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Mail or e-mail your new classified to Carolyn Perkins:
TSBVI Outreach, 1100 West 45th St., Austin, TX 78756, or <carolynperkins@tsbvi.edu>.

An up-to-date Statewide Staff Development Calendar is posted on TSBVI's website


A retreat for families of children with combined hearing & vision lossand deafblindness in the Houston area

Saturday, March 27, 2004
9:30 a.m. until 6:30 p.m.

HH Ranch - 4000 Greens Road, Houston, TX 77032
(Near Bush Intercontinental Airport)

Sponsored by Region IV Education Service Center, Texas Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services (formerly known as Texas Commision for the Blind) , and Texas Deafblind Outreach

Parents of children with combined hearing and vision loss or deafblindness often need information and support to learn how to support their child's unique learning style.

Brothers and sisters need to connect with other kids who have a family member with hearing and vision loss so they can share the joys and challenges of having a sibling with special needs.

Children with combined hearing and vision loss or deafblindness need opportunities to socialize with their peers and to have an enjoyable outing with their whole family.

Making Connections is a one-day experience for the whole family that combines outdoor fun with learning and support. Making Connections will be held at the HH Ranch, 4000 Greens Road, Houston, TX.

Events for the day will include activities for siblings and parents. Parents will learn more about the combined effects of vision and hearing loss on learning, what can be done to provide a quality program for their child, and resources to help both their school and their family understand the unique issues related to these sensory losses. Information will also be provided to help them think about planning for the future for their child with deafblindness, including the critical transition to adult life from school life.

Travel assistance is available for Families in the Houston Area. Making Connections is provided free of charge to families including lunch. Travel assistance is also available for families to cover the cost of gas. For families who are unable to bring their children with them due to age or medical considerations, reimbursement to help cover the cost of childcare arranged for the child at home is also available.

If you are interested in learning more about this event contact Karen Crone, Region IV ESC at 713-744-6324 or Suzy Scannell, Region IV ESC at 713-744-6315 or Lori Drake, TCB at 713-880-0721.

TAER 2004 Annual Conference: Choosing to Grow Through Change Planting Seeds of Knowledge...Harvesting Success!

April 15-17, 2004

Hilton Airport, San Antonio

If things aren't changing in the professional part of your life, then you must not be living in Texas right now. Sweeping changes are happening in almost every aspect of our field and we know that many of you are working hard to adjust and realign. This year's TAER Conference is the perfect place to share and gather valuable information like what's new in your agency/school/region; coping strategies for challenging situations; new ideas and programs; as well as the skills and information that you have and your colleagues want and need. Plan to attend the entire conference and learn from others as you build new relationships that will broaden your horizons and strengthen your commitment to continue to be the best you can be.

For conference information or to request a registration form contact:

Neva Fairchild at: <neva.fairchild@dars.state.tx.us>

Orientation and Mobility Division Pre-Conference Meeting:

Division 9 will be meeting before the TAER Conference. If you are interested in being involved in what is happening in the O&M field on the state and national level, please join us for dinner and a meeting on Wednesday evening and from 8:30 to 11:30 on Thurs. morning.

For more information, including how to register for the pre-conference meeting, please visit the TAER Orientation and Mobility Division website at <www.educ.ttu.edu/Sowell/TAER_O_M_Division/> .

TSBVI Distance Education

These presentations will be offered through the TETN network at the Regional Education Service Centers. Contact your ESC to learn if they are participating.

The Braille Note

March 10, 2004

Motor Issues for Babies with Visual Impairments

April 14, 2004

For general information contact:

Karen Brown at TSBVI,
(512) 206-9314 ,
or email to <karenbrown@tsbvi.edu>.

Texas Focus 2004: The Itinerant VI Professional

June 10 & 11, 2004

Wyndham Dallas North by the Galleria

Keynote by Jean Olmstead, author of Itinerant Teaching: Tricks of the Trade for Teachers of Blind and Visually Impaired Students

For more information, contact

Jim Durkel at <JimDurkel@tsbvi.edu> or (512) 206-9270

AFB, Josephine L. Taylor Leadership Institute

March 5-7, 2004

Washington, DC

Contact: Gabriella Smith, American Foundation for the Blind, 11 Penn Plaza, Suite 300, New York, NY 10001

212-502-7600 or <afbinfo@afb.net>


A Home-Based Model for Infants, Toddlers, and Preschoolers Who Are Multiply Disabled and Sensory Impaired

Six days of training for school and ECI professionals working with families who have children birth through five years of age who have multiple disabilities and sensory impairments. Topics include information on vision and hearing loss, communication development, motor development, active learning, and working with families.

El Paso

March 8-9, 2004

April 5-6, 2004

May 3-4, 2004

Contact: Olivia Chavez, VI Project Manager
Region 19 ESC, 6611 Boeing Dr.
El Paso, Texas 79925
Office (915) 780-5344; Fax (915) 780-5304
e-mail <ochavez@esc19.net>

TSBVI in Austin

May 10-15, 2004

Contact: Beth Bible,
Texas Deafblind Outreach
(512) 206-9103

To request INSITE training in your region, contact Gigi Newton at (512) 206-9272 <giginewton@tsbvi.edu>.

TSBVI 2004 Summer Programs

Summer 2004 programs at TSBVI are now posted on the TSBVI website under the Special Programs area <http://www.tsbvi.edu/school/special/index.htm>. Go there to find all our summer programs described, plus the application form to download and mail in . You will also see a contact person and phone number for each program, if you would like to have additional information.

This year we are especially promoting our excellent advanced vocational programs: SWEAT for academic students and WALIC for students with additional disabilities. If you click on the program names, you can watch a brief video of last year's students participating in their jobs, along with the thoughts of the students and their employers.

TSBVI Spring 2004 Short Programs Individual Class Descriptions

February 8-13, 2004 - Middle School IEP #2

February 29 - March 5, 2004 - Technology Week (secondary)

*March 25-28, 2004 - Low Vision Weekend (secondary)

*April 1 - 4, 2004 - High School Independence Weekend

*April 22 - 25, 2004 - Space Vision Weekend (secondary)

May 2 - 7, 2004 - Elementary IEP #2

*Weekend Program: Students miss only one day of school

New VI Professionals Mentor Center

April 4-5, 2004

This special event is meant to provide an opportunity for new VI professionals (TVIs and COMS) to observe seasoned professionals in the classroom setting and have an opportunity to discuss what they have learned. To be eligible to attend, you must be a student currently working on VI or O&M certification, or an instructor who has entered the field within the last three years. Experienced professionals who are new to Texas are also invited to attend. Mentors of these new professionals are welcome to accompany anyone attending the Mentor Center event.

For more information contact Carolyn Perkins at 512-206-9434 or email to <carolynperkins@tsbvi.edu>.

Council for Exceptional Children Annual Convention and Exposition

April 14-17, 2004

New Orleans, LA

Contact: Scott Sparks, program chairperson,
2004 Convention and Expo,
Council for Exceptional Children
Suite 300, 1110 North Glebe Road,
Arlington VA 22201
888-CEC-SPED or 703-620-3660, <www.cec.sped.org>

Second Annual Assistive Technology Conference

This conference will include a VI strand.

Region IV ESC, Houston TX

May 7, 2004

To Register: <www.esc4.net>, choose e-Catalog link, enter Event ID number, choose Search

Contact: Cecilia Robinson, 713-744-6379 or <crobinson@esc4.net>

11th Biennial Statewide Conference on Education of the Deaf

Network and Explore: Boot-up in 2004

July 26-28,2004

Renaissance Worthington Hotel,
Fort Worth, Texas

Topics include issues in parenting children who are deaf or hard of hearing, professional development for educators and support staff (reading, communications, sign language, etc.), support services in deaf education, technology, transitional periods and services, excellence in teaching, multicultural concerns, bilingual/bicultural issues, inclusion, teaching students with multiple disabilities, post secondary, parent/infant education, speech and language, various sharing sessions, deaf studies, audiology, behavior/behavior improvement, aural habilitation, assessment, and others.

Contact: Ruth Hicks at 281-634-1543 or <ruth.hicks@fortbend.k12.tx.us> for registration info

AER 2004 International Conference

July 13-19, 2004

at the Hilton at Disney Resort in Orlando, Florida.

For more information,

contact Barbara C. Sherr, CMP, Conference Manager
Association for Education and Rehabilitation of the Blind and Visually Impaired
1703 North Beauregard Street, Suite 440
Alexandria, VA 22311 USA
Telephone: 877-492-2708 or 703-671-4500, extension 201
E-mail: <bsherr@aerbvi.org>

Children's Craniofacial Association Family Retreat

June 24-27, 2004

Tempe, Arizona

For more information contact Jana Butera at 800-535-3643 or email to JButera@ccakids.com.

The 22nd National Cornelia de Lange Syndrome Conference

June 24-27, 2004

Chicago Marriott at Oak Brook

Oak Brook, Illinois

For more information visit the CdLS Foundation website: http://www.cdlsusa.org/news/Conference_Info.pdf

6 th International Moebius

Conference: Texas 2004

July 9, 10 & 11, 2004
Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas

For information: email to <txmoebiu@flash.net> ,

or visit <http://www.moebiussyndrome.com/2004/texas2004.htm>

8th Annual Stickler Syndrome Conference

July 10 - 12, 2004

Chicago, IL.

For more information visit the Stickler Involved People website at http://www.stickler.org/

New on the Texas Education Agency Website

New Commissioner's Rules have recently been made available on the TEA website. To read these rules go to <http://www.tea.state.tx.us/special.ed/rules/adoptrule.html>

2004 National Down Syndrome

Society National Conference

July 22 - 25, 2004

JW Marriott Hotel - Washington, D.C.

This year's conference will celebrate the 25th anniversary of NDSS and highlight our anniversary theme, "Empowering. Reaching. Achieving."

You won't want to miss this opportunity to learn from top experts, connect with parents and professional from across the country and gather important resources. Teens and adults with Down syndrome and their teenage siblings can participate in an innovative program that builds skills and creates lasting friendships. In addition, this year's conference will feature a special day of advocacy workshops and a congressional reception on Capitol Hill.

Conference and registration materials will be mailed in March. To be added to the conference mailing list, call (800) 221-4602.

Advocacy, Inc.

Seeks Applicants for Board of Directors

Advocacy, Incorporated, the designated Protection and Advocacy (P&A) system for Texans with disabilities, welcomes all nominations for its Board of Directors. Individuals from rural areas, language and ethnic distinct communities, and other traditionally under-served communities are especially encouraged to apply.

To Apply

You may obtain an application from http://www.advocacyinc.org or from Shirley DeBerry at (512) 454-4816 or (800) 252-9108

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