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La escuela para ciegos e impedidos visuales de Texas (Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired) es un elemento vital de las oportunidades educacionales que están a disposición de los estudiantes ciegos y con impedimentos de la vista que viven en Texas.

Para que los padres puedan hacer buenas decisiones acerca de la educación de sus hijos, ellos deben informarse acerca de los programas y servicios que TSBVI ofrece.

Para más informes, escriba o llame a:

Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired
1100 W. 45th Street
Austin, Texas 78756

Información general (512) 454-8631

Registrar (512) 206-9182

Departamento de Servicios de Extension (512) 206-9268

Llame gratis (contestadora automática)
1-800-872-5273 (TSB-KARE)
TDD (512) 371-1599

La escuela para ciegos e impedidos visuales de Texas (TSBVI) es una escuela pública especial, establecida por la Legislatura de Texas, para proveer servicios especializados e intensivos enfocados a las necesidades de aprendizaje de los estudiantes con impedimentos de la vista, incluyendo esos estudiantes que padecen de discapacidades multiples.

TSBVI está ubicada en una área agradable en Austin, Texas. El campus de cuarenta y cinco acres está cerca de centros comerciales, lugares de recreación, restaurantes y transporte público. Los estudiantes asisten a clases en aulas bien equipadas. Viven en residencias que resemblan un hogar, con salas, cuartos de juego, recámaras, áreas de estudio y cocinas.

Cada uno de nuestros estudiantes recibe instrucción y asesoría de parte de personal que ha sido entrenado especialmente para trabajar con niños y adultos jóvenes que padecen de impedimentos de la vista.

TSBVI trabaja en sociedad con las escuelas públicas de Texas, abogando por los estudiantes, para que ellos puedan aprender y puedan vivir dentro de sus propias comunidades. La escuela puede ayudar a los estudiantes a lograr esto con éxito.

TSBVI ofrece una variedad de programas a corto y largo plazo, así como servicios especialmente diseñados para responder a las necesidades típicas de los estudiantes ciegos o con impedimentos de la vista.

TSBVI está preparado y listo para ayudar a las escuelas locales y a los padres, cuando los estudiantes necesitan servicios especializados o los recursos que ofrece nuestra escuela.

USTED TIENE OPCIONES

En un futuro cercano usted tendrá la junta anual de ARD para desarrollar el programa educacional y la colocación de su hijo o hija. A menudo la escuela de su localidad puede proveer los servicios educacionales que su hijo necesita. Sin embargo, puede haber ocasiones en la educación de su hijo, en las que son necesarios los servicios especializados e intensivos de una escuela especial. En estos casos, la Escuela para ciegos e impedidos visuales de Texas (TSBVI) puede ayudar, ya sea con servicios dentro de su campus en Austin o en el área donde usted vive.

ES PROBABLE QUE USTED TENGA PREGUNTAS

¿Qué es lo que TSBVI puede ofrecer a los estudiantes con impedimentos de la vista y a esos que sufren de otras incapacidades aparte de su impedimento de vista?

TSBVI provee, en su campus, una gran variedad de instrucción especializada y servicios. Los alumnos pueden:

  • Aprender con maestras especialmente entrenadas y con personal de servicios que comprenden lo que es la pérdida de la vista y los efectos que esto tiene en el desarrollo
    • maestras certificadas en impedimentos de vista
    • especialistas en orientación y mobilidad
    • terapeutas ocupacionales y físicos
    • maestras en educación física adaptada
    • terapeutas en habla/lenguaje
    • consejeros y trabajadores sociales
    • especialistas en baja visión
    • maestras de tecnología
  • Tener acceso, las 24 horas del día, al Centro de Salud que está atendido por enfermeras registradas los siete días de la semana
  • Disfrutar de un día escolar que integra todos los aspectos de la enseñanza: el desarrollo del lenguaje, las habilidades motores, las destrezas necesarias para vivir independientemente y para ayudarse a sí mismo, el manejo de comportamiento y el desarrollo de comportamiento social
  • Aprender a hablar, a comunicarse, a leer y a escribir, usando el sistema Braille u otros métodos especiales de comunicación
  • Familiarizarse con la tecnología especializada, tal como las computadoras adaptadas
  • Adquirir habilidades académicas en TSBVI y en las clases de la escuelas públicas de Austin
  • Aprender a mobilizarse independientemente usando las habilidades de orientación y mobilidad
  • Participar con toda su capacidad en actividades extracurriculares:
    • una obra de teatro de la escuela
    • clases de fotografía y arte
    • los equipos de natación, lucha grecoromana
    • andar en bicicleta
    • aprender a tocar un instrumento musical
    • aprender deportes al aire libre, tales, como pescar, andar en barco y a correr
  • Tener un hogar lejos de su hogar
    • viven en dormitorios agradables atendidos por personal cariñoso
    • visitan los museos, parques, centros comerciales y más
    • se divierten con sus amigos en el Centro de Recreación de la escuela, en el boliche y en la alberca
  • Aprender las destrezas necesarias para vivir independientemente, desde cómo vestirse, comer y cocinar hasta cómo mantener un departamento y administrar su dinero
  • Adquirir los conocimientos prácticos para un empleo; explorar una carrera; conseguir un empleo ya sea dentro del campus o en la comunidad
  • Crecer rodeados de amigos especiales que comparten y comprenden lo que es la pérdida de la vista

¿En dónde vive el estudiante mientras asiste a TSBVI?

Los alumnos viven en casas, departamentos o dormitorios con cuartos para uno o dos alumnos. Los alumnos van a su hogar semanalmente o mensualmente. Nuestra escuela usa sus propios vehículos para operar el programa "Fin de semana en mi casa". Algunos alumnos del área de Austin viven en su hogar y asisten a TSBVI como alumnos externos.

¿Qué tanto tiempo asiste el alumno a TSBVI?

TSBVI regresa a los estudiantes a sus programas locales tan pronto como es posible. La familia del estudiante, su escuela local y el personal de TSBVI deciden en conjunto cuándo el alumno está listo para hacer la transición con éxito a su hogar y los programas locales. Nuestra escuela ofrece programas a largo plazo y corto plazo. Algunos de estos programas se llevan a cabo durante el año escolar; otros se ofrecen durante el Verano.

¿Cuánto cuestan estos servicios?

Los servicios de instrucción y de internado se ofrecen sin costo alguno a los alumnos o sus familias. Las familias simplemente proveen los artículos personales, la ropa y la atención médica de su hijo(a).

¿Existen servicios de TSBVI para familias y estudiantes que viven en otras partes del estado, que asisten a sus escuelas locales y que viven en su hogar?

Sí. El Departamento de Servicios de Extensión (Outreach Department) de TSBVI cuenta con un grupo de excelentes maestros y otros profesionales que pueden trabajar con los padres y con los maestros de las escuelas locales, para en conjunto desarrollar ideas de cómo mejorar el aprendizaje del alumno en el programa local. Ofrecemos talleres de trabajo, consultas en su localidad, boletines de noticias y servicios de apoyo para los padres.

¿Cuáles son los requisitos de elegibilidad para recibir los servicios de TSBVI?

La edad del estudiante debe ser de 21 años o menos, el estudiante debe padecer de un impedimento de la vista o padecer de un impedimento de la vista con una incapacidad adicional, y debe necesitar servicios especializados relacionados con el impedimento de la vista para que sea elegible a recibir nuestros servicios. La escuela local del estudiante y sus padres deben estar de acuerdo para solicitar los servicios de TSBVI, ya sea que estos servicios se vayan a proveer en nuestra escuela o por medio de nuestro Departamento de Servicios de Extensión en su localidad.

Sin embargo, TSBVI no podrá responder a las necesidades educacionales del alumno, si el alumno necesita servicios educacionales en un hospital o en su hogar, o necesita servicios intensivos relacionados con una incapacidad severa mental, emocional o de comportamiento y esto incluye los servicios de un centro de tratamiento residencial.

USTED TIENE DERECHOS

¿Qué derechos tienen los padres si ellos solicitan cualquiera de estos servicios de TSBVI, y la escuela de su localidad o TSBVI no están de acuerdo?

A pesar de que esto no sucede con frecuencia, los padres pueden solicitar la intervención de Texas Education Agency (la Agencia de Educación de Texas) para que les ayude a resolver el problema, o pueden solicitar el proceso de una audiencia imparcial de acuerdo con los reglamentos del Acta de Educación Individuos con Incapacidades.

¿Cómo puedo obtener más información acerca de los servicios que ofrece TSBVI?

Comuníquese con la oficina de admisiones de nuestra escuela si usted tiene interés en los programas que ofrecemos durante el año escolar, programas cortos, o de Verano.

Comuníquese con Outreach Services (Departamento de Servicios de Extensión) si usted desea que los servicios sean proveídos en el área de su localidad.

 

 

 

(also Weekends Home Bus Schedule)

Color Year at a Glance Calendar

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 dismissed at 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 seven weekends and holidays when school is closed, with the exception of August 21 registration and May 30 departure.

See the Weekends Home Handbook for more information and routes.

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

  • Comprehensive Programs students attend school and usually live at the campus in Austin for the regular school year.
  • Short-Term Programs - students who attend school in their local community attend programs on TSBVI campus
    • Short-Term Programs - Students who are working on grade level in their local school district come to TSBVI for three to five days to receive intensive instruction in the Expanded Core Curriculum for students with visual impairments.
    • Summer Programs
  • Post Secondary Program (PSP)  - training for remedial academics, employment, and adult living for high school graduates.
  • EXIT (EXperiences In Transition) - Designed to focus on transitioning  young adults from school to the adult world.
 

Older Events and Information

Campus News


Training for a Rewarding Career - Teaching Blind Children or Adults (Generous Student Financial Assistance Available)

Northern Illinois University (DeKalb, Illinois) offers a nationally regarded program at the graduate level for individuals who wish to prepare for a rewarding career in teaching blind and visually impaired children or adults. Individuals who choose this career path can anticipate having no difficulty obtaining life-long employment with great job security! In addition to numerous job opportunities, good pay, and excellent job security, individuals who choose this career path experience a sense of meaningfulness not commonly found in other careers. These professionals play a significant role in the lives of blind persons and their families.

Generous student financial assistance is available. We will pay all in-state or out-of-state tuition, all fees, health insurance, and a stipend of $5,200 per calendar year for qualified individuals who wish to come to Northern Illinois University to enroll in the graduate program focusing on special education for blind and visually impaired children or focusing on rehabilitation teaching of blinded adults or orientation and mobility for either group. Applicants may choose one or a combination of the focus areas. For more information, go to the Northern Illinois University website to read about the program.

Interested individuals can contact the coordinator of the program, Gaylen Kapperman, at the following e-mail: or by calling 815-753-8453.

Each cohort begins in the fall semester of each academic year.


FREE TUITION & STIPENDS - Northern Illinois University Visual Disabilities Program

Looking for something to do with your life? How about working with soldiers who have lost their vision?

We have a 22-month training program and very generous financial support. We will pay for all tuition (instate or out-of-state), fees, health insurance, and a yearly stipend of $5,200. The application deadline is April 15, 2011. The program begins on August 22, 2011 with graduation in May, 2013. This is a “one-time” program which may not be repeated in the future unlike the other ongoing programs we offer. Graduates will be employed in vision rehabilitation programs dedicated for work with individuals who have lost their sight and who have served their country in the military.  For more information, go to Northern Illinois University Visual Disabilities Program

Interested individuals can contact the coordinator of the program, Gaylen Kapperman, at the following e-mail: or by calling 815-753-8453.


Inside Line (from Austin American-Statesman)

Inside Line is a FREE 24-hour voice and fax information service and delivers a variety of information to the public through touch-tone telephone.  It is the most extensive service of it’s kind in the area and is promoted daily on page B2 of the Austin American-Statesman newspaper and in appropriate sections.

Inside Line is easy to access and use.  Callers dial 416-5700, or 800-862-8784 and enter the four digit category number to the information they wish to hear.  Fax on Demand or “fax back” will send the caller a free faxed document, usually within a few minutes.

Inside Line is Austin’s choice because it puts answers to thousands of questions right at the callers’ fingertips.  Inside Line delivers both audio and fax information and receives more than 10,000 requests for information every day.  All of the information on Inside Line is current; updated daily, or as news warrants.

On Inside Line you can choose from over 3,000 categories on:

-Business, Finance & News
-StockQuotes and Mutual Funds
-Sports Updates/Contests
-Weather (Local, National, International)
-Horoscopes & Soap Opera Updates
-Local Movie Times on the Austin Film Line
-Health
-Travel
-Restaurant Reviews and Faxed Menus through Menu Phone

http://www.statesman.com/services/inside-line-audio-news-information-155965.html


 

  • Social Skills Cinema: Lessons for the Real World - Entry form, video, and written lesson plan must be submitted to TSBVI by May 27, 2011. Announcement of winners will be sent prior to August 2011.
  • LIMITLESS SOCCER CLINIC, Designed specifically for Elementary Age Students who are Blind or Visually Impaired. Soccer experience is not required. Saturday, June 4, 2011

  • Clínica Ilimitada del fútbol, Diseñado específicamente para los estudiantes elementales de la edad qué son ciegos o con deficiencias visuales. La experiencia del fútbol no se requiere. Sabado, June 4, 2011

  • 2011 Active Learning Conference, TSBVI Outreach Conference Center
    June 9th & 10th
The Spectacle

Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired Parent newsletter
May 2010

Halfway To A New Campus

By Bill Daugherty Superintendent

So much construction has been going on for so long at TSBVI that we are all like kids in the back seat on a long road trip—Are we there yet? Big, beautiful new buildings have risen up all around us, but in reality we are just a little over halfway to our destination in 2012. Sometime in mid-July we are scheduled to move into the new Main Building and Recreation Center, with the Fine Arts Center, Cafeteria, Pool, and Outreach Building and Conference Center close behind.

This fall we begin work on building the new elementary school where the old one sits, and also on the Career Education and Transition Building where Dorms D, E and F now stand. These will be followed by a new Gymnasium and a warehouse/operations building. Our last step is to complete the landscaping plan and then build perimeter fencing that we are designing to be both welcoming and secure.

The lighting around our four newest dorms near the Sunshine gate entrance is amazing at night, making it a very safe and appealing environment. By the time we are finished, this level of lighting will be the norm everywhere. Security cameras will be strategically placed around the campus and we will all feel much more comfortable about students walking around at night with greater levels of independence.

We ask for your patience with the inevitable disruptions this historic move will almost certainly entail. When it's all done it will be well worth the wait, because this will be the finest campus for students who are blind or visually impaired in the world. What we will have are facilities that will support and enhance the work of our outstanding faculty and staff. We look forward to celebrating with you this great investment the citizens of Texas have decided to make in the future of students who are blind or visually impaired.

December 2006

The philosophy of The Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired (TSBVI) is the commitment to provide educational services of the highest quality to children and youth of Texas who are blind or visually impaired, with or without additional disabilities. TSBVI welcomes the challenge to develop and deliver educational services and facilities which will result in productive, fulfilled blind and visually impaired adults who will enjoy the same responsibilities and privileges of all Texas citizens.

As energy conservation relates to buildings, TSBVI employees should always be sure that:

  • All lights are turned off when offices are vacated (includes workstations, lights and restrooms).
  • All unnecessary lights, appliances, and other equipment are turned off when not in use.
  • All computers, monitors, and printers are turned off at the end of the business day, if not utilized for evening processes.
  • All copiers will be set to utilize the “power save” feature when not in use.
  • Thermostats are set to cool/heat work areas during the day and set for economy energy saving mode at the end of each business day, as well as, on weekends and holidays.
  • Heating and cooling problems are reported as soon as possible.
  • Water is conserved and leaks are reported as soon as possible.
  • Older fluorescent light bulbs are replaced with energy saving fluorescent light bulbs as needed.

The TSBVI Property Manager and Fleet Vehicle Manager control a fleet of 27 state-owned vehicles with 53.57 percent using alternative fuels.  Our goal is to increase this percentage to 60 % in the next five-year period, as more vehicles are equipped for alternative fuels.  As energy conservation relates to transportation, TSBVI employees should always be sure that:

  • All policies and procedures as described by and outlined in the State Vehicle Fleet Management Plan will be followed.
  • TSBVI employees who drive a state-owned vehicle receive, understand, and comply with the policies and procedures by signing this plan.
  • TSBVI employees coordinate all agency errands whenever possible in order to conserve both time and mileage cost.

All employees of TSBVI who use a state-owned vehicle must follow the basic energy-saving rules listed below:

  • Use a state-owned vehicle for TSBVI business only.  Personal use of a state-owned vehicle is prohibited. 
  • Observe speed limits at all times.  
  • Use State fuel cards for gasoline purchases and repairs and report exceptions to the Fleet Vehicle Manager as soon as possible.  Seek out the lowest price for fuel available. 
  • In state-owned gasoline-operated vehicles, use regular unleaded gasoline unless specifically prohibited by manufacturer’s warranty or recommendations.
  • Perform a daily pre-trip inspection before driving state-owned vehicles. 
  • Have all service maintenance and repairs made by authorized TSBVI employees before driving a state-owned vehicle.

The School Board, Superintendent, and TSBVI staff strive to ensure that delivery of all services and business operations will be made in a cost-efficient manner by reducing utility usage (electricity, gas and water) based on square footage by one and one half percent per year over the next five-year period starting January 1, 2007.  TSBVI facilities, located at 1100 West 45th Street in Austin, Texas, consist of 44 structures measuring 295,800 gross square feet, and 272,454 usable square feet.  The 79th Legislature has approved $36,452,000 to develop a master plan to replace the main instructional building, cafeteria, natatorium, auditorium, multiple student living and instructional quarters, and deferred maintenance that has already started.  These projects are under design according to energy efficiency guidelines of the Texas Building and Procurement Commission. 

TSBVI is currently in the process of developing specifications for proposals to conduct an energy survey on three buildings that will remain after completion of the master plan:  building 529 the main elementary education building, building 530 the gymnasium, and building 531 the vocational, art, technology and maintenance building.

The utility usage for TSBVI remains moderate due to old buildings which were not designed for air conditioning, and buildings which were built in the 1970s and 1980s under the low bid methodology and had multiple general contractors that went bankrupt during the construction process.  We recently disposed of five doublewide mobile home living quarters and two portable office buildings that were replaced by five permanent structures with energy efficient construction.

TSBVI’s student population is relatively stable during the school year staying at 130 to 140 residential students with additional 10 to15 non-residential students from surrounding school districts.  In addition, TSBVI provides a very active summer enrichment program for blind and visually impaired students that do not attend TSBVI during the regular school year.  TSBVI also provides a conference center for outreach programs to teachers of blind and visually impaired students from across the state.

 


3/04 To 8/04 9/04 To 2/05 3/05 To 8/05 9/05 To 2/06 3/06 To 8/06
Gas 1,335 4,255 1,326 4,605 908
Electricity 6,994 7,237 7,302 7,511 8,475
Water 4,289 3,752 5,059 7,857 9,383
Gross Square Footage 304,984 304,984 304,984 304,984 295,800
Number Of Buildings 48 48 48 48 44
Peak Summer MW Demand 38 23 42 26 43

Updates to the Resource Efficiency Plan of April 2004/2005 are:

  • Best practices conservation measures provided to each employee to follow.  Update:  These are being followed as stated in the summary section above.
  • All thermostats for air conditioning set 75 degrees and all staff informed to leave them at 75 degreesUpdate:  We continue to keep thermostats set at 75 degrees. We currently use three different automated building control systems, the Trane Tracker/Tracer and the Honeywell Acselon software that provides timely building information and easy to use tools needed for integrated, flexible building control.  These systems provide us with data management and their advanced software help us transform our energy management into an efficient, cost-effective operation.
  • Budget cuts and shortfalls necessitated postponement of most of the energy management initiative, and the detailed energy audit was postponed indefinitelyThe school contracted to have a feasibility study to install a central heating and cooling plant and it was found at this time this would not be a cost effective expenditure.  All new buildings constructed over 6000 square feet in size will have independent electric meters to help evaluate the energy efficiency of the building.   As stated previously three of our buildings are currently being audited for energy efficiency.
  • Five new duplex dormitories designed with energy efficient systems were completedUpdate:  We are specifying and installing energy efficient heat pumps in these buildings and will continue to specify them for new construction of residential facilities.  We currently are bidding out three residential facilities with construction planned to start April 2007 and to conclude December 2008,
  • Major renovation of the HVAC system in building 544 was completedUpdate:  Work, which included computer-automated controls, was completed August 2004.
  • Plan was developed to reduce energy consumption by closing the school completely on certain school holidays and using set back temperatures for A/C systems when buildings were either not in use or had minimal occupancy.  Update:  We are currently using this plan and expanding as we install programmable thermostats where non-computerized thermostats were used.

Street, Austin, TX 78756-3494.  Office:  512-206-9126, Cell:  512-294-9560.  Email:  JohnDaude @ TSBVI.edu.

The Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired (TSBVI) is committed to providing educational services of the highest quality to children and youth who are blind and visually impaired, including those with additional disabilities. TSBVI welcomes the challenge of providing educational services which will result in productive, fulfilled adults who will enjoy the same responsibilities and privileges as all citizens of Texas. These services will be provided to our students in a safe, creative, flexible, comprehensive, and cost-efficient manner.