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AUG 6-9, 2019:  Braille Boot Camp: Braille Document, Tactile Graphic, and Music Production (August)

SEP 27-29, 2019:  DBMAT 46th Annual Family Conference

OCT 10-11, 2019:  2019 Introduction to the Intervener Team Model

OCT 20-22, 2019:  October Mentor Center

NOV 1-3, 2019:  2019 Southwest Orientation and Mobility Association Conference

NOV 13, 2019:  Advanced Practitioner Series: Studies in DeafBlindness

DEC 6-7, 2019:  Mentor Training

DEC 12-15, 2019:  Game of Life! Middle School Transition

JAN 7-10, 2020:  Braille Boot Camp: Braille Document, Tactile Graphic, and Music Production (January)

FEB 9-11, 2020  February Mentor Center

FEB 27-29, 2020:  2020 Texas Focus

MAR 6-8, 2020:  In the Driver's Seat:  Introduction to Safe Driving with Low Vision

APR 17-19, 2020:  Discovering the Future

APR 23-26, 2020:  City Travel for COMS and Their Students

APR 26-28, 2020:  April Mentor Center

MAY 1, 2020:  Low Vision Conference:  21st Century Tech


Braille Boot Camp:  Braille Document, Tactile Graphic, and Music Production

August 6 - 9, 2019

Braille Boot Camp is a four day, hands-on, experiential training focused on the development of the knowledge and skills needed to produce braille documents, tactile graphics, and music braille for their students with blindness and visual impairments.  Learning objectives include...

Braille Document and Tactile Graphic Production:

  • Setting up your computer and software for braille and tactile graphic production.
  • Understanding file formats and conversion to editable text.
  • Developing a workflow that ensures accuracy of translation and formats.
  • Translation of literary, foreign language, and math worksheets for different grade levels.
  • The tactile graphic workflow and methods of production.
  • Drawing skills, element placement and document formatting.
  • Development of templates for commonly used diagram.
  • How to use available resources for guidance.

An introduction to music braille will include:

  • Pitches and time value of notes.
  • Other “basic” symbols such as time signatures, measures, and ending a piece of music.
  • The octave symbols.
  • placement of accidentals.
  • Headings, page numbers, and overall format.

Registration Fee:  $100 per person

REGISTER HERE!

 

DBMAT 46th Annual Family Conference

September 27-29, 2019

The mission of DBMAT (Deaf-Blind Multihandicapped Association of Texas) is to promote and improve the quality of life for all Texans who are DeafBlind multihandicapped.  DBMAT supports the establishment of educational, rehabilitative, vocational and independent living opportunities of these individuals for all ages.

The annual family conference will be held at Camp Young Judea in Wimberly, TX. For more information concerning this conference, please visit the DBMAT official website

DBMAT OFFICIAL WEBSITE!

 

2019 Introduction to the Intervener Team Model

October 10 - 11, 2019

Interveners need specialized skills related to DeafBlindness in order to provide one-on-one instructional support to students who are DeafBlind. They need appropriate supervision and support from the IEP team. To help meet the needs of interveners in Texas, the Texas DeafBlind Project at Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired is pleased to announce the 2018 Introduction to the Intervener Team Model.

This workshop is for those individuals who are newly assigned in the role as an Intervener, or for current interveners who have not yet had the opportunity to attend this introductory training.

Each intervener should attend this training with a professional member of the educational team (ideally the classroom teacher, but this could also be a teacher for the deaf and hard of hearing or teacher for students with visual impairments or another professional regularly involved with the deafblind student). Family members (parents or guardians) of the student are welcomed to attend, as well.

This workshop provides information for the intervener and the team on:

  • Experiencing the World of DeafBlindness
  • DeafBlindness: Impact & Implications
  • Intervener Competencies & Training Updates
  • Intervener and Team Roles & Responsibilities
  • The Five Components of Quality Intervention
  • Intervention Issues & Considerations
  • Identification of Tools and Strategies to Support the Student Profile.

Registration Fee:

  • Early Registration - $40 per person
  • Late Registration - $50 per person

For more information on this workshop, please visit the Introduction to the Intervener Team Model web page.

REGISTER HERE!

 

October Mentor Center 

October 20 - 22, 2019

Mentor Centers provide participants an opportunity to observe experienced TVIs and COMS as they use a variety of strategies and materials with their students on the TSBVI and Austin ISD campuses. Each participant will have the opportunity to observe between 4-6 individual VI professionals a day.

Learning Objectives:

  • Observe visually impaired students in a variety of learning environments.
  • Keep a record of materials and strategies observed
  • Apply strategies and materials to their own students.
  • Connect theory learned in coursework to actual situations in the field.

Registration Fee:  $25 per person

For more information regarding Mentor Center, please visit the Mentor Program web page.

REGISTER HERE!

 

2019 Southwest Orientation and Mobility Association Conference

November 1 - 3, 2019

The 2019 Southwest Orientation and Mobility (SWOMA) Conference will feature both a Pre-Conference event and Conference event for one low price!  This year SWOMA will be held at the Fredonia Hotel in Nacogdoches, TX.  Location Address:  200 N. Fredonia St. Nacogdoches, TX 75961

More information regarding SWOMA will posted in the near future.  Please stay tuned

Registration Fees:

  • Professionals - Early:  $175.00  Late:  $225.00
  • University O&M Students - Early:  $125.00  Late:  $175.00

NOTE:  Late registration begins after October 21st.

For more information regarding SWOMA, please visit the SWOMA Conference Home Page.

REGISTER HERE!

 

Advanced Practitioner Series: Studies in DeafBlindness

November 13, 2019

Advanced Practitioner Training is an annual training in which practitioners working with students who are DeafBlind come together and learn from one of the leading experts in the field. This year we have Paul Hart coming to us from Scotland to share his expertise about communication, communication partnerships and tactile interaction. 

Paul has worked for Sense Scotland since 1987, starting as a support worker two years after completing a Bachelor of Music degree. In the past twenty five years, he has held a number of posts with Sense, including supportworker, manager of residential services, manager of day services, Principal Officer (Practice Development) and now as Head of Research and Practice he spends much of his time developing resources around assessment, communication, activity design and support planning. He is a member of Sense Scotland’s Leadership Team.

Paul speaks regularly at conferences and seminars, including Deafblind International (DbI) World and European conferences, on the themes of assessment, communication, staff development and sex education. In 1994, Paul gained his teaching qualification (PGCE - Primary) and in 2002, he completed a Masters Degree in Education, where much of the focus was on communication with people who are deafblind and implications for staff development.  In 2010 he completed his PhD at Dundee University, with a research focus on communication and language development for congenitally deafblind people.

Paul is currently a member of the DbI Communication Network and also the Tactile Communication Network and in these capacities, he lectures at a number of universities, including the Masters in Communication and Congenital Deafblindness course at Groningen University in The Netherlands. He has written some influential articles and books in the field such as "Using Imitation with Congenitally DeafBlind Adults; establishing meaningful communication partners", "Dialogicalilty in Culture: response from the perspective of congenital DeafBlindness, and "Moving beyond the common touchpoint - discovering language with congenitally deafblind people". He will be sharing his expertise with us on these topics, and more!

Registration Fees - $100 per person

REGISTER HERE!

 

Mentor Training

December 6 - 7, 2019

Individuals who have completed the mentor application process will be required to attend an initial face-to-face training on the TSBVI campus in Austin. This training lasts for one and a half days, and covers such topics as common problems of novice teachers, mentor/protégé communication, record keeping for mentors, and promising practice standards for TVIs and COMS.

Learning Objectives:

  • Describe stages of concern for the beginning professional.
  • Describe techniques which facilitate open interaction between mentor and protégé.
  • Use legal framework documents to support programming for students with visual impairments.
  • Standardize assessment requirements for determining eligibility in Texas.
  • Complete required documentation for mentoring in Texas.

Registration Fee:  $12 per person

NOTE:  Registration is by invite only.  Please contact Chrissy Cowan if you would like to learn more.

 

Game of Life! Middle School Transition

December 12 - 15, 2019

TSBVI Short-Term Programs and Outreach Programs offers a special opportunity for students and parents. Is the game of life a game of chance or choice? Throughout life, we all make choices and navigate roadblocks daily. Students heading into high school are faced with a number of challenges as they transition to adult life. Students with visual impairments have an added layer of learning, related to concepts such as money handling, career exploration, and socializing with peers. Together, we will develop skills in these areas while encouraging students to be leaders in their own lives.

In this weekend course, students and their parents must attend together. Students will be taught by teaching staff in Short-Term Programs while parents will attend a conference portion hosted by the Outreach department. Limited on-campus hotel lodging may be available for adults. Families are encouraged to contact their Texas Workforce Commission counselor to request financial assistance with travel and lodging. Students will reside in the Short-Term Programs dorm. The goal is for students to understand ways that they can “step up” as they transition to adult life, while parents will learn ways to “step back,” as they support their child with this transition.

The parent participation program includes information about:

  • Transition planning
  • Graduation plans
  • Supporting your child in the expanded core areas at home and in the community.
  • Exploring post secondary options.
  • Experiences shared by other parents and students who have made this transition.
  • Opportunities at Criss Cole Rehabilitation Center and the Post Secondary Programs on the TSBVI campus - Parents will be able to tour both programs.

For more information, please visit the Game of Life web page..

Braille Boot Camp:  Braille Document, Tactile Graphic, and Music Production

January 7 - 10, 2020

Braille Boot Camp is a four day, hands-on, experiential training focused on the development of the knowledge and skills needed to produce braille documents, tactile graphics, and music braille for their students with blindness and visual impairments.  Learning objectives include...

Braille Document and Tactile Graphic Production:

  • Setting up your computer and software for braille and tactile graphic production.
  • Understanding file formats and conversion to editable text.
  • Developing a workflow that ensures accuracy of translation and formats.
  • Translation of literary, foreign language, and math worksheets for different grade levels.
  • The tactile graphic workflow and methods of production.
  • Drawing skills, element placement and document formatting.
  • Development of templates for commonly used diagram.
  • How to use available resources for guidance.

An introduction to music braille will include:

  • Pitches and time value of notes.
  • Other “basic” symbols such as time signatures, measures, and ending a piece of music.
  • The octave symbols.
  • placement of accidentals.
  • Headings, page numbers, and overall format.

Registration Fee:  $100 per person

REGISTER HERE!

 

February Mentor Center

February 9 - 11, 2020

Mentor Centers provide participants an opportunity to observe experienced TVIs and COMS as they use a variety of strategies and materials with their students on the TSBVI and Austin ISD campuses. Each participant will have the opportunity to observe between 4-6 individual VI professionals a day.

Learning Objectives:

  • Observe visually impaired students in a variety of learning environments.
  • Keep a record of materials and strategies observed
  • Apply strategies and materials to their own students.
  • Connect theory learned in coursework to actual situations in the field.

Registration Fee:  $25 per person

For more information regarding Mentor Center, please visit the Mentor Program web page.

REGISTER HERE!

 

Texas Focus 2020 Self-Determination:  Building Positive Futures for Every Child 

February 27 - 29, 2020

Join us for Texas Focus 2020 as we explore tools and strategies to empower all children with visual impairments. Sessions will focus on ways to provide children with greater voice, meaningful options, and increased participation in their lives.Learning Objectives:

  • Participants will develop strategies that will assist their students in advocating for their unique needs.
  • Participants will increase their knowledge of effective strategies for students with complex communication needs.
  • Participants will explore ways to enrich students' lives through involvement in creative arts.

For more information regarding Texas Focus, please visit the Texas Focus web page.

REGISTRATION COMING SOON!

 

In the Driver's Seat: Introduction to Safe Driving with Low Vision

March 6 - 8, 2020

Driving is a teenager's dream. Finding an answer to the question, "Will I be able to drive?" is a complex process of gathering facts, making decisions, and facing emotional issues for students with visual impairments and their families. This workshop will help you look at the issue of driving with low vision.

Questions like these will be addressed: Can I use a bioptic (a mounted telescopic lens system) to drive? What are the visual qualifications to drive in Texas? What additional skills do I need to be a safe driver? If I can't drive, how will I get around? Can my child possibly be safe to drive?

Learning Objectives Include

  • Steps to develop pre-driver awareness skills
  • Awareness of Texas driving qualifications for individuals with visual impairments
  • Cost and time commitments related to getting a driver's license
  • Identification of tools helpful for managing safe travel (e.g., GPS, auxiliary mirrors)
  • Access to alternate forms of transportation as a non-driver

Who is eligible for Participation in this event?

  • Academic students in grades 9-12, functioning on or close to grade level, who meet the visual acuity (20/200 or better) and visual field (uninterrupted field of 140°) requirements to drive in Texas. Older students who meet eligibility criteria will be given preference.
  • Students must be accompanied by a parent or guardian if they are under the age of 18. We will not have childcare for siblings.
  • Students and their parent(s) must attend the full program, starting at 7:00 PM on Friday and ending at 1:00 PM on Sunday.

For more information, please visit the In the Driver's Seat web page..

 

Discovering the Future:  Transition for School to Adult Life for Students with Visual and Multiple Disabilties, Including Deafblindness

April 17 - 19, 2020

This weekend workshop will help families of students with visual and multiple impairment, including those with deafblindness, learn to make plans for their family member’s adult life after graduation. The targeted audience is families of middle school and high school students who will need services and supports in the community for plans other than traditional graduation to college and career.

Registration Fee:

  • Early Registration - $40 per person
  • Late Registration - $50 per person

REGISTER HERE!

 

City Travel for COMS and Their Students

April 23 - 26, 2020

City Travel for COMS and their Students is a class where the student and his or her O&M Specialist (COMS) come to Austin together to learn and practice a variety of skills needed in a busy metropolitan area. Many students with visual impairments throughout Texas are ready to learn about traveling in a metropolitan area—but it's nearly impossible for their COMS to find either time or a location to address these skills. Here is the solution! 

Would you like to have the time and opportunity to teach skills like these: 

  • Bus travel
  • Commuter train travel
  • Busy downtown one-way and two-way streets
  • Complex lighted intersections
  • Large indoor and outdoor malls with escalators
  • Large buildings with banks of elevators and revolving doors
  • A large university campus (University of Texas-Austin)
  • Much more!

Each COMS will design their own three-day schedule based on their student’s needs. Chris Tabb, the O&M Consultant for TSBVI Outreach Services, will facilitate your individual program and be available as a resource to you. 

For more information, please visit the City Travel web page.

 

April Mentor Center 

April 26 - 28, 2020

Mentor Centers provide participants an opportunity to observe experienced TVIs and COMS as they use a variety of strategies and materials with their students on the TSBVI and Austin ISD campuses. Each participant will have the opportunity to observe between 4-6 individual VI professionals a day.

Learning Objectives:

  • Observe visually impaired students in a variety of learning environments.
  • Keep a record of materials and strategies observed
  • Apply strategies and materials to their own students.
  • Connect theory learned in coursework to actual situations in the field.

Registration Fee:  $25 per person

For more information regarding Mentor Center, please visit the Mentor Program web page.

REGISTER HERE!

 

Low Vision Conference:  21st Century Tech 

May 1, 2020

Keeping up on the ever present impact of technology in regards to vision has become a critical part of the VI professional role. This extends beyond task completion in the classroom and workplace. This conference will present a range of topics related to current and evolving technologies.

Learning Objectives:

  • Identify resources to help VI professionals stay up-to-date on technology changes
  • Demonstrate range of digital learning options for presenting information to students

Registration Fee:  $50 per person

REGISTRATION COMING SOON!