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Outreach hosts a number of webinars via Adobe Connect that are scheduled throughout the year.  These include both one-time topical webinars and regularly occurring “study groups” focused on  a specific topic.  

Once you have registered for the webinar, you will be sent a link to enter the webinar broadcast. As long as you have internet access and a phone, you may join in from anywhere. To enter the webinar, select "GUEST" and include your full name in the box provided. You may choose to have a camera and microphone for your computer if you want to participate, though you can make comments using the "chat" feature and have full access to the audio portion without these devices. 

Whether one or several people are viewing the webinar in a single location, you should download the sign-in roster, have each person attending sign in and then email it to  In order to receive CEUs we must have a sign-in record and a completed on-line evaluation.

If you need help to join our webinars, contact Kate Hurst at  or 512-206-9224.  

Some of our webinars are available for delayed viewing, and you may receive continuing education credit (ACVREP or SBEC) for these events.  However, the menu of titles changes from year to year as information becomes dated and new broadcasts are added.  To determine if a particular webinar is available for CE credit, look for the astrick  (*) symbol beside the title. 

Webinar Evaluation

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  • Delayed Viewing Evaluation  Please note, you will be given parts of a code at various intervals in the broadcast that will be needed on the evaluation in order to obtain a certificate.  You will combine these numbers in sequence to create a number between 120,000 and 140,000.  Be sure to listen for these numbers and make a note of them.

The 2014-15 webinar listings for:

September

October

November

December

January 

February

March

April 

May


September 2014

September 9, 2014

3:00-4:00 PM

Active Learning Study Group 

Participants in this series of webinars will have the opportunity to deepen their understanding of Active Learning theory by studying Dr. Lilli Nielsen's book, Early Learning Step-by-Step.


September 11, 2014

2-4 PM

Addressing the ECC - Session 1: What's new around the state?

An on-going series of webinars on ways to address the Expanded Core Curriculum (ECC). This series will focus on instructional resources and strategies. 


September 15, 2014

3:00-4:00 PM

CVI Study Group 

Participants will share documents and videos of their own students via Google drive. Participants will discuss newly submitted materials with their peers and offer suggestions. Participants will implement suggestions and share whether or not they worked. They may also request a discussion of an element of CVI assessment and intervention.


September 18, 2014

3:00-4:00 PM

Hearing Issues for Students with Deafblindness Series - Hearing, Listening and Preparing the Student for an Audiological Exam

This series will focus on hearing issues unique to students with deafblindness that teachers of the deaf and hard of hearing, teachers of students with visual impairment, and orientation and mobility specialists need to know. Specific strategies related to understanding hearing loss and hearing testing will be shared. This session will focus on preparing a deafblind student for an audiological exam, the difference between hearing and listening and provide basic information about the types of hearing loss and the impact on an individual with vision loss.


September 22, 2014

3:00-4:00 PM

SLK Study Group 

Using the Sensory Learning Kit (SLK) rubric as a guide, participants will explore using the kit with individual students. A goal of this webinar series is to create appropriate learning media assessments for students using the SLK. Successful programming can then begin to be implemented, based on the information from the LMA.


October, 2014

October 2, 2014

3:00-4:00 PM

Addressing the ECC - Session 2: Orientation and Mobility

An on-going series of webinars on ways to address the Expanded Core Curriculum (ECC). This series will focus on instructional resources and strategies. 


October 7, 2014

3:00-4:00 PM

Active Learning Study Group 

Participants in this series of webinars will have the opportunity to deepen their understanding of Active Learning theory by studying Dr. Lilli Nielsen's book, Early Learning Step-by-Step.


October 9, 2014

3:00-4:00 PM

Using the VISSIT to Determine TVI Service Intensity for a Student with a Visual Impairment 

This webinar will provide instructions for using the new Visual Impairment Scale of Service Intensity of Texas (VISSIT), a tool that will help you determine the type and amount of itinerant TVI services to recommend for your students with visual impairments.


October 14, 2014

2:30-4 PM

Keeping the Student in Mind When Producing Tactile Graphics

This webinar will help braille transcribers develop a working knowledge and skills in producing properly formatted braille and tactile graphic materials.


October 16, 2014

3:00-4:00 PM

Using the 2012 O&M Michigan Severity Rating Scales 

This webinar will discuss using the 2012 O&M Michigan Severity Rating Scales to determine the type and amount of service.


October 20, 2014

3:00-4:00 PM

CVI Study Group 

Participants will share documents and videos of their own students via Google drive. Participants will discuss newly submitted materials with their peers and offer suggestions. Participants will implement suggestions and share whether or not they worked. They may also request a discussion of an element of CVI assessment and intervention.


October 27, 2014

3:00-4:00 PM

SLK Study Group

Using the Sensory Learning Kit (SLK) rubric as a guide, participants will explore using the kit with individual students. A goal of this webinar series is to create appropriate learning media assessments for students using the SLK. Successful programming can then begin to be implemented, based on the information from the LMA.


November 2014

November 4, 2014

3:00-4:00 PM

Active Learning Study Group 

Participants in this series of webinars will have the opportunity to deepen their understanding of Active Learning theory by studying Dr. Lilli Nielsen's book, Early Learning Step-Step.


November 6, 2014

3:00-4:00 PM

Addressing the ECC - Session 3: Social Skills and Self-Determination

An on-going series of webinars on ways to address the Expanded Core Curriculum (ECC). This series will focus on instructional resources and strategies. 


November 10, 2014

3:00-4:00 PM

CVI Study Group 

Participants will share documents and videos of their own students via Google drive. Participants will discuss newly submitted materials with their peers and offer suggestions. Participants will implement suggestions and share whether or not they worked. They may also request a discussion of an element of CVI assessment and intervention.


November 11, 2014

3:00-4:00 PM

Getting Started with UEB Code 

This webinar assists TVIs and braille transcribers in becoming prepared to learn the Uniform English Braille (UEB) code.


November 17, 2014

3:00-4:00 PM

SLK Study Group

Using the Sensory Learning Kit (SLK) rubric as a guide, participants will explore using the kit with individual students. A goal of this webinar series is to create appropriate learning media assessments for students using the SLK. Successful programming can then begin to be implemented, based on the information from the LMA.


November 18, 2014

3:00-4:00 PM

Braille Production Study Group 

This study group series will discuss the issues that arise in the production of braille, Nemeth and tactile graphics.


November 20, 2014

3:00-4:00 PM

Hearing Issues for Students with Deafblindness Series - Assistive Listening Devices and Audiological Testing

This series will focus on hearing issues unique to students with deafblindness that teachers of the deaf and hard of hearing, teachers of students with visual impairment, and orientation and mobility specialists need to know. This webinar will share information on specific issues and strategies related to fitting a student with deafblindness with appropriate assistive listening devices such as the BAHA, cochlear implants, FM systems, and traditional hearing aids for use in the classroom and in outdoor environments. We will also review the basic types of hearing tests and how to read an audiological report.


December 2014

December 2, 2014

3:00-4:00 PM

Active Learning Study Group 

Participants in this series of webinars will have the opportunity to deepen their understanding of Active Learning theory by studying Dr. Lilli Nielsen's book, Early Learning Step-by-Step.


December 4, 2014

3:00-4:00 PM

Addressing the ECC Session 4: Assistive Technology

An on-going series of webinars on ways to address the Expanded Core Curriculum (ECC). This series will focus on instructional resources and strategies. 


December 8, 2014

3:00-4:00 PM

CVI Study Group 

Participants will share documents and videos of their own students via Google drive. Participants will discuss newly submitted materials with their peers and offer suggestions. Participants will implement suggestions and share whether or not they worked. They may also request a discussion of an element of CVI assessment and intervention.


December 15, 2014

3:00-4:00 PM

SLK Study Group

Using the Sensory Learning Kit (SLK) rubric as a guide, participants will explore using the kit with individual students. A goal of this webinar series is to create appropriate learning media assessments for students using the SLK. Successful programming can then begin to be implemented, based on the information from the LMA.


January 2015

January 6, 2015

3:00-4:00 PM

Active Learning Study Group 

Participants in this series of webinars will have the opportunity to deepen their understanding of Active Learning theory by studying Dr. Lilli Nielsen's book, Early Learning Step-by-Step.


January 8, 2015

3:00-4:00 PM

Addressing the ECC - Session 5: Sensory Efficiency

An on-going series of webinars on ways to address the Expanded Core Curriculum (ECC). This series will focus on instructional resources and strategies. 


January 19, 2015

3:00-4:00 PM

CVI Study Group 

Participants will share documents and videos of their own students via Google drive. Participants will discuss newly submitted materials with their peers and offer suggestions. Participants will implement suggestions and share whether or not they worked. They may also request a discussion of an element of CVI assessment and intervention.


January 22, 2015

3:00-4:00 PM

Hearing Issues Series - Functional Hearing Assessment

This series will focus on hearing issues unique to students with deafblindness that teachers of the deaf and hard of hearing, teachers of students with visual impairment, and orientation and mobility specialists need to know. In this webinar we will look at how to conduct a functional hearing assessment, including how to assemble a kit and how to implement this information in programming.


January 26, 2015

3:00-4:00 PM

SLK Study Group 

Using the Sensory Learning Kit (SLK) rubric as a guide, participants will explore using the kit with individual students. A goal of this webinar series is to create appropriate learning media assessments for students using the SLK. Successful programming can then begin to be implemented, based on the information from the LMA.


February 2015

February 3, 2015

3:00-4:00 PM

Active Learning Study Group 

Participants in this series of webinars will have the opportunity to deepen their understanding of Active Learning theory by studying Dr. Lilli Nielsen's book, Early Learning Step-by-Step.


February 5, 2015

3:00-4:00 PM

Addressing the ECC - Session 6: Recreation and Leisure

An on-going series of webinars on ways to address the Expanded Core Curriculum (ECC). This series will focus on instructional resources and strategies. 


February 16, 2015

3:00-4:00 PM

CVI Study Group 

Participants will share documents and videos of their own students via Google drive. Participants will discuss newly submitted materials with their peers and offer suggestions. Participants will implement suggestions and share whether or not they worked. They may also request a discussion of an element of CVI assessment and intervention.


February 23, 2015

3:00-4:00 PM

SLK Study Group 

Using the Sensory Learning Kit (SLK) rubric as a guide, participants will explore using the kit with individual students. A goal of this webinar series is to create appropriate learning media assessments for students using the SLK. Successful programming can then begin to be implemented, based on the information from the LMA.


February 24, 2015

3:00-4:00 PM

Braille Production Study Group

This study group series will discuss the issues that arise in the production of braille, Nemeth and tactile graphics.


March 2015

March 3, 2015

3:00-4:00 PM

Active Learning Study Group 

Participants in this series of webinars will have the opportunity to deepen their understanding of Active Learning theory by studying Dr. Lilli Nielsen's book, Early Learning Step-by-Step.


March 5, 2015

3:00-4:00 PM

Addressing the ECC - Session 7: Career Education

An on-going series of webinars on ways to address the Expanded Core Curriculum (ECC). This series will focus on instructional resources and strategies. 


March 10, 2015

2:30-4:00 PM

Using iPads to Increase Access for Students with Low Vision 

This webinar will explore ways in which the iPad can contribute to the accessibility of information in classrooms for students with low vision, grades 3-12. Topics covered will include accessibility features of the iPad, using the iPad camera to capture and manipulate size, note taking apps, access to books, and systems such as Dropbox that classroom teachers can use with students for information storage and retrieval. There will be opportunities for participants to share ways in which they use iPads to increase student access to classroom materials.


March 23, 2015

3:00-4:00 PM

CVI Study Group 

Participants will share documents and videos of their own students via Google drive. Participants will discuss newly submitted materials with their peers and offer suggestions. Participants will implement suggestions and share whether or not they worked. They may also request a discussion of an element of CVI assessment and intervention.

March 30, 2015

3:00-4:00 PM

SLK Study Group 

Using the Sensory Learning Kit (SLK) rubric as a guide, participants will explore using the kit with individual students. A goal of this webinar series is to create appropriate learning media assessments for students using the SLK. Successful programming can then begin to be implemented, based on the information from the LMA.


April 2015

April 2, 2015

3:00-4:00 PM

Addressing the ECC - Session 8: Independent Living Skills

An on-going series of webinars on ways to address the Expanded Core Curriculum (ECC). This series will focus on instructional resources and strategies. 

April 7, 2015

3:00-4:00 PM

Active Learning Study Group

Participants in this series of webinars will have the opportunity to deepen their understanding of Active Learning theory by studying Dr. Lilli Nielsen's book, Early Learning Step-by-Step.


April 20, 2015

3:00-4:00 PM

CVI Study Group 

Participants will share documents and videos of their own students via Google drive. Participants will discuss newly submitted materials with their peers and offer suggestions. Participants will implement suggestions and share whether or not they worked. They may also request a discussion of an element of CVI assessment and intervention.


April 27, 2015

3:00-4:00 PM

SLK Study Group 

Using the Sensory Learning Kit (SLK) rubric as a guide, participants will explore using the kit with individual students. A goal of this webinar series is to create appropriate learning media assessments for students using the SLK. Successful programming can then begin to be implemented, based on the information from the LMA.


May 2015

May 18, 2015

3:00-4:00 PM

CVI Study Group

Participants will share documents and videos of their own students via Google drive. Participants will discuss newly submitted materials with their peers and offer suggestions. Participants will implement suggestions and share whether or not they worked. They may also request a discussion of an element of CVI assessment and intervention.

May 21, 2015

3:00-4:00 PM

Hearing Issues for Students with Deafblindness

This series will focus on hearing issues unique to students with deafblindness that teachers of the deaf and hard of hearing, teachers of students with visual impairment, and orientation and mobility specialists need to know. In this session we will provide information on the importance of auditory training for individuals with deafblindness. When vision is impaired use of any residual hearing becomes critical as the other distance sense. Without systematic training students with deafblindness will not learn to use their hearing to attach meaning to the sounds around them. Skills that are critical for learning in general, but also for safe navigation of the environment will be discussed.

May 26, 2015

3:00-4:00 PM

SLK Study Group 

Using the Sensory Learning Kit (SLK) rubric as a guide, participants will explore using the kit with individual students. A goal of this webinar series is to create appropriate learning media assessments for students using the SLK. Successful programming can then begin to be implemented, based on the information from the LMA.

Each year Outreach Programs broadcasts periodic programs over the Texas Education Teleconference Network (TETN).  These broadcasts are made available to all twenty of the education service centers (ESC). 

Not all TETNs may be available from your ESC. Please contact your Vision Consultant or Low Incidence Disabilities Consultant before you register to make sure your ESC will have a viewing room for a specific TETN. If your ESC is not broadcasting the event, you may view it on our Distance Learning site at a later date and receive credit using the Delayed Viewing Form available on the TSBVI website.

In order to be eligible for continuing education credit for participation in any TSBVI TETN broadcasts, you must register for the event with TSBVI, sign/submit a roster from the viewing site and complete an evaluation using a code.

Register for a TETN Event 


 TETN Broadcast Listing for 2014-15

September 16, 2014

2:30-4:00 PM

TETN 32132 #Disability, #Employment, #HigherEd: How to Protect Your Rights on Social Media 

Job applicants, don't let your Facebook profile make you face unemployment. Employers, don't get Insta-slammed with a civil rights violation. Tune in to this "Pinteresting" presentation on September 16th to learn more about scenarios like these:

  • John, a high school student, posts a photo of himself on Instagram with his service dog. He applies for a summer job, but when the employer sees the Instagram photo, she decides not to hire John because of his disability.
  • Beth is interviewing for college admission. As part of the interview, the college recruiter asks her to log-in to Facebook so that he can see her page. Beth refuses to log-in and later finds out that she was not accepted to the college.
  • Sarah's boss learns through Facebook that Sarah's mom has cancer. He lets his other employees know about the cancer and passes around a "Get Well Soon" card for Sarah's mom.

Some of the people in the scenarios above have broken the law -- but who has and who hasn't may surprise you! Through this presentation, you will learn how the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act apply at work and school and how to protect yourself from discrimination. #dontmissit!

Audience: Anyone


 October 21, 2014

2:30-4:00 PM

TETN 32954 Functional Vision Assessment for VI Infants 

Ann Rash, Early Childhood consultant with the Visually Impaired Outreach Program will introduce the new videos on the TSBVI website of Lois Harrell, TVI, conducting functional vision evaluations (FVE) on two infants. Her FVE protocol for infants and children who are non-verbal will be available for download.

Audience: Teachers of Students with Visual Impairments


November 5, 2014

3:00-4:00 PM

TETN 32135 Step by Step: VI Registration and Deafblind Child Count TETN

In this TETN Sue Enoch will provide information on the completion of both the VI Registration and Deafblind Child Count. Explanations will be given for why we do this data gathering and how the data is used. Then, she will demonstrate how to complete the process. Opportunities will be provided to ask questions about eligibility, statewide demographics, and other issues.

Audience: Teachers of Students with Visual Impairments, Teachers of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, Administrators, others completing VI Registry or DeafblindChild Count information


December 9, 2014

3:00-4:00 PM

TETN 32966 Creating a Transition Action Group 

Texas Parent to Parent (TXP2P) is an organization that can help a small local group of parents (called a TAG or Transition Action Group) to unite and meet regularly about the transition of their children to adulthood. This broadcast will share information about this initiative and how TXP2P can support individuals who want to learn more about this process.

Audience: Special education staff, rehabilitation staff, parents, young adults with visual impairments or deafblindness


January 15, 2015

2:30-4:00 PM

TETN 32955 Strategies to Help Young People with Deafblindness and Behavior Issues 

Challenging behavior may have many causes, but can often be a direct result of issues related to sensory impairments. In these cases, intervention should be based on strategies that take into account the effects of deafblindness on the ability of the child to gather information, understand the environment, communicate, and feel secure. Behavior is best addressed through prevention, by consistently using strategies that reduce the motivation of students to engage in problem behaviors. Instances of behavior problems can be reduced for most students with deafblindness by using effective communication and support strategies.

Audience:  Special eduaction staff, general education staff, rehabilitation staff, administrators, parents


March 4, 2015

3:00-4:00 PM

TETN 32136 APH: What Have They Come Up With Now?

American Printing House for the Blind (APH) has some new products you should check out. This presentation will look at products new to the catalog and share information about how they can be used with students who have visual impairments.

Audience:  Teacher of Students with Visual Impairments, Certified Orientation and Mobility Specialists


April 21, 2015

2:30-4:00 PM

TETN 33097 Addressing Access to the Core and Expanded Core Curricula Using Active Learning

Students with visual and multiple impairments or deafblindness who are under the developmental age of 3 benefit from the Active Learning approach to instruction developed by Dr. Lilli Nielsen. Teachers and administrators will learn how this approach to instruction can be used to meet requirements related to accessing the Core Curriculum and Expanded Core Curriculum for these students with the most profound disabilities functioning below the developmental age of 3.

Audience: Special education staff, rehabilitation staff, administrators, parents