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In the Driver's Seat: Introduction to Safe Driving with Low Vision

 March 5-7 (referrals due by January 22, 2021)

Grades 9 - 12

Drivers Seat

 A Short-Term Program for students and their families

For most teenagers, driving is not only a dream, but a rite of passage. Students with low vision often wonder, “Will I be able to drive?” Determining the answer to this question is a process between the students and their families which involves gathering facts, facing emotions, and ultimately making important decisions. In this workshop, students and families will explore the topic of driving with low vision.

Eligibility Requirements

Students can NOT be considered for this program if:

  • they do not meet the visual criteria to drive in the state of Texas including distance acuity of 20/200 or better and an uninterrupted visual field of 140°. Please verify with the student’s eye doctor before making a referral.
  • they are unable to attend with a parent(s) or guardian(s).

Questions Addressed Through Learning Objectives:

  • What are the visual qualifications for driving and obtaining a license in the state of Texas?
  • What steps are needed to develop pre-driver readiness skills?
  • Can I use a bioptic (mounted telescope lens system) to drive?
  • What tools and skills are needed to make driving a safe choice for my child?
  • What are the costs and time commitments to obtaining a driver’s license?
  • If I can’t drive, what are some alternate forms of transportation I can use to attain independence and control over my life?


Who is eligible for participation in this event?

  • Academic students in grades 9-12, functioning on or close to grade level, who meet the visual acuity (20/200 or better) and visual field (uninterrupted field of 140°) requirements to drive in Texas. Older students who meet eligibility criteria will be given preference.
  • Students must be accompanied by a parent or guardian if they are under the age of 18. We will not have childcare for siblings.
  • Students and their parent(s) must attend the full program, starting at 6:30 PM on Friday and ending at 1:00 PM on Sunday.

Where will this event take place?

The activities take place at the TSBVI Conference Center in Austin, TX. Students will be housed on campus. Parents will stay in a nearby hotel or in limited on campus housing. Special activities are planned for parents, providing them an opportunity to talk about their concerns with other parents. We will also hear from adult and young adult low vision drivers and non-drivers, a certified driving instructor, and a low vision specialist.

Is there funding to cover the cost of travel, room and meals?

TSBVI will provide housing and meals for students at no cost to families. Student travel is also paid by TSBVI. Families are encouraged to contact their Texas Workforce Commission counselor to request financial assistance with travel and lodging. Parents who are not eligible for travel assistance from the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) may request travel funds from TSBVI.

For additional information about the content of this section contact 

Cheryl Austin at or 512-206-9203 or

 Cindy Bachofer at 512-206-9434.


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