Fall 2014 Updates

For TVI's and COMS

Upcoming Workshops:

Students with VI in the General Education Classroom

Here is the flyer to share with teachers

Assistive Technology for Students with Low Vision

In this half-day session for teachers of the visually impaired and Orientation and Mobility Specialists, we will discuss pieces of assistive technology ranging from low-tech to high-tech designed for students with low vision.

Guest Presenter:

Belinda Rudinger MEd

VI Assistive Technology Region 10

December 12, 2014




TAER 2015

March 26th - 28th Sheraton Arlington Hotel

TSBVI Outreach Training Events 2014-2015

Click here to download the TSBVI schedule of training events. They are offering MANY webinar sessions this year.

TETN's from the Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired

December 9, 2014

3-4 PM

Creating a Transition Action Group (NOT hosting at ESC11)

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.

January 15, 2015

2:30-4 PM

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.

March 4, 2015 (NOT up for registration yet)

3-4 PM

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.

April 21, 2015 (NOT up for registration yet)

2:30-4 PM

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.

The VISSIT has been released!

The VISSIT: Visual Impairment Scale of Service Intensity of Texas is designed to guide teachers of students with visual impairments (TVIs) in determining the type and amount of itinerant TVI services to recommend for students on their caseload. The Individualized Education Program (IEP) committee will typically rely upon the TVI for this recommendation. This scale supports the TVI in quantifying information for the IEP committee. It is hoped that the VISSIT will provide guidance so that all students with visual impairments get the benefit of an appropriate amount and type of service.

You can find it on TSBVI's website at the following address:


Stephanie Isbell

Regional Consultant for Visual Impairments and Orientation and Mobility