TX SenseAbilities – Spring 2017 issue

Featured Article

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The Possibilities Are Endless

A parent shares how her family finds opportunity for the Expanded Core Curriculum in her son’s participation in athletic events.

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Family Wisdom

Life After Graduation

A young woman who is a TSBVI graduate describes her experience since graduation.

Futures Planning Led Us to Touch Base: Center for the DeafBlind

The author shares her family’s experience in establishing a non-profit organization to provide adult services specifically geared for people with Ness.

Texas Chargers: Our family’s journey finding a community of support

The author shares her family’s experience finding resources and connections through the Texas Chargers family organization.

Making the switch to StarPlus: Here’s our experience!

A parent describes her positive experience switching from a Medicaid waiver program to StarPlus as her son reached age 21.

The Visual World in the Eyes of a Blind Child

A woman who is blind describes how her family helped her to learn about the world around her.

Effective Practices

A Developmental Sequence for Teaching Tactile Skills

This article is a follow-up to “The Development of Tactile Skills” published in the last issue of TX SenseAbilities. It describes the importance of following a developmental sequence for teaching the use of tactile skills and provides another way of thinking about the progression of skills needed to be a proficient tactile learner.

Let’s Talk DeafBlind Eligibility: Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ article answers basic questions about student eligibility as DeafBlind and when it is recommended for a student to have a Deafblind label.

Adding to and Maintaining Your Instructional Toolbox

This article begins a new series of newsletter articles describing important resources for VI professionals, especially those who are new to the field of visual impairments. Additional resources will be added in each issue with links for accessing those materials.

An Administrator’s Guide to Evidence-Based Practices for Students with DeafBlindness

This article provides a guide to aid administrators in addressing issues and practices related to students with DeafBlindness. It specifically focuses on IEP development and instruction for students with DeafBlindness.

News & Views

Developing New Distance Education and Training Resources at TSBVI

Distance learning technology and other innovations implemented by TSBVI are supporting the needs of teachers and learners with visual impairment around the state.

The Blind Children’s Vocational Discovery and Development Program

In this article Ms. Martin reviews the services provided by the Blind Children's Program

Transfer of Vocational Rehabilitation Services to the Texas Workforce Commission Expands Opportunities

In this article, Mrs. Fuller provides information about the transition of certain programs from the Department of Assistive Services and Rehabilitative Services to the Texas Workforce Commission

What’s New in Braille Math?

Efforts to train staff in Nemeth Code across Texas

TSBVI Short-Term Programs: New Distance Learning Offerings

In this article Sara Merritt gives an overview on the new types of TSBVI's Short Term Programs offered using distance technology.

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TSBVI Outreach Programs Honors Texas Fellows

Teach Beyond the Classroom

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