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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.

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

TSBVI Technology Institute

September 21 & 22, 2001

Sheraton Four Points in Austin, Texas

This training is designed for education professionals working with students who have visual impairments. Sessions will include introduction to the Braille `n Speak, introduction to Duxbury Braille Translation software, and introduction to screen readers. This is not general technology training. Parents interested in attending should contact Jim Durkel or Sharon Nichols before registering for this event to determine the relevance of this event to them and their child.

For more information, contact:

Jim Durkel at (512) 206-9270, JimDurkel@tsbvi.edu


Sharon Nichols at (512) 206-9388, SharonNichols@tsbvi.edu

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

Part 1 - September 27 & 28, 2001

Part 2 - October 24 & 25, 2001

Part 3 - November 29 & 30, 2001

Bryan, Texas

A 6-day training for school and ECI professionals working with families who have children (birth to 5) with multiple impairments, including sensory impairment. Topics include information on vision loss, hearing loss, communication development, motor development, active learning, and working with families.

For more information, contact Gigi Newton at TSBVI. Phone: (512) 206-9272; E-mail: GigiNewton@tsbvi.edu

Visions 2001: The National Conference of The Foundation Fighting Blindness

September 13-15, 2001

Westin Galleria Hotel in Dallas, Texas

Topics include the latest retinal research; coping with visual impairment; networking and support group opportunities and more. Condition and syndrome topics include: Usher and Bardet-Biedl Syndromes, RP, and Macular Degeneration.

For more information, contact The Foundation Fighting Blindness at (888) 394-3937 or www.blindness.org.

Virginia Murray Sowell Distinguished Lecturer Series

September 26-29, 2001

Lubbock, Texas

Dr. Jan van Dijk will be the featured speaker at this year's Virginia Sowell Distinguished Lecturer Series, sharing his wealth of experience working with people who are deafblind. The 30 works of art selected to tour with the 2001 Helen Keller International Art Show will be on display throughout the Series.

For more information, contact:

The Virginia Murray Sowell Center
(806) 742-2345 or sheila.dowling@ttu.edu.

A van Dijk Reader

A reader of classic and new articles by Dr. Jan van Dijk is now available on the DB-LINK website. This collection, written between 1965 and 2000, addresses a variety of issues related to the education of students with deafblindness. The articles can be found at


Mark Your Calendars for the DBMAT Family Weekend October 12-14, 2001!

It's not too early to mark your calendars for the DBMAT (Deafblind Multihandicapped Association of Texas) Family Conference, which will take place at Camp John Marc in Meridian, Texas. This annual fall retreat and learning weekend for families and service providers is a time of renewal and reunion for all who attend.

For more information, call (972) 287-1904 or e-mail DBMATorg@aol.com.

Second International Conference on Parents with Disabilities and their Families

October 11-14, 2001

Oakland Marriott Hotel

Oakland, California

In the U.S. alone, there are more than eight million families in which one or both parents have a disability. This will be the second international conference to focus on families in which one or both parents have a disability. The conference will be hosted by Through the Looking Glass, an internationally recognized disability community-based agency with expertise in research, advocacy and services to parents with disabilities and their families. This ground-breaking conference will feature international speakers addressing a wide variety of topics related to parents with disabilities including child custody, adoption, pregnancy and birth, legal rights and assistive technology. A National Task Force on Parents with Disabilities and their Families will reconvene at the conference. For further information, contact:

Through the Looking Glass
Phone: (800) 644-2666
International callers: (510) 848-1112, ext. 130
TTY users: (800) 804-1616
Website: http://www.lookingglass.org/

SWOMA: (Southwest Orientation & Mobility Association Annual Conference)

October 12-14, 2001

Sheraton Four Points in Austin, Texas

Topics will include: Global Positioning Systems, Wheelchair Mobility, Traumatic Brain Injury, Teaming with Occupational Therapists and Physical Therapists, Environmental Accessibility Issues and more!

For more information, contact: Ruth Ann Marsh (512) 206-9203 or RuthAnnMarsh@tsbvi.edu.

The Third Annual Sports Extravaganza for Blind and Visually Impaired Students

Nimitz High School in Irving, Texas

October 26 & 27, 2001

Children with visual impairments often need confidence-building experiences, so they can participate in their regular school sports programs. This event provides the opportunity to do just that. For more information, contact Kitra Hill Gray at (972) 348-1580.

Ring the Bell for Literacy in 2001! The Fifth Biennial Getting In Touch With Literacy Conference

November 8-11, 2001

Philadelphia, PA

Wyndham Franklin Plaza Hotel

The GITWL Conference provides a forum for a discussion of literacy for people who are blind or visually impaired. Topics cover all aspects of literacy including low vision literacy, braille literacy, and use of technology, for all age ranges and ability levels.

For more information, contact:

Ellen Croucher at ellenc@mdschblind.org
Diane P.Wormsley at dwormsley@pco.edu
or call (215) 780-1366.

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