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December 12 (Referrals due by November 20, 2020)

All Ages Welcome

Winter is coming! With the break just around the corner for students around the state of Texas, it’s time for a little party. In this class, students will gather together online to talk, play games, and commiserate. Teachers will lead social skills and self-determination lessons and games, but the primary objective is connection. Come one, come all to the Short-Term Programs Online Winter Social!        

 

For additional information about this program contact Cheryl Austin at or 512-206-9203 or 

John Rose at or 512-206-9131

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Featuring: A Blind Guide to Stinkville by Beth Vrabel

 student reading book

Course Description:

A Blind Guide to Stinkville, by Beth Vrabel, follows the main character, Alice, who faces her visual impairment head on when she moves to a new town with her family. This coming-of-age story centers around ECC themes including social skills, independent living skills, O&M, and self-determination. Students will acquire the book in their chosen format and read along with the designated timeline. With each section of chapters read, students will answer questions and engage in discussion via Google Classroom.

Target Audience:

Students in grades 6-8

Learning Objective:

Students will develop literacy skills by reading the assigned book, analyzing elements of fiction as they pertain to the piece, and providing relevant and meaningful contributions to a group discussion using an online platform.

Length:

Approximately 6 weeks

(There will be two synchronous sessions, one Introduction to begin and one Conclusion to end, via Zoom; dates and times to be determined once students have been referred and accepted. In between, students will read the book on their own time and pace, but there will be a structured timeline for students to complete each course section.)

Important Note:

Students will need access to the book prior to beginning the course.

Students can access the book through the following services:
Bookshare: audio version, or ePub version in iBooks
BARD-Texas Talking Book Program: Braille and Audio Reading Downloads

If you have already completed a referral on a student for the 2020-2021 school year, email or call us to add this class to the existing referral. No additional referral paperwork is needed for these students.

If you need help purchasing an accessible version, we will be happy to assist you.

For additional information about this course please contact Cheryl Austin at or 512-206-9203.

 

Kids in the Kitchen

October 4-8

Grades 6-8

(referrals due by September 20, 2020)

Does your student enjoy science? Does your student like to cook? Kitchen Chemistry is designed as an introduction to molecular gastronomy. Molecular gastronomy is the scientific discipline concerned with the physical and chemical transformations that occur during cooking. Students will learn the basics of chemistry while practicing cooking skills, such as measuring, mixing, boiling, and baking. Activities will include:

  • Discussions about kitchen safety procedures
  • Practice in using the scientific method
  • Multi-sensory experiments with age-appropriate science concepts
  • Instruction in cooking techniques and adaptations for students with visual impairments

For additional information about the content of this section, contact Kat Heitman at or 512-206-9388.

This section is for students who wish to learn about basic economics and money management in order to prepare for life after high school. Topics include:

  • Saving and budgeting
  • Interest and debt
  • Investments and retirement
  • Income and benefits
  • Housing
  • Car/Travel expenses
  • Taxes
  • Paying for college
  • Keeping your information safe

For additional information about the content of this section contact XXX at XXX or 512- 206-9XXX

 

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September 5 - 8 

Grades 2 - 3

Elementary Independence Weekends provide our youngest students the opportunity to develop and practice skills of independent living through age-appropriate, high-interest themes. These students also get to practice, sometimes for the first time, being away from home in an environment that is designed for success! The short duration of the program matched with 24-hour supervision and a high level of engagement during the instructional day and residential program leaves little time for homesickness. By Sunday morning, many students regret having to leave as they’ve started new friendships that often last through their school-age years coming to TSBVI and beyond.

While participating in stimulating activities, students are challenged to practice many skills related to the Expanded Core Curriculum for visually impaired students in the areas of independent living, self-advocacy, organization, spatial-motor, recreation-leisure, and social interactions.

Themes from past years have included:

Holiday Heroes
Kids in the Kitchen
Pioneer Times in Texas
Paleontology Rocks!

Most importantly, these classes provide an opportunity for students to interact, learn, and share their unique experiences as individuals with visual impairments.

For additional information about the content of this section contact Kat Heitman at or 512-206-9388.

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October  6 - 10 (referrals due by August 23)

Graphaganza! is a class designed to introduce students to a variety of tools and strategies for reading and creating tactile graphics. During the class, students journey together to complete a quest, ultimately producing a Tactile Graphics Portfolio that they can take home, including diagrams, maps, and tables. From low-tech tools to the latest in electronics, students will explore effective adaptations for blind and low vision learners in the context of tactile graphics production.

Focus areas of the class include:

  • Using linear measuring devices
  • Graphing on a number line and a coordinate plane
  • Interpreting and constructing tactile graphics
  • Interpreting and constructing geometric figures
  • Using a talking scientific calculator
  • Using a talking graphing calculator

At the end of the class, TSBVI staff and district TVIs will discuss the objectives, instructional strategies, vocabulary, and next steps in order to maintain the students' and TVIs' and/or adaptive materials specialist’s skills with tactile graphics and math tools.

During the spring semester, an online follow-up session will take place. This gives students and their teachers the opportunity to reconnect, discuss progress, and build upon skills learned during the on-campus workshop

Students applying for this class should be capable of grade level performance in mathematics, after mastering the use of appropriate adaptive tools and strategies.

For additional information about this program contact John Rose at or 512-206-9131.

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Course Description:

Abacus Part 2, Addition and Subtraction will teach the student addition and subtraction on the Cranmer abacus using the Counting Method. It is essential that students take this course alongside their TVI, as the TVI must be prepared to monitor learning, supervise practice sessions, and assist in implementing the use of the abacus in the regular classroom.

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For Students Who:

*Have either taken the Abacus Part 1, Introduction to the Abacus and Counting, course or have knowledge of the parts of the abacus and how to count to 999.

*Have visual impairments

*Are taking elementary math classes in which the four operations are taught, for whole numbers, values with decimals, and fractions

*Are unable to work easily and efficiently with "pencil-and-paper" computations

*Have a TVI (or another adult) available who can assist with technological aspects of taking an online course and who can monitor progress and provide practice on a frequent basis.


Learning Objective:

Students will use the Cranmer abacus to master the addition and subtraction exchanges, the addition of 1-, 2-, and 3-digit numbers, and the subtraction of 1-, 2-, and 3-digit numbers.
Important Note:
We cannot overstate the need for supervised practice between viewing sessions, in order for students to master the skills presented in the videos. In addition, elementary students will need support to transfer their skills to the regular classroom.

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OutdoorExploration TreeWalk  

May 13-16 (referrals due by April 1, 2021)

Grades 6-8

The Independence Weekend classes offer project-based learning opportunities to practice skills from the Expanded Core Curriculum. A class theme provides the motivational, real-world relevance for learning, and students practice a range of interdisciplinary skills by working collaboratively to obtain meaningful products or experiences. Students also have the opportunity to share personal experiences with others who are visually impaired.
This popular Outdoor Exploration class provides outdoor learning experiences for middle school age students. Students participate in a variety of activities such as an outdoor science project, ziplining, interacting with horses, and taking a guided nature walk. During their exploration, students learn about ecology, natural history, biodiversity, measurement, and the scientific aspects of urban and rural environments. While the theme of the weekend’s activities is outdoor exploration, the underlying goal is for students to challenge themselves with new experiences, to assess risk-taking, and to build awareness about their strengths and challenges. This class provides opportunities to practice self-determination, independent living skills, recreation and leisure skills, and social skills.

This class includes activities that may require a Retinal Precaution Waiver.

For additional information about this program contact

John Rose at  or 512-206-9131 or

Kat Heitman at or 512-206-9388

 

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January 17- 20, 2018 (referrals due by November 26, 2018)

Grades 6- 8

Junior Independence Weekends provide the opportunity for students to develop and practice skills of independent living while focusing on various age-appropriate themes. While participating in enjoyable activities, students are challenged to practice many skills related to the Expanded Core Curriculum, such as social, communication, technology, self-advocacy, organization, academic, spatial-motor, recreation-leisure, and independent living skills. Most importantly, these classes provide an opportunity for students to share their unique experiences as individuals with a visual impairment with their peers. Teachers will choose a theme for this Independence Weekend as the class approaches.

For additional information about the content of this section contact:

Amanda Fierro at  or 512-206-9294.

Kathi Garza at  or 512-206-9446.

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 Kids in the Kitchen:  

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December 6 - 9, 2018 (referrals due by November 7, 2018)

Grades 2-3

The Independence Weekend classes offer project-based learning opportunities to practice skills from the Expanded Core Curriculum. A class theme provides the motivational, real-world relevance for learning, and students practice a range of interdisciplinary skills by working collaboratively to create meaningful products or gain new experiences. Students also have the opportunity to share a common bond with others who are visually impaired.

Kids in the Kitchen is a new class for our younger elementary students.  Students will gain skills through a variety of developmentally appropriate food preparation activities.  Examples include stirring, pouring, measuring, slicing, and using simple appliances. Setting and clearing the table, cleaning your workstation, and putting dishes in a dishwasher will be a part of our program as well. Students will have opportunities to read recipes in their appropriate media, follow instructions, sample unfamiliar foods, and open different kinds of packaging.  (Safety is a primary focus, and all activities will be directly supervised.)

This class provides many opportunities to practice independent living skills, recreation and leisure skills, and social skills.

For additional information about the content of this section contact Kathi Garza at  or 512-206-9446

 

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