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The data needed should reflect the number of students with a visual impairment who were in the school district as of January 2, 2018, of the first day the district resumed following the winter holiday. Deadline to complete registration is January 31, 2018.

Registration of Students in Texas with Visual Impairment & the Texas Deafblind Child Count

Description: Updated information for completing the 2018 Registration of Students in Texas with Visual Impairment & the Texas Deafblind Child Count. Registration of students who are blind, visually impaired or deafblind ensures students have access to leaning materials for their age and leaning skill. Teachers and school districts benefit by having access to APH Quota funds.

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New or Noteworthy in 2018

  • The VI and Section 504 Registrations have a pale yellow background, while the Texas DeafBlind Child Count has a pale blue background. 
  • The Superintendent login is found on the Texas DeafBlind Child Count login page.
  • New search features will help you to find students even if there is a number or letter transposed.
  • New this year is a link in the top left of each application so that you can easily switch between the Annual VI Registration and the Texas DeafBlind Child Count. All students on the Texas DeafBlind Child Count are also entered in the Registration of Students with Visual Impairment, so you will be reminded to enter your students in both counts.   
  • Statewide assessments are listed for you. If your student took the STAAR alt 2, you will be asked to indicate whether it was scored or NAAR (no authentic academic response)
  • At the end, instead of a contact person, the registration asks for the Teacher of Students with Visual Impairment assigned to this student. If the student is DeafBlind, you will also note the Teacher of Students who are Deaf and Hard of Hearing. 
  • Not a change, but please remember that parent addresses change often. Please double check that you are providing a current address.

Superintendent Signature

  • The Superintendent 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 click on a box certifying their district's information. No paperwork will need to be submitted.

Important Changes and Reminders

  • Students must have their TSDS unique identification number entered.  Since 2015, the TSDS Unique ID will be the identification of record. Children birth-three may still use the last 4 digits of their social security number if there is no State of Texas identification.
  • Identification of students with a visual impairment under Section 504 is the responsibility of the District 504 Coordinator. It is not the responsibility of the TVI, since they are not providing services to these students.
  • The Superintendent 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 two week window to click on a box certifying their district's information. No paperwork will need to be submitted.
  • We are again requesting visual acuity details. They are useful for other state agencies and planning. We will continue to use MDB (meets the definition of blindness), FDB (functions at the definition of blindness) or NLB (not legally blind.) These are the terms that the American Printing House for the Blind has established for determining entitlements for Federal Quota funds. Complete definitions for these terms are in the Glossary.
  • Note the language used in instruction, not necessarily the language spoken by the child at home.
  • Reading media requires a grade level. There is a drop down for the media used and the grade level media used.

Consent for Release of Confidential Information

Each student who is registered as a student in Texas with a visual impairment, a student with deafblindness or a student with a visual impairment under Section 504 must have consent for sharing that information with other agencies. The consent form allows us to share their information for funding and resources available from the student with deafblindness from American Printing House for the Blind, the Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC), Blind Children's Program; HHSC Early  Intervention program; Texas Workforce Commission; regional Education Service Centers; and other agencies. It is important that the CONSENT FOR RELEASE OF CONFIDENTIAL INFORMATION !-- (Spanish Version and Vietnamese Version) -->form is signed annually and maintained in the student folder.