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Principal: Miles Fain
Miles Fain
(512) 206-9251


Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired (TSBVI) is a center for educational services for all blind and visually impaired students in Texas. We provide opportunities for children and youth with visual impairments to develop the skills necessary to lead personally, socially, and vocationally satisfying and productive lives.

TSBVI is a special public school established and funded by the state of Texas to provide specialized and intense services that focus on the unique learning needs of students with visual impairments, including those with additional disabilities. The School is accredited by the Texas Education Agency as part of the public education system of Texas. TSBVI provides a broad range of instructional programs and specialized instruction, including a residential program, at no cost to students or their families during the regular school year and in summer programs. Students receive instruction that can prepare them for high school graduation, for return to their local school districts, or for transition to further education, training or placement in local communities.

Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired (TSBVI) serves as a special public school in the continuum of statewide placements for students who have a visual impairment. Students, ages 6 through 21, who are blind, deaf-blind, or visually impaired, including those with additional disabilities, are eligible for consideration for services on the TSBVI campus. It is also a statewide resource to parents of these children and the professionals who serve them, from birth through transition from school.

In Comprehensive Programs, students attend school and usually live at the campus in Austin for the regular school year.

This program:

  • Provides a comprehensive core curriculum and training in skills for independence to meet the needs of each student during the regular school year.
  • Puts a special focus on the expanded core curriculum (ECC):
    1. Braille and other modes to access the general curriculum
    2. Orientation and mobility
    3. Assistive technology
    4. Career education
    5. Independent living skills
    6. Recreation and leisure
    7. Self-determination
    8. Sensory efficiency
    9. Social interaction skills
  • Includes opportunity for coursework in Austin ISD schools.
  • Includes on-campus residential living skills training.
  • Provides weekends home transportation.
  • Comes with a full array of recreational and competitive extracurricular activities, including: drama, art, musical performance, student council, track and field, wrestling, goal ball, swim team, rowing and tandem biking.
  • Puts a strong emphasis on successful transition to adult life.

General Information 

For Parents

Resource Information from the Texas Education Agency Related to Special Education Reporting and Evaluations

Note to families: You may have already received this information from your local school district with the appropriate contact information to pursue an initial special education evaluation. All students at Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired have already been evaluated and are currently receiving special education services but you may contact TSBVI's special education director, Valerie Perwein, at the number listed if you have a concern regarding the evaluation of your child while in attendance at TSBVI. (Download PDF, English)

Adjunto hay información de la Agencia de Educación de Texas relacionada con la evaluación de Educación Especial. Es posible que ya haya recibido esta información de su distrito escolar local con la información de contacto de su distrito para realizar una evaluación inicial de educación especial. Como saben, su hijo(a) ya ha sido evaluado y ha estado recibiendo servicios de educación especial en nuestra escuela, la Escuela para Ciegos de Texas. No obstante, si tiene alguna pregunta o inquietud sobre la evaluación de su hijo durante el curso de asistencia a TSBVI, puede comunicarse con la directora de educación especial de TSBVI, Valerie Perwein, al número que figura. (Bajar el PDF en Español)

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