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Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired
Weekends Home Program

July 15, 2019

Dear Parents:

This letter is regarding the Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired Weekends Home Program for the 2019-2020 school year. Please read this letter carefully so that you will understand how the Weekends Home Program will work this year. The goal has always been to encourage as many of our students to go home each week as is possible. Our school has always held the value that it is important for our students to maintain the bond they hold with their families and local communities. It is our belief parents do a better job of raising their children than we do. The home community is where resources should be developed to assist the student in their transition to productive adult life.

Here is how the 2019-2020 Weekends Home Program works. If you are within 50 miles of one of our established drop-off points: Houston, Columbus, Balch Springs (Just south of Mesquite), Bear Creek (Red Oak), Belton, Waco, Fort Worth, Franklin, Jacksonville, San Antonio, Brownwood or Abilene, your child will be coming home every weekend.

If you live more than 50 miles from one of our established drop-off points you will have the option to have your child come home only when we are closed or we will make every reasonable effort to get your child home approximately every other weekend at our school’s expense. These options apply to all students who live more than 50 miles from established drop-off points, including all who must use public transportation to return home. On a space available basis parents living more than 50 miles from an established drop off point may request transportation in a TSBVI vehicle to a drop off every week.

If your child’s ARD Committee makes decisions regarding your child’s participation in the Weekends Home Program, we will adhere to those requirements.

Payment for air transportation and bus/van transportation: On school closure weekends, your local school district provides for your child to come home, at no expense to you. The TSBVI Weekends Home buses run on those weekends and your district will pay the school for that service. If your child flies, the district will buy those tickets. Please refer to the attached calendar for more information about the specific dates of school closings.

On all other designated weekends when your child comes home, TSBVI will either provide a TSBVI Weekends Home bus or van transportation for your child to a drop-off point designated by TSBVI, or a commercial bus, or an airline ticket for your child, approximately every other weekend.

Getting your child from TSBVI, the airport/bus station or drop-off point: For the weekends and holidays when TSBVI closes, your local school district will provide transportation for your child from either TSBVI, the airport, the bus station, or the TSBVI drop-off point, or will reimburse you to do this. You will need to check with someone at your local district about getting paid for this travel.

For all other designated weekends when your child comes home, TSBVI will arrange for you to be paid to pick up your child from the place where your child is dropped off. If your child goes home by plane, you will be paid to pick up and return your child to the airport. If your child goes home by commercial bus or TSBVI bus or van, you will be paid to pick up and take your child to the drop-off point.

Mileage Reimbursement: For each mile you drive back and forth from the drop-off point, TSBVI will reimburse you at the rate of 50% of the federal/state mileage reimbursement rate, which is currently .29 cents per mile. Please be aware that this amount is subject to change based on the federal/state mileage reimbursement rate. So, if you live 15 miles from the drop-off point, TSBVI will pay you 15 x $.29, or $4.35 for your trip to the drop-off point on Friday afternoon; $4.35 for your trip back home on Friday evening; $4.35 to take your child back to the drop-off point on Sunday; and $4.35 for your drive home on Sunday. So, if you live 15 miles from the drop-off point, for one weekend, TSBVI will pay you $17.40.

Reimbursement checks will be mailed to you three times per school year. The first check will be mailed in December and will be for qualifying mileage that you drive between the beginning of the school year and the Thanksgiving holidays. The second check will be mailed in April and will be for qualifying mileage that you drive between the Thanksgiving holidays and spring break. The third check will be mailed in June and will be for qualifying mileage that you drive between spring break and the end of the school year.

Safety: Each school vehicle used for the Weekends Home Program is equipped with a variety of safety equipment to make the trip as safe as possible. All Weekends Home staff have been trained to manage students effectively on the routes and to safely transport the students. This training includes training on evacuations and other emergency response techniques. Every effort is made to ensure a safe ride and a positive experience for students.

TSBVI will need your cooperation to keep your child’s participation as consistent as possible with your assigned schedule.

Understand, after the school year has started, TSBVI will not be able to make changes in your child’s assigned schedule. In August 2019, we will plan how many staff we will need to supervise students in the dormitories and how many we will need to get students home each weekend. We cannot afford to make changes after the school year starts because changes will result in not having enough residential instructors to safely and effectively supervise the students who do not go home on a particular weekend.

Make sure that you pick up your child on time and have your child back on time from your drop-off point (airport, bus station, TSBVI drop-off point).

If your child travels by plane or commercial bus, you must be on time to pick up and to return your child at the time your child’s flight or bus is scheduled.

Thank you for your attention to these details. We look forward to another great year.


Gian Calaci
Weekends Home Coordinator


Contact: Gian Calaci Weekends Home Coordinator
(512) 206-9231 - Office
(512) 844-9362 - Cell

If you have any questions about these dates please call Gian Calaci, the weekends home coordinator, at 512-206-9231.

Weekends Home Travel Dates

  • School Closings - All students travel home on these dates. TSBVI is closed for the indicated long weekends, holidays or end of year travel.
  • 'A' weekend home - All A weekend home students travel home and back to TSBVI on the indicated dates
  • 'B' weekend home - All B weekend home students travel home and back to TSBVI on the indicated dates
  • Most students travel every weekend. Some students travel on either ‘A’ or ‘B’ weekends. Some students travel only on closures. This is generally determined during the ARD process.

Registration Day - August 18, 2019 Family or Districts bring student to TSBVI


Departure Day

Return Day

1 A

 Friday 8/23/19

 Sunday 8/25/19

2 Closure

 Friday 8/30/19

Monday 9/2/19

3 B

 Friday 9/6/19

 Sunday 9/8/19

4 A

  Friday 9/13/19

 Sunday 9/15/19

5 B

 Friday 9/20/19

 Sunday 9/22/19

6 A

 Friday 9/27/19

 Sunday 9/29/19

7 B

Friday 10/4/19

 Sunday 10/6/19

8 Closure

Thursday 10/10/19

Monday 10/14/19

9 A

Friday 10/18/19

Sunday 10/20/19

10 B

Friday 10/25/19

Sunday 10/27/19

11 A

Friday 11/1/19

Sunday 11/3/19

12 B

Friday 11/8/19

Sunday 11/10/19

13 A

Friday 11/15/19

Sunday 11/17/19

14 Closure

Friday 11/2219

Sunday 12/1/19

15 B

Friday 12/6/19

Sunday 12/8/19

16 A

Friday 12/13/19

Sunday 12/15/19

17 Closure

Thursday 12/19/19

Monday 1/6/20

18 B

Friday 1/10/20

Sunday 1/12/20

19 A

Friday 1/17/20

 Sunday 1/19/20

20 B

Friday 1/24/20

Sunday 1/26/20

21 A

Friday 1/31/20

Sunday 2/2/20

22 B

Friday 2/7/20

Sunday 2/9/20

23 Closure

Thursday 2/13/20

Monday 2/17/20

24 A

Friday 2/21/20

Sunday 2/23/20

25 B

Friday 2/28/20

Sunday 3/1/20

26 A

Friday 3/6/20

Sunday 3/8/20

27 Closure

Thursday 3/12/20

Sunday 3/22/20



Friday 3/27/20 Sunday 3/29/20


Friday 4/3/20

Sunday 4/5/20

30 Closure

Thursday 4/9/20

Monday 4/13/20

31 B

Friday 4/17/20

Sunday 4/19/20

32 A

Friday 4/24/20

Sunday 4/26/20

33 B

Friday 5/1/20

Sunday 5/3/20

34 A

Friday 5/8/20

Sunday 5/10/20

35 B

Friday 5/15/20


36 A

Friday 5/22/20

Sunday 5/24/20

Last Day - Thursday May 27, 2020 Family/or District Pick up students At TSBVI

School Calendar

Weekends Home Pick-up and Drop-off Schedule

Abilene Route - stopping in Brownwood and Abilene


1:10 PM

depart TSBVI

4:00 PM

arrive Brownwood

6:00 PM

arrive Abilene

10:30 PM

arrive TSBVI


8:10 AM

depart TSBVI

1:30 PM

arrive Abilene

3:00 PM

arrive Brownwood

7:00 PM

arrive TSBVI


Dallas Route - stopping in Bear Creek and Balch Springs


2:45 PM

depart TSBVI

6:30 PM

arrive Bear Creek

6:45 PM

depart Bear Creek

7:15 PM

arrive Balch Springs

7:30 PM

depart Balch Springs

11:30 PM

arrive TSBVI


9:05 AM

depart TSBVI

1:30 PM

arrive Balch Springs

2:10 PM

arrive Bear Creek

6:30 PM

arrive TSBVI


Fort Worth Route - stopping in Belton, Waco and Fort Worth


2:45 PM

depart TSBVI

4:00 PM

arrive Belton

5:00 PM

arrive Waco

7:00 PM

arrive Ft. Worth

11:30 PM

arrive TSBVI


9:05 AM

depart TSBVI

1:30 PM

arrive Ft. Worth

3:45 PM

arrive Waco

5:00 PM

arrive Belton

6:30 PM

arrive TSBVI


Houston Routes I and II - stopping in Columbus and Houston


2:45 PM

depart TSBVI

4:30 PM

arrive Columbus

6:30 PM

arrive Houston

11:30 PM

arrive TSBVI


9:15 AM

depart TSBVI

1:30 PM

arrive Houston

3:00 PM

arrive Columbus

6:15 PM

arrive TSBVI


Jacksonville Route - stopping in Franklin and Jacksonville


1:00 PM

depart TSBVI

3:00 PM

arrive Franklin

5:30 PM

arrive Jacksonville

10:15 PM

arrive TSBVI


8:00 AM

depart TSBVI

12:45 PM

arrive Jacksonville

3:15 PM

arrive Franklin

5:30 PM

arrive TSBVI


San Antonio Route


3:15 PM

depart TSBVI

5:00 PM

arrive San Antonio

7:30 PM

arrive TSBVI


2:30 PM

depart TSBVI

4:00 PM

arrive San Antonio

6:30 PM

arrive TSBVI

Weekends Home FAQs

What items must my child pack?

Residential and/or instructional staff are responsible for ensuring that their students pack clothes, personal items, music players and other items that the student may need for the weekend. Please contact residential or day staff if you have specific items that you would like for your child to bring home on weekends. Also, for those students who may need a change on the bus, please provide between one to three changes of clothes and at least three diapers/pull-ups. These actions will help preserve your child’s dignity and comfort throughout the trip. Thanks for your help!

What do the students do during travel?

Because the buses are often crowded we like travel to be fairly quiet if possible. Most students socialize or listen to music or play games on an iPad. If your child has a favored leisure activity or toy that will help make travel relaxing for them, please send it along. If you know of an activity that soothes your child when they are upset please let us know that as well.

Do buses make a restroom stop?

Buses make one scheduled stop each way. The bus makes additional stops as needed, however we ask that you please take your child to the toilet prior to boarding the bus and refrain from providing excessive beverages before travel. Thank you. This really helps keep the trips as short as possible.

Is food provided for my child?

We will provide snacks for each student for the Friday trip. Please feed your child lunch before bringing them to the bus on Sundays. We do not provide snacks or lunch for the Sunday trip. Water and juice are available for students on all trips. Please do not give students large drinks before boarding the bus. Unplanned bathroom stops slow down the trip considerably.

Can my child purchase snacks at the restroom stop?

No, due to time constraints and staffing issues, students may not buy snacks or other items at stores during the bus trips. Please plan ahead by providing snacks for return trips.

What if my child has a special diet?

Snacks are prepared by the TSBVI Food Service department in accordance with dietary restrictions and allergy information provided to the Health Center. Please keep all information current so that we may provide a safe and healthy meal for your child.

Can I make changes to my child’s travel schedule?

We will not be able to change the Weekends Home schedule assigned to your child except in emergency or critical situations. If you believe that you have an emergency or critical situation and would like to request a change in your child’s schedule, this must be done no later than 4:00pm on the day before travel will occur.

What happens during bad weather?

We will notify you of any cancellations or significant delays due to weather or any other unforeseen circumstances.

Who can pick up my child from the bus stops?

Anyone picking up a child needs to be on that child’s official permissions form. If you need to add someone to this official list please contact the Weekends Home Coordinator at 512.206.9362 the week before travel. For safety sake, please do not leave this until the day of travel.

Can my child ride the bus if they are feeling ill?

Students experiencing a temperature above 100 degrees, diarrhea, or vomiting will not be allowed to return on the bus or van in order to protect the other students from a contagion. If a staff member observes a student with any type of medical or health problem indicating that the child may not be healthy enough to return on the bus or van, the staff member may contact the TSBVI Health Center and describe the problem to the nurse on duty. The nurse will determine whether the student will be allowed to return on the bus or van. The staff member will inform you of the nurse's determination.

How are my child’s medications transferred to the school?

Each route has a Medications Sponsor who is responsible for picking up student medications at the Health Center on Fridays. Please meet this person at your stop to get your child’s medication. If you forget to do this we will call you and ask you to return to the bus stop. If we cannot reach you by phone within a reasonable time period, your child’s meds will be returned to the Health Center at TSBVI. On Sundays please give all returning medications to the Medication Sponsor on your route. Do not pack medications in luggage. EMS must be able to locate all meds easily, in the event of an emergency. If you forget to bring your child’s medication to the bus or the prescription is not full enough to treat the student until her next visit home, your child may not be allowed to return to school. This will be determined by the Administration at TSBVI. The bus Medication Sponsors are not allowed to let a student on the bus until they have all the students’ medications. Thank you for your attention to this important detail for travel.

What kind of training do Weekends Home staff members have?

TSBVI provides First Aid and CPR training, bus evacuation procedures, emergency procedures, basic sign language, Orientation and Mobility, Positive Behavioral Support Techniques and MANDT® training for staff. Staff is also given professional development opportunities to increase the quality of care that your child receives.

Can I send money for my child with Weekends Home staff?

TSBVI provides First Aid and CPR training, bus evacuation procedures, emergency procedures, basic sign language, Orientation and Mobility, Positive Behavioral Support Techniques and MANDT® training for staff. Staff is also given professional development opportunities to increase the quality of care that your child receives.

Will I need an ID to pick up my child?

Until the staff are familiar with you, you may be asked to show an ID before being allowed to pick up a student. This is for everyone’s safety.

Who can pick up my child at the bus?

For everyone’s safety, TSBVI has strict rules about who can pick up your child up at the bus.  Please be certain anyone who will pick up your student is on their Weekends Home Permission’s list.  You will complete this list at registration.  Please bring the full name and phone numbers of all the people you want on your students permissions list. If you need to add someone later in the year contact Cathy Olsen 512-206-9182 or your student’s dorm manager or Gian Calaci 512-206-9231.  Please take care of this before travel days. 


If your child will not be returning on Sunday please notify:
Gian Calaci, Weekends Home Coordinator 512-206-9231 CELL: 512-844-9362
And their dorm manager.

Weekends Home Vehicle Rules

  1. Respect Others' Rights. Students must respect the rights and privileges of other students and Weekends Home staff.
  2. Respect Others' Property. Students must respect the property of others.
  3. Cooperate with Staff. Students must cooperate with or assist the Weekends Home staff in maintaining safety, order, and discipline.
  4. Seatbelts. Students are to remain seated and buckled in their seats as long as the vehicle is in route.
  5. Entertainment. Your child is likely to enjoy a smoother bus trip if they carry preferred music, toys, etc. Please remember to provide spare batteries for the four-hour trips. We are happy to work with the team in establishing a supportive bus routine for your child.
  6. Headsets Required! All radios, CD players, keyboards, electronic toys, etc. must be used with a headset unless Weekends Home staff has given permission otherwise.
  7. SHH! Students must keep all noise levels as low as possible.
  8. Rest Stops. Students must cooperate to make each rest stop as safe and efficient as possible. Students will not be able to purchase snacks or drinks at rest stops. All students must be under supervision of a Weekends Home staff person at all times during the rest stop.
  9. Glass and other prohibited items.  Students may not bring glass objects or drinks without a screw top lid onto the vehicle.  Students may not bring large drinks onto the bus.  If you are sending your child with snacks, please send them with one serving size only, pack the rest in their luggage for later.  Students who cannot regulate their serving sizes often end up sick on the bus which results in: discomfort, illness and unplanned stops.
  10. No Aerosols or Sprays. Students may not bring aerosols or sprays (such as perfumes, colognes, etc.) into the seating area of the vehicle.
  11. No Hanging Out the Window. Students must not throw or hang anything out of the window of the vehicle.
  12. We have several students with serious food allergies.  If your student’s bus has a food restriction please follow this closely and understand that food allergies can cause serious and sudden emergencies
  13. The rules of the student code of conduct apply at all times on the Weekends Home vehicles.

Useful Numbers

TSBVI Main number


TSBVI Health Center  
on campus emergencies dial 444

Weekends Home Coordinator: Gian Calaci
Office 512-206-9231
Cell 512-844-9362

Residential Director: Shelly Allen
Office 512-206-9179

Assistant Residential Director: Cheryl Austin 
Office 512-206-9203

Assistant Residential Director: Matt Schultz 
Office 512-206-9348

Bus Phone Numbers

Abilene Bus 512-296-0779

Dallas Bus 512-844-8731

Fort Worth Bus 512-844-8801

Houston I Bus 512-844-8815

Houston II Bus 512-844-7299

Jacksonville Bus 512-296-0675

San Antonio Bus 512-844-8856

Flight Procedure

Sunday before travel

On Sundays, tickets are purchased and an itinerary is sent to your student’s manager.

Wednesday before travel

By Wednesdays, you should have received your student’s flight itinerary for Friday from your student’s dorm manager.  If you have not received it please call or email your student’s dorm manager:

Beth Bailey
Christina Casas
Dalila Gonzalez
Jennifer Daily
Eva Fisher
Liz Livesay
Sherri Hayes
Cory McKinney
Jenelle Racher
Tammy Reed
Shara Williams
Bethany Johnson(STP)

On the Travel Day

Parents and guardians must arrive at the airport 2 hours before the scheduled landing.  Get a gate pass from the airline counter and proceed immediately to the gate. You must have a photo ID in order to get a gate pass.  If you are unable to do this, you must appoint someone else.  They will be expected to follow all the regulations listed here.  When the students and staff get off the plane, they will meet the parents and review the news of the day.  The escorts may need to catch a turnaround flight immediately, so you must be at the gate 1 hour before landing time.  The escorts will not bring the students out of the gate area to you; you must get a gate pass to go in to the gate to pick up your child.

On the return travel day

Parents and guardians must arrive at the airport 2 hours before the scheduled landing.  Get a gate pass from the airline counter and proceed immediately to the gate.  You must be at the gate and ready to board one hour before travel.  Please make certain your child has eaten and used the toilet before this time.

What to Pack

  • One backpack
  • TSBVI photo ID
  • If over 18, state photo ID
  • medicine to last until the next time the student goes home (or they may not be allowed to fly)
  • cane or pre-cane as assigned
  • change of clothes and toiletries
  • students should have eaten lunch before travel.

Flying can be a hectic and stressful activity for students and staff alike. Please do your best to ensure your child is calm, fed and rested by the time they arrive at the gate.  We will do our best to be reliable, safe and supportive.

June 13, 2019

Dear Parents,

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA), advises travelers to arrive at the airport 2 hours before their flights. Please see the TSA website.

Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired (TSBVI) Weekends Home flight escorts and students must board the plane at the first boarding call for people who need extra time. Boarding on time and as a group gives our students the extra time they may need to get settled on the plane in seats together with their school escort. Boarding early and in an orderly fashion gives everyone the opportunity to have a safe and stress-free transition back to school. It is a requirement that ensures proper supervision for all our travelers.

Parents and students must be at the gate and ready to board one hour before the first boarding call or your ticket will be cancelled.

Parents must anticipate traffic problems, ticket counter crowds, student issues and security slowdowns. These are a regular part of air travel and must be anticipated each time your student travels. This cancellation rule is necessary to keep flight travel affordable for the school and orderly and safe for our travelers.

These measures will increase your student's safety and ease their transition back to school each week. Many thanks to those of you who have understood the importance of this and have been arriving on time, reliably, from the start.

If you have questions or concerns please feel free to call me at my office 512-206-9231. If you cannot reach me at my office, my cell phone number is: 512-844-9362.

Thank you for your help keeping air travel orderly and safe,

Gian Calaci, Coordinator
TSBVI Weekends Home Program

Route Maps: Abilene

1st Stop: Brownwood, Texas

Allsup's Convenience Store
910 Early Blvd
Early, TX 76802

Abilene 1st Stop Brownwood


Route Maps: Abilene

2nd Stop: Abilene, Texas

Subway Sandwiches
1901 Antilley Rd
Abilene, TX 79606

Abilene 2nd Stop Abilene


Route Maps: Dallas

1st Stop: Bear Creek stop, Red Oak, Texas

Dallas Area Rapid Transit Station (DART)
1200 E Bear Creek Rd
Red Oak, TX 75154

Dallas 1st Stop Bear Creek


Route Maps: Dallas

2nd Stop: Balch Springs stop, Balch Springs, Texas

Home Depot #555
12005 Elam Rd
Balch Springs, TX 75180

Dallas 2nd Stop Balch Springs


Route Maps: Fort Worth

1st Stop: Belton, Texas

Cefco Convenience Store
1702 Taylor's Valley Rd
Belton, TX 76513

Fort Worth 1st Stop Belton


Route Maps: Fort Worth

2nd Stop: Waco, Texas

Pilot Travel Center
8055 Interstate 35 Frontage Rd
Robinson, TX 76706

Fort Worth 2nd Stop Waco


Route Maps: Fort Worth

3rd Stop: Fort Worth, Texas

Sears Parking Lot, Hulen Mall
4800 S Hulen St
Fort Worth, TX 76032

Fort Worth 3rd Stop Ft Worth


Route Maps: Houston I and II

1st Stop: Houston, Texas

Columbus Travel Center
Columbus, Texas 78934

Houston 1st Stop Columbus


Route Maps: Houston I and II

2nd Stop: Houston, Texas

4000 N Shepherd Dr
Houston, TX 77018

Houston 2nd Stop Houston a

Houston 2nd Stop Houston b


Route Maps: Jacksonville

1st Stop: Mud Creek Country Store

1870 US-79
Franklin, Texas 77856

Jacksonville 1st Stop Franklin


Route Maps: Jacksonville

2nd Stop: Schlotzsky's

1664 S Jackson St
Jacksonville, TX 75766

Jacksonville 2nd Stop Jacksonville


Route Maps: San Antonio

1st Stop: Applebee’s

7780 IH35 N
San Antonio, TX 78239
San Antonio 1st Stop San Antonio

Useful Numbers

TSBVI Main number


TSBVI Health Center  
on campus emergencies dial 444

Weekends Home Coordinator: Gian Calaci
Office 512-206-9231
Cell 512-844-9362

Residential Director: Shelly Allen
Office 512-206-9179

Assistant Residential Director: Cheryl Austin 
Office 512-206-9203

Assistant Residential Director: Matt Schultz 
Office 512-206-9348

Bus Phone Numbers

Abilene Bus 512-296-0779

Dallas Bus 512-844-8731

Fort Worth Bus 512-844-8801

Houston I Bus 512-844-8815

Houston II Bus 512-844-7299

Jacksonville Bus 512-296-0675

San Antonio Bus 512-844-8856

The OT Screening Form is a worksheet, not the real report. The report is a narrative that summarizes and interprets the info on the form. The PT form is the actual computerized report that is filled in as a narrative. We write it in language for educators to understand (not medical language). The style ends up being (as one of my interns described it) 'research paper' style. 

We have no 'real' or 'normed' evaluations that we use. So far, we have found the information on normed forms to be not very helpful. Example: A child with a gross motor level of "16 months" really doesn't tell us much about what s/he can do, and whether the low scores are really due to poor motor skills, or to poor cognition and poor desire to move. Many times low scores are due to lack of experience and cognition and motivation , or lack of vision (many motor skills are learned by imitating other kids, so lack of vision means lack of imitation) rather than truly poor motor skills.

The finger isolation and strength for keyboard and braille writer is actually tested on the keyboard and braille writer: Can the student actually make a readable impression on the braille paper? or Press a keyboard hard enough for the computer to process it?

As for the vision issues, we always check on the vision diagnosis and functional vision evaluation. That information really factors in when you have field problems, and primitive motor reflexes interworking. Vision affects head position, body position, and is important to factor into each section of the generic evaluation.

from Brenda Gregory ()

Download OT Screening form in RTF (24.5K)
Download PT evaluation form in RTF (6.5K)

O.T. Screening Form

Student Name:
Date of Report:




  • Range of Motion
    • active
    • passive
  • Muscle Tone/Quality of Movement
    • flaccid
    • spastic
    • fluctuating
  • Equilibrium Responses/Balance
  • Reflex Behavior

Observe The Following Developmental Skills

  • rolling:
    • segmental
    • log
  • hand/knee crawl
  • commando crawl
  • knee walking

Observe The Following Transitional Movements

  • floor to sit to stand
  • stand to sit to floor



(Determine right or left hand dominance)
use various objects and activities to observe fine motor skills

Prehensile Patterns

  • disc grip (jar lid)
  • spherical (ball)
  • cylindrical
  • standard palmar
  • pinch (2 point tip)
  • tripod (3-jaw chuck)
  • lateral pinch

In-Hand Manipulation Skills

  • shifting
  • translating
  • rotating
  • crumpling


Observe Accommodating Responses For Both Hands

Observe Two-Handed Tasks

Describe Eye-Hand Coordination:


Sensory Motor:

  • observe finger isolation skills
  • correct identification of fingers and thumbs for both hands
  • ability to move fingers in isolation from hand motion
  • sufficient finger isolation for Braille writing
  • or using a keyboard
  • communication through gesture
  • or sign language
  • design copy
  • tracing activities

Sensory Integration: use objects and activities to observe sensory

  • responses
  • stereognosis
  • tactile discrimination
  • sensation
  • tactile localization

Describe Proprioceptive Skills

Describe Spatial Awareness Skills


Oral Motor Skills Check List

  • suck/swallow
  • take food from a spoon
  • bite and chew food
  • bolus formation/movement of food
  • to prepare for swallow

Feeding Skills Check List

  • orient to food
  • ability to grasp and manipulate
  • scoop food
  • utensils
  • napkin
  • hand to mouth pattern
  • drinking cup

Describe Reflex Behavior or Associated Reactions or any unusual

  • movements that occur during eating or toothbrushing


Feeding Adaptations Currently Being Used

Suggested Adaptations To Increase Independence For Self-Feeding

Food Texture - suggested food textures to help increase control of jaw, lips, and tongue:

Feeding Position - suggested seating adaptations to improve self-feeding and over-all posture:

posture check list

  • hips, knees, and ankles at 90 degrees
  • head, neck, and back aligned
  • feet flat on the floor
  • adjust table/chair height if needed


Observe Travel Skills: (independent with cane, sighted guide, hand trailing, familiar and unfamiliar routes, even and uneven surfaces)

Self Care Skills Check List: (is student independent in the following areas, if not describe assistance needed)

  • toileting
  • wash hands with soap
  • wash face
  • brush/comb hair
  • apply toothpaste to toothbrush
  • brush teeth
  • apply deodorant (if applicable)
  • wash upper body
  • wash lower body
  • wash hair
  • dry off with towel
  • doff undergarments
  • don undergarments
  • doff shirt/blouse
  • don shirt/blouse
  • doff pants/shorts
  • don pants/shorts
  • doff dress
  • don dress
  • doff socks
  • don socks
  • doff shoes
  • don shoes
  • zippers
  • snaps
  • unbutton
  • button

List any Adapted Equipment currently used for Toileting, Bathing, Dressing, Classroom Activities, and Computer Accessibility

Suggested Adaptive Equipment to increase independence with Self Care Skills




Physical Therapy Evaluation Form

Date of Report: 


Reason for TSBVI Referral:


Physical Findings:

Range of Motion:


Muscle Tone:



Motor Planning:


Gait/Mobility Skills:

Transitional Skills:

Gravitational Insecurity:



Other Comments:

Problem List:




PT Goals:

Adapted by Richard Mover

What is it:

Personal Data Sheet is a convenient way of organizing all the information that will be required to fully complete an application form. Instead of trying to keep track of a number of documents (record of work history, references, address book, etc.), it is helpful to keep this important information all together on a few stapled pages. Everyone will need a Personal Data Sheet, although not everyone will need a resume. Some jobs have never required resumes, and now, even for professional positions, there are many agencies and companies that will no longer accept resumes. If you have decided that you need to have a resume, do not be concerned if some of the material on your Personal Data Sheet is duplicated on your resume. Each document is used for a different purpose.

How to use it:

As a resource in filling out application forms independently. Not all applications ask for the same information - some may ask for an emergency contact; most ask for three personal references but some ask for four; some want mailing addresses for elementary, junior high and high schools. You can be caught short when filling out applications at the personnel office if you try to rely strictly on your memory and your resume.

For a reader/scribe. If you will need help in completing application forms, a Personal Data Sheet is one way of insuring that spelling is correct and information is accurate. It also will cut down on the amount of talking that will go on in the personnel office as you fill out the form - you will draw less attention to yourself and will appear more organized and professional by having planned ahead. It is preferable to take a reader/scribe with you to fill out application forms, but if you need to rely on the office secretary or receptionist, a Personal Data Sheet will give you more control.

What to include:

  • Your whole name
  • Local (current) address
  • Permanent address
  • Telephone number
  • Alternate telephone number
  • Emergency contact person (name, address, telephone number)
  • Social Security Number
  • Driver's license or Texas identification card number
  • Education (name of school, address, years attended, degree or certificate earned, year it was awarded, credit hours achieved, major and minor concentrations).
  • Work History (name of business, address, telephone number, supervisor's name, start and end dates for employment, job title, brief description of job duties, starting and ending salary, reason for leaving). Include all this information for every job you have held. List on your Personal Data Sheet with the most recent job first and working back to the earliest.
  • Special Skills as appropriate (typing speed, computer programs, foreign languages, additional equipment you can use if it applies to the job you are seeking).
  • References (name, occupation, address, telephone number) Ideally you will have a number of references to choose from to support different types of jobs, but make sure you have at least three. Before you list someone as a reference, ask them first!

adapted from the TCB Career Guidance "Job Seeking Skills Workshop" by Richard Mover

What is it?

An Ability Statement is an organized presentation of information that specifically addresses concerns an employer might have about hiring a person who is visually impaired. It includes the following descriptions:

  • What the disability is. Do not use medical terminology or give acuities. Instead, give a practical description of what you see.
  • How you plan to get to work and how you will get around the work site safely.
  • What low vision aides and adaptive equipment you plan to use to accomplish work tasks. Pay special attention to how you will do written work and how you will access printed material. Positive words should be chosen to focus on what you can do.

Why is it necessary?

The Americans With Disabilities Act prohibits employers from asking about disabilities, but if you come into an office using your cane, believe that the employer will have questions about how you can do the job safely and efficiently. Since the employer cannot ask (and usually does not know about techniques and tools that are second nature to you), it will be up to you to provide information about how you will perform the essential duties of the job. If you have researched the job and can describe your strategies for meeting the employer's needs, you will appear as a competent, motivated, intelligent individual with the ability to plan ahead and problem-solve.

How to use it?

Although as a class we will be putting your Ability Statement on paper, this is for your own benefit so that you can organize the material you want to share and so that you will have a "study sheet" to review when preparing for interviews. You will never give this written Statement to an employer and you will not include it with an application form. Instead, you will verbally present the information during an interview when it seems most appropriate.

  • For persons who are totally blind - Consider beginning the interview by saying,

    "Before we get started, let me take a few minutes to tell you something about the way I get things done". When you finish giving your Ability Statement, turn control of the interview back to the employer by saying, "I imagine you have a number of questions. Please feel free to ask." Most employers cannot imagine how they would do their jobs without sight, and they can get so wrapped up in their own thoughts that they don't give their full attention to your interview. By bringing the blindness issue into the open and talking about it, you clear the air and set the stage for more serious consideration as a candidate.
  • For persons without an obvious disability - There will be several logical places in any interview where the Ability Statement can be added. Two common times might be at the end of your response to the question, "Tell me about yourself" or as part of your answer to, "How is your health?"

Did you know that TSBVI has a Coding Club?

Currently in it's second year, TSBVI Coding Club is made up of mostly high school students. We coordinate with students from the University of Texas Computer Science department to meet with our students on a weekly basis and carry out a 12-week curriculum. These volunteers teach our students the basics of programming so that at the end of the 12-week course, the students are able to use their developed skills to create games and build Lego Mindstorms robots.


The programming language that is being used to teach computer programming to students at TSBVI is Quorum. Originally created to be more accessible for blind and visually impaired users, Quorum is based on usability and human factor concerns. More information on the language can be found at:

EPIQ Conference

If you or someone you know are interested in receiving training to share Quorum with students at your school, more information can be found on the following link:

The annual conference is generally held towards the end of the summer and this year will be held at the Yerkes Conservatory in Wisconsin! 

Additional Information

For additional information, please contact Melinda Hudson at or (512) 206-9454.