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

14th Annual Josephine L. Taylor Leadership Institute (JLTLI)

March 3 - 5, 2000 in Dallas, Texas

Meetings are about people sharing ideas and information, and setting common goals for the future. There is no better place than the JLTLI 2000 to develop an understanding of the complex nature of the vast issues confronting the field of blindness and visual impairments; respond and exchange opinions; refine a community action plan in tune with our constituency; and, at the same time, forge new alliances with colleagues from your community and throughout the United States.

American Foundation for the Blind (AFB) invites you to join them in Dallas, Texas, from March 3 - 5, 2000. AFB will bring the leading policy conference (JLTLI) in the field of blindness to Dallas, the regional home of AFB Southwest. This year's theme is "Achieving an Accessible World: Partnerships, Roadblocks and Opportunities".

JLTLI is for parents of children with visual impairments, consumers, and professionals working with children and adults. JLTLI will feature renowned speakers from the private and public sectors outside the field of blindness - the world in which we must work to achieve full access by people who are blind or visually impaired - and experts from within the blindness field to spell out the implications for our programs.

For more information, please call:

Parents Building Partnerships

March 5, 2000 in Dallas, Texas

Following JLTLI, NAPVI will be sponsoring a free workshop "Parents Building Partnerships" on March 5 from 2:00 - 5:00 p.m. at the Dallas Marriott Quorum, 14901 Dallas Parkway, Dallas, TX. This workshop is designed for parents to assist them in understanding the changes made in the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act Amendments of 1997. This will help parents to make informed choices for their child's educational program.

Announcing the Third Annual Usher Family Weekend

April 29-30, 2000

Austin, Texas

Dates have been set for the Third Annual Usher Syndrome Family Weekend. This retreat, for families of children and teens with Usher Syndrome, will be held at the Four Points Hotel in Austin. Everyone had a great experience last summer, and made plans to meet again. If you haven't come before, it is a wonderful opportunity to have fun and learn while you meet and visit with a lot of cool kids and families. The entire family is welcome, so put it on your calendar!

Or, to share your ideas about the weekend, drop into the Family Discussion Room on the TSBVI Website at www.tsbvi.edu

Through Your Child's Eyes

Have you ever wondered how your child "sees" the world? Have you ever considered what a world with little or no sight might be like? If these questions seem important to you, the Through Your Child's Eyes was designed with you in mind. At this workshop you will have the opportunity to:

Target audience: Parents of young or recently diagnosed children with visual impairments, including multiple disabilities. This workshop has been scheduled in the following locations:

Waco: February 25-27, 2000

Midland: March 24-26, 2000

Ft. Worth: April 28-30, 2000

INSITE: A Home-Based Model for Infants, Toddlers, & Preschoolers Who Are Sensory Impaired With Other Disabilitites

May 15 - 20, 2000 in Austin, Texas

This six-day training is for professionals who work with these children and their families.

If you are interested in attending this training or bringing it to your area, please contact:

TAER Conference: "And Literacy for All"

For further information, contact:

Texas Focus 2000

Make your summer plans around this event!

A conference for families and professionals about educating children with visual impairments and deafblindness

Reserve the dates:

Be a Mentor

Mentors are still needed for all the new VI teachers and O&M specialists trained through the VIP Program in Texas. The next mentor training is: April 28 - 29, 2000

April 28 - 29, 2000
Houston, TX
Region 4 Education Service Center

All expenses, including travel, meals, and lodging, are paid for by the mentor program.  If you are interested in helping a new VI professional " learn the ropes" about itinerant teaching, please contact: 

Ruth Ann Marsh, TSBVI Outreach
Phone:  (512) 206-9203
E-mail:  marsh_ra@tsbvi.edu 

Interagency Council on Early Childhood Intervention Conference 2000

Partnership:  Strengthening Connections, Linking Families, Communities and Resources 

Renaissance Austin Hotel, 
Austin, TX 
May 1 - 3, 2000

For more information contact:
Suzy Armstrong  at (512) 424-6777

International Parent to Parent Conference

May 5 - 7, 2000 in Reno, NV 

This is one of the largest conferences of parents and families in the world. Parents/families and professionals from around the world come together to share and learn from each other about how best to support families and develop best practices for people with disabilities. 

Contact:  Cheryl Dinnell
Phone:  (702) 784-4921, ext. 2352
E-mail:  cdinnell@scs.unr.edu 

Visions for the Future: Finding Your Way From High School to Your Future

May 5 - 6, 2000

Baptist Retreat
Lone Star, TX
Presenter:  Karen Wolffe, Ph.D.

Sponsored by Region 8 ESC and Texas Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services (formerly known as Texas Commision for the Blind)  

This special workshop is for 12-18 year-olds interested in finding a direction from high school, their parents, and VI teachers. 

Registration Fee:  none

Contact: Donna Clopton

Phone:  (903) 572-8551

AER International Conference

AERodynamics: Soaring to New Heights

July 14 - 18, 2000

Adams Mark Hotel Denver, CO 

For more information please contact: 

Denise Rozell, Executive Director
Phone:  (703) 823-9690
E-mail:  drozell@aerbvi.org 

Regional Workshops/Conferences

 March 10, 2000
Career Day
Region 8 ESC - Mt. Pleasant

Presenter:  Panel of employed people who are visually impaired

Audience: 7th-12th graders, teachers, parents, TCB

Registration Fee: none

Contact:  Donna Clopton at (903) 572-8551 

March 30, 2000
(Teleconference) Uses of Low Vision Devices
Region 8 ESC - Mt. Pleasant

Presenter:  College of Optometry,
University of Pennsylvania

Audience:  VI teachers and parents

Contact:  Donna Clopton at  (903) 572-8551

National / International Events 

Capitalizing on Leadership in Rural Special Education: Making a Difference for Children and Families

 March 14-18, 2000

Alexandria, VA

Sponsor:  American Council on Rural Special Education (ACRES)


ACRES Headquarters, 2323 Anderson Ave., Suite 226, Manhattan, KS 66502-2912

Phone:  (785) 532-2737

E-mail:  acres@ksu.edu

Website: www.ksu.edu/acres 

CEC Annual Convention

 April 5-8, 2000

Vancouver, B.C.

 Division on Visual Impairments

The Council for Exceptional Children

 For information contact:

Phone (toll-free): (888) 232-7733 

American Association of the Deaf-Blind (AADB) National Convention

 July 29 - August 4, 2000

Columbus, Ohio

 For information

visit the AADB website at http://www.tr.wosc.osshe.edu/dblink/aadb.htm


Missing:  Perkins Braillers 

Over 900 Perkins Braillers are scattered around Texas.  Many are not producing braille, but may be broken, gathering dust in a closet, or used as doorstops.  There are children in Texas who need these Braillers.  If you have one, please return it to: 

Jim Durkel
APH Materials Coordinator
TSBVI Outreach
1100 West 45th Street
Austin, Texas 78756 

Or you may contact him by
Phone: (512) 206-9270
E-mail:  txaph@tsbvi.edu 

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