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Summer 1998 Volume 3, Number 3


Editor's Corner

Not only the summer heat, but also activities to support children with visual impairments and deafblindness continue on in Texas. In June we began to welcome the 305 students from around Texas who will be attending summer school classes. Teachers going through the Professional Development School have just about completed their first summer here on campus. Off campus, 30 professionals from around the state came to a week-long INSITE training and last week, 148 teachers of the visually impaired and orientation and mobility specialists attended Texas Focus to discuss and learn more about assessment issues for children with visual impairments and deafblindness. This weekend families of children with Usher Syndrome will gather in Austin to discuss their needs and to help us in planning activities to meet that need in the future. At the end of July, 5 parents and I will travel to St. Louis to represent Texas at the National Technical Assistance/National Family Association for Deaf-Blind conference. Ruth Ann Marsh has joined Outreach as the Mentor Program Coordinator and helped host the first Mentor training. This particular gathering was quite successful and we hope to have the orientation and mobility component of that program up and running in the very near future. Ruth Ann has included some information about the program in this edition of SEE/HEAR and asks for your support. Please let her hear from you and do get involved. I would like to add that all of us here at Outreach are delighted to have Ruth Ann with us.

I want to congratulate Dr. Dixie Mercer on her recent appointment to the staff at Stephen F. Austin University. Dixie has worked on the Outreach team since 1990 as a Teacher Trainer and most recently as Statewide Staff Development Specialist. She is known to many parents around the state as that lady who explained eyeballs at the "Through Your Child's Eyes" workshop which she and former Parent Support Coordinator, Sue Currey developed. We wish her the best and know that she will continue to be an asset to our field at SFA. Though we are sad to see Dixie go, we are pleased to be welcoming Jim Durkel back to the team as he takes over this position.

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