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General Information about Training from TSBVI

There are many, many opportunities for parents and family members to access training to help them in their roles as caregivers.  One quick place to learn about all the training activities occurring throughout the year is the Statewide Calendar of Training Events which includes trainings offered by education services centers, family organizations, and others.  In most cases funding is available through DARS-Division of Blind Services and/or TSBVI Outreach Programs to help parents travel to  events that are out of town (lodging, gas, meals) and any registration costs.  For more information about accessing this support contact Jean Robinson at  or Edgenie Bellah at 

You may also want to check out the events offered by Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired.

TSBVI Workshops and Conferences

TSBVI TETN Broadcasts

TSBVI Webinars

TSBVI Outreach Family Leadership Series

TSBVI, DBS and various Education Service Centers work together to help family members become well-informed competent leaders. These events take place in various locations around the state each year.  To learn more about these events and where they will be offered each year, contact Jean Robinson (512-206-9418) or Edgenie Bellah at (512-206-9423).  Parents have the opportunity to attend the following workshops/training sessions:

  • Eye Play – designed for parents with younger children (birth to five years). This training is an overview of the special education system and how to become an effective partner. It is full of basic information, giving parents an opportunity to meet other parents of children with visual impairments; it also encourages families to envision the possibilities for their children. Family members become knowledgeable about active learning techniques and materials that teach concepts leading to communication and literacy for children with vision and/or hearing loss, including those with other disabilities.
  • IDEAL Partners – Quality Education for your Child with Sensory Impairments - This training in an in-depth workshop on the special education process, how to read and understand their child's Individualized Education Program (IEP), discover strategies that leads to positive outcomes for their child's education and to build their confidence in their role as a member of their educational team.
  • Personal Family Leadership Series – This four weekend training is designed not only to help parents and other adult family members (siblings, grandparents, aunts, and uncles) in becoming more knowledgeable and stronger advocates for their children, but also how to step outside their comfort zone to be leaders in the community. The theme of the training is Know Yourself, Know Your Child, and Know Your Community. It provides training in the areas of peer mentoring, raising a child with a visual impairment and deafblindness, quality educational programming and utilizing community resources. The goal is for family members to join with others to improve and shape services not only for their child, but other children across the state.
  • Family Leadership within Different Systems Series – this is the advanced level of the family leadership training. Over the course of three weekends participants meet leaders in the areas of legislative, medical, state agency, community, and educational systems; learn about various leadership opportunities within existing systems; and, broaden their understanding of the issues surrounding visual impairments and blindness beyond their own child. In this training the participants design, develop and complete a personal project that will impact services and support for children with visual impairments.

State Training Events for Families

Deaf-Blind Multihandicapped Association of Texas

Texas Association for Parents of Children with Visual Impairments

Texas Chargers

Texas Parent to Parent Conference


National Training Events for Families

Spanish-speaking Teleconference

A series of nationally sponsored family phone calls, free to families, conducted in Spanish are currently being presented. One is for families with children who have hearing and vision problems and one is specifically for families of children with CHARGE.  Follow either of the links below to get more information.

Llamada de Familia-a-Familia

Llamada de Familia-a-Familia con Niños con el Síndrome de CHARGE

Webinar: Transiciones en la Vida del Estudiante con  Sordo-Ceguera 

Patrocinado por: National Center on Deaf-Blindness (NCDB), National Family Association for Deaf-Blind (NFADB), New York Deaf-Blind Collaborative (NYDBC), California Deaf-Blind Services (CDBS)

Para los bebes, niños y jóvenes adultos que tienen una combinación de pérdida auditiva y visual o sordo-ceguera es instrumental que sus padres comiencen con ciertas rutinas a una edad temprana, para prepararlos a las distintas transiciones que los estudiantes van a tener a lo largo de su carrera académica y eventualmente en su transición a la vida adulta. Estar enterados con anticipación de cómo manejar estos cambios, tanto de lugar, gente o de ambiente entre otras cosas puede ser beneficial para nuestros hijos. Por esa razón NCDB, NFADB, NYDBC y CDBS les ofrece esta sesión en el tema de “Transición” a las familias de habla hispana que tienen un niño que es sordo-ciego. Esta sesión va a ser interactiva y ustedes pueden hacer preguntas que se contestarán al final de la presentación. Si desean recibir una copia de la presentación, favor comunicarse con Clara  o Myrna 

Charge Syndrome Foundation 12th International Conference

The 12th International CHARGE Syndrome Conference is taking place July 30 - August 2, 2015 in Chicago, Illinois. With more than 70+ breakout sessions, poster presentations and demonstrations, the conference offers a broad range of topics for participants of all experience levels. Program information highlights are now available so attendees can begin to think about the sessions that will be of interest to them.