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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