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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


  • Bill Daugherty, (512) 206-9133

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

  • Yanni Crespo, 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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Short-Term Programs

  • Sara Merritt, Principal (512) 206-9176

Social Workers

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Special Education Coordinator

  • 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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Supervisors of Comprehensive Residential Programs 

  • Shelly Allen, Residential Director A,  (512) 206-9179
  • H. Garner Vogt, Residential Director B,  (512) 206-9115

Volunteers, Community Resources and Donations: 

  • Gloria Bennett, Coordinator (512) 206-9234

Weekends Home

  • Shelly Allen, (512) 206-9179
  • H. Garner Vogt,  (512) 206-9115
  • 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



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10:35 - 11:25

5 (1st Lunch)

11:25 - 12:10

6 (2nd Lunch)

12:15 - 1:05


1:10 - 2:00


2:05 - 2:55


3:00 - 3:50

The Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired was established by the Sixth Texas Legislature on August 16, 1856, as The Blind Institute, with five members of the board of trustees appointed by Governor Elisha M. Pease. The location of the first Blind Institute was at the residence of Mr. W. L. Hill who leased the premises for the purpose of establishing a school for the blind. Dr. S. W. Baker, family doctor and close personal friend of Governor Pease, was the first superintendent. By 1857, three students were in attendance with one student being 25 years of age at the time of his admittance to The Blind Institute. Parents of the students paid tuition and expenses but, as needed, the tuition and expenses of the students were met by the Institute.

Originally, students were expected to work while at the Institute, making brooms and other marketable products. 

The second location of the school was Block 71 of what is presently known as the Little Campus of the University of Texas. The Little Campus is now known as the Arno Nowotny Building. The cost of the new facilities was $12,390.00 and was completed in late 1857.

In 1888, a reunion of former students was held with 58% of the 24 attending being self-supporting and 42% being at home. Concerns were mentioned throughout the history of the school about gainful employment of the students when they left the school.

Technology was continually evaluated: the telegraph; the typewriter; and the phonograph were new. There was some reservation about spending money on these "new" things that may or may not have benefited the blind students.

In 1905, the name of the school was officially changed to The Blind Institute by the Texas Legislature. In 1916, the school's name was again changed by the Texas Legislature, this time to The Texas School for the Blind. A 73 acre site between Lamar and Burnet Roads was donated by the citizens of Austin for a new school for the blind.

Continuing problems existed with the number of pupils in relation to the number and size of the buildings. Frequent requests were made for appropriations for the construction and remodeling of buildings.

In 1965, The School for Deaf, Blind, & Orphans (black students) was integrated into the Texas School for the Blind. In the early 1970s, the Deaf-Blind program was begun at what was known as the Confederate Widows' Home located on Cedar Street and 35th Street in the Hyde Park neighborhood. In the early 1980s, the deaf-blind program was moved onto the present site on the main campus and the Confederate Widows' Home was sold. The proceeds from this sale were used for a new facility for the deaf-blind program on the main campus. The Deaf-Blind Program became known as Life Skills Program and is now referred to as the Functional Academics or the Basic Skills program.

Modular homes were purchased and brought on to the main campus in the 1980s, both to provide housing and to be used to teach independent living skills.

The year 1975 marked a turning point in the population served by the Texas School for the Blind. The Texas legislature enacted H.B. 1673 adding statewide responsibilities to the Schools enabling statutes and mission. Governance of the School was transferred from TEA to a subcommittee of the Texas State Board of Education. The U.S. Congress enacted the Education of All Handicapped Children Act, significantly impacting the provision of special education services to children, guaranteeing a free appropriate public education to all handicapped children in the least restrictive environment. One effect on the School was an increase in the number of children with multiple handicaps requesting the services of this school. Prior to 1975, all students served at the Texas School for the Blind were academic or applied academics students. Since 1975, the population of students with multiple disabilities has continued to increase which, in turn, has caused a shift in programs at the Texas School for the Blind. The school was renamed in 1989 to Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired in order to reflect more accurately the population it serves.

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Dear Parents and School Officials,

Please refer to the dates and times indicated below so that transportation arrangements can be made in advance. Classes are in session until 2 pm on departure days unless otherwise noted below. If necessary for a student to leave prior to 2 pm, please contact the Assistant Principal and/or Residential Director for permission. Please pay particularly close attention to when the dorms are open and closed. TSBVI vans and buses will run all eight weekends and holidays when school is closed, with the exception of August 22 registration and June 1 departure.

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August 22

(No Weekends Home buses)

Registration/Arrival - Dorms open 11:00a.m.

September 3,4,5,6

(Buses run 9/3 and 9/6)

Students may begin leaving after 2:00 p.m. on Friday, September 3. Dorms close at 8:00 p.m. Dorms open again Monday, September 6 at 2:00 p.m.

October 14,15,16,17,18

(Buses run 10/14 and 10/18)

Students may begin leaving after 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, October 14. Dorms close at 8:00 p.m. Dorms open again on Monday, October 18 at 2:00 p.m.

November 19-November 28

(Buses run 11/19 and 11/28)

Students may begin leaving after 2:00 p.m. Friday, November 19. Dorms close at noon on Saturday, November 20. Dorms open again on Sunday, November 28 at 2:00 p.m.

December 16 - January 3

(Buses run 12/16 and 1/3)

Students may begin leaving after 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, December 16. Dorms close at 8:00 p.m. Dorms open again on Monday, January 3 at 2:00 p.m.

February 17,18,19,20,21

(Buses run 2/18 and 2/21)

Students may begin leaving after 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, February 17. Dorms close at 8:00 p.m. Dorms open again on Monday, February 21 at 2:00 p.m.

March 11-20

(Buses run 3/11 and 3/20)

Students may begin leaving after 12:15 p.m. on Friday, March 11. Dorms close at noon on Saturday, March 12. Dorms open again on Sunday, March 20 at 2:00 p.m.

April 21, 22, 23, 24, 25

(Buses run 4/21 and 4/25)

Students may begin leaving at 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 21. Dorms close at 8:00 p.m. Dorms open again on Monday, April 25 at 2:00 p.m.

June 1

(No Weekends Home buses)

Departure - Last Day of Classes (Wednesday). Students may begin leaving after 2:00 p.m. on June 1. Dorms close at noon on Thursday, June 2.

Please don't hesitate to call Cathy Olsen, Admissions Coordinator, at (512) 206-9182 if you have a question.