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Mail or email your new classified to Karen Brown:

TSBVI Outreach, 1100 W. 45th Street, Austin, TX 78756 or <karenbrown@tsbvi.edu>

An up-to-date Statewide Staff Development Calendar is posted at http://www.tsbvi.edu/Outreach/vi.htm

Texas Focus 2006

Moving On: Transitions and the Student with Visual Impairments

June 8 and 9, 2006

Dallas, TX

Wyndham Dallas North at the Galleria

Keynote speaker:  Dr. Anne Corn,  professor of Special Education and professor of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences at Peabody College, Vanderbilt University.

Sessions being planned include:

New Professional Preconference Self-Determination

Dr. James Martin, University of Oklahoma

June 7, 2006

Wyndham North Dallas by the Galleria, Dallas, TX

For more information, follow the Texas Focus links on the TSBVI home page at <http://www.tsbvi.edu>


Contact Jim Durkel at (512) 206-9270 <JimDurklel@tsbvi.edu> or

Paula Effenger at (512) 206-9344 PaulaEffenger@tsbvi.edu

Sesquicentennial Events Texas School for the Blind & Visually Impaired


August    All Month – Callahan Traveling Museum Exhibit –  “In Touch with Knowledge: The Educational History of Blind People” on loan from the American Printing House for the Blind of Louisville, Kentucky.  TSBVI has also created it’s own museum of Texas artifacts. The public is welcome. See <http://sun1.aph.org/museum/intouch.html> for more information about this traveling museum coming to Texas in August and September, 2006.

               August 16th - A special commemorative stamp cancellation honoring TSBVI at Austin post offices. Envelopes cancelled with this special postmark will be on sale at the School.

August 18th - 20th - Memory weekend! — Reunion for former students of the School.-  musicians, speakers, sight-seeing tours of TSBVI’s humble beginnings.

Annual Introduction to the Intervener Model Workshop

June 12-13, 2006 in Austin

Texas Deafblind Outreach provides statewide introductory-level training is for interveners and team members who have not attended previous general intervener training.

Contact Beth Bible at (512-206-9103) or email <bethbible@tsbvi.edu>.

The Cornelia DeLange Syndrome Foundation’s 23rd National Conference

June 22-25, 2006

The historic setting of the Philadelphia area will be the backdrop for a celebration of OUR history.

For more information visit the CdLS Foundation website at <http://www.cdlsusa.org >

or call (860)675-8166 or (800)223-8355.

2006 AER Biennial International Conference

July 13-18, 2006

Snowbird, UT

For more information, contact:

Barbara C. Sherr, Conference Manager
(703) 671-4500 ext. 201

Joubert Syndrome Foundation&Related Cerebellar Disorders 8th Biennial Conference

July 5 – July 9, 2006
Sheraton Grand Hotel
Irving, Texas

  For information email to  joubertduquette@comcast.net or visit the Joubert Syndrome Foundation website <http://www.joubertfoundation.com>

Through Your Child’s Eyes

A workshop for parents of blind and visually impaired children

Coming to Fort Worth in September 2006

Topics covered include:

8th Annual Virginia Murray Sowell Distinguished Lecture:
Orientation and Mobility for Travelers Who Use Ambulatory Aids

Sandra Rosen, San Francisco State University

September 30, 2006

Texas Tech University, Lubbock, TX

Contact: Anita Page or Angela Gonzalez at (806) 742-1997 x233

Calling All CHARGERS In Texas – Mark Your Calendars

A group is currently being formed in Texas for infants, children, and teenagers with CHARGE Syndrome along with their siblings, parents and professionals. We’re called the Texas CHARGERS, and we are dedicated to helping give the Texas Chargers a better quality of life. The goal is to meet biannually to discuss the physical and emotional needs of children with CHARGE through the sharing of information and the building of a support network. So, mark your calendars for the:

 1stTexas CHARGERS Retreat

October 7th2006

Peaceable Kingdom Retreat <peaceablekingdomretreat.org> , Killeen, Texas.

This retreat will provide a stress free day for the families to come out and connect with others. The day will include sharing information on raising a special needs child in Texas and activities such as a carnival with balloons, arts and crafts, face painting, cotton candy, snow cones and a train ride. We will also be having lunch and enjoying the activities at Peaceable Kingdom which include an Indian campground, miniature golf, dinosaur tracks, a theatre & game room, swimming pool and nature trails. If you would like to receive a registration package or be on the membership list please contact Cathy Springer at <dacspringer@austin.rr.com>  or 512-255-3176. You won’t want to miss all the fun so make sure you mark you calendars! 

Keep reading future news letters for more information about the Texas CHARGERS and we look forward to seeing all of you on October 7th at Peaceable Kingdom.

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