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Mail or email 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>.

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 and you are a parent of a young or recently diagnosed child with visual impairments, then Through Your Child's Eyes was designed for you. This workshop has been scheduled in the following locations:

Abilene, TX
April 16 - 18, 1999
Contact: Al'an Kesler at TCB
(915) 672-1385

Victoria, TX
May 14 - 16, 1999
Contact: Brian Jones at Region III ESC
(512) 573-0731

CHARGE Into The New Millennium

The 4th International
CHARGE Syndrome Conference
Sheraton Crown Hotel
15700 John F. Kennedy Blvd., Houston, TX
July 23 - 25, 1999

Registration fees are based on age and membership status. Special escrow accounts will be set up to assist families in paying for registration and travel. For information about the conference contact: CHARGE Syndrome Foundation Inc., 2004 Parkade Blvd., Columbia, MO 65202-3121; email marion@chargesyndrome.org; phone (800) 442-7604 or (573) 499-4694; fax (573) 499-4694

Limited travel stipends are available to all Texas families by contacting Connie Miles at (281) 298-6157 or email to cmiles@flex.net.

Cornelia de Lange Syndrome

20th Annual Conference for Families
June 24 - 27, 1999
Doubletree Hotel
Dallas, Texas

For more information contact:
CdLS Foundation
(800) 223-8355

Limited travel funds are available for all Texas families of children with visual impairment wishing to attend this conference. Please contact Kate Moss at (512) 206-9224 for assistance.

Texas Association for the Education and Rehabilitation of the Blind and Visually Impaired (TAER) Conference

Austin, Texas
April 22 - 24, 1999
at the Four Points Sheraton Inn
Hwy 183 and I-35 North.

Transitions: From Home to School to Work to Retirement will feature keynote speakers Dr. Karen Wolffe and Mary Elder, Executive Director of Early Childhood Intervention, and include breakout sessions. Family members are encouraged to attend. For further information, or if you would like to present at this conference, contact:

Donna Clopton, Region 8 ESC
P.O. Box 1894, Mt. Pleasant, TX 75456,
(903) 572-8551; vclopton@tenet.edu.

Limited travel funds available to Texas families. Contact: Jean Robinson (512) 206-9418.

Texas Focus

June 16 -1 8, 1999
The Omni Hotels
Corpus Christi, TX

A new and expanded conference will be open to all teachers, families, administrators, and any one else interested in the education of students with visual impairments. This conference has a broad focus, including topics on technology, O&M, low vision, infants and toddlers, children with visual and multiple disabilities, and deafblindness. The tentative keynote speaker will be Stephen Kuusisto, author of Planet of the Blind, an Oprah Book Club Selection.

Limited travel and child care stipends are available for Texas families wishing to attend this conference. If you would like to attend, please contact Jean Robinson at (512) 206-9418 or Kate Moss at (512) 206-9224.

Contact: Jim Durkel, TSBVI (512) 206-9270 or email durkel_j@tsbvi.edu

Visions for the Future

April 9 - 10, 1999
Lakeside Baptist Camp
Lone Star, Texas
This year's theme is transition - to work or higher education.

Contact: Marcie Glass, TCB (903) 793-6779 or Donna Clopton, Region 8 ESC, (903) 572-8551

Making a Difference Together Conference

April 9 - 11, 1999
Texas Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services (formerly known as Texas Commision for the Blind) El Paso is hosting a conference on planning for the future, recommended for families of children who are visually and multiply disabled. Topics include: housing & employment, stress management techniques, successful advocacy/case management, and developing Individual Transition Plans. Special activities are planned for children with multiple disabilities and their siblings.

For further information call Rosalinda Rodriguez at (915) 590-7388, 1314 Lomaland, El Paso, TX 79935.

Mark your calendars for the Usher Syndrome Family Retreat

June, 1999
in Austin, TX

Plans are underway for this special event. Parents, brothers, sisters, and especially the children who have Usher Syndrome are invited. We hope to bring these families together for learning, sharing, and a lot of fun! We will be offering Texas families travel stipends to help with the cost of travel.

If you are interested in learning more about this retreat, please contact Connie Miles at (281) 298-6157 or email cmiles@flex.net.

Evansville Association for the Blind (EAB) Announces
Active Learning Conference with Lilli Nielsen

Radisson Hotel, Evansville, Indiana.
introductory course - June 20 - 23
advanced course June 27 - 30,1999
Contact: Patti Elsperman, 500 Second Ave.,
P.O. Box 6445, Evansville, IN 47719-0445
Phone: (812) 422-1181

Health Insurance for Children

The federal/state Children's Health Insurance Program, or CHIP, was enacted to help parents get medical insurance for their children. The March of Dimes is leading a statewide effort to work with the Texas Legislature to design CHIP so that as many children as possible can be insured.

Companies and individuals can get involved by:

For more information or to sign up to advocate for the Child's Health Insurance Program, call the March of Dimes at (713) 623-2020.

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