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Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired offers a collaborative work environment where we serve students from across the state.

Featured Positions

Part-time Travel Chaperones and Drivers to escort our students—

  • two days a week (10 hour shifts and 5 hour shifts), primarily Fridays and Sundays (some Thursdays and Mondays) 
  • students travel by bus and plane to various cities around Texas, escorted by our Chaperones and Drivers
  • a great job for students and retirees— you're free to study or read for the return half of the shift when students are not present!

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At TSBVI, we believe our employees are our strength. Join us as we deliver compassionate teaching to our students who are blind, deaf-blind, or visually impaired, including those with additional disabilities.

While experience working with students who are blind or visually impaired is helpful, very few people have this opportunity prior to working at TSBVI. Our training program will give you the skills you need to be a successful and confident employee whose work makes a meaningful difference for students who are blind and visually impaired in Texas.

In addition to the chance to have a positive, life changing impact on our students, eligible employees benefit from the following:

  • medical, dental, and vision benefits
  • disability and life insurance benefits
  • vacation, holiday, and sick time
  • defined benefit retirement plan through Employees Retirement System of Texas (ERS)
  • retirement savings programs
  • commuter spending account
  • education and training through various programs 

Opportunities at TSBVI

Contact Human Resources

Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired
Human Resources Department
1100 West 45th Street
Austin, TX 78756
HR Office: (512) 206-9129
HR Fax: (512) 206-9403
HR E-mail:

TSBVI is an equal opportunity employer.

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TSBVI students walking along the covered path and laughing while it rains. General School Contact Information

  • Address:
    Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired
    1100 W. 45th St.
    Austin, TX 78756
    MapQuest View of TSBVI - location within Austin
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  • Switchboard: (512) 454-8631
  • Toll Free Number: 1-800-872-5273
  • FAX Number: (512) 206-9453
  • Hours of Operation: Monday - Friday, 8 am - 5 pm

 Board of Trustees

Staff Directory


Emily Coleman, (512) 206-9133

Open Records Coordinator & Customer Service

All open record requests should be submitted in writing to TSBVI’s Open Records Coordinator:

Susan Houghtling, Open Records Coordinator, Customer Service Representative
1100 W. 45th Street
Austin, Texas   78756
Fax: 512-206-9453

Principals/Assistant Principals/Coordinators

  • Comprehensive Programs
    • Miles Fain - Principal
      (512) 206-9251
    • Tad Doezema  - Assistant Principal
      (512) 206-9457
    • Eden Hagelman - Assistant Principal
      (512) 206-9451
    • G'Nell Price - Assistant Principal
      (512) 206-9396
  • Post Secondary Program
    • Tyler Thompson - Coordinator
      (512) 206-9497 
  • Special Education Director
    • Valerie Perwein
      (512) 206-9281
  • Short-Term Programs
    • Sara Merritt - Principal
      (512) 206-9176

Accessibility Coordinator

  • Jim Allan
    (512) 206-9315


  • Cathy Olsen, Coordinator
    (512) 206-9182

Business and Operations

  • Pamela Darden, CFO 
    (512) 206-9422

Center for School Resources

  • Susan Hauser, Director
    (512) 206-9273

Health & Medical Issues

  • Sally Freeman, Director
    (512) 206-9137

Human Resources

  • Cheryl Williams, Director
    (512) 206-9129
  • Applicant Questions
    (512) 206-9340

Information/Instructional Technology

  • Dan Hampton, Director of Information Resources
    (512) 206-9210 

Operations Department

  • Brian McDonald 
    (512) 206-9126

Outreach Program

  • Kate Borg, Director
    (512) 206-9242
  • Miriam Miramontes, Outreach Administrative Coordinator
    (512) 206-9268
  • Randall McAlister, APH Quota Materials
    (512) 206-9344
  • Chrissy Cowan, Mentor Coordinator and Personnel Prep
    (512) 206-9367


  • Valerie Perwein, Supervising Psychologist
    (512) 206-9281

Publications / Curriculum

Book Orders & Order Status

  • Bob Mellon
    (512) 206-9272 Voice or (512) 206-9282 FAX

Questions About Publication Content

  • Debra Sewell
    (512) 206-9183
  • Jeanne Williamson
    (512) 206-9383

Residential Program

  • Shelly Allen, Director
    (512) 206-9179
  • Cheryl Austin, Assistant Director
    (512) 206-9203
  • Matt Schultz, Assistant Director
    (512) 206-9348

Short-Term Programs

  • Sara Merritt, Principal
    (512) 206-9176

Student Counselors and Social Workers

Student Trust Fund

  • Pamela Darden
    (512) 206-9422


  • Gloria Bennett , Coordinator
    (512) 206-9234

Weekends Home:

  • Gian Calaci, Coordinator
    (512) 206-9231 - Office
    (512) 844-9362 - Cell

Contact Information

General Contact Information

  • Address:
    Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired
    1100 W. 45th St.
    Austin, TX 78756
  • Switchboard: (512) 454-8631
  • Toll Free Recording Number: 1-800-872-5273
  • TDD (512) 206-9451
  • FAX Number: (512) 206-9450
  • Hours of Operation: Monday - Friday, 8 am - 5 pm


Principals/Assistant Principals/Coordinators: 

  • Comprehensive Programs
    • Miles Fain, Principal (512) 206-9251
    • Tad Doezema, Assistant Principal (512) 206-9457
    • Eden Hagelman, Assistant Principal (512) 206-9451
    • G'Nell Price, Assistant Principal (512) 206-9396
  • Post Secondary Program
    • Tyler Thompson, Coordinator (512) 374-1664

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  • Cathy Olsen, Coordinator (512) 206-9182 

Business and Operations

  • Pamela Darden, Administrator (512) 206-9422
    • Operations Department
      • Brian McDonald, Director of Operations (512) 206-9126

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Center for School Resources

  • Susan Hauser, Director (512) 206-9273

Health & Medical Issues

  • Sally Freeman, Supervisor (512) 206-9137 

Human Resources

  • Cheryl Williams, Director (512) 206-9132

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Information Resources

  • Dan Hampton, Director of Information Resources (512) 206-9210

Outreach Program


  • Valerie Perwein, Supervising Psychologist (512) 206-9281

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Residential Program Directors 

  • Shelly Allen, Residential Director,  (512) 206-9179
  • Cheryl Austin, Assistant Residential Director, (512) 206-9203
  • Matt Schultz, Assistant Residential Director, (512) 206-9348

Short-Term Programs

  • Sara Merritt, Principal (512) 206-9176

Social Workers

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Special Education Director

  • Valerie Perwein, (512) 206-9281

Student Trust Funds 

  • Director of Accounting (512) 206-9208 (contact Pam Darden until further notice at )

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Volunteers, Community Resources and Donations: 

  • Gloria Bennett, Coordinator (512) 206-9234

Weekends Home

  • Gian Calaci, (512) 206-9231

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This page and the entire TSBVI World Wide Web site strives to be accessible to all people.


The Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired World Wide Web site reflects the schools vision of serving as a leading center of educational expertise for students with visual impairments. The TSBVI website strives to be a model for web site design to ensure the information is accessible to individuals with visual impairments. Such information can be easily transformed into Braille, large print, voice output, and regular text. As a technical information resource, the site will focus on four areas:

Training - materials to support training and education, announcements of upcoming training events, and provision of on-line training

Research - provide for the ongoing development and dissemination of research information developed here at TSBVI, within the State of Texas, and elsewhere. It is our hope that such information will coordinate the efforts of professionals working in the classroom, educational center, and academic context

Curricula - provide for the efficient sharing of information concerning education of students with visual impairments.

Technical - provide resources for professionals, parents, and lay persons associated with programs for the visually impaired and deaf/blind throughout the state, country, and world

All resources on the TSBVI Web page are in the public domain unless otherwise noted. You are welcome to use these resources as needed provided that the TSBVI Web page is cited as the source. A basic tenet of TSBVI is to promote the collegial sharing of information. You are invited to submit items for publication on the website. In all cases author contact information will be included. In this manner, we hope to build a valuable resource to promote the development of instructional materials and resources.

Disclaimer of Endorsement

All articles appearing on this website represent the individual positions of their authors and not the position of the Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired.

The TSBVI website contains a variety of links and references to resources available through government, educational, commercial, nonprofit, and international websites. External links to websites from the TSBVI website and references to non-TSBVI resources are provided solely for informational purposes and the convenience of the user. The Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired does not control, review, approve, or endorse these sites or the information, products or services contained therein. These other sites may collect data or personal information. Once you link to another site, you are subject to the privacy policy of the new site. If you decide to access any site linked to this site, you do so entirely at your own risk. In addition, the external links and resources are in no way intended to represent an exhaustive listing.

State Web Site Link and Privacy Policy

Accessibility Policy

The Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired (TSBVI) is committed to making its Web site accessible to all users. To make the site more accessible, we include several features designed to improve accessibility for users with disabilities. Some of these features are described below.

A descriptive text equivalent is provided for images and other non-text elements, aiding users who listen to the content of the site by using a screen reader, rather than reading the site.

Major reports and other publications that are on the Web site are generally available in HTML or other accessible format. When publishing a document in Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF), we will also post an accessible version.

TSBVI is committed to making its Web site accessible according to the standards set forth by the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) Web Content Accessibility Guidelines and the Section 508 Web Accessibility Standards. To improve the accessibility of our Web site, we test any major redesign with screen readers and other tools. The results of these reviews are incorporated into the Web site.

TSBVI welcomes comments on how to improve the site's accessibility for users with disabilities. If you use assistive technology and the format of any material on our Web site interferes with your ability to access the information, please contact the webmaster. To enable us to respond in a manner most helpful to you, please indicate the nature of your accessibility problem, the preferred format in which to receive the material, the Web address of the requested material, and your contact information.

Additional information about accessibility programs in Texas is available from the Governor's Committee on People with Disabilities.

If you have a visual impairment there are many options which you can control from the selection of an accessible browser to modifying your browser to meet your needs. Visit Large Print and Speech Access to the World Wide Web.

Questons about accessibility?

Privacy Policy

The Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired maintains this web site as a public service. The following is the privacy policy for this site (all pages starting with

  1. We do not use cookies to collect information. Note: A cookie file contains unique information a web site can use to track such things as passwords, lists of pages you've visited, and the date when you last looked at a specific page or to identify your session at a particular web site. A cookie is often used in commercial sites to identify the items selected for a specific shopping cart application. We do, however, use cookies to store your viewing preferences during your visit to our site so that if you choose to view the site in high contrast mode, your selection will be applied to every page that you view.
  2. If you send us an electronic mail message with a question or comment that contains personally identifying information, or fill out a form that e-mails us this information, we will only use the personally-identifiable information to respond to your request and analyze trends. We may redirect your message to another government agency or person who is in a better position to answer your question.
  3. For site management functions, information is collected for analysis and statistical purposes. This information is not reported or used in any manner that would reveal personally identifiable information, and will not be released to any outside parties unless legally required to do so in connection with law enforcement investigations or other legal proceedings.

We use Log analysis tools to create summary statistics, which are used for purposes such as assessing what information is of most interest, determining technical design specifications, and identifying system performance or problem areas. The following information is collected for this analysis:

  • User Client hostname - The hostname (or IP address if DNS is disabled) of the user/client requesting access.
  • HTTP header, "user-agent" - The user-agent information includes the type of browser, its version, and the operating system it's running on.
  • HTTP header, "referer" - The referer specifies the page from which the client accessed the current page.
  • System date - The date and time of the user/client request.
  • Full request - The exact request the user/client made.
  • Status - The status code the server returned to the user/client.
  • Content length - The content length, in bytes, of the document sent to the user/client.
  • Method - The request method used.
  • Universal Resource Identifier (URI) - The location of a resource on the server.
  • Query string of the URI - Anything after the question mark in a URI.
  • Protocol - The transport protocol and version used.

Submission Guidelines for Content Publication on

  • Use a FAQ structure (see bns faq as an example)
  • Identify sources of quoted materials (link to source when available)
  • When referencing specific products provide a link to appropriate manufacturer's product page
  • Provide complete author information. Name, Organization, Address, E-mail.
  • Submit publications for consideration to Jim Allan

Open Records Policy

Scheduling Tours

  • For families of prospective and current students, please contact Cathy Olsen to schedule an individual tour or join a group tour of the campus.
  • For TVIs and teachers of DB students, please contact Patty DeGroot to arrange a time to observe classes.
  • For other interested individuals — teachers, other VI professionals, community members, visitors to Austin — please contact Gloria Bennett to arrange a tour of the best school in the country!

Where Are We?


Short-Term Programs provide short-term services to visually impaired students who attend their local districts during the school year. Short-Term Programs provide two types of service:

  • School Year Short-Term Programs: range from three to five days in length and offer  intensive, individual, narrowly focused training to academic students who are on or close to grade level in any area specifically related to vision loss, such as adaptive  technology, Braille & Nemeth Code, and tactile math tools in relation to the Expanded Core Curriculum. Close collaboration with independent school districts occurs before and after participation in these programs. Instruction supports the regular curriculum (TEKS) by teaching:

    • Disability-specific skills needed to access the regular curriculum (e.g., technology, low vision tools and strategies, math tools and strategies)

    • Basic concepts that support the curriculum (e.g., college prep, social studies, research, number concepts)

    • Attitudinal changes that support successful learning (e.g., self-determination, social skills, independent living) 

  • Summer Short-Term Programs: provide a wide range of offerings, from elementary to high school, academic to severely multiply-impaired,  in a broad array of content areas such as vocational, functional application of academic skills, independent living skills, social-emotional  development, and adapted athletics.

 If you would like more information about Short-Term Programs, please contact: Sara Merritt, Principal of Short-Term Programs (512) 206-9176  .


* on or close to grade level: Most of these students take the regular or accommodated TAKS/STAAR tests and pass at least one test. They typically receive primary instruction in the regular classroom supported by a TVI rather than content mastery, resource room, or inclusion support. If a student does not perform at this academic level, he or she should apply for our summer school program (the application is posted between January 9 - Feb 14 on our website).


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Foto de Estudiantes con voluntarios Delta Gamma n el Centro de Recursos para el Aprendizaje TSBVI

Un legado de servicio: 1856 al presente

La Escuela de Texas para las personas ciegas y con deficiencias visuales (TSBVI) en Austin fue establecida por la Legislatura de Texas en 1856. ¡Hemos estado sirviendo orgullosamente a los estudiantes con impedimentos visuales de Texas desde entonces!

Estamos aquí para apoyar a los padres, estudiantes y profesionales en la prestación de servicios educativos de calidad para los estudiantes de Texas que tienen deficiencias visuales, que son sordociegos, y que tienen otras discapacidades. Estos estudiantes son el centro de nuestra misión y de nuestra colaboración con los padres y los ISDs.

Foto de la Escuela de Texas para personas ciegas y con deficiencias visuales circa 1916

¿Qué hacemos?

Hace muchos años, TSBVI fue vista como el lugar donde los estudiantes con deficiencias visuales pasaban sus años escolares. Estos estudiantes rara vez regresaban a sus hogares, excepto durante los meses de verano. ¡Las cosas han cambiado mucho desde entonces! Ahora tenemos tres programas (programas de extensión, programas a corto plazo, programas integrales de K- 12) prestando servicios en todo Texas. La TSBVI trabaja dentro de una red estatal como socios con los distritos escolares locales, centros de servicios educativos y agencias relacionadas. Ya no nos consideran como una escuela donde un estudiante probablemente pasa la mayor parte de su carrera en la escuela. En lugar de ello, ofrecemos una gama de opciones para proporcionar apoyo a los equipos locales de educación cuando solicitan nuestra ayuda en la educación de sus estudiantes.

Foto del personal en frente del nuevo edificio principal

Programas de alcance.

La TSBVI estableció programas de divulgación para ampliar los esfuerzos que ya se están realizando para servir a las familias y a los distritos locales a lo largo de Texas. Con el tiempo, los programas de extensión se han convertido en un recurso muy valioso y reconocido en todo el estado. Ofrecemos una amplia variedad de servicios, incluyendo pero sin limitarse a los que se señalan a continuación. Para obtener mayor información acerca de los programas de extensión, ingrese a

Apoyo a la Familia.

El programa de extensión de la TSBVI apoya a las familias de niños con discapacidad visual y/o sordoceguera para acceder a capacitación y recursos, y para conectarse con otras familias. La capacitación de la familia es coordinada según sea apropiado con la División de Servicios para Ciegos del Departamento de Servicios Auxiliares y de Rehabilitación (DARS-DBS y Servicios para sordociegos). Para obtener mayor información y para acceder a estos servicios, ingrese a

Consulta escolar.

Su estudiante no necesita estar inscrito como estudiante de la TSBVI para poder beneficiarse de la experiencia de nuestro personal. Los integrantes experimentados del personal del programa de extensión de la TSBVI pueden consultar con su distrito local para ayudar a su equipo educativo con recomendaciones para la programación de calidad. Las solicitudes deben provenir del distrito local y se coordinan con su consultor de visión del Centro de Servicios Educativos (ESC) regional para garantizar el seguimiento a largo plazo.

Capacitación en todo el estado.

  • El personal de la TSBVI ofrece talleres locales y regionales, y patrocina talleres en el campus, conferencias, videoconferencias (TETN) y webinars en todo el estado.
  • La capacitación está disponible para los integrantes de los equipos educativos, incluyendo las familias, la comunidad y el personal de la agencia, y con frecuencia se ofrece en colaboración con o a petición de un distrito local, centro de servicios educativos y/u organizaciones y agencias relacionadas. Usted puede encontrar un calendario estatal de oportunidades de capacitación en

Publicaciones y materiales.

  • El Programa de extensión produce materiales originales, incluyendo TX SenseAbilities, un boletín trimestral desarrollado con DARS -DBS, para las familias y los profesionales. Este boletín está disponible en versión impresa y en el sitio web en inglés y en español. Para solicitar una suscripción a TX SenseAbilities, por favor ingrese a:
  • En el sitio web también está disponible una amplia variedad de artículos, enlaces, blogs y otros materiales de aprendizaje a distancia. El nuevo sitio de educación a distancia tiene una gran cantidad de módulos y videos fáciles de seguir: Ingrese a
  • Para obtener más información sobre estos y otros programas de extensión, ingrese a

Costos de los servicios del programa de extensión.

No hay costos para los padres del estudiante para los servicios del Programa de extensión. EL Distrito escolar local del estudiante puede apoyar los servicios de extensión cuando las capacitaciones tienen cuotas de inscripción o para ayudar a pagar el transporte y gastos de viaje relacionados asociados con visitas de extensión.

Programas a corto plazo.

Los programas TSBVI a corto plazo incluyen sesiones de verano y durante el año escolar.

Sesiones de Verano

Las sesiones de verano están disponibles para los estudiantes de Texas que no están inscritos tiempo completo en la TSBVI durante el año escolar regular. Estos programas, que van de 1-5 semanas de duración, sirven a los estudiantes desde la primaria hasta la secundaria, incluyendo a aquellos que tienen problemas visuales y discapacidades adicionales. Las clases se centran en diversos aspectos del Currículum Central Expandido para los estudiantes con impedimentos visuales. Cada verano, llevamos aproximadamente 300 estudiantes de todo el estado a nuestro campus. La TSBVI ofrece estos programas sin costo alguno para los padres, pero no proporciona ni paga para el transporte.

Las sesiones de verano son:

  • Enriquecimiento académico secundario
  • Enriquecimiento práctico académico Secundario
  • Enriquecimiento de verano para Primaria
  • Campamentos de habilidades para la vida
  • Trabajar y Vivir en la Comunidad (WALIC)
  • Experiencia de Trabajo de Verano en Austin, Texas (SWEAT)

Las solicitudes de verano se publicarán en nuestra página web a principios de enero de cada año, y se deben entregar a más tardar el 14 de febrero. Se completan conjuntamente por los padres del estudiante y maestro de los discapacitados visuales.

Existe mayor información disponible en:

Sesiones a corto plazo

Las sesiones a corto plazo ofrecen clases entre septiembre y mayo para estudiantes académicos que se están desempeñando en o cerca del nivel del grado y pueden adaptarse y aprender en un entorno nuevo rápidamente. Desde 3-5 días de duración, estas clases altamente intensivas, de ritmo rápido introducen a los estudiantes a los aspectos del Currículum Central Expandido que puede ser difícil de proporcionar durante el día regular de la escuela académica. Nuestra instrucción residencial está tan cuidadosamente planeada y supervisada como nuestro programa diurno. Todas las clases se ofrecen sin costo para la escuela o la familia, esto incluye el transporte.

La instrucción en sesiones a corto plazo apoya el plan de estudios regular (TEKS), mediante la enseñanza de:

  • Habilidades específicas para discapacitados necesarias para acceder al plan de estudios regular (por ejemplo, tecnología, herramientas y estrategias para baja visión, herramientas y estrategias matemáticas)
  • Conceptos básicos que apoyan el plan de estudios (por ejemplo, preparación para la universidad, estudios sociales, investigación, conceptos numéricos)
  • Cambios de actitud que apoyan el éxito del aprendizaje (por ejemplo, autodeterminación, habilidades sociales, vida independiente)

Además de trabajar en los objetivos identificados, los estudiantes:

  • Interactuar con otros estudiantes y adultos con impedimentos visuales que comparten muchas de sus experiencias de vida, apoyando así el desarrollo socio-emocional y la auto- promoción. Esto por sí solo puede tener un impacto que cambia la vida sobre la perspectiva y la voluntad del estudiante para aprender en el salón de clase.
  • Practicar las habilidades complementarias y adaptaciones (antes y después de la escuela) necesarias para la preparación de los alimentos, las tareas del hogar, organización y manejo personal, habilidades accesibles recreativas y de ocio.
  • Experimentar la independencia de vivir fuera de casa durante un breve periodo de tiempo en un ambiente totalmente respaldado, tomando decisiones y probando nuevas experiencias por su cuenta.
  • Entender mejor la necesidad y el valor de la utilización de adaptaciones especiales relacionadas con la pérdida de la visión.
  • Participar de actividades que tienen acceso en el campus en general, así como en la comunidad.

Ejemplos de muchas de nuestras clases del programa a a corto plazo son:

  • Acceso de Primaria a habilidades académicas
  • Acceso de Escuela Secundaria a habilidades académicas
  • Herramientas y estrategias para baja visión
  • Preparación para la Universidad
  • Tecnología para Tykes
  • Iron Chef: Trabajo en la cocina
  • Conducción segura con baja visión
  • Viajes en la ciudad
  • Herramientas Matemáticas de fácil acceso

Foto de estudiantes trabajando con un modelo geométrico

Mayor información disponible en:

Foto del equipo de reto de Braille de 2012

Programas integrales (K- 12).

Como en el pasado, seguimos teniendo nuestro programa regular de año escolar en el campus para los estudiantes. La mayoría de los estudiantes viven en el campus desde el domingo por la noche hasta el viernes por la tarde, y viajan de regreso a sus hogares, ya sea cada semana o cada dos semanas. Los estudiantes que viven cerca de la escuela siguen viviendo en casa durante su inscripción y son transportados a la escuela a diario por sus distritos escolares locales. ¡Sabemos que las familias son importantes! Trabajamos duro para asegurar que los estudiantes estén en casa y conectados con sus comunidades lo antes posibles.

Al igual que todos los estudiantes con discapacidades en todo el país, cada estudiante matriculado en Programas Integrales cuenta con un plan educativo individual (IEP) desarrollado por el Comité local de admisión, revisión y retiro (ARD), que incluye a los padres o tutor del estudiante. Para los estudiantes que asisten a la TSBVI, nuestro personal también participa en esta reunión ARD, ofreciendo apoyo al distrito local.

La TSBVI es un centro de conocimientos especializados en discapacidad visual. Nuestros maestros y otro personal de apoyo (O&M, TO/TF, patólogos del habla, enfermeras y auxiliares de maestros) son los únicos capaces de proporcionar apoyo especializado para usted y su distrito cuando un estudiante necesita un periodo de servicios intensivos en nuestro campus. Podemos evaluar las necesidades de aprendizaje de cada estudiante y ayudar al distrito local a construir su capacidad para proporcionar instrucción apropiada cuando el estudiante regrese a casa.

Si usted y su distrito determinan que su estudiante puede necesitar un período de servicios intensivos en programas integrales, el comité ARD local del estudiante puede iniciar una referencia. Si el estudiante es aceptado para los programas integrales, comienza inmediatamente un proceso permanente de colaboración entre la TSBVI, usted y su distrito y continúa a través de la inscripción del estudiante en la TSBVI. El propósito de la colaboración es asegurar que la TSBVI ofrece una contribución efectiva para el plan educativo a largo plazo de su estudiante. La TSBVI ofrecerá un programa educativo adecuado en el campus, mientras que al mismo tiempo le ayudará a usted, a su escuela local, y a otras agencias a prepararse para el regreso exitoso del estudiante al distrito o a la vida adulta después de la graduación.

Requisitos de elegibilidad.

Para inscribirse como estudiante en la TSBVI, el estudiante debe ser residente de Texas lo que ha sido determinado como  con discapacidad visual o sordociego por el Comité local de admisión, revisión y retiro (ARD) del distrito escolar. Por ley, los estudiantes que ingresan en la TSBVI:

  • Deben requerir servicios especializados o intensivos educativos o afines relacionados con la discapacidad visual
  • No debe tener necesidades que se manejen adecuadamente en un hogar o en el hospital o en un centro residencial de tratamiento, y
  • No debe tener necesidades primarias, necesidades en curso relacionadas con un déficit emocional, conductual o cognitivo de severo a profundo.

Para obtener mayor información acerca de la remisión para la admisión, póngase en contacto con: Cathy Olsen, Coordinadora de Admisiones de la TSBVI, o por teléfono al 512-206-9182.

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  • El distrito escolar local del estudiante comparte el costo de la educación del estudiante cuando el estudiante está matriculado en la TSBVI. El costo para el distrito se basa en los ingresos de impuestos de propiedad de cada distrito escolar local.
  • El distrito también financia los costos de transporte del estudiante al principio y al final del año escolar, y en cada una de las vacaciones escolares TSBVI cuando la escuela cierra. Hay ocho cierres de la escuela en el año escolar típico.

La educación del estudiante es gratis para los padres. El tratamiento médico del estudiante es la responsabilidad de los padres del estudiante. Se anima a los padres a proporcionar a los estudiantes una "mesada" para los artículos personales y las actividades especiales de recreación, aunque la mayoría de las actividades recreativas son financiadas por la TSBVI.

Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired
1100 W. 45th Street Austin, TX 78756
Número principal: 512-454-8631
Llamada gratuita: 1-800-TSB-DARE
William Daugherty, Superintendente
; 512-206-9133

Download the PDF Brochure: "A Parent's Guide to Services at TSBVI"

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A Legacy of Service: 1856 to Present

The Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired (TSBVI) in Austin was established by the Texas Legislature in 1856. We have been proudly serving Texas students with visual impairments since that time!

We are here to support parents, students and professionals in providing quality educational services to Texas students who are visually impaired, DeafBlind, and/or have additional disabilities. These students are at the heart of our mission and of our collaboration with parents and ISDs.

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What We Do

Many years ago, TSBVI was viewed as the place where students with visual impairments lived and learned throughout their school years. These students rarely returned to their homes except during the summer months. Things have changed a lot since then!  We now have three programs (Outreach Programs, Short-Term Programs, Comprehensive K-12 Programs) delivering services throughout Texas. TSBVI works within a statewide network as partners with local school districts, educational service centers and related agencies. We are no longer viewed as a school where a student is likely to spend most of their school career. Instead, we offer a range of options to provide support to local educational teams when they request our assistance in educating their students.

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Outreach Programs

TSBVI established Outreach Programs to expand efforts already underway to serve families and local districts throughout Texas. Over time, Outreach Programs have become a recognized and highly valuable resource throughout the state. We offer a wide variety of services including but not limited to those listed below.

  • Family Engagement

TSBVI Outreach supports families of children with visual impairment and/or deafblindness to access training and resources, and to connect to other families. Family supports and trainings are coordinated as appropriate with the Health and Human Services Commission, Blind Children's Program and the Texas Workforce Commission, Blind Services Program. Click here to view  a list of Texas Family Resources on DeafBlindness.

  • School Consultation

Your student does not need to be enrolled as a TSBVI student in order to benefit from the expertise of our staff. Experienced TSBVI educational consultants can work with your local district to help your educational team with recommendations for quality programming. Requests must come from the local district and are coordinated with your regional Education Service Center (ESC) vision consultant to ensure long-term follow up. Click here to view a map of Texas' Educational Service Centers.

  • Statewide Training

TSBVI staff provides local and regional workshops, and sponsors on-campus workshops, statewide conferences, videoconferences (TETN) and webinars. Training is available for educational team members, including families, community and agency staff, and is often provided in collaboration with or upon request from a local district, education service center, and/or related organizations and agencies. Click here to view a statewide calendar of training opportunities.

  • Publications and Materials

The Outreach Program produces original materials, including their On-The-Go eLearning. TX SenseAbilities, a quarterly newsletter, is available online and in print, in both English and Spanish. Click here to request a subscription to TX SenseAbilities. Also available on the website are a wide variety of articles, links, blogs and other distance learning materials.

  • Costs of Outreach Program Services

There are no costs to the student’s parent for Outreach Program services. The student’s local school district may support Outreach services when there are costs associated with training (e.g., registration fees) or to help pay for transportation and related travel costs associated with Outreach visits.

Short-Term Programs: School-Year and Summer Programs

TSBVI Short-Term Programs includes school-year and summer sessions.

School Year Short-Term Programs

Short-Term Programs provides school-year classes between September and May to academic students who are functioning on or close to grade level and are able to quickly adapt and learn in a new environment. Ranging from 3-5 days in length, these highly intensive, fast-paced classes introduce students to aspects of the Expanded Core Curriculum that can be difficult to provide during the regular academic school day. Our residential instruction is as carefully planned and supervised as our day program. All classes are provided at no cost to the school or family; this includes transportation. Short-Term Programs also offers online Distance Learning opportunities and Individualized Instruction.

Instruction in Short-Term Programs aligns with the current Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) objectives by teaching:

  • Disability-specific skills needed to access the regular curriculum (e.g., technology, low vision tools and strategies, math tools and strategies
  • Basic concepts that support the curriculum (e.g., college prep, social studies, research, number concepts)
  • Attitudinal changes that support successful learning (e.g., self-determination, social skills, independent living)

In addition to working on state identified objectives, students:

  • Interact with other students and adults with visual impairments who share many of their life experiences, thus supporting social-emotional development, self-advocacy skills, and self-determination skills. This alone can have a life-changing impact on a student’s perspective and willingness to learn in the classroom.
  • Practice supplementary skills and adaptations (before and after school) needed for food preparation, household tasks, personal organization and management, accessible recreational and leisure skills.
  • Experience the independence of living away from home for a short time in a totally supported environment, making choices and trying out new experiences on their own.
  • Better understand the need and value of using special adaptations related to vision loss
  • Join in activities that access the campus at large as well as the community.

Examples of our many Short-Term Program classes are:

  • Elementary Access to Academic Skills
  • High School Access to Academic Skills
  • Low Vision Tools and Strategies
  • College Prep
  • Tech for Tykes
  • Iron Chef: Working in the Kitchen
  • Safe Driving with Low Vision
  • City Travel
  • Accessible Math Tools

Summer Programs

Summer Programs are available to Texas students are not enrolled full-time at TSBVI during the regular school year. These programs, which range from 1-5 weeks in length, serve students from elementary through high school, including those who are visually impaired with additional disabilities. Classes focus on various aspects of the Expanded Core Curriculum (ECC) for students with visual impairments. Each summer, we bring approximately 300 students to our campus from all across the state. TSBVI offers these programs at no cost to parents, but does not provide or pay for transportation.

Summer Programming is:

  • Secondary Enrichment
  • Practical Experiences in Expanded Core (PEEC)
  • Elementary Summer Enrichment
  • Working and Living in the Community (WALIC)
  • Summer Work Experience in Austin Texas (SWEAT)

Summer applications are posted on our website in early January each year, and they are due no later than February 14. They are completed jointly by the student’s parent and Teacher of the Visually Impaired.

Click here for additional information regarding TSBVI's Short-Term Programs: School-Year and Summer Programs.

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Comprehensive Programs (K-12, Post-Secondary, EXIT)

K-12: As in the past, we continue to have our on-campus regular school year program for students. Most students reside on campus Sunday night through Friday afternoon, traveling back to their homes either weekly or every other week. Students who live close to the school continue to live at home during their enrollment and are transported to the school on a daily basis by their local school districts. We know families are important! We work hard to make sure students are home and connected to their communities as often as possible.

Like all students with disabilities throughout the country, each student enrolled in Comprehensive Programs has an Individual Educational Plan (IEP) developed by the student’s local Admission, Review and Dismissal (ARD) committee, which includes the student’s parents or guardian. For students attending TSBVI, our staff also participates in the ARD meeting, offering support to the local district.

TSBVI is a center of expertise in visual impairment. Our teachers and other support staff (O&M, OT/PT, Speech Language Pathologists, Nurses, and Paraprofessionals) are uniquely able to provide specialized support to you and your district when a student needs a period of intensive services on our campus. We are able to evaluate each student’s learning needs and help the local district build its capacity to provide appropriate instruction when the student returns home.

If you and your district determine that your student may need a period of intensive services in Comprehensive Programs, a referral can be initiated by the student’s local ARD committee.  If the student is accepted for Comprehensive Programs, an ongoing process of collaboration among TSBVI, you, and your district begins right away and continues throughout the student’s enrollment at TSBVI.  The purpose of the collaboration is to ensure that TSBVI makes an effective contribution to your student’s long term educational plan.  TSBVI will deliver an appropriate on-campus educational program while at the same time assisting you, your local school, and other agencies to prepare for the student’s successful return to the district or to adult life after graduation.

Comprehensive K-12 Eligibility Requirements

To be enrolled as a student at TSBVI, the student must be a resident of Texas who has been determined by the local school district Admission, Review and Dismissal (ARD) Committee to be visually impaired or deafblind. By law, students who are admitted to TSBVI:

  • Must require specialized or intensive educational or related services related to the visual impairment
  • Must not have needs that are appropriately addressed in a home or hospital setting or in a residential treatment facility; and
  • Must not have primary, ongoing needs related to a severe or profound emotional, behavioral or cognitive deficit.

For more information about referral for admission, contact: Cathy Olsen, TSBVI Admissions Coordinator, or by phone 512-206-9182.

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Costs Associated with Comprehensive K-12

  • The student’s local school district shares in the cost of the student’s education when the student is enrolled in TSBVI. The cost to the district is based on each local school district’s property tax revenue.
  • The district also funds the costs of the student’s transportation at the beginning and end of the school year, and at each of the TSBVI school holidays when the School closes. There are eight school closings in the typical school year.
  • The student’s education is free to the parent. The student’s medical treatment is the responsibility of the student’s parents. Parents are encouraged to provide students with an “allowance” for personal items and special recreation activities, although most recreation activities are funded by TSBVI.

Click here for more information regarding TSBVI's Post-Secondary Program

Click here for more information regarding TSBVI's EXIT Program

Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired
1100 W. 45th Street Austin, TX 78756
Main Number: 512-454-8631
Toll free: 1-800-TSB-KARE
William Daugherty, Superintendent
; 512-206-9133