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Texas Deafblind Symposium


February 13-14, 1998 in Austin, Texas

This year's symposium will feature a variety of speakers discussing issues of concern for children with deafblindness, their families, and the professionals and paraprofessionals serving them. The Deaf-Blind Multihandicapped Association of Texas (DBMAT) will host a social for families of children on Friday evening with special guest Ralph Warner, President of the National Family Association of Deaf-Blind (NFADB). For families of children with Usher Syndrome, guest speaker, Marlyn Minkin, will offer a session on working with adolescents with Usher Syndrome and facilitate a parent sharing group. Additionally, Harry Anderson from the Florida School for the Deaf and Blind, will share his experiences of living with Usher Syndrome. Information will be shared on a variety of topics on deafblindness from both national and state speakers including a presentation by Joe McNulty, Co-Chair of the National Coalition on Deafblindness and Director of Helen Keller National Center on national issues concerning services for individuals with deafblindness, their families, and the professionals serving these individuals. We encourage family members and professionals working with school-aged children with deafblindness to attend. Family travel stipends are available.

To obtain more information contact Beth Bible at (512) 206-9103 or any of the Texas Deafblind Outreach staff. Call toll-free (800) TSB-KARE.


Attention Parents in the Rio Grande Valley!

A special meeting for parents of children with visual impairments and deafblindness in the Rio Grande Valley area has been scheduled for Saturday, January 24, 1998 from 10 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

For more information please contact Rosalva Ramirez at Texas Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services (formerly known as Texas Commision for the Blind) in Pharr, TX at (956) 787-7364.


Making a Difference

February 6-8, 1998
Holiday Inn Lubbock Plaza in Lubbock, TX

A statewide conference sponsored by Texas Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services (formerly known as Texas Commision for the Blind) which focuses on issues for families of students with multiple disabilities related to transitioning from school to a life as a young adult in the community. Families of students 10-22 years of age are encouraged to participate. Stipends are available to families wishing to attend this workshop.

Please contact Juanita Barker at TCB (806) 798-8181 or (800) 687-7032 for information or for a registration flyer.


Through Your Child's Eyes

Austin - March 7-8, 1998
Contact: Connie Kretschmer at TCB (512) 326-1441

and

Beaumont - May 1-3, 1998
Contact: Bendy Lee at ESC Region V at (409) 386-5524

A workshop for families of children with visual impairments and deafblindness has been scheduled in the following locations for the Spring. These workshops are presented collaboratively by the Texas Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services (formerly known as Texas Commision for the Blind) , Education Service Centers, and Texas School for the Blind & Visually Impaired Outreach with support from parents in the region.

Workshops are also being planned for San Antonio & Lufkin/Nacogdoches for the Fall of 1998.


Children's Vision Concerns: Much More Than a Flashlight

Friday and Saturday February 6-7, 1998
at ESC, Region XI in Fort Worth, TX

 

Lois Harrell, author of Children's Vision Concerns and Preschool Vision Stimulation: It's Much More Than a Flashlight! will present a compendium of papers, lectures, case studies, and reports presented to parents and professionals. Major topics include: Getting the Diagnosis; Understanding the Diagnosis; Diagnostically Related Intervention; Case Reports and much more!

For information please contact Olga Uriegas at ESC XI (817) 740-3619.


Accepting the Challenge . . . Building Partnerships

1998 Inclusion Works! Conference

March 1-3, 1998 at the Renaissance Austin Hotel in Austin, TX

For information call (800) 252-9729, fax (512) 454-4956, or email to Training@thearcoftexas.org


INSITE TRAINING CONTINUES IN 98

Training on the INSITE Curriculum for the 1997-98 school-year for professionals serving infants and children (birth - five years of age) with visual and multiple impairments or deafblindness wraps-up in different locations around the state:

Houston - Region 4 Education Service Center - Contact: Emily Calvert (713) 744-6368

Richardson - Region 10 Education Service Center - Contact: Kitra Gray (972) 231-6301


February 5, 1998 - Discovering Space Center Houston: Teacher Training
Location: Houston
Contact: Emily Calvert (713) 744-6368

February 11, 1998 - Personal Safety Awareness for Students with Disabilities
Location: Waco
Contact: Tina Herzberg (254) 666-0707

February 11, 1998 - Quality Education for Students with Visual Impairments: Social Skills Development for Children in Elementary Programs
Location: Houston
Contact: Emily Calvert (713) 744-6368
* Repeated February 18, 1998

February 27-28, 1998 - Teaching Students with Visual and Multiple Disabilities
Location: Ft. Worth
Contact: Olga Uriegas (817) 740-3619

February 27, 1998 - Strategies and Tools for Beginning Communicators - Part I
Location: Kilgore
Contact: Ann Phillips (903) 984-3071 x 238

March 4-5, 1998 - Overlay Maker and Intellikeys for the Advanced and Beginning Users
Location: Victoria
Contact: Brian Jones

March 24-25, 1998 - More Power to You: Intellikeys
Location: Houston
Contact: Emily Calvert (713) 744-6368

March 27, 1998 - Strategies and Tools for Beginning Communicators - Part II
Location: Kilgore
Contact: Ann Phillips (903) 984-3071 x238

April 2, 1998 - Braille Music Notation
Location: Waco
Contact: Tina Herzberg (254) 666-0707

April 2-4, 1998 - Texas AER Conference
Location: Radisson Hotel Dallas
Contact: Nora Griffin-Shirley

April 7-8, 1998 - ESC/TEA Meeting (for ESC VI staff only)
Location: Austin
Contact: Marty Murrell (512) 463-9362

April 9 - Comprehensive Assessment Issues for Students with Profound and Multiple Disabilities
Location: Houston
Contact: Emily Calvert (713) 744-6368

April 23-24, 1998 - Every Move Counts
Location: McAllen
Contact: Peter Graves or Linda Chromaster (956) 383-5661

April 24, 1998 - The Low Vision Student
Location: Mt. Pleasant
Contact: Donna Clopton (9093) 572-8551

May 1, 1998 - Improving Skills for Deafblind Interpreting, Dr. Theresa Smith, Presenter
Location: Richardson
Contact: Ann Johnson (972) 231-6301 x 348

June 18-19, 1998 - Texas FOCUS
Location: Austin, TX
Contact: Dixie Mercer (512 ) 206-9270

August, 1998 - Summer Institute on Technology
Location: TSBVI Austin
Contact: Sharon Nichols (512) 206-9269

July 1-6, 1998 - International Mobility Conference
Location: Hilton Hotel in Atlanta, Georgia
Contact: Bruce Blasch (404) 321-6111 x 6277

August 12-15, 1998 - The 6th Canadian Conference on Deafblindness
Location: Mississauga, Ontario (Toronto area)
Contact: in Canada (519) 754-4394

Resources

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