Main content

Alert message

senseabilities masthead
A Publication about Visual Impairments and Deafblindness for Families and Professionals

You may now listen to the articles published in our TX SenseAbilities Spring 2016 issue on your computer or mobile device!

Click each link below to listen the the articles individually or download the .zip archive containing all of the audio files in one package. These files are in .mp3 format.

Family Wisdom

  • An Extraordinary Life: Tribute to Travis

    • Abstract/Editor's note: A natural and yet painful part of being part of a community is saying goodbye to beloved leaders. In December 2015, the Texas Deafblind Community lost a wonderful young man who led us by his example of how to live an extraordinary life on his terms. Following are two eulogies given by educators who had the privilege of working with Travis Dafft and his family for many years.
    • Audio: An Extraordinary Life: Tribute to Travis
  • Camp Abilities, Part 2

    • Abstract: Camp Abilities is an overnight, developmental sports camp for children and youth with visual impairments, blindness, or deafblindness. Their first goal is to empower blind, visually impaired, and deafblind children and youth to become active in sports.
    • Audio: Camp Abilities
  • Disability is No Laughing Matter

    • Abstract: A college student with a visual impairment shares her experience coping with people who joke about disabilities.
    • Audio: Disability Is No Laughing Matter
  • From Home to School and Into the Community

    • Abstract: Following is a presentation Denitra and Trey gave at the 10th Annual Texas Chargers Family Retreat. Trey was honored as the 2015 Star Charger. On behalf of the Texas SenseAbilities editorial committee, we celebrate along with the Texas Chargers community all that Trey has accomplished through the years.
    • Audio: From Home to Into the Community
  • Meet Your Family Organizations within the VI/DB Communities

    • Abstract: A list of family and advocacy organizations in Texas, along with brief descriptions
    • Audio: Meet Your TX Family Orgs

Effective Practices

  • Outdoor Play

    • Abstract: This article provides suggestions of activities parents, family members, and educators can do outdoors with young students with visual impairments or deafblindness.
    • Audio: Outdoor Play
  • Teacher of the Deafblind

    • Abstract: The unique needs of students with deafblindness must be met by teachers who have specialized training and knowledge in the combined effects of hearing and vision loss. This article is Part II on the Teacher of Deafblind Project in Texas and how it has provided training and support to professionals serving students with deafblindness.
    • Audio: Teacher of Students with Deafblindness
  • Low Vision Conference

    • Abstract: The author discusses the importance of addressing the needs of students with low vision, a description of the upcoming low vision conference
    • Audio: Low Vision Conference

News and Views

  • Deafblind Community Program

    • Abstract: Interim Assistant Commissioner Bowman shares a success story of a consumer who, with the support of the Deafblind Community Program, was able to learn, practice and master independent living skills.
    • Audio: Deafblind Community Program
  • "i" is for Empathy

    • Abstract: A father of a boy with deafblindness introduces a new sign for empathy.
    • Audio: i for Empathy
  • Take Action - Cogswell Macy Act

    • Abstract: This article discusses the important changes the Cogswell-Macy Act will have on the education of students who are deafblind, visually impaired and hard of hearing.  The article provides suggestion on how you can get involve to make this a reality including talking points.
    • Audio: Take Action - Cogswell Macy Act
  • CVI Clinic

    • Abstract: The authors describe a demonstration assessment clinic event for young children with cortical visual impairment.
    • Audio: Regional CVI Clinic
  • Texas Fellows

  • Frequently Asked Questions on Transition: Medicaid Waivers and Related Programs

    • Abstract:  This article reviews the new legislation that recognizes supported decision-making as an alternative to guardianship for adult with disabilities and provides links for additional information.
    • Audio: Frequently Asked Questions on Transition: Medicaid Waivers and Related Programs
  • A Research Study in Genetic Visual Impairments

    • Abstract: In this article Superintendent Daugherty shares information about researchers from Baylor studying genetic causes of visual impairment in students at TSBVI.
    • Audio: A Research Study in Genetic Visual Impairments
  • In Memory of Dr. Phil Hatlen

    • Abstract: a brief description of Dr. Hatlen's career and work in the field of education of students with visual impairment.

    • Audio: Celebration of Phil's Life Service