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James C. Durkel Conference Center, TSBVI Campus

Austin, Texas


VI professionals are a small, elite group spread out over the state. Novice teachers may lack opportunities to observe experienced VI professionals in the classroom and itinerant settings. Three times this year we will be providing two days of professional observation at TSBVI for teachers of students with visual impairments, certified orientation and mobility specialists, and Texas Tech or Stephen F. Austin students enrolled in VI or O&M coursework. You will have the opportunity to discuss what you have observed and ask questions of the instructors. The mentor program pays for hotel, 3 meals, and substitute teacher expenses. If you live over 225 miles away, you may be available for partial or full flight reimbursement. In order to be reimbursed, you will be required to get previous approval from Chrissy Cowan, Mentor Coordinator.

To be eligible to attend, you must be a student currently working on VI or O&M certification or a VI professional who is currently assigned a mentor through the TSBVI Mentor Program.

Audience: University students currently working on VI or O&M certification, and VI professionals currently assigned a mentor through the TSBVI Mentor Program. Due to limited space, mentors will not be able to attend mentor centers.


Registration Fees

$25.00 Registration

You may need to create an account if this is your first time to register
for an event in our new registration system.  Once you have created your
account locate this event in the Calendar of Sessions and select it.


Before registering, you will need the Purchase Order or Check Number or Credit Card Number that will be used to pay for your registration. They should be made to "Texas School for the Blind & Visually Impaired" and a note added that it is for payment of registration for Mentor Center.  Please make sure this payment also lists all the individuals who will be covered by this payment.  Mentor Vouchers may not be used for this event. If you are unable to get a Purchase Order or Check number in advance of your registering, enter "0000" when asked for the number in the registration form.  You may also bring your payment to the Mentor Center instead of mailing it.  If you do choose to mail it, please send it to:

 TSBVI Business Office

1100 West 45th Street

Austin, TX 78756


Reservations will be made by TSBVI for participants at the hotel listed below. Please do not contact the hotel yourself.

Holiday Inn Austin Midtown, 600 Middle Fiskville Rd, Austin, 78752, 512-206-3069


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