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Electrifying News: Happy Birthday, Helen Keller!

Braille Campus Activities Helen Keller Juneteenth
Today is Helen Keller’s Birthday and June is DeafBlind Awareness Month! The Blind Children’s Program is hosting a DeafBlind Art Show, “Empowerment through Art,” June 24-July-8, at the HHSC North Austin Complex at 4601 W Guadalupe St. The in-person portion has already begun and the virtual component starts today. For more information and to register for these events, click here.

Last weekend, our nation celebrated Juneteenth as a federal holiday for the first time since it was enacted into law last summer. This important holiday recognizes the emancipation of enslaved African-Americans and the proclamation of their freedom in Galveston, Texas. We recognize the importance of this holiday, which is long overdue. In the words of Maya Angelou, “Do the best you can until you know better. Then when you know better, do better.”

TSBVI is sharing information about our school and funding today with the Texas Commission on Special Education Funding derived from the last legislative session. If interested in learning more about their important work, please check out their website. We are excited to promote the great work of our employees and the success of our students.

Speaking of students, I was honored to be the keynote speaker at the National Braille Challenge Finals in Los Angeles this weekend. The Braille Institute of America recognized 50 exceptional individuals from the United States and Canada for their braille knowledge and skills including one Texas rockstar, EmmaGrace Olech, who represented our state well. Congrats on her making the finals!

As a reminder, the Austin Police Department will be on campus Friday, July 15th, running an active shooter drill. TSBVI employees scheduled to work will be asked to do so remotely. Please speak to your supervisor if you have any questions and we will provide more information as we get closer.

Have a great week!

Emily Coleman, Superintendent

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