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This page lists all TSBVI e-learning courses currently available for professionals, paraprofessionals, and family members.

E-Learning Course Listing

This page provides a list of all TSBVI e-learning courses currently available for professionals, paraprofessionals, and family members. (Note: Bridge registration links on this page are for Non-TSBVI Staff only, If you are a TSBVI employee, please email landrys@tsbvi.edu for instructions.)

Step 1. Register in escWorks:

  • EscWorks is the system that records the CEUs that you have earned through all TSBVI Outreach training activities.
  • If your course offers credits, register for them using the link that says “Register in escWorks to earn credits for completing this course.”
  • You will see this link in the description for each course on this page that offers CEUs.
  • If you do not want CEUs for the course, skip to step 2.
  • If you do not have an escWorks account yet, please set up your profile here (please use the same email address for escWorks and Bridge).

Step 2. Register in Bridge:

  • This is the system that delivers and tracks your e-learning courses. Once you have access to Bridge, you can self-enroll in courses by clicking on the link that says “Self-Enroll for the course in Bridge” in the course descriptions on this page.
  • If you do not have a Bridge account yet, please complete the Bridge access form here.
    • Please use the same email address in Bridge as you do in escWorks. New accounts are set up each Wednesday evening.
  • Note: if you are a TSBVI employee, you have to log in to Bridge differently. Please email landrys@tsbvi.edu for instructions on how to access the courses on this page.

Step 3. Claim your credits:

  • If your course offers CEUs, please notify TSBVI after you have completed the lesson in Bridge. To claim your credits, make sure you have registered for your course in escWorks , then email landrys@tsbvi.edu.

How to self-register and get CEUs for TSBVI e-learning courses

For help with TSBVI self-paced courses, email Steven Landry.

Course Listings

Read course descriptions and register courses below.

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Nemeth Braille Code Courses

Topic Braille, Braille and Tactile Learning, Math, Tactile Learning

Nemeth Braille Code for Instructors and Paraeducators is a series of courses designed to provide easy access to support learning or reinforcing Nemeth braille code skills for families, teachers or paraeducators working with students who are braille readers.

Created by Dr. Derrick Smith, professor at the University of Alabama in Huntsville, with sections by Janet Bean, Lead Teacher in the TSBVI Curriculum Department, these modules are a companion to the TSBVI publication, Nemeth at a Glance. Although presented in the grade level order that symbols will typically be introduced to students in school, participants can dip in at any level to find the specific symbols and examples they need.

Modules include an explanation of the symbol, relevant rules, and examples of how to use the symbol in math examples. There are multiple samples of using Nemeth within UEB contexts. Short, ungraded quizzes following each module will help document mastery of the material and provide useful feedback. Completing these optional quizzes will lead to a certification of completion.

Self-Enroll for the course in Bridge (Notes: No CEUs offered at this time, Non-TSBVI Staff only, If you are TSBVI Staff, please email for instructions on registration)

Introduction to the intervener Team Model Training

Topic Communication, Deafblind Education, Special Education Systems
CEU's 6

This is training for team members who are working with a deafblind student who has been assigned an educational intervener or one-on-one professional.

Interveners need specialized skills related to deafblind-specific needs in order to provide one-on-one instructional support to students who are deafblind. They need appropriate supervision and support from the IEP team. To help meet the needs of interveners in Texas, the Texas Deafblind Project at Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired is pleased to announce the online Introduction to the Intervener Team Model Training.

This training is designed to support the team. If you are an intervener without a team to register with you, please contact us at txdeafblindproject@tsbvi.edu or visit the Open Hands Open Access Modules at https://www.nationaldb.org/products/modules/ohoa/.

Topics:

  • Impact & implications of being deafblind]
  • Intervener competencies & training updates
  • Intervener and team roles & responsibilities
  • The five components of quality intervention
  • Intervention issues & considerations
  • Identification of tools and strategies to support the student profile

We recommend the following methods of completing this module as a team:

  • Identify your team members (i.e. TVI, classroom teacher, TDHH, COMS, Administrator, family members, etc.) and set up weekly study sessions to complete the course.
  • All interested team members should enroll in the course through both Bridge and ESC Works.
  • If all team members work individually on this course, nothing additional needs to be completed.
  • If you want to work on this course together, using one computer, please email Steven Landry at landrys@tsbvi.edu for further instructions before you enroll.

Register in escWorks to earn credits for completing this course.

Self-Enroll for the course in Bridge(Note: If you are TSBVI Staff, please email landrys@tsbvi.edu for instructions on registration)

Foundations of Visual Impairment: Transitions

Topic Career Education, Families, Special Education Systems, Transition

One-part course. Teaching individual students the knowledge and skills that lead to personally successful adult lives, and connecting the students with supports and services for the future is one way to describe Transition Planning.

Self-Enroll for the course in Bridge
(Note: If you are TSBVI Staff, please email landrys@tsbvi.edu for instructions on registration)

Foundations of Visual Impairment: Recreation and Leisure

Topic Families, Recreation and Leisure

Four-part program that shares best practices in helping students select recreational and leisure activities.

Self-Enroll for the course in Bridge

(Note: If you are TSBVI Staff, please email landrys@tsbvi.edu for instructions on registration)

Foundations of Visual Impairment: Sensory Efficiency Skills

Topic Sensory Efficiency Skills

Six-part program on the use of the senses in a student’s learning.

Self-Enroll for the course in Bridge

(Note: If you are TSBVI Staff, please email landrys@tsbvi.edu for instructions on registration)

Foundations of Visual Impairment: Introduction to Assistive Technology

Topic Families, Self Determination, Technology

This one-part course provides an introduction to the types of assistive technology that are available to students with visual impairment. The lesson also provides basic best practices for helping students get the most from their assistive technology.

Self-Enroll for the course in Bridge

(Note: If you are TSBVI Staff, please email landrys@tsbvi.edu for instructions on registration)

Foundations of Visual Impairment: Independent Living Skills

Topic Families, Independent Living Skills, Transition

A six-part program that illustrates methods for teaching independent living skills that students use in daily life.

Self-Enroll for the course in Bridge

(Note: If you are TSBVI Staff, please email landrys@tsbvi.edu for instructions on registration)

Foundations of Visual Impairment: Family Matters

Topic Families, Special Education Systems

This two-part program introduces perceptions of families who have children with disabilities, and the practice of offering professional support to those families.

Self-Enroll for the course in Bridge

(Note: If you are TSBVI Staff, please email landrys@tsbvi.edu for instructions on registration)

Foundations of Visual Impairment: Educational Systems and Services in Texas

Topic Families, Special Education Systems

This program details the process for establishing Special Education services for students. You will learn about educational teams and the Individualized Education Plan (IEP). Focus is on programs in Texas, but much of the content is applicable for other locations.

Self-Enroll for the course in Bridge

(Note: If you are TSBVI Staff, please email landrys@tsbvi.edu for instructions on registration)

Foundations of Visual Impairment: Compensatory Skills

Topic Braille, Communication, Compensatory Skills, Families, Low Vision

TSBVI is proud to offer Foundations of Visual Impairment (FVI). FVI is a series of online courses for paraprofessionals and parents. These self-paced programs offer an introduction to evidence-based strategies which promote effective intervention for children and youth with visual impairment, including those with additional disabilities and/or DeafBlindness.

These 5 courses are designed for educational team members who may have had limited formal training in visual impairment, such as paraeducators, related service therapists, administrators, and general classroom teachers.

Family members may find useful information to help them better understand how to support their child’s growth and learning at home. The modules can be taken independently – anytime, anywhere!

Additional resources are available within topical areas for those seeking more depth in a specific subject.

These courses are based on individual areas of the Expanded Core Curriculum. No prior knowledge is required to participate. The length of each section varies: Some topics span several chapters while others are presented as a single unit. The hope is that each provides a foundation for interacting with a student who has a visual impairment.

Dr. Jane Erin, Ph.D. provided the original materials and vision for the range of courses. A group of TSBVI professionals with expertise in the field of visual impairment worked from there to create the final content. Reviewers have field-tested these modules to ensure accessibility and high-quality content. Each module includes slides, a range of activities to implement your learning, short quizzes, and opportunities to find additional information.

Compensatory Skills
Four-part program covers: Braille skills and resources, low vision adaptations, description and tactile representation, communication and access

Self-Enroll for the course in Bridge

(Note: If you are TSBVI Staff, please email landrys@tsbvi.edu for instructions on registration)

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Join us for Coffee Hour!

Join us for Coffee Hour! Join members of our Outreach team in discussing topics related to supporting students and families of students with visual impairments or who are deafblind.

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