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The majority of our workshops and conferences have been approved for continuing education credit (ACVREP and SBEC) and are posted on our online registration platform. In order to be eligible for continuing education credit for participation in those events, you must register, sign the roster for the session(s) you attend, and complete an evaluation using a code following the event.  You will need to create an account the first time you enter the site.

If there is an associated fee for an event or training, you will have the option of paying by check, purchase order, or credit card. Cash will not be accepted; unless you are otherwise notified. Credit card payments will only be accepted online at the time of registration. All invoices/confirmations will be sent via email to the primary email address listed in your user account. If your fee is being paid for by your school district or supporting agency, either with a check or a PO, then please be sure to forward your email to the appropriate person immediately so that payment may be processed.


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Braille Boot Camp: Braille Document, Tactile Graphic, and Music Production (August)

2019 Introduction to the Intervener Team Model

October Mentor Center

2019 Southwest Orientation and Mobility Conference

Advanced Practitioner Series Studies in DeafBlindness

Mentor Training

Game of Life

Braille Boot Camp: Braille Document, Tactile Graphic, and Music Production (January)

February Mentor Center

2020 Texas Focus

In the Driver's Seat:  Introduction to Safe Driving with Low Vision

April Mentor Center


Braille Boot Camp:  Braille Document, Tactile Graphic, and Music Production

August 6 - 9, 2019

Braille Boot Camp is a four day, hands-on, experiential training focused on the development of the knowledge and skills needed to produce braille documents, tactile graphics, and music braille for their students with blindness and visual impairments.  Learning objectives include...

Braille Document and Tactile Graphic Production:

  • Setting up your computer and software for braille and tactile graphic production.
  • Understanding file formats and conversion to editable text.
  • Developing a workflow that ensures accuracy of translation and formats.
  • Translation of literary, foreign language, and math worksheets for different grade levels.
  • The tactile graphic workflow and methods of production.
  • Drawing skills, element placement and document formatting.
  • Development of templates for commonly used diagram.
  • How to use available resources for guidance.

An introduction to music braille will include:

  • Pitches and time value of notes.
  • Other “basic” symbols such as time signatures, measures, and ending a piece of music.
  • The octave symbols.
  • placement of accidentals.
  • Headings, page numbers, and overall format.

Registration Fee:  $100 per person

REGISTER HERE!

 

2019 Introduction to the Intervener Team Model

October 10 - 11, 2019

Interveners need specialized skills related to DeafBlindness 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 2018 Introduction to the Intervener Team Model.

This workshop is for those individuals who are newly assigned in the role as an Intervener, or for current interveners who have not yet had the opportunity to attend this introductory training.

Each intervener should attend this training with a professional member of the educational team (ideally the classroom teacher, but this could also be a teacher for the deaf and hard of hearing or teacher for students with visual impairments or another professional regularly involved with the deafblind student). Family members (parents or guardians) of the student are welcomed to attend, as well.

This workshop provides information for the intervener and the team on:

  • Experiencing the World of DeafBlindness
  • DeafBlindness: Impact & Implications
  • 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.

Registration Fee:

  • Early Registration - $40 per person
  • Late Registration - $50 per person

For more information on this workshop, please visit the Introduction to the Intervener Team Model Web Page web page.

REGISTER HERE!

 

October Mentor Center 

October 20 - 22, 2019

Mentor Centers provide participants an opportunity to observe experienced TVIs and COMS as they use a variety of strategies and materials with their students on the TSBVI and Austin ISD campuses. Each participant will have the opportunity to observe between 4-6 individual VI professionals a day.

Learning Objectives:

  • Observe visually impaired students in a variety of learning environments.
  • Keep a record of materials and strategies observed
  • Apply strategies and materials to their own students.
  • Connect theory learned in coursework to actual situations in the field.

Registration Fee:  $25 per person

For more information regarding Mentor Center, please visit the Mentor Program web page.

REGISTER HERE!

 

2019 Southwest Orientation and Mobility Association Conference

November 1 - 3, 2019

The 2019 Southwest Orientation and Mobility (SWOMA) Conference will feature both a Pre-Conference event and Conference event for one low price!  This year SWOMA will be held at the Fredonia Hotel in Nacogdoches, TX.  Location Address:  200 N. Fredonia St. Nacogdoches, TX 75961

More information regarding SWOMA will posted in the near future.  Please stay tuned

Registration Fees:

  • Professionals - $150
  • University O&M Students - $100

Note:  Fees will increase by $50 after October 15th.

For more information regarding SWOMA, please visit the SWOMA Conference Home Page.

REGISTER HERE!

 

Advanced Practitioner Series: Studies in DeafBlindness

December 13, 2019 (tentative date)

This workshop is still in planning.  If you are interested in attending, or wish to get more details, then please check this site at a later date-- when more information is made available.

Registration Fees:

  • Early Registration - $40 per person
  • Late Registration - $50 per person

REGISTER HERE!

 

Mentor Training

December 6 - 7, 2019

Individuals who have completed the mentor application process will be required to attend an initial face-to-face training on the TSBVI campus in Austin. This training lasts for one and a half days, and covers such topics as common problems of novice teachers, mentor/protégé communication, record keeping for mentors, and promising practice standards for TVIs and COMS.

Learning Objectives:

  • Describe stages of concern for the beginning professional.
  • Describe techniques which facilitate open interaction between mentor and protégé.
  • Use legal framework documents to support programming for students with visual impairments.
  • Standardize assessment requirements for determining eligibility in Texas.
  • Complete required documentation for mentoring in Texas.

Registration Fee:  $12 per person

NOTE:  Registration is by invite only.  Please contact Chrissy Cowan if you would like to learn more.

 

Game of Life

December 12 - 15, 2019

TSBVI Short-Term Programs and Outreach Programs offers a special opportunity for students and parents. Is the game of life a game of chance or choice? Throughout life, we all make choices and navigate roadblocks daily. Students heading into high school are faced with a number of challenges as they transition to adult life. Students with visual impairments have an added layer of learning, related to concepts such as money handling, career exploration, and socializing with peers. Together, we will develop skills in these areas while encouraging students to be leaders in their own lives.

In this weekend course, students and their parents must attend together. Students will be taught by teaching staff in Short-Term Programs while parents will attend a conference portion hosted by the Outreach department. Limited on-campus hotel lodging may be available for adults. Families are encouraged to contact their Texas Workforce Commission counselor to request financial assistance with travel and lodging. Students will reside in the Short-Term Programs dorm. The goal is for students to understand ways that they can “step up” as they transition to adult life, while parents will learn ways to “step back,” as they support their child with this transition.

The parent participation program includes information about:

  • Transition planning
  • Graduation plans
  • Supporting your child in the expanded core areas at home and in the community.
  • Exploring post secondary options.
  • Experiences shared by other parents and students who have made this transition.
  • Opportunities at Criss Cole Rehabilitation Center and the Post Secondary Programs on the TSBVI campus - Parents will be able to tour both programs.

NOTE: Students must apply through Short-term Programs, and parents will be handled TSBVI Outreach staff for this workshop, once their child has been accepted.  Your child must be accepted for the weekend in order for you to attend.  For more information, please visit short term programs.

Make a Short-Term Programs Referral

  

Braille Boot Camp:  Braille Document, Tactile Graphic, and Music Production

January 7 - 10, 2020

Braille Boot Camp is a four day, hands-on, experiential training focused on the development of the knowledge and skills needed to produce braille documents, tactile graphics, and music braille for their students with blindness and visual impairments.  Learning objectives include...

Braille Document and Tactile Graphic Production:

  • Setting up your computer and software for braille and tactile graphic production.
  • Understanding file formats and conversion to editable text.
  • Developing a workflow that ensures accuracy of translation and formats.
  • Translation of literary, foreign language, and math worksheets for different grade levels.
  • The tactile graphic workflow and methods of production.
  • Drawing skills, element placement and document formatting.
  • Development of templates for commonly used diagram.
  • How to use available resources for guidance.

An introduction to music braille will include:

  • Pitches and time value of notes.
  • Other “basic” symbols such as time signatures, measures, and ending a piece of music.
  • The octave symbols.
  • placement of accidentals.
  • Headings, page numbers, and overall format.

Registration Fee:  $100 per person

REGISTER HERE

 

February Mentor Center

February 9 - 11, 2020

Mentor Centers provide participants an opportunity to observe experienced TVIs and COMS as they use a variety of strategies and materials with their students on the TSBVI and Austin ISD campuses. Each participant will have the opportunity to observe between 4-6 individual VI professionals a day.

Learning Objectives:

  • Observe visually impaired students in a variety of learning environments.
  • Keep a record of materials and strategies observed
  • Apply strategies and materials to their own students.
  • Connect theory learned in coursework to actual situations in the field.

Registration Fee:  $25 per person

For more information regarding Mentor Center, please visit the Mentor Program web page.

REGISTER HERE!

 

In the Driver's Seat: Introduction to Safe Driving with Low Vision

March 6 - 8, 2020

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.

NOTE: Students must apply through Short-term Programs, and parents will be handled TSBVI Outreach staff for this workshop, once their child has been accepted.  Your child must be accepted for the weekend in order for you to attend.  For more information, please visit short term programs.

Make a Short-Term Programs Referral

 

April Mentor Center 

April 26 - 28, 2019

Mentor Centers provide participants an opportunity to observe experienced TVIs and COMS as they use a variety of strategies and materials with their students on the TSBVI and Austin ISD campuses. Each participant will have the opportunity to observe between 4-6 individual VI professionals a day.

Learning Objectives:

  • Observe visually impaired students in a variety of learning environments.
  • Keep a record of materials and strategies observed
  • Apply strategies and materials to their own students.
  • Connect theory learned in coursework to actual situations in the field.

Registration Fee:  $25 per person

For more information regarding Mentor Center, please visit the Mentor Program web page.

REGISTER HERE!