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2017 Texas Symposium on Deafblindness

It's time to register for the 2017 Texas Symposium on Deafblindness! The 2017 Symposium will include discussion of a variety of topics for an in-depth look at many issues affecting the education, support, and parenting of children and youth who are deafblind.

Making Connections

Texas Deafblind Sympoisum 2017 logo designed by Heather Withrow.

March 2-4, 2017

Austin Marriott North at La Frontera

The 2017 Symposium will include discussion of a variety of topics for an in-depth look at many issues affecting the education, support, and parenting of children and youth who are deafblind.  If you want to take full advantage of this experience, but you are new to deafblindness, consider attending the full-day 2017 Symposium Pre-Conference Event to get a basic foundation to build upon during the other symposium sessions.

This year the Symposium will also include an Art Exhibit of work done be individuals who are deafblind.  Please consider submitting your child's or student's art work for this exhibit.  Get more details about the Art Exhibit.

As always, the Texas Deafblind Outreach Project will present four awards to individuals whose efforts have made a significant contribution to the field of deafblindness and/or who have contributed to improving the lives of Texans with deafblindness. We encourage you to submit your nominations for these awards.  Get more details about the Awards for Excellence in Deafblindness.

Pre-Symposium Workshop:

The Basics of Understanding Deafblindness in Children and Youth

March 2, 2017

The staff from the Texas Deafblind Project will present a one-day Pre-Symposium Workshop at the Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired, James C. Durkel Conference Center (see the campus map and street directions). The content of this workshop will be a day of “Deafblindness 101”, with information geared toward parents, educators, and associated professionals who are new the world of deafblindness.

The pre-conference training, “The Basics of Understanding Deafblindness in Children and Youth,” will provide an overview of:

  • Terminology associated with the issues surrounding deafblindness;
  • The effects of deafblindness on information access and concept development;
  • Understanding and communicating with people who are deafblind;
  • Encouraging and supporting purposeful and confident movement;
  • Strategies to more effectively offer support and connect with people who are deafblind;
  • Developing successful and meaningful learning activities; and
  • Elements of effective intervention in a variety of settings.

If you have attended training about deafblindness in the past, this Pre-Symposium workshop may be repetitive, and you may prefer to register only for the two-day Symposium.

Continuing Education Credits

The Symposium has been approved by ACVREP and SBEC for 5.25 hours of continuing education credits. Application has also been made to TSHA and BEI; approval is pending.

In order to receive CE credits or to receive a certificate of attendance, participants must be registered, sign-in for each session, complete our on-line evaluation, and submit specific codes that will be provided at the end of each session.  Evaluations MUST be completed within 60 days of the event in order to receive credit.

Registration Fee, Payment, Cancellation

You must register for the Pre-Symposium Workshop and the Symposium separately if you want to attend both events.  You may register of only the Pre-Symposium Workshop event if you prefer.

  • Early Bird Registration $35
  • Standard Registration (beginning February 5, 2017) $50

If paying by check or purchase order, you may register now and send payment later.  If registering by credit card you will be charged immediately for this fee.  Checks and purchase orders should include information about whose registration is covered by the check or purchase order and a note about which events are being paid for such as "Pre-Symposium Workshop AND Texas Symposium on Deafblindness for Joe Smith".  Checks and purchase orders may be mailed to Karen Brown, Texas School for the Blind & Visually Impaired, 1100 West 45th Street, Austin, TX 78756.

You will register online using our trusted partner, ESC Works, and upon completion of your registration an invoice will "pop up".  You should save or print out a copy for yourself and/or your business office.

You may cancel you registration without charge before February 20, 2017.  After that date you are subject to a $25 cancellation fee.

Register for the Pre-Conference now.

2017 Texas Symposium on Deafblindness: Making Connections

March 3-4, 2017

Our theme for 2017 is Making Connections and will focus on the importance of making connections in the life of individuals with deafblindness. Our speakers include

  • Dr. Judy Cameron, Center on Developing Children at Harvard
  • Dr. Joe Gibson, Outdoor and Physical Activities Co-ordinator for Sense Scotland 
  • Suzanne Zeedyk, University of Dundee (Scotland), within the School of Psychology and founder of Connected Baby
  • Bernadette van den Tillaart, Deafblind Consultant and National Leadership Consortium in Sensory Disabilities Doctoral Scholar
  • Robbie Blaha, Deafblind Education Consultant with TSBVI Outreach
  • and many more

Please consult the agenda for a detailed description of sessions and speakers.

Continuing Education Credits

The Symposium has been approved by ACVREP and SBEC for 10 hours of continuing education credits. Application has also been made to TSHA and BEI; approval is pending.

In order to receive CE credits or to receive a certificate of attendance, participants must be registered, sign-in for each session, complete our on-line evaluation, and submit specific codes that will be provided at the end of each session.  Evaluations MUST be completed within 60 days of the event in order to receive credit.

Registration Fee, Payment, Cancellation

You must register for the Pre-Symposium Workshop and the Symposium separately if you want to attend both events.  You may register for only the Pre-Symposium Workshop event or only for the Symposium if you prefer.

The following fee structure has been established for the Symposium:

  • Professionals and family members - Early Bird Registration - $ 225
  • Professionals and family members - Standard Registration (beginning February 5, 2017) - $275
  • Paraprofessionals and university students in a related field - Early Bird Registration - $100
  • Paraprofessionals and university students in a related field - Standard Registration (beginning February 5, 2017) - $150
  • Out-of-State participants - Early Bird Registration - $250
  • Out-of-State participants - Standard Registration (beginning February 5, 2017) - $300

If paying by check or purchase order, you may register now and send payment later.  If registering by credit card you will be charged immediately for this fee. Checks and purchase orders should include information about whose registration is covered by the check or purchase order and a note about which events are being paid for such as "Pre-Symposium Workshop AND Texas Symposium on Deafblindness for Joe Smith".  Checks and purchase orders may be mailed to Karen Brown, Texas School for the Blind & Visually Impaired, 1100 West 45th Street, Austin, TX 78756.

You will register online using our trusted partner, ESC Works, and upon completion of your registration an invoice will "pop up".  You should save or print out a copy for yourself and/or your business office.

You may cancel your registration without charge before February 20, 2017.  After that date you are subject to a $25 cancellation fee.

Register now for the 2017 Texas Symposium on Deafblindness! Please be sure to click the submit button when you register and get a confirmation email.  If you do not get a confirmation email, you may not be registered.

Questions?

If you have any questions about the Pre-Symposium Workshop or the Symposium, please contact Brian Sobeck at  or 512j-206-9225.