The TSBVI Post-Secondary Program (PSP), in collaboration with Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) and the Criss Cole Rehabilitation Center (CCRC), seeks to provide students with realistic, meaningful, school and community-based work experiences to better prepare them as independent adults in their future environments. We strive to maximize students’ abilities and employability opportunities by partnering with community businesses and organizations for mutually beneficial volunteer work experiences.
Participants in TSBVI’s Post-Secondary Program gain real-life experiences in the following:
daily living activities including cooking, cleaning, and laundry
consumer planning, shopping and budgeting
transportation and mobility within and outside of the city
community recreational activities
organization skills including print papers, personal information, etc.
employability through volunteer work experiences
college readiness (when appropriate)
All persons attending PSP are expected to complete at least 80-100 hours of volunteer work experience. Staff will assist the student in locating a suitable work training site and assess transportation needs. Staff will also provide job support as needed. Students will receive an hourly stipend when they work at least 4 hours per day at a job site.
Persons enrolled in PSP are encouraged to participate in weekly community outings that offer practical ways to demonstrate social skills, enhance personal life experiences and discover one’s interests.
Students interested in applying for the Post-Secondary Program (PSP) must:
Be legally blind and 18-22 years of age
Have received a high school diploma or equivalent
Have been accepted as a student at Criss Cole Rehabilitation Center
Be able to secure funds to participate
Be able to manage personal and health needs independently
Students must commit to participating in PSP for a minimum of 5 1/2 months. Students may extend their stay if attending college or working. We offer PSP in both the Fall and Spring school semesters.
Each one of our four apartments are equipped with furniture appropriate for a studio model and all basic kitchen equipment is provided. PSP staff are present for instruction and supervision. There is no overnight staff, but security is on call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Students are responsible for paying for all of their food and personal hygiene products, transportation costs, and a monthly maintenance deposit of $50. We recommend that students receive Supplemental Security Income (SSI) prior to entering PSP or have access to alternative income sources.
When a student moves into his/her apartment, he/she pays a $50 security deposit, as well as a $10 key deposit. Each month that the student resides in the apartment, he/she will be responsible for a $50 per monthly maintenance deposit, which is fully refundable upon 1) Completion of the Post Secondary Program and 2) Completion of the apartment move-out cleaning list. All bills are included in the maintenance fee.
Interested candidates will need to arrange a tour of both the Post-Secondary Program and the Criss Cole Rehabilitation Center (CCRC). Both tours are typically conducted on the same day, but tours of PSP can be arranged at any time.
To contact the CCRC admissions office to arrange a tour, call 512-377-0349 or email at CCRC.Admissions@twc.texas.gov. Your TWC Counselor will make a referral request to CCRC for the tour and you will need to indicate that you also are interested in the Post-Secondary Program.
If you wish to tour the Post-Secondary program separately, please contact the Program Coordinator, Tyler Thompson, at 512-206-9497 or email at email@example.com.
Complete a Criss Cole Rehabilitation Center (CCRC) application with your TWC Field counselor. This application packet will need to include the following documentation:
Standardized State of Texas Eye Report, completed by an Ophthalmologist current within one year.
Current physical examination within one year. If a person has diabetes, he or she must provide a BUN and Creatinine blood level current within one year.
Individual Transition Plan and Individualized Plan for Employment.
Release/ Consent to Request Confidential Information or CB-3VR if a current TWC consumer.
Educational assessments, vocational assessment data, official high school transcript, and Vocational Diagnostic Unit Assessment (if available).
Please note: The application process does not guarantee entrance into PSP. A committee composed of staff from TSBVI and CCRC will review each application, individual services received, and progress in those services prior to approval.