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 April 5 - 7  (referrals due by February 8, 2019)

Grades 9 - 12

Student using a bioptic deviceA Special Program for Students and Parents

Driving is a teenager's dream. Finding an answer to the question, "Will I be able to drive?" is a complex process of gathering facts, making decisions, and facing emotional issues for students with visual impairments and their families. This workshop will help you look at the issue of driving with low vision.

Questions like these will be addressed: Can I use a bioptic (a mounted telescopic lens system) to drive? What are the visual qualifications to drive in Texas? What additional skills do I need to be a safe driver? If I can't drive, how will I get around? Can my child possibly be safe to drive?

Learning objectives include:

  • Steps to develop pre-driver awareness skills
  • Awareness of Texas driving qualifications for individuals with visual impairments
  • Cost and time commitments related to getting a driver's license
  • Identification of tools helpful for managing safe travel (e.g., GPS, auxiliary mirrors)
  • Access to alternate forms of transportation as a non-driver

Who is eligible for participation in this event?

  • Academic students in grades 9-12, functioning on or close to grade level, who meet the visual acuity (20/200 or better) and visual field (uninterrupted field of 140°) requirements to drive in Texas. Older students who meet eligibility criteria will be given preference.
  • Students must be accompanied by a parent or guardian if they are under the age of 18. We will not have childcare for siblings.
  • Students and their parent(s) must attend the full program, starting at 7:00 PM on Friday and ending at 1:00 PM on Sunday.

Where will this event take place?

The activities take place at the TSBVI Conference Center in Austin, TX. Students will be housed on campus. Parents will stay in a nearby hotel or in limited on campus housing. Special activities are planned for parents, providing them an opportunity to talk about their concerns with other parents. We will also hear from adult and young adult low vision drivers and non-drivers, a certified driving instructor, and a low vision specialist.

Is there funding to cover the cost of travel, room and meals?

TSBVI will provide housing and meals for students at no cost to families. Student travel is also paid by TSBVI. Families are encouraged to contact their Texas Workforce Commission counselor to request financial assistance with travel and lodging.  Parents who are not eligible for travel assistance from the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) may request travel funds from TSBVI. If flying, please let us handle the arrangements.

For additional information about the content of this section contact John Rose at  or 512-206-9131.

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