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The Family Lynx organization hosted a fall advisory meeting to outline their plans and goals for the school year. This spirited group of families, staff, and alumni are making a positive impact on campus.

If you have an interest in supporting the school via the Family Lynx organization reach out to leaders Barbara Knighton or Amy Potts at [email protected] or visit www.familylynx.org
Join us today for the Family Recharge Zone Kickoff hosted by the TSBVI Outreach Department. (September 1st, 6:30-8:00 CT)

https://tsbvi.zoom.us/j/91579648328

During this online discussion, we will spend 90 minutes together learning about "Charging Stations". We will sharing our hopes and ideas about connecting with each other and developing a Family Recharge Zone.

We are excited to offer a blend of family-focused training followed by a conversation exclusively for adult family members with children and adults who are blind, visually impaired, or deafblind (combined vision and hearing loss).

Both Spanish and ASL interpreting services will be provided.
TSBVI won a Farmstand from Lettuce Grow! The Farmstand provides a garden in just four square feet and addresses barriers such as space, climate, and growing expertise. Short Term Programs Principal, Sara Merritt, known for her green thumb, was instrumental in completing our grant submission and her staff was thrilled to plant seedlings in the Farmstand.
The teachers and students are excited to exercise and learn new sports in PE class.
September Coffee Hours

09/12/2022 - Monday @ 3:00 PM Central Time
CVI Companion Guide
Presenters: Liz Hartman, Andrea Montano, Corinna Bauer, & Kitty Edstrand
Register: https://txtsbvi.escworks.net/catalog/session.aspx?session_id=40554

09/19/2022 - Monday @ 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM Central Time
WREIC Session **Note different time**
Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health: From Theory to Practice
Presenter: Jennifer Mitchell, PhD
Register: https://txtsbvi.escworks.net/catalog/session.aspx?session_id=40556

09/26/2022 - Monday @ 3:00 PM Central Time
Introduction to Active Learning Coaching
Presenter: Scott Baltisberger, Sara Kitchen, & Hillary Keys
Register: https://txtsbvi.escworks.net/catalog/session.aspx?session_id=40558
Superintendent Coleman reviews the new 3D printers, laser cutters, and photo lightbox on which TSBVI students will be trained to use. Jim Allen shows the differences between a 3D printed braille guide versus a laser cut braille guide.
Family Recharge Zone from TSBVI Outreach: An Online Discussion

Adult family members with children and adults who are blind, visually impaired, or deafblind (combined vision and hearing loss): Join us for our Family Recharge Zone kickoff! We’ll spend our 90 minutes together learning about Charging Stations, sharing our hopes and ideas for Family Recharge Zone, and connecting with each other.

Dates & Times: First Thursday of every month 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM or 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM (Central Time)

Our first session is September 1, 2022. For information on how to join, please visit https://www.tsbvi.edu/events/family-recharge-zone-kickoff
Direct Support Professional (Travel Chaperone) - (Recruitment Bonus Available - inquire with HR)

Es**rt our students traveling to and from home on bus and plane to various cities around Texas while providing educational enrichment.

Works Fridays and Sundays.

Apply now or check out our other part and full time positions at www.tsbvi.edu/job-seeker.
Principal Fain and STP Principal Merritt debrief after a successful practice fire drill. The students did great!
Residential Instructor (Recruitment Bonus Available - inquire with HR)

• The best learning happens when we are having fun!
• Come be a part of our team-based approach focused on the healthy and happy development of our amazing students.
• We work together to foster meaningful and enjoyable educational experiences in a residential setting.
• Work Sunday to Thursday afternoons and evenings in our Dorms by helping students reach their full potential.

Check out our video (https://youtu.be/Qe8XMrOGot0) for a glimpse into working as a Residential Instructor.

Apply now or check out our other part and full time positions at www.tsbvi.edu/job-seeker.
Teacher Aide I-II

Join our team to create an amazing educational environment for our students.

Apply now or check out our other part and full time positions at www.tsbvi.edu/job-seeker.
Students are already making use of the recording equipment in the newly donated Rosa M. Gonzales Center for Broadcast Communication. This fully appointed studio will serve as a learning lab for students to produce innovative content and to learn how to use the latest audio and video recording technology.
Day three of RUSH week gave EXIT students the opportunity to explore various activities. Thank you to the following groups for teaching our students about fun outdoor activities:

1. The United States Blind Golf Association
2. Texas Adaptive Play Initiative (blind soccer)
3. Texas Adaptive Play Initiative (beep baseball)
4. Austin Parks & Recreation (Hiking)
5. Rowing for All
6. Tandem bikes TSBVI Recreation Department.

A Center for Educational Services for All Blind and Visually Impaired Students in Texas, Including S TSBVI is a special public school established and funded by the state of Texas to provide specialized and intense services that focus on the unique learning needs of students with visual impairments, including those with additional disabilities.

Photos from Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired's post 10/20/2022

TSBVI middle school and high school students hosted an Orientation and Mobility (O&M) workshop for ACE Academy middle school students. The focus of the workshop was to teach the basics of O&M, route travel, and giving explicit instructions.

TSBVI students Chris Z., Mia M., and Jacob B. did an outstanding job leading the discussion and creating a collaborative learning experience for our visitors from the ACE Academy.

10/18/2022

This Saturday, join the Outreach Department and Empower Occupational Therapy at the Low Vision Wellness Expo. This FREE event features fun outdoor activities such as: tandem bike rides, rowing, lawn games and more.

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/low-vision-wellness-expo-tickets-425109773777
When: Oct 22
Time: 10am-noon
Where: 1100 W. 45th St, Austin TX 78756

Photos from Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired's post 10/14/2022

Students, alumni, parents, and supporters from all parts of Texas marched onto the TSBVI campus to celebrate White Cane Day.

Participants enjoyed live musical performances and danced to the beats from the DJ. Free popcorn, BBQ, ice cream, snow cones, and cold drinks added fuel to the high energy festival.

10/12/2022

Superintendent Emily Coleman interviews two students to get their perspective on White Cane Day.

Photos from Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired's post 10/11/2022

Join the Austin White Cane Day celebration! Supporters of the blind and visually impaired will run, walk, and march from various locations throughout Austin to the campus of the Texas School for the Blind and Visually impaired. Once on campus, participants will enjoy food, music, and games. https://whitecaneday.org/

When: Wednesday October 12, 2022
Where: TSBVI Campus, 1100 W. 45th Street, Austin, TX 78756
Time: 9am- 2pm

March Starting Points:
Walgreens, 4501 Guadalupe St, Start Time 9AM
Central Market, 4001 N. Lamar Blvd. Start Time 9AM
The Pit Barbecue, 4707 Burnet Road, Start Time 9AM
Triangle Station, 47th @ W. Guadalupe, Start Time 9AM

#BlindBaddies - Join this class for non visual learners to explore, express, and have a great time! 10/10/2022

#BlindBaddies - Join this class for non visual learners to explore, express, and have a great time!

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#BlindBaddies - Join this class for non visual learners to explore, express, and have a great time! We have spaces available Submit your referral today! Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired December 8-11, 2022 Grades 6-9 Join this class, where students who are non visual le

Photos from Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired's post 10/06/2022

The Outreach Department is hosting introductory training for new Interveners. (An Intervener is a person who has specialized skills and training in Deafblindness)

This workshop titled, "Introduction to the Intervener Team Model"
Focuses on:

Experiencing the World of Being Deafblind

Impact & Implications of Being Deafblind

Intervener Competencies & Training Updates

Intervener and Team Roles & Responsibilities

The Five Components of Quality Intervention

Intervention Issues & Considerations

Identification of Tools and Strategies to Support the Student Profile

For more resources visit:
https://txdeafblindproject.org/

Photos from Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired's post 10/04/2022

The TSBVI Board of Trustees awarded plaques to students for their excellent performance on the STAAR and TELPAS. Keep up the great work!

Khailou B.
Sofiya B.
Jacob B.
Meg C.
Nevaeh C.
Heather D.
Michael F.
Alfredo G.
Alyssa H.
Seth M.
Cameron P.
Mark S.
Evan T.

09/30/2022

TSBVI Outreach Director Kate Borg is a featured speaker at the Foundation Fighting Blindness Speaker Series for the Austin/San Antonio Chapter. (Saturday, October 1st, 2022, 10:00 am–11:30 am CDT) This free in-person event serves to connect chapter leaders with others in the community who are seeking guidance because of vision loss.

Attendees will learn about the latest foundation-funded research, updates on local low vision resources, and guidance about becoming more involved with your local chapter.

Event location: TSBVI Outreach Conference Center, Building 605
1100 West 45th Street
Austin, Texas 78756
Located on the northwest side of campus

RSVP for the event at: https://www.fightingblindness.org/events/austin-san-antonio-chapter-speaker-series-455

Don't miss out In the Drivers Seat: Introduction to Safe Driving with Low Vision - November 4th & 6th 09/30/2022

Don't miss out In the Drivers Seat: Introduction to Safe Driving with Low Vision - November 4th & 6th

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Don't miss out In the Drivers Seat: Introduction to Safe Driving with Low Vision - November 4th & 6th Submit your referral today Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired In the Driver’s Seat: Introduction to Safe Driving with Low Vision November 4-6, 2022 Grades 9-12 Questions Addressed Throug

09/30/2022

Meet Stacy Correa, our new Safety and Security Manager. Stacy was born in the San Francisco Bay area. From an early age, Stacy gravitated towards role models that were heroes and defenders. She recalls joining the Police Explorer program at age 14 because she loved getting involved in her community. Within her family, she was inspired by her grandmother who served as the matriarch. Stacy recalls her grandmother taking her to volunteer at various civic events and getting her connected to service organizations like the Order of the Rainbow Girls.

When asked about her favorite movie, Stacy quickly responds “Star Wars”, the story of a heroine fighting for good just fits her personality and is a consistent theme throughout her career. She initially focused her attention on becoming a law enforcement officer and was selected to join a police force in the Seattle area. In this role that spanned 21 years, she was given the opportunity to serve as a School Resource Officer. Stacy discovered that she enjoyed working with students in a school setting.

Following her retirement from the police force, she made her way to Austin. Her experience as a School Resource Officer and her interest in sign language led to a position at the Texas School for the Deaf and her subsequent position as the Safety and Security Manager at TSBVI. Like her grandmother before her, Stacy regularly volunteers at Special Olympics and participates in civic activities. As a breast cancer survivor, Stacy often volunteers with the Susan G. Komen organization.

When not working or volunteering, Stacy loves trying different foods and traveling near and far to listen to 70's, and 80's country music. She has a son in high school, a daughter enlisting in the Air Force, and a life partner who shares her passion for food and country music. We are thrilled to have Stacy join the TSBVI team.

Join our team!
https://www.tsbvi.edu/about/careers

Photos from Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired's post 09/28/2022

Students participated in a Trusted Adult Treasure Hunt. This activity was part of the week long Start With Hello campaign.

During the treasure hunt, students scoured the campus searching for trusted places and people. The treasure came in the form of tactile sticker which they placed on their treasure hunt card. Students that found three or more trusted adults won prizes for their effort.

Photos from Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired's post 09/27/2022

Three students were invited to served as panelists for a lecture series hosted by the UT Delta Gamma sorority. The students spoke about how volunteers have impacted their experience at TSBVI. The students also spoke about their personal educational journey and fielded questions from the more than 150 members in attendance. It was an amazing event and the students departed the Delta Gamma house energized and looking forward to participating in the future.

The UT Delta Gamma members are regular volunteers on campus and have be involved in events like Goal Ball, White Cane Day, Trunk or Treat, prom, and theater.

09/27/2022
09/23/2022

Brandon Says Hello

Brandon contibutes to the Start With Hello campaign with a song.

09/23/2022

Students participate in the Start With Hello activities by recording a greeting.

Photos from Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired's post 09/22/2022

Student Council officer candidates took turns at the podium to speak about their leadership qualities and campaign promises. Student voters were supportive of all candidates and this made the event a great learning experience for everyone.

09/22/2022

Family Recharge Zone from TSBVI Outreach: The Power of Family Connections

Adult family members with children and adults who are blind, visually impaired, or deafblind (combined vision and hearing loss): Join us for a conversation about the power of family connections and engagement. During our time together, we’ll listen to another family’s story while thinking about our own. We’ll also take a look at the new Family Engagement definition and priorities to explore what it means to us.

Dates & Times: First Thursday of every month 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM or 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM (Central Time)

Our next session is October 6, 2022. To register for our October session, please visit https://txtsbvi.escworks.net/catalog/session.aspx?session_id=40517

09/21/2022

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Photos from Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired's post 09/20/2022

The week, TSBVI social workers are coordinating daily activities to reinforce the importance of creating a culture of inclusion and connectedness at school and in the community.

This national initiative is done in conjunction with other schools across the country as part of the Start With Hello Week campaign created by Sandy Hook Promise, a national nonprofit based in Newtown, Connecticut.

Is your student with low vision a potential driver 09/19/2022

Is your student with low vision a potential driver

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Is your student with low vision a potential driver This program provides critical info for students and parents Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired In the Driver’s Seat: Introduction to Safe Driving with Low Vision November 4-6, 2022 Grad

09/19/2022

The Semi-Modulars are putting their creative energies into creating new and innovative music.
Their most recent creation is the featured sound track on the A Sense of Texas podcast. Have a listen.

https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/a-sense-of-texas/id1440779026?i=1000579538758

Or

https://www.podbean.com/ew/pb-stpg3-12c0fc1

09/18/2022

Coffee Hour special session on infant and care-giver mental health tomorrow from 2pm to 4pm central time! Get registered, this will be important!

https://txtsbvi.escworks.net/catalog/session.aspx?session_id=40556

**SPECIAL WREIC SESSION. PLEASE NOTE THE DIFFERENT TIME**

Presenter: Jennifer Mitchell, PhD

This session is in partnership with the Western Regional Early Intervention Conference and will be a 2-hour session. ASL and Captions will be provided.

The presentation will provide an overview of infant mental health, underscoring the critical role of early relational experiences. The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on young children and their caregivers will also be reviewed. Strategies for supporting caregivers and young children through relationship-focused interventions will be provided. Finally, participants will be invited to explore the role that self-care/self-compassion plays in providing care to others.

'It was a work love story': A couple found each other and purpose at Texas School for the Blind 09/16/2022

'It was a work love story': A couple found each other and purpose at Texas School for the Blind

Long time TSBVI employees Renee and Roger Toy are the focus of a local radio story.

'It was a work love story': A couple found each other and purpose at Texas School for the Blind Put together, Renee and Roger Toy have worked at the Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired for more than 60 years. Their son recently started working there, too, turning their work at the school into a family affair.

Photos from Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired's post 09/15/2022

The South Austin Lions Club visited campus today to donated three benches in memory of fellow Lion Steve Deutchman. Steve was a skilled craftsman and enjoyed making benches for TSBVI students.

The benches were placed in the shade of a Monterrey Oak and will be a welcome resting place for the students.

Preparing for College: Class for High School Students (grades 11-12) 09/15/2022

Preparing for College: Class for High School Students (grades 11-12)

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Preparing for College: Class for High School Students (grades 11-12) Come join us for a week long session of College Prep for your student- Submit your referral today! Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired High School Access to Academic Skills: College Prep

09/14/2022

You've heard of TSBVI Coffee Hour? Well, now we are introducing TSBVI Tech Tea Time!

Outreach's Tech Tea Time is a weekly one-hour gathering for individuals working with students with visual impairment including blindness who use various technologies to access their daily curriculum. We will share new and exciting devices and advancements, helpful tips, tricks, and innovative lesson ideas for teaching our students. While building a robust community of practice for assistive technology support.

Objectives: The objectives for the weekly sessions are to gather support and meet the needs of students through sharing lessons, ideas, new advancements, and troubleshooting.

Weekly on Thursdays from 3pm-4pm Central Time.

10/6/2022: Braille Notetaker
Register: https://txtsbvi.escworks.net/catalog/session.aspx?&session_id=40581

10/13/2022: Zoom and Low Vision
Register: https://txtsbvi.escworks.net/catalog/session.aspx?&session_id=40583

10/20/2022: Braille Displays
Register: https://txtsbvi.escworks.net/catalog/session.aspx?&session_id=40585

10/27/2022: Screen Readers
Register: https://txtsbvi.escworks.net/catalog/session.aspx?&session_id=40587

09/12/2022

TSBVI supporter Garver (an employee-owned engineering firm) has generously donated $20k to expand our maker space! This is the second time TSBVI has been selected as part of their Garver Gives program and the students are looking forward to the expansion.

Photos from Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired's post 09/02/2022

The Family Lynx organization hosted a fall advisory meeting to outline their plans and goals for the school year. This spirited group of families, staff, and alumni are making a positive impact on campus.

If you have an interest in supporting the school via the Family Lynx organization reach out to leaders Barbara Knighton or Amy Potts at [email protected] or visit www.familylynx.org

09/02/2022

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Brandon Says Hello
Students participate in the Start With Hello activities by recording a greeting.
UT Journalism student Gracyn Freiling spent her spring semester interviewing students and documenting the sport of goalb...
Campus update from Superintendent Emily Coleman
Snow at TSBVI
TSBVI Presents Disney's Beauty and the Beast, Jr.
The Big Show
Spirit Week
Jingle Bell Run

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1100 W 45th St
Austin, TX
78756

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