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For a complete listing of our live webinars, please visit our Webinar Listings page.  Most of our live webinars are recorded and are posted for delayed viewing on our Online Learning site.  Instructions on how to apply for CEU credit for archived webinars are provided here.  We also have a listing of E-Learning Courses provided via Bridge!

Also, don't forget about our wildly popular TSBVI Coffee Hours. This is a great opportunity to visit with colleagues and discuss topics related to supporting students and families of students with visual impairments or who are Deafblind.


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Instructions:  Click on a conference/workshop link and go immediately to the section concerning that training.

AUG 3-7, 2020:  Virtual Braille and Tactile Graphic Training

AUG 3-7, 2020:  Introduction to Braille Music

SEP 25-27, 2020:  Deaf-Blind Multihandicapped Association of Texas Family Conference

OCT 25-27, 2020:  October Mentor Center

NOV 5-7, 2020:  2020 Southwest Orientation & Mobility Association Conference

NOV 13, 2019:  2020 Introduction to the Intervener Team Model

DEC 4-5, 2020:  December Mentor Training

JAN 5-7,2021:  Braille Boot Camp

JAN 21-24, 2021:  Game of Life

FEB 21-23, 2021:  February Mentor Center

MAR 1-4 & 6, 2021:  2021 Texas Deafblind Education Symposium

MAR 5-7, 2021:  In the Driver's Seat

APR 9-11, 2021:  Texas Tech University Technology Weekend

APR 23, 2021:  Mental Health Symposium for Deaf and Deafblind Youth

APR 25-27:  April Mentor Center

JUL 16-19, 2021:  15th International CHARGE Conference

TO BE DETERMINED:  Braille Challenge

TO BE DETERMINED:  Central Texas Eye Play Series

TO BE DETERMINED:  Discovering the Future Family Weekend

TO BE DETERMINED:  2021 Low Vision Conference


 Virtual Braille and Tactile Graphic Training:  Braille Document and Tactile Graphic Training for Beginners

August 3-7, 2020

This training hands-on training is for anyone who is new to braille document and tactile graphic production. The sessions will include how to set up your computer and software, working with Microsoft Word and the Duxbury Braille Translator, drawing skills for tactile graphics, and the step-by-step process for creating braille documents and tactile graphics.

Learning Objectives:

  • Attendees will develop the knowledge and skills to create accurate, well-formatted braille documents.
  • Attendees will develop the foundational knowledge and skill to begin creating tactile graphics.

Note:  This is a hands-on training and each attendee must have a Windows-based PC, Microsoft Word, the Duxbury Braille Translator installed on their computer. Attendees are expected to participate in each activity and complete an assignment after each session.

REGISTER HERE!

 

Introduction to Music Braille for Beginners

August 3-7, 2020

This online workshop will be live and is intended for those who are teaching or plan to teach and/or transcribe music for their K-12 students. No musical background is required.

Learning Objectives:

  • This training covers fundamental topics in order for participants to successfully transcribe a simple piece of music by the end of the workshop.

Note:  This is a hands-on training and each attendee must have access to a working laptop or PC with a functioning camera and mic. Computers should be able to run the following (free) software applications: Zoom and PerkyDuck. Zoom will be used for interactive virtual presentations and the PerkyDuck braille software will be used to complete assignments.

REGISTER HERE!

 

Deaf-Blind Multihandicapped Association of Texas Family Conference

September 26-27, 2020

DBMAT has decided to cancel its 2020 Family Camp conference in person, due to the pandemic. The decision was not made lightly. We typically have a very large group and as you can appreciate, social distancing isn't easy with tactile communicators and all the kid’s activities. The safety of all our families and the professionals who support us was the overriding priority!

The theme, agenda, and presenters were already worked out! We will be reviewing remote options to engage with you all and share as much information as we can. TSBVI has kindly offered to help us with this plan.

Camp Young Judea(“CYJ”) and Health and Human Services Commission (“HHSC") have been very gracious and understanding. They are ready for us to schedule for next year!

We certainly appreciate ALL the professionals that help support us in supporting you!

We look forward to engaging with you in a variety of ways to share family resources on the new website. The new site allows us to utilize new technology to update and integrate with memberships information, including giving you the ability to renew online. There are more interactive opportunities that we can't wait to share too!

This year has been a very challenging year but with focus and perseverance, we will all get through together. Please be safe, be well, and be ready for more information soon!

 MORE INFORMATION HERE!

 

REGISTER HERE!

 

October Mentor Center

October 25-27, 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.

Audience: Protégés matched with a TVI and/or COMS mentor through the TSBVI Mentor Program and Texas students currently enrolled in the Texas Tech University or Stephen F. Austin State University VI/O&M programs who do not have a mentor.

For more information, please visit our Mentor Program Page.

REGISTER HERE!

 

2020 Southwest Orientation & Mobility Association Conference

November 5-7, 2020

Mark your calendars... SWOMA 2020 is going virtual this year! This November we will be Zooming into the Future ...and we can’t wait for you to join us!!

Although we are moving our face-to-face conference to an entirely online format this year, you can still expect timely and informative keynotes and breakout sessions as well as the opportunity to connect with exhibitors.

Registration is now open. Please keep an eye out for more announcements in your email, as well as on our social media sites.

We hope to see you online in November. Spread the word!

REGISTER HERE!

For more information about this conference, please visit the SWOMA 2020 Home Page.

 

2020 Introduction to the Intervener Team Model

November 13, 2020

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 2020 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.

Learning Objectives:

  • Experiencing the World of Deafblind.
  • DeafBlindness: Impact & Implications.
  • Intervener Competencies & Training Update.s
  • Intervener and Team Roles & Responsibilities.
  • The Five Components of Quality Intervention.
  • Intervention Issues & Considerations.
  • Identification of Tools and Strategies to Support the Student Profile.

December Mentor Training

December 4-5, 2020

Each new mentor will be required to attend a 1.5 day mentor training which occurs on the TSBVI campus on December 4-5, 2020. In advance of this training, mentors will also complete an on-line Mentor Training course.

Learning Objectives:

  • Mentors will develop the skills needed to provide support the new VI professional.
  • Apply best practice standards within the context of working with a protégé.
  • Complete required documentation for the mentor program.

Audience: Protégés matched with a TVI and/or COMS mentor through the TSBVI Mentor Program and Texas students currently enrolled in the Texas Tech University or Stephen F. Austin State University VI/O&M programs who do not have a mentor.

NOTE:  This training is by INVITE ONLY.  Please contact Chrissy Cowan for more details.

 

2021 January Braille Boot Camp: Braille Document, Tactile Graphic, and Music Production

January 5-7, 2021

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.

Susan O'Brien and Melinda Hudson will lead participants through both small group and individual activities that include:

  • 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 diagrams
  • 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

This training is designed for paraprofessionals and TVIs who are new to braille, tactile graphic, or music braille production. Participants must attend all four days.

REGISTRATION COMING SOON!

 

Game of Life!

January 21-24, 2021

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 (TWC) counselor or local school district to request financial assistance with travel and lodging. However, if TWC is unable to provide financial support, TSBVI will cover the costs. Students will reside in the Short-Term Programs dorm.

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.

Logistical details:

  • Students and their parents must attend together.
  • Activities for parents and for students will be in separate rooms.
  • Students will be taught by staff in Short-Term Programs while parents work with Outreach Programs staff.
  • Parents are welcome beginning Thursday night, or may join in Friday.
  • Program runs through Sunday noon.
  • Limited on-campus hotel lodging may be available for adults. Families are encouraged to seek financial assistance for travel and lodging from their TWC counselor,
  • Students stay for free at the Short-Term Programs dorm.

For additional information about the content of this section contact:

Nina Wibbenmeyer at or 512-206-9361 or

Cheryl Austin at or 512-206-9203

MORE INFORMATION HERE!

 

February Mentor Center

February 21-23, 2021

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.

Audience: Protégés matched with a TVI and/or COMS mentor through the TSBVI Mentor Program and Texas students currently enrolled in the Texas Tech University or Stephen F. Austin State University VI/O&M programs who do not have a mentor.

For more information, please visit our Mentor Program Page.

REGISTER HERE!

 

2021 Texas Deafblind Education Symposium

March 1-4 & 6, 2021

Providing appropriate instruction for any student who is deafblind is challenging since each student’s access needs are truly unique. This year’s Symposium will dive deep to examine why students in Texas need access to trained teachers of students who are deafblind and interveners. Please join us as we explore the issues and answers to providing quality programming for these individuals and support to educational teams including families and school staff.

COVID has forced us to make this event “virtual”, and that has allowed us to partner with Deafblind International (DbI) Network of the Americas and the National Family Association for Deaf-Blind (NFADB). This has given us the opportunity to include the National Center on Deaf-Blindness, Canadian Deafblind Association National, Perkins International, and other organizations from various places in the Western Hemisphere to make this an international event. This collaboration promises to make this year’s Symposium a truly spectacular event. As Helen Keller once said, “Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.”

Registered participants will have the opportunity to access over 20 hours of content throughout the months of March and April. The main Symposium live events take place March 1st - 4th & 6th with three bonus “March Madness Monday” events on March 8th, 22nd, & 29th. As part of our partnership with the National Family Association for Deaf-Blind (NFADB) and Deafblind International (DbI) Network of the Americas, we are excited to have family leaders from across the Americas host a special family event on Saturday, March 6th. This year’s Symposium features both synchronous and asynchronous training options, and we will archive the live training events for later viewing by our registered participants. During the “live” portions, participants have the opportunity to hear from our presenters and chat with them in Zoom.

Registration is coming soon!  For more details about our symposium, please visit our TSBVI Symposium Page

 

In the Driver's Seat

March 5-7, 2021

A Short-Term Program for students and their families:  For most teenagers, driving is not only a dream, but a rite of passage. Students with low vision often wonder, “Will I be able to drive?” Determining the answer to this question is a process between the students and their families which involves gathering facts, facing emotions, and ultimately making important decisions. In this workshop, students and families will explore the topic of driving with low vision.

Eligibility Requirements:  Students can NOT be considered for this program if:

  • they do not meet the visual criteria to drive in the state of Texas including distance acuity of 20/200 or better and an uninterrupted visual field of 140°. Please verify with the student’s eye doctor before making a referral.
  • they are unable to attend with a parent(s) or guardian(s).

Questions Addressed Through Learning Objectives:

  • What are the visual qualifications for driving and obtaining a license in the state of Texas?
  • What steps are needed to develop pre-driver readiness skills?
  • Can I use a bioptic (mounted telescope lens system) to drive?
  • What tools and skills are needed to make driving a safe choice for my child?
  • What are the costs and time commitments to obtaining a driver’s license?
  • If I can’t drive, what are some alternate forms of transportation I can use to attain independence and control over my life?

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 6:30 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.

For additional information about the content of this section contact

Cheryl Austin at 512-206-9203

Cindy Bachofer at 512-206-9434

MORE INFORMATION HERE!

 

Texas Tech University Technology Weekend

April 9-11, 2021

Please stay tuned for more details, as they are made available.

 

Mental Health Symposium for Deaf and Deafblind Youth

April 23, 2021

Hosted by the Texas Mental Health Initiative for Deaf Youth, this is the first Symposium which will address mental health issues, concerns and needs of youth who are deaf or deafblind. This event will be a full day of presentations, group discussion and networking. Mental Health professionals, educators, community service providers, families and consumers are welcome to attend. This event will be in Austin, but interested persons from across the state are encouraged to participate.

Stay tuned for more details, as they are made available.

For questions, please contact:  

 

April Mentor Center

April 25-27, 2021

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.

Audience: Protégés matched with a TVI and/or COMS mentor through the TSBVI Mentor Program and Texas students currently enrolled in the Texas Tech University or Stephen F. Austin State University VI/O&M programs who do not have a mentor.

For more information, please visit our Mentor Program Page.

REGISTER HERE!

 

15th International CHARGE Conference

July 16-19, 2021

Our next conference will be taking place July 16-19, 2021 at the beautiful JW Marriott Phoenix Desert Ridge Resort in Phoenix, Arizona. More conference information will be available in the future.  Please stay tuned for more details, as they are made available.

MORE INFORMATION HERE!