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Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired:
Special Offerings for Students

by Phil Hatlen, Superintendent of TSBVI

The Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired (TSBVI) is pleased to announce two opportunities for selected students who may wish to participate in special offerings of the Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired.

TSBVI will be offering a number of State Board of Education (SBOE) academic courses during the 1998-99 school year. During the Fall and Spring, 1998-99 school year these courses include: algebra I, algebra II, world geography, individualized music study, art, and physical education. In the Fall, 1998 semester (only) government will be offered and in the Spring, 1999 semester (only) economics will be offered.

These courses will be taught by instructors who are knowledgeable and certified in the academic subject area, and who are experienced and expert in teaching blind and visually impaired students. Class size will rarely exceed five, so students will benefit from both an expert teacher and a small class size. Enrollment at TSBVI can be arranged for only the semester in which a needed class is offered. TSBVI will work with parents and local district personnel to arrange a full educational experience in addition to the SBOE course(s) selected. If your child or your student would benefit from taking one or more of these courses at our school, please contact Catherine Olsen, Registrar, at (512) 206-9182.

TSBVI is expanding its career education opportunities for blind and visually impaired students. We are also continuing to explore, in collaboration with the Texas Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services (formerly known as Texas Commision for the Blind) (TCB) the concept of a post-secondary program that would emphasize vocational training, independent living skills, and remedial academics. Until this program is established, TSBVI is pleased to announce that it will admit a small number of high school graduates from throughout Texas who are not yet 21 years of age, to participate in our existing career education program. Students will live on campus, but the expectations for accessing community services will be higher than most other TSBVI students. They will have available a variety of career education classes, opportunities to explore various types of work, and will have jobs both on- and off-campus. For further information regarding this program, please contact Catherine Olsen, Registrar, at (512) 206-9182, or Linda Locke, Assistant Principal and Coordinator of Career Education, at (512) 206-9265.

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