TX SenseAbilities – Fall/Winter 2016 Issue
Touch That Cake!
The author shares how she partnered with a cake artist to make her son’s birthday cake a meaningful and accessible experience.
The Greatest Love
Enjoy reading about this blind adult’s journey through life and how her family supported her to become independent and have a full and fulfilling life.
Travels to Pittsburgh
Learn about this family’s attendance at the recent conference of the National Organization for Albinism and Hypopigmentation, as well as what they learned about albinism and life in general.
DeafBlind CAN at DeafBlind Camp of Texas
Read about an exciting camping experience for adults with deafblindness
Mobilizing a National Family Leadership Network: Highlights from the 2016 NFADB Symposium
A Texas family leader shares her experience at the 2016 National Family Association for Deaf-Blind Symposium, which was held in Austin, TX
The Art of Student Observation
The authors stress the importance of observing students in their natural environments for the purpose of planning intervention and specialized instruction. Steps for the observation process are provided along with a rationale for each step
The Development of Tactile Skills
This article provides information on the development of tactile skills in students with visual impairments, including those with low vision. It explains the importance of the Hierarchy of Tactile Skills and includes suggestions for activities and resources
Tactile Books for Very Young Children
Media and methods for adapting mass market books to tactile and braille books, and experience books which include real objects.
Gifts to Get Kids who are Blind, Visually Impaired or Have Additional Disabilities
A discussion of toys appropriated for children who are in the early childhood years and have visual impairment, deafblindness, and additional disabilities
News & Views
White Cane Day and What It Means to Me
In this article, Superintendent Daugherty discusses the importance of White Cane Day and how it celebrates a person’s abilities and independence.
Changes in the Blind Children’s Vocational Discovery and Development Program
In this article, Mrs. Martin provides information on the Blind Children’s Program transition from DARS to HHSC
Frequently Asked Questions on Transition: Medicaid Waivers and Related Programs
This article answers frequently asked Medicaid Waiver and related program questions
Supported Decision Making: A New Alternative to Guardianship
This article reviews the new legislation that recognizes supported decision-making as an alternative to guardianship for adult with disabilities and provides links for additional information.
More Accessible Comics and Books Children’s Books About DeafBlindness and Disability
In this article NCDB provides a list of children books on deaf-blindness and general disabilities