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Attention Texas Advocates and Parents: Alice Cogswell and Anne Sullivan Macy Act Information!

Are you concerned about the education of deaf, hard of hearing, blind, visually impaired, or deaf-blind students?

Would you like to learn more about a proposal to improve educational outcomes for these children?

Join our information call to learn about the Alice Cogswell and Anne Sullivan Macy Act and to discuss how Texas families and advocates can reach out to lawmakers and help secure their support!

When: May 11, 7:30 Central time/8:30 Eastern time

To join the teleconference, dial 866-939-3921 or 678-302-3550. When prompted, enter the access code: 3151839. Please dial in ten minutes prior to the 7:30pm CT start time for this call.

What: This call will summarize the goals and language of this proposal, as well as strategies to have it introduced in Congress

Who should attend this call: Texas parents and advocates for deaf, hard of hearing, blind, visually impaired, and deaf-blind children.

Who will lead this call: Mark Richert, American Foundation for the Blind, and Barbara Raimondo, Conference of Educational Administrators of Schools and Programs for the Deaf. An operator will facilitate the flow of the communication.

Please rsvp to Barbara Raimondo by May 11, noon Central time.

About the Alice Cogswell and Anne Sullivan Macy Act:

The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act requires schools to evaluate students with disabilities to determine their educational needs, provide services and settings based on those needs, and be accountable for their academic outcomes. Despite these efforts, the educational outcomes of deaf, hard of hearing, blind, visually impaired, and deaf-blind students have not been commensurate with their abilities. These students require specialized services to meet their unique, diverse needs, services that often are not available in today's schools. The Alice Cogswell and Anne Sullivan Macy Act will shine a light on the needs of these students and enhance accountability for the services they require, thereby leading to improved outcomes.

03/20/2015 UPDATE

Teachers of Students with Visual Impairments,

Several weeks ago we opened an online survey to gather information about the experiences of TSVIs who work with students who are dual media users. We have been very pleased with the response to our survey but feel by gathering more responses we'll be able to better inform the field about strategies used to assess and instruct students who use both print and braille as their literacy mediums.

If you have completed the survey, thank you! If you have not, please consider doing so. Also, attached is a flyer about our survey. Please share it with other TSVIs in the US and Canada.

The survey will remain open until April 30, 2015. Please follow this link to read the consent form and if you choose to complete the survey:

Original Information provided by: 

L. Penny Rosenblum, Ph.D.
University of Arizona
Department of Disability and Psychoeducational Studies
Office: 520-621-1223

Original Opportunity Posting Follows:

We are interested in learning about your experiences as a TSVI working with students who use print and braille as their literacy medium.  If you are a TSVI in the United States or Canada who has worked/is working with a student who uses both print and braille during the 2012-2013, 2013-2014 or 2014-2015 school year we invite you to take part in an online survey.  The online survey will remain open until April 30, 2015.

Please follow this link to read the consent form and if you choose to complete the survey:

This study has been approved by the IRB at University of South Carolina Upstate.  If you have any questions about this study please contact either:

Dr. Tina Herzberg                        Dr. L. Penny Rosenblum


We are conducting a study to understand how an assistive robot can introduce itself in a helpful manner to visually impaired people. This study is part of a larger endeavor to enhance human-robot interaction for robots assisting visually impaired people in tasks related to urban navigation.

We are looking for participants who are visually impaired and 18 years old and older to complete an online survey (approximately 15 minutes):

Your responses and the responses of other participants will help us to design better interaction techniques that will lead to more capable robots that can assist you and others in a variety of tasks. The Carnegie Mellon University Institutional Review Board has approved this study (HS13-317).

This study is part of a research project conducted by the TechBridgeWorld research group ( at Carnegie Mellon University and is funded by a grant from the National Science Foundation National Robotics Initiative. For more information, please visit our project website:

Thank you for your interest and for your time.


Ermine Teves and Byung-Cheol Min ()

Ermine Teves, TSB ’08, HNZ ‘14 | Project Manager at TechBridgeWorld

Carnegie Mellon University | | +1-412-268-1289

North Carolina State University
The Engineering Place
July 19, 2015 – July 24, 2015

Explore the Grand Challenges of Engineering

During this one-week residential summer camp, 12 to 15 students with visual impairments or blindness (VIB) will explore the Grand Challenges of Engineering through participating in hands-on activities at the Engineering Place at NC State University. Topics will include an introduction to the principles of engineering and a focus on the Grand Challenges, including those listed below.

  • Providing access to clean water
  • Engineering the tools of scientific discovery
  • Making solar energy more economical
  • Securing cyberspace
  • Engineering better medicines

Through these topics, students will further explore the fields of civil, aerospace, electrical and biomedical engineering along with computer science. They will conclude the week with a group capstone design project.

Throughout the week, students will live in a college dormitory, experience campus life alongside their undergraduate mentors and become immersed in current research techniques at a world-class university.


The 2015 Summer Engineering Experience is open to rising 10th, 11th and 12th grade students with VIB who are independent travelers, performing at or above grade level, and are potentially interested in careers in STEM.


To apply to come to camp, please complete the application form online:

Download the flyer.


The cost of this one-week residential camp is $100. Partial scholarships may be available.

Important Dates

Application opens: January 27

Application closes: March 27

Notification of acceptance: April 3

Students arrive on campus: Afternoon of Sunday, July 19

Students leave: Afternoon of Friday, July 24


Please contact Leyf Starling at  .

TSBVI is following the Ebola-related guidelines for schools issued by the Texas Department of Health, the Texas Education Agency and the Center for Disease Control. There has been no known risk of exposure to any TSBVI student, their families or to TSBVI staff. While it is highly unlikely that any such exposure will occur, it is appropriate that the school, students and families exercise caution. Parents are receiving a letter describing symptoms of potentially infectious disease along with instructions for when to keep their children at home.

Any parent, adult student or staff who believes they may have had exposure should immediately seek medical advice, and then inform the TSBVI Health Center. All school-related questions or concerns about this topic should be referred to the TSBVI Health Center at 512-206-9136/512-206-9138.

Here is a link to the Region XIII Education Service Center website that provides basic information about Ebola