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To register for any TSBVI sponsored events, follow the links for each separate event or go to (our secure partner website) and view the Calendar of Sessions.

Updated May 2017

This calendar includes training events for the 2016-17 school year related to visual impairments and deafblindness. If you would like to have one of your events included on this Statewide Calendar of Training Events, please send pertinent information to Kate Hurst at .For a listing of TSBVI sponsored webinars, workshops and conferences you may also use the navigation links under the navigation menu to the left of your screen.

May 2017

June 2017

July 2017

August 2017

July 2017

July 19-22, 2017

AER International Orientation & Mobility Conference 2017

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

July 27-30, 2017

13th International CHARGE Syndrome Conference

Rosen Shingle Creek Hotel in Orlando, Florida

Every two years the CHARGE Syndrome Foundation hosts the largest gathering in the world of individuals with CHARGE syndrome and their families. The conference is also attended by dedicated professionals who make themselves available to families throughout the weekend.

We are thrilled to announce the date and location for the 13th Annual CHARGE Syndrome Conference – Taking CHARGE in Orlando!

Rosen Shingle Creek is conveniently located on Universal Boulevard, minutes away from many world-famous attractions. Begin planning now to join us for an amazing conference and maybe even stay for a holiday!

More information coming soon. Stay tuned!

August 2017

 August 8-11, 2017

Braille Boot Camp: Braille and Tactile Graphic Production

 A  workshop for paraprofessionals and other beginners to braille and tactile graphics productions

James C. Durkel Conference Center

Texas School for the Blind & Visually Impaired 

 Braille Boot Camp is four days of hands-on experiential learning focused on braille and tactile graphic production.  Susan Mattson and Sharon Nichols will lead participants through both small group and individual activities to create braille and tactile graphic documents. 

Activities include:

  • Braille Document Production for Literary, Foreign Language, Mathematics and Technical materials
  • Tactile Graphic Production of one-page and multiple-page tactile graphics
  • Creation of Templates for basic shapes and Cartesian coordinate planes
  • Applying braille format and tactile graphic placement decision-making
  • Document conversion into editable text
  • Opportunity to work with graphic embossers and software programs used in producing tactile graphics

All sessions start at 8:30 am and end at 4:00 pm.


This is an ideal training for paraprofessionals and others who are beginners to braille and tactile graphics productions. Braille transcribers and TVIs who produce at least 40% of the braille for their students.

Enrollment is limited to 20 participants.

Registration Fee:

$75 Early Registration Discount and $85 after August 1, 2017.

Note:  You may cancel up thru August 3rd  at 5 PM and not incur a cancellation fee.  Cancelling after that time may result in a $25 cancellation fee. Contact Carrie Keith at 512-206-9224 or email to to cancel.

Register now!

For more information go to the Braille Boot Camp page.