IMPORTANT SCHEDULE CHANGE
The data needed should reflect the number of students with a visual impairment who were in the school district as of January 2, 2017, or the first day the district resumed following the winter holiday. Deadline to complete registration is January 31, 2017.
The Student Data Program plays an important role for Texas. In January each year, two important counts are made related to students with visual impairments and deafblindness for the Texas Education Agency by this program. These are known respectively as the Annual Registration of Students in Texas with Visual Impairments and the Deafblind Child Count. A video tutorial link on how to complete these counts can be found in the Log-in Links navigation box on the right.
Information is gathered about every student in Texas identified as having a visual impairment or deafblindness who is enrolled in a public, private or charter school on a specific date. The kinds of data that is gathered includes the degree and cause of the visual impairment, age of the child, location of the school and type of program where the child or student receives his/her education, whether or not the child uses braille or large print and other information.
This student information is completely confidential. However, summary demographic data is used for long-term planning and identifying trends and issues for students with visual impairments and deafblindness at Texas Education Agency, the twenty Education Service Centers, HHSC and TWC blindness services, and TSBVI Outreach Programs. Other agencies and organizations may request specific information to help them advocate for services for individuals with visual impairments and deafblindness at all age levels.
Additionally the number of students counted each year on the Annual Registration of Students in Texas with Visual Impairments generates funds based on the number of students who are legally blind. These funds are used to purchase materials from the American Printing House for the Blind for local districts through the APH Materials Loan Program. Last year approximately 1.5 million dollars flowed to Texas and down to local districts to help pay for the specialized materials needed by students who are visually impaired and deafblind.
2017 VI Registration and Deafblind Child Count Video Tutorial
Description: Updated information for completing the 2017 VI Registration and Deafblind Child Count. Registration of students who are visually impaired or deafblind ensures students have access to learning materials for their age and learning level. Teachers and school districts benefit by having access to APH Quota funds. Presented by Sue Enoch, Coordinator for APH/VI Registration & Deafblind Child Count at the Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired.
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- The Superintendent's signatures will be collected electronically.
- At the end of the registration period, they will be notified by email that their page is open and given a password to access their district data.
- Once notified, they will have a five-day window to go to the Superintendent's Page to click the box certifying their district's information. No paperwork will need to be submitted!
Contact Sue Enoch, Demographics Program Coordinator