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Spring 2019


Welcome from TSBVI Superintendent Emily Coleman

Beginning in 2019, Emily has become the first woman to lead TSBVI in its 163-year history. As a certified teacher of students with visual impairment (TVI) — and also a parent of a child who is blind with additional disabilities — Emily possesses a deep understanding and appreciation of the challenges faced by VI professionals, educators, and family members as we strive to serve the specific needs of students who are visually impaired, including DeafBlind.

Emily’s background includes work as an itinerant teacher, statewide leadership with both TSBVI and the Washington State School for the Blind, national leadership as president of the Association for Education and Rehabilitation of the Blind and Visually Impaired, and family leadership through her work with FamilyConnect. Emily brings that professionalism and dedication to the role of TSBVI Superintendent as she builds upon the school’s outstanding mission and its national and international reputation as a paragon for visual impairment services.

Enjoy Emily's welcome message!
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Presenting Our Student-Produced Video - "Special Ed"

Description: 'Special Ed,' is an original music video by fine arts students at the Texas School for the Blind & Visually Impaired.

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Siri Shortcuts for Persons Who Are Blind or Visually Impaired

Imagine using a powerful technology to simplify everyday life. Siri Shortcuts can be used to make frequent tasks easy and allow users to execute multiple tasks with a single voice command or tap. Dan Brown provides the details.


Download Braille Books

From the TSBVI card catalog you can now search for books by name or braille format (contracted/uncontracted), braille translator extension (abt, brf, or dxb), or braille translator name (Braille2000 or Duxbury). And, you can search for UEB books - we will have some up by the new year. 

Go to the TSBVI card catalog and search for "dogs brf uncontracted". Help is available at Help with braille files

Arielle Felix singing into a microphone.

Former Wildcat Arielle Felix Shines!

With an amazing voice and well-defined 'Aspirations', Arielle Felix is determined to become a psychiatrist and audition for American Idol next year when she turns 16. Today, she is conquering her fears as a Freshman student at Summit High School and modeling what it is to be a strong, able young woman.

Full article here.

Congratulations, Gretchen Bettes!

From Miles Fain: Congratulations to Art Teacher Gretchen Bettes who has been selected as the 2018 Principals of Schools for the Blind 'Outstanding Teacher of Students who are Blind or Visually Impaired'. As a dedicated employee of TSBVI for 24 years, Gretchen has served as a Residential Instructor, Dorm Manager, and Teacher.  Among the many creative projects that she has facilitated with students, the stop-motion film, The Purr-fect Dream, won First Place in the 2018 American Printing House for the Blind InSights Art Competition in the category of 10th, 11th, 12th-grade submissions.

2017 Guidelines and Standards for Educating Students with Visual Impairments

The new guidelines and standards are now available for download in PDF and DOCX formats. Spanish versions in PDF and DOCX.

Frog Picture

Recruiting Academic Students who Want to Build Their Graphic Literacy Skills

Do you have a student who is doing math at the 5th to 7th grade level who can benefit from systematic instruction in using graphics to gather information to solve math problems? As a TVI, are you looking for strategies to teach your students so they are efficient consumers of graphics?

The Spectacle logo - a reading chart with a pair of spectacles

The Spectacle: 2016-17

Read the latest issue of The Spectacle, a TSBVI newsletter for parents which summarizes the previous school year. The newsletter is available for download in Microsoft Word or Adobe PDF format.

Team USA at the 2017 IBSA Goalball World Youth Championships in Hungary!!

Photo of Boys USA Goalball Team

Final Results

Men: 1. USA 2. Brazil 3. Russia 4. Hungary 5. Poland 6. Israel 7. Sweden 8. South Korea 9. Germany 10. Spain

Women: 1. Australia 2. Russia 3. Brazil 4. Germany 5. USA 6. Israel 7. South Korea 8. Hungary 9. Spain