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The following resources were compiled by the Texas DeafBlind Project to be shared with families at their child’s annual Individualized Education Program meetings (often referred to as ARD meetings). This list was updated November 2017.  You may download a printable version of this information in Word or PDF format.

Both Word and PDF versions in Spanish are also available.

State Supports:

Texas DeafBlind Project, Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired:

http://www.tsbvi.edu/deaf-blind-project-1/tx-db-project

ESC DeafBlind Specialist contact information: http://www.tsbvi.edu/esc-contacts

State Services for Individuals with Visual Impairments/Blindness:

Blind Children’s Vocational Discovery & Development Program (Heath and Human Services Commission):

https://hhs.texas.gov/services/disability/blind-and-visually-impaired/blind-childrens-vocational-discovery-and-development-program

Transition Program (Texas Workforce Commission):

http://www.twc.state.tx.us/jobseekers/vocational-rehabilitation-youth-studentshttp://www.twc.state.tx.us/jobseekers/vocational-rehabilitation-youth-students

Texas School for the Deaf Education Resource Center on Deafness:

http://www.tsd.state.tx.us/apps/pages/index.jsp?uREC_ID=174971&type=d&pREC_ID=361563

Texas Medicaid Waiver Programs:

Deaf-Blind Multiple Disabilities Medicaid Waiver Program:

https://hhs.texas.gov/sites/hhs/files//basic_page/dbmd_english.pdf

Long-term Care Program Comparisons:

https://hhs.texas.gov/sites/default/files//documents/doing-business-with-hhs/providers/resources/ltss-waivers.pdf

iCanConnect:

(free communication technology and training to stay connected with family and friends)

http://www.icanconnect.org/

Texas Project First website:

http://texasprojectfirst.org/

Navigate Life Texas website:

https://www.navigatelifetexas.org/en/search?q=deafblind

Parent Companion – the first five years website:

http://www.parentcompanion.org/

Texas Deafblind Child Count:

http://www.tsbvi.edu/fact-sheet-for-parents-on-the-texas-deafblind-child-count

IEP Quality Indicators:

http://www.tsbvi.edu/attachments/other/IEP_Indicators.pdf

National Supports (federally funded programs):

National Center on Deaf-Blindness website:

https://nationaldb.org/

Library:

https://nationaldb.org/library

Family Matters webpage:

https://nationaldb.org/families

I wish I had… booklet and video:

http://documents.nationaldb.org/Family/Iwish.pdf

Helen Keller National Center

National Website:

https://www.helenkeller.org/hknc

Regional Representative (TX, AR, LA, NM, OK):

Molly Sinanan, S., ,Voice: 516.393.7997, VP: 512.394.8334

Qualified Personnel for Individuals with DeafBlindness:

Teachers for Students with DeafBlindness:

http://www.tsbvi.edu/tdb-home

Individualized Supports (Interveners, Service Support Providers and Interpreters for individuals with DeafBlindness):

Open Hands Open Access Intervener Services Learning Modules:

http://nationaldb.org/library/page/2269

Interveners in the Home and Community – An Under-recognized Imperative article:

https://nationaldb.org/library/page/2458

Interveners and Children who are DeafBlind website:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7ug5wxz8ack

A Family’s Guide to Interveners – Download the booklet:

http://intervener.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/06/A-Familys-Guide-to-pdf

Determining the Need for an Intervener in Educational Settings in Texas:

http://www.tsbvi.edu/determining-the-need-for-an-intervener- in-educational-settings-in-texas

Teachers of Students with Visual Impairments:

http://www.tsbvi.edu/tb-jobs/tb-tvi

Teachers of Students who are Deaf/Hard of Hearing:

https://texasdeafed.org/topics/deaf-education-in-Texas

Orientation & Mobility Specialists:

http://www.tsbvi.edu/orientation-and-mobility-items/2110-the-role-of-the-orientation-and-mobility-teacher-in-the-public-schools-1

Communication and Literacy:

Communication for Children with DeafBlindness, or Visual and Multiple Impairments:

http://www.tsbvi.edu/distance/communication/

Literacy for Children with Combined Vision and Hearing Loss:

http://literacy.nationaldb.org/

Family Organizations:

Meet Your Family Organizations:

http://www.tsbvi.edu/family-support- organizations

NFADB Deaf-Blind Awareness Video:

https://nationaldb.org/library/page/2287