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Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired (TSBVI) has an array of programs that serve the almost 11,000 students identified blind, visually impaired and DeafBlind throughout Texas.  Our goal is to transform educational outcomes for students, ages birth to 22.  In some cases, we serve as a special public school for students ages 6 through 22 on the TSBVI campus. We also provide support in the form of online courses, consultations, publications, and in-person trainings throughout Texas, addressing the needs of students that may never set foot in Austin.  Family education and engagement is at the heart of what we do.

Parent's Guide to TSBVI Services

A School District Guide to Accessing Services at TSBVI


A Brief History of the Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired

The Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired was established by the Sixth Texas Legislature on August 16, 1856, as The Blind Institute, with five members of the board of trustees appointed by Governor Elisha M. Pease. The location of the first Blind Institute was at the residence of Mr. W. L. Hill who leased the premises for the purpose of establishing a school for the blind. Dr. S. W. Baker, family doctor and close personal friend of Governor Pease, was the first superintendent. By 1857, three students were in attendance with one student being 25 years of age at the time of his admittance to The Blind Institute. Parents of the students paid tuition and expenses but, as needed, the tuition and expenses of the students were met by the Institute.

Originally, students were expected to work while at the Institute, making brooms and other marketable products.

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100 Year Commemorative Video

Description: A brief video commemorating 100 years at TSBVI's permanent location in north Austin with all the exciting changes that have taken place over the years; interviews with alumni, current and former staff, and footage from the 1920's to 2017.

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100 Años Conmemorativo [Español]

Description: En español.

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