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2017-18 Calendar

To register for any of these events, follow the links for each separate event or go to http://txtsbvi.escworks.net (our secure partner website) and view the Calendar of Sessions.

For Credit All of our workshops and conferences have been approved for continuing education credit (ACVREP and SBEC). In order to be eligible for continuing education credit for participation in any of our events, you must register for this event, sign the roster for the session(s) you attend, and complete an evaluation using a code following the event.  You will need to create an account the first time you enter the site. If there is a fee for the registration, you will be asked for a PO or check number during registration, unless you are paying by credit card. If you do not have the number at the time of registration, simply enter 0000 in that box. You can send in payment or bring it with you to the event. 


August 8-11, 2017

Braille Boot Camp: Braille and Tactile Graphic Production: A  workshop for paraprofessionals and other beginners to braille and tactile graphics productions

James C. Durkel Conference Center

Texas School for the Blind & Visually Impaired 

Austin, Texas

 Braille Boot Camp is four days of hands-on experiential learning focused on braille and tactile graphic production.  Susan Mattson and Sharon Nichols will lead participants through both small group and individual activities to create braille and tactile graphic documents. 

Activities include:

  • Braille Document Production for Literary, Foreign Language, Mathematics and Technical materials
  • Tactile Graphic Production of one-page and multiple-page tactile graphics
  • Creation of Templates for basic shapes and Cartesian coordinate planes
  • Applying braille format and tactile graphic placement decision-making
  • Document conversion into editable text
  • Opportunity to work with graphic embossers and software programs used in producing tactile graphics

All sessions start at 8:30 am and end at 4:00 pm


October 5-6, 2017

Introduction to the Intervener Team Model

This is training for the intervener and team members who are working with deafblind students who have been assigned an educational intervener.

For more information visit the workshop webpage.


SWOMA

October 20-21, 2017

Location: Region 4 Education Service Center, Houston, TX

This year Region 4 ESC hosts SWOMA at their service Center. Some of our confirmed speakers include:

  • Kaye Clark
  • Joe Cioffi
  • Diane Brauner
  • Ed Summers
  • Wendy Scheffers
  • Linda Myers  

For more information visit the workshop webpage


October 22-24, 2017

Mentor Center

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.  Participants also have the option to tour the Criss Cole state Rehabilitation Center for adults with visual impairments, located near the TSBVI campus. 

For more information visit the workshop webpage.


October 27-29, 2017 - Being re-scheduled for February

Family Transition Weekend, “Discovering the Future” - postponed

This weekend workshop will help families of students with visual and multiple impairments, 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.

For more information visit the workshop webpage.


 

December 1-2, 2017

Mentor Training

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.

For more information visit the workshop webpage.


 December 8, 2017

The Biology of Connection: How relationship led teaching changes brains, bodies and behaviour

Texas School for the Blind & Visually Impaired, Austin, TX

The field of DeafBlindness has a small but passionate group of individuals.  This annual event targets professionals working with students with DeafBlindness.  

This training will not provide basic information about DeafBlindness. If you are new to the field you may find the content advanced.  That doesn't mean you shouldn't attend this event; challenge yourself to learn more.  If you are not sure about this event meeting your needs, please feel free to contact us at .

Presented by:

Dr. Suzanne Zeedyk, Developmental Psychologist and 

Founder of the Organization connected baby 

Dundee, Scotland 

What happens when we place connection at the center of all thinking in the field of DeafBlindness?

Communication is always about connection; Dr. Suzanne Zeedyk, a specialist in parent-infant communication, will encourage us think about ways to establish bonds through relationship building, and positive interactions. She will discuss how early life experiences can go on to shape children’s biology and brain architecture, and review evidence showing that relationships are central to healthy human functioning.  Our understanding of this basic science will allow us to reflect on whether the ideas of connection are sufficiently embedded at the core thinking within the field of DeafBlindness – and if not, what we need to do to overcome any gaps we find.

For more information visit http://www.tsbvi.edu/studies-in-deafblindness-for-advanced-practitioner.

To register to to https://txtsbvi.escworks.net/catalog/conference.aspx?conference_id=39409.


January 9-12, 2018

Braille Boot Camp: Braille and Tactile Graphic Production: A  workshop for paraprofessionals and other beginners to braille and tactile graphics productions

James C. Durkel Conference Center

Texas School for the Blind & Visually Impaired 

Austin, Texas

 Braille Boot Camp is four days of hands-on experiential learning focused on braille and tactile graphic production.  Susan Mattson and Sharon Nichols will lead participants through both small group and individual activities to create braille and tactile graphic documents. 

Activities include:

  • Braille Document Production for Literary, Foreign Language, Mathematics and Technical materials
  • Tactile Graphic Production of one-page and multiple-page tactile graphics
  • Creation of Templates for basic shapes and Cartesian coordinate planes
  • Applying braille format and tactile graphic placement decision-making
  • Document conversion into editable text
  • Opportunity to work with graphic embossers and software programs used in producing tactile graphics

All sessions start at 8:30 am and end at 4:00 pm

For Additional Information visit the Braille Boot Camp webpage.

Register Now!


February 11-13, 2018

Mentor Center

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.  Participants also have the option to tour the Criss Cole state Rehabilitation Center for adults with visual impairments, located near the TSBVI campus.


March 1-3, 2018

Texas Focus

Crowne Plaza, Austin, TX

This year's Texas Focus Conference includes a special pre-conference day for parents and professionals.  Confirmed speakers include:

  • Anat Baniel
  • Anne Corn
  • Lauren Leiberman
  • Michael McLinden
  • Patty Obrzut
  • Athena Oden
  • Karen Reynus
  • Christine Roman-Lantzy
  • Penny Rosenblum

For more information visit the conference webpage.


March, 2018

Active Learning Conference

Region 3 Education Service Center, Victoria, TX

This conference focuses on an approach for educating students who are sensorimotor or early pre-operational learners (developmentally functioning between birth to about 6 years old) of any age. The Active Learning Approach was developed by Dame Lilli Nielsen of Denmark and is used especially with students who are visually and multiply impaired. This year Region 3 ESC Low Incidence Disabilities Network hosts this event in Victoria.  Dates are still being negotiated.  Check back in the fall.


March 29-April 2, 2018

Game of Life

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. Hotel lodging will be available for adults and paid for by TSBVI. Students will reside on 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.


April 6-8, 2018

In the Driver’s Seat

This 3-day student-parent workshop is co-hosted by TSBVI Short-term Programs and Outreach Programs.  Parents attend with the student and have opportunities to learn about pre-driver readiness skills, use of bioptics for driving, and steps to preparing for driver's license.  Both parents and students participate in “passenger” driving exercises and ask questions about low vision evaluations, rehabilitation driver’s training, and more from the experts.


April 22-24, 2018

 Mentor Center

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.  Participants also have the option to tour the Criss Cole state Rehabilitation Center for adults with visual impairments, located near the TSBVI campus.


May 4, 2018

Low Vision Conference

TSBVI James C. Durkel Conference Center, Austin, TX

Plans are just beginning for this event.  Check back in the Fall for details.


TSBVI On-the-Road Training Events

We are currently planning with various Education Service Center consultants to co-host events in their regions (see the tentative list below).  Please contact Kate Hurst at mailto: or submit a request for training if you would like to bring one of our training events to your region.


October 20-21, 2017

Region 17 ESC (West TX Cluster) – Eye Play


October 27, 2017

Region 2 ESC – Low Vision Conference


Date TBD

Region 14 – Low Vision Conference


Date TBD

Region 10 ESC – In the Driver’s Seat


Date TBD

Region 11 ESC – City Travel


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