2024 TSBVI Low Vision Conference

Five playing cards are displayed with an ace in the center. The words “Low Vision Conference 202”4 are written on the ace; the words “Access, Collaboration, Empowerment” are printed below the cards.

TSBVI Low Vision Conference 2024:

Access, Collaboration, and Empowerment (ACE It!)

Friday, May 10, 2024

Region 13 Education Service Center

5701 Springdale Road 

Austin, Texas 78723

Target population

Students with low vision functioning on or near grade level


Join us for an engaging conference where we delve into the challenges and triumphs of ensuring quality access in both instructional and ECC settings for students with low vision. In a world where the deck might seem stacked against these learners, presenters explore innovative strategies and solutions for access needs. Join us to find that winning hand in supporting access across environments for our students with low vision. 


Participants will:

  1. Learn how to build rapport with your students with low vision as a strategy to increase their motivation and empowerment. 
  2. Explore methods for increasing participation through access strategies in school, home, and community for students with low vision.
  3. Engage in activities designed to enrich the understanding of collaborative consultation: what it means, how it contributes to the student’s program, and how it is accounted for on the IEP.


8:00-8:30 Registration/Sign-in 

8:30-8:45 Welcome

8:45-9:30 Building a Winning Hand and Building Rapport with your Student (Kathi Garza, TSBVI Outreach VI Educational Consultant-Infant and Early Childhood)

9:30-10:45 Collaboration and Role Release—the Aces Up our Sleeve (Kate Borg, TSBVI Outreach Director and Adam Wilton, Program Manager, Provincial Resource Center for the Visually Impaired, Vancouver, British Columbia)

10:45-11:00 Break 

11:00-12:00 What We Mean by Compensatory Skills: Accessing the General Curriculum, (Chrissy Cowan, TSBVI Outreach Mentor Coordinator) 

12:00-1:15:  Lunch & Exhibit Hall 

1:15-3:00 Access Stations: A Safe Bet on Solutions 

3:00-3:15 Wrap up/Closing 4.45 CEUs

Registration fee:   $60 for professionals

$25 for paras, families, university students

Program questions: Contact Cindy Bachofer [email protected], 512-206-9434

Registration questions: Contact Toni Ericson [email protected] 512-206-9314

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