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by KC Dignan, Ph.D.,
Professional Preparation Coordinator, TSBVI Outreach

Abstract: The TEXAS FELLOWS programs, recognizing those who recruit vision professionals,  is growing and changing.

Key Words:  Blind, Visually Impaired, teachers, TVI, COMS, recruitment


The Texas Fellows program is a unique opportunity to recognize the work Texans do to increase VI teachers and O&M specialists.  Research and experience has long shown that the most influential recruiting activity is talking to someone about being a VI professional.  Finding a good future VI professional takes time and persistence, 2 years is common.  The Texas Fellows program recognizes the work of anyone who has taken the time and effort to ensure that students with visual impairments have a qualified VI teacher or O&M specialist.

The Outreach Program and Curriculum Development are pleased to announce a new third way to recognize Texas Fellows. The recognition now happens in these three ways:

  • The Texas Fellow and their candidate’s names are published for a year in this newsletter.
  • Texas Fellows and their candidates are recognized at statewide events sponsored by TSBVI.
  • And now, Texas Fellows receive a $50 gift certificate good towards any publication from TSBVI Curriculum Development!

This gift certificate can be used on any publication from the internationally well-known source for classics, such as TAPS, or innovative publications like Empowered, the new activity-based self-determination curriculum.

For more information on how to enroll in the Texas Fellows program, call KC Dignan (512-206-9156) or visit the Professional Preparation homepage on the TSBVI website.

See the current TEXAS FELLOWS in the Bulletin Board Section on the following page…