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Summer 2005 Table of Contents
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Mail or e-mail your new classifieds to Carolyn Perkins:

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

An up-to-date Statewide Staff Development Calendar

The Deaf-Blind Multihandicapped Association of Texas (DBMAT)

33nd Annual Statewide Family Conference

“Hats Off to the Future”

A Fun-Filled Learning Weekend for the Entire Family

October 7-9, 2005

Camp John Marc, near Meridian, Texas

For more information, contact: Cyndi Hunley,

Conference Registrar, 23202 Bright Star; Spring, TX 77373 281-821-9005, chunley@aol.com


Forth Annual Retreat for Central Texas Families of Children with Combined Hearing and Vision Loss and Deafblindness

Peaceable Kingdom Retreat – Near Temple, TX

Sponsored by DARS - Division for Blind Services

Region 12 Education Service Center, Region 13 Education Service Center, Texas Deafblind Outreach

Coming this fall

If you are interested in learning more about this event call Tina Herzberg at Region 12 ESC in Waco 254-666-0707.

This retreat is provided free of charge to families, including lunch and dinner. Travel assistance is available for families to cover the cost of gas. For families who are unable to bring their children due to age or medical considerations, reimbursement to help cover the cost of child care for the child at home is also available. Overnight accommodations may also be provided free of charge if necessary.

SWOMA 2005

Southwest Orientation and Mobility Association

November 18-19, 2005

San Antonio, Texas

For information, contact: Emily Leeper <eleep006@neisd.net>210-637-4963

7th Annual Virginia Murray Sowell Center

Distinguished Lecturer Series: Assistive Technology for Children with Visual Impairments

October 8, 2005

Texas Tech University

College of Education, Room 001

Lubbock, Texas

training sessions, product demos, lunch, and door prizes

Contact: Anita Page (806) 742-1997, ext. 22

for more information as it develops or check the website at <www.educ.ttu.edu/sowell>

MARK YOUR CALENDARS! Texas Deafblind Outreach is planning these two training events:

Getting a Life: Transition Planning for Students with Deafblindness

November 12 & 13

Austin, Texas

For More information, look for the flyer later this fall, or contact: David Wiley: (512)206-9219



Beth Bible: (512)206-9103, bethbible@tsbvi.edu


Usher Weekend

For students with Usher Syndrome and their families

January 14-16, 2006

Look for more information in the fall edition of See/Hear.

Helen Keller National Center
2005 Seminars

Leona & Harry B. Helmsley Conference Center

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: Imagine the Possibilities: Person-Centered Approach to Habilitation

October 17-21, 2005

Expanding the Arena: The Magic of Technology

November 14-18, 2005

Contact: (516) 944-8900



Getting In Touch With Literacy

7th Biennial Conference:

Living Literacy

December 1-4, 2005

Denver Marriott City Center, 1701 California St.

Denver, Colorado

A national conference focusing on the literacy needs of individuals with visual impairments.

For more information contact: Dr. Kay Ferrell

NCLID, McKee Hall Campus Box 146

University of Northern Colorado,

Greeley, Co 80639, <kay.ferrell@unco.edu>

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

Oct 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 (gr. 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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