516) 944-8900

Short Classes at TSBVI

Do you have an academic student or child who might benefit from a week of intensive training in one or two vision-specific learning domains? Would you like your child or student to participate in a long weekend class focusing on issues related to vision loss? If so, you may want to read this.

About Short Classes

TSBVI Short-Term Classes serve students who are functioning at or close to grade level. Students come from across Texas to participate in our one-week or long-weekend small-group classes. These are students whose basic needs are well met in the local school district, but who may need a short, intensive training boost in one or two disability-specific areas (e.g., O&M, independent living, technology, aspects of the braille code, math concepts or adaptations). While at TSBVI, students also have experiences related to social skill development, interactions with other visually impaired students and professionals, and independent living.

Students must be referred for a Short Class by their local school district. Students are requested to bring their week’s school assignments (homework) with them. This serves two purposes: (1) the opportunity to teach new skills within the context of what students are learning at home, and (2) helping students keep up with their assignments while they are away. Before students come to a Short Class, their local VI teacher and TSBVI teachers discuss the student’s current level of functioning in the skill areas selected for instruction, to maximize effective instruction as soon as the students arrive.

Short Classes for the 2005–2006 School Year

Below is a listing of Short-Term Classes for next year. If you have an upcoming ARD, this could be a time to talk about a possible referral. Please call TSBVI principal, Lauren Newton, if you have any questions about the program or if you want to make a referral to one or more classes.

Fall Semester 2005

September 11-16 Technology Week #1 (secondary)

September 25 - 30 Middle School IEP #1

October 16 – 21 High School IEP #1

*October 27– 30 Middle School Independence Weekend

November 6 - 11 Elementary:

Elementary IEP #1

Elementary Math Tools & Concepts

Nov 27 - Dec 2 Math Tools and Concepts (secondary)

December 8 – 11 “Getting There” Weekend (grades 9-12)

* Long-Weekend Program

Spring Semester 2006

January 8 - 13 High School IEP #2

*January 26 – 29 Fitness at Home & in the Community (secondary)

February 5 - 10 Middle School IEP #1

*Feb 16 - 19 Low Vision Weekend (secondary)

Feb 26– March 3 Technology Week #2 (secondary)

*March 23– 26 Elementary Independence Weekend

*Mar 30 – Apr 2 High School Independence Weekend

April 23 - 28 Elementary

Elementary IEP #1

Elementary Technology

* Long-Weekend Program

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