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Spring 1998 Volume 3, Number 2


Editor's Corner

The folks here in Outreach at Texas School for the Blind & Visually Impaired have had a busy and productive winter. The 1998 Symposium on Deafblindness was a success thanks to a great deal of support from the parents and professionals who attended, our statewide parent support organization (DBMAT), the National Technical Assistance Consortium (NTAC), Helen Keller National Center, the National Family Association for Deaf-Blind, and a host of wonderful speakers from around the state and nation. Both the statewide staff development project and the personnel preparation project have seen many of their efforts start to move from the drawing board to implementation, and the new mentorship program is about to take off. We cosponsored with TCB and the Regional Education Service Center staff "Through Your Child's Eyes" in Austin. In May this workshop will take place in Silsbee, and we have tentative plans to offer this workshop in Nacogdoches, San Antonio, Bryan, and Victoria during the 1998-99 school year. INSITE training continues in Houston and Richardson with one more in the works for Austin this summer. Parents of children with Usher Syndrome are hoping to come together once again early this summer to share and make plans on how to improve their access to information and support. The VI Registry is completed and the Deafblind Census is about to be completed for 1998. Requests keep coming in for APH materials. Quality Programming for Visually Impaired training continues around the state along with work on the Regional Student Progress Indicators in all of the Education Service Center areas. Many of the local Texas Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services (formerly known as Texas Commision for the Blind) offices, local school districts, and parent support groups have planned a variety of local and regional workshops for families. And, last but not least, another edition of SEE/HEAR awaits your reading. We hope all of you are equally busy and feeling equally happy about the many activities taking place in Texas which will help to improve educational and rehabilitative services available to children with visual impairments and deafblindness and their families.

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