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A Publication about Visual Impairments and Deafblindness for Families and Professionals

FAMILY WISDOM

  • The Visual World in the Eyes of a Blind Child

    • Abstract: A woman who is blind describes how her family helped her to learn about the world around her.
    • Audio: The Visual World in the Eyes of a Blind Child
  • Making the switch to StarPlus: Here’s our experience!

    • Abstract: A parent describes her positive experience switching from a Medicaid waiver program to StarPlus as her son reached age 21.
    • Audio: Making the switch to StarPlus
  • The Continuum of Decision Making Supports  and Protections for a Young Adult

    • Abstract: In 2015, the Texas 84th Legislature passed two bills establishing supported decision making (House Bill 39 and Senate Bill 1881). This legislation allows families who have an adult with a disability a continuum of decision-making supports that extends beyond guardianship. The author, a parent of a young man preparing for transition, shares four main factors families and self-advocates should consider when developing an individual support plan.
    • Audio: The Continuum of Decision Making
  • Texas Chargers: Our family’s journey finding a community of support

    • Abstract: The author shares her family’s experience finding resources and connections through the Texas Chargers family organization.
    • Audio: Texas Chargers
  • Futures Planning Led Us to Touch Base: Center for the DeafBlind

    • Abstract: The author shares her family’s experience in establishing a non-profit organization to provide adult services specifically geared for people with Ness.
    • Audio: Futures Planning Led Us to Touch Base
  • The Possibilities are Endless

    • Abstract: A parent shares how her family finds opportunity for the Expanded Core Curriculum in her son’s participation in athletic events.
    • Audio: The Possibilities are Endless
  • Life After Graduation

    • Abstract: A young woman who is a TSBVI graduate describes her experience since graduation.
    • Audio: Life After Graduation
  • The Unexpected

    • Abstract: The author shares her personal journey of understanding the unexpected challenges and gifts of being married while bringing up two children with disabilities.
    • Audio: The Unexpected
  • A Family’s Participation in ECC Activities at Region 13

    • Abstract: Parent, Fran Schafers describes how participation in the Expanded Core Curriculum (ECC) activities offered at the Region 13 Educational Service Center impacted her family.
    • Audio: A Family's Participation in ECC
  • Behind a Closed Door: Ava’s DeafBlind Ability Statement

    • Abstract: A young author, who is DeafBlind as the result of Usher Syndrome, shares a poem she wrote for a school assignment where she was encouraged to express her abilities in artwork.
    • Audio: Behind a Closed Door
  • Parker’s Poems

    • Abstract: Parker, who will be a second grader school year 2017-2018, is a dual media learner. Parker’s mom shares that he loves technology, karate, and writing funny poems and stories on his Braille Note.
    • Audio: Parker's Poems
  • Letter from the TAPVI President

    • Abstract: The status of the Texas Association for Parents of Children with Visual Impairment is described, including ways to get involved with TAPVI.
    • Audio: Letter from the TAPVI President
  • Tips for Home or School: Promoting Wearing of Glasses

    • Abstract: The following Tips for Home or School can be beneficial to both families and educational staff in finding ways to help a child wear his or her eyeglasses.
    • Audio: Tips for Home or School: Promoting Wearing Glasses
  • Tips for Home or School: Questions for Parents of School Age Children in Planning Transitions to New Teachers

    • Abstract: The following Tips for Home or School can support families in preparing for changes in their child’s educational team membership.
    • Audio: Tips for Home or School: Questions for Parents of School Age Children in Planning Transitions to New Teachers

EFFECTIVE PRACTICES

  • A Developmental Sequence for Teaching Tactile Skills

    • Abstract: This article is a follow-up to “The Development of Tactile Skills” published in the last issue of TX SenseAbilities. It describes the importance of following a developmental sequence for teaching the use of tactile skills and provides another way of thinking about the progression of skills needed to be a proficient tactile learner. 
    • Audio: A Developmental Sequence for Teaching Tactile Skills
  • An Administrator’s Guide to  Evidence-Based Practices for Students with DeafBlindness

    • Abstract: This article provides a guide to aid administrators in addressing issues and practices related to students with DeafBlindness. It specifically focuses on IEP development and instruction for students with DeafBlindness.
    • Audio: An Administrator's Guide to Evidence-Based Practices for Students with DeafBlindness 
  • Suggested Resources for New TVIs & COMS:  Adding to and Maintaining Your Instructional Toolbox

    • Abstract: This article begins a new series of newsletter articles describing important resources for VI professionals, especially those who are new to the field of visual impairments. Additional resources will be added in each issue with links for accessing those materials.
    • Audio: Suggested Resources for New TVIs & COMS
  • Let's Talk DeafBlind Eligibility:  Frequently Asked Questions

    • Abstract: This FAQ article answers basic questions about student eligibility as DeafBlind andwhen it is recommended for a student to have a Deafblind label.
    • Audio: Let's Talk DeafBlind Eligibility
  • Paddles Up! Building a Dragon Boat Team at TSBVI

    • Abstract: This article describes the creation of the dragon boat team at TSBVI and the skills that students must learn in order to paddle and race their boat. It also addresses the skills they needed to learn in order to work together successfully as a team.
    • Audio: Paddles Up!
  • Active Learning Approach and the Standard Curriculum

    • Abstract: This article explains how Active Learning, an educational approach developed by Dr. Lilli Nielsen, can be used to provide instruction for students with the most profound disabilities in both the standard curriculum and the expanded core curriculum.
    • Audio: Active Learning Approach and Standard Curriculum
  • I Can't Hear You, It's Too Dark in Here

    • Abstract: Enjoy these creative works by students with blindness, visual impairment, DeafBlindness, and multiple disabilities.
    • Audio: I Can't Hear You, It's Too Dark in Here
  • Where Are All the Babies? Early Identification of Visual Impairment and Combined Vision and Hearing Loss

    • Abstract: The importance of finding and serving infants and toddlers with vision impairment, and tips for sharing information with other professionals
    • Audio: Where Are All the Babies?
  • Understanding Concept Development and Related Challenges for Academic Students with DeafBlindness

    • Abstract: This article is a research-based examination of ways to understand the development of concepts by students with DeafBlindness. It also provides practical suggestions on how to teach and reinforce those concepts for academic students with DeafBlindness.
    • Audio: Understanding Concept Development
  • Ten Important Websites for Educators and Parents of Students with Visual Impairment, Including Those with Additional Disabilities and/or DeafBlindness

    • Abstract: This article adds to the list of suggested resources for TVIs and COMS. It includes information on and links to important websites for VI professionals and parents.
    • Audio: Ten Important Websites

NEWS AND VIEWS