Events

Barbara Miles with a dad during a workshop at TSBVI.
Barbara Miles with a dad during a workshop at TSBVI.

Below are a list of events and training activities sponsored or co-sponsored by the Texas Deafblind Project and events sponsored by others that focus on deafblind issues. Registration forTSBVI events is through TSBVI  ESC Works online registration. Links are provided for all events for registration or more information . 

Many of these events provide continuing education units (CEU) through ACVREP and the Texas State Board of Education Certification (SBEC). This amount of CEUs will be indicated on the registration site if credits are being offered.

August 2022

August 15, 2022

Coffee Hour: ECC In the Home and Community through Teaming

3:00-4:00 PM CST

We do not grow in isolation and neither do our student’s skills. Nor do any of us have the time to individually meet all of our students’ needs. Together we can do better!

By teaming together: TVI’s, O&M’s, Parents, Classroom Teachers, Paraprofessionals, and other team members, we can provide the student with more learning opportunities to acquire and generalize skills they will need for adult life. This session will explore ways of teaming in the school, home, and community to help learning flourish.

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August 22, 2022

Coffee Hour: The Value of Family Engagement – The Transformation to an Equitable Approach for Service Delivery

3:00-4:00 PM

Presenters
    • Megan Cote, NCDB Technical Assistance Coordinator
    • Donia Shirley, NFADB Vice President
    • Jana Villemez, NCDB Family Engagement Initiative Lead
    • Edgenie Bellah, Texas Deafblind Project Family Engagement Coordinator
    • Patti McGowen, NFADB President

The mission of the national deaf-blind network is to assist families, educators, agencies, and organizations to acquire the knowledge and skills needed to help children who are deaf-blind learn, access the general education curriculum, and successfully transition to adult life. By prioritizing family leadership, the network is increasing their focus on equity and addressing the cultural and linguistic needs of families. During this coffee hour, we will share our family engagement definition, direct service priorities, and systems change plan. Time will be given to allow you to identify how the network’s report, The Value of Family Engagement: Identifying Unique Needs and Priorities of Families with Children Who Are Deaf-Blind can be used in other networks and in your direct partnership with families.

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August 29, 2022

TSBVI Coffee Hour: Tactile Language Development in Students who are Congenitally Deafblind

3:00-4:00 PM CST

This session will begin to discuss the information shared in the Nordic Welfare Centre’s book “If you can see it, you can support it: A book on tactile language”.

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September 2022

No events are currently scheduled for September. Check back later as new events are added continuously. 

October 2022

October 5-6, 2022

2022 Introduction to the Intervener Team Model

Location: Texas School for the Blind & Visually Impaired, James C. Durkel Conference Center

NOTE: This is a training for team members who are working with a student who is deafblind and has been assigned an educational intervener or one on one professional.

Interveners need specialized skills related to deafblind education in order to provide one-on-one instructional support to students who are deafblind. They need appropriate supervision and support from the IEP team. To help meet the needs of interveners in Texas, the Texas Deafblind Project at Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired is pleased to announce the 2022 Introduction to the Intervener Team Model.

This workshop provides information for the intervener and the team 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

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October 20, 2022

CVI Study Group 

3:00-4:00 PM

Predetermined, self-selected participants/teams will share documents and videos regarding their own students with facilitators in advance of the study group. During the study group, all participants will view the shared information regarding specific students and have the opportunity to discuss the students and situations observed and offer suggestions for the community of professionals and parents who attend. Sessions may also center around topics and resources related to CVI as identified by the group.

Objectives:

    • Become more familiar with CVI Characteristics.
    • Increase knowledge of CVI Range Assessment.
    • Work with peers to brainstorm CVI interventions for their students.
    • Share information about new research and best practices.

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November 2022

November 6-8, 2022

SWOMA 2022: Together Again!!

The Southwest Orientation & Mobility Conference is back… in person! This coming November we will be at the Austin Marriott North in Round Rock, TX. We can’t wait for you to join us!!

We are excited to be moving back to our face-to-face conference this year, with timely and informative keynotes and breakout sessions as well as the opportunity to connect with exhibitors.

Over 13 hours of CEU’s (ACVREP and SBEC) are offered through SWOMA this year.

Conference Dates:
    • November 6th: Pre-Conference (Optional)
    • November 7th – 8th: Main Conference
Registration Fees:
    • Professionals – $150 (Early Bird) & $175 (Late)
    • Family Member, Univ. Students, & Paraprofessionals – $50

Registration ends October 28th @ 5:00 PM Central! A late cancellation/no-show fee of $25 may be applied to registrations that are canceled less than 7 days prior to the start date of the event. This includes “no-calls, no-shows.” If you suspect that you are unable to attend, please log into your account to cancel your registration or contact us ASAP to avoid this charge.

For more information about this conference, as well as a direct link for hotel reservations, or to register visit our SWOMA Conference Page.

November 17, 2022

Active Learning Case Studies: Student Centered Planning 

3:00-4:00 PM CST

During the Active Learning Study Groups , teams will share case studies and discuss implementation of an Active Learning approach. Using student video and planning documents, participants will collaborate to design effective and meaningful instruction using active learning strategies. Each session will require one volunteer to share information and video of one of their students. Participants are encouraged to attend the TSBVI coffee hour from 3pm to 4pm on September 26th, 2022 to find out how Texas is supporting Active Learning!

Objectives:

    • Become more familiar with the Active Learning approach to educating students.
    • Increase knowledge of ways to approach Active Learning for a variety of students.
    • Work with peers to brainstorm Active Learning strategies for case study students.
    • Share information about best practices.

December 2022

December 15, 2022

CVI Study Group

3:00-4:00 PM CST

Predetermined, self-selected participants/teams will share documents and videos regarding their own students with facilitators in advance of the study group. During the study group, all participants will view the shared information regarding specific students and have the opportunity to discuss the students and situations observed and offer suggestions for the community of professionals and parents who attend. Sessions may also center around topics and resources related to CVI as identified by the group.

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January 2023

January 19, 2023

Active Learning Case Studies: Student Centered Planning

3:00-4:00 PM

During the Active Learning Study Groups , teams will share case studies and discuss implementation of an Active Learning approach. Using student video and planning documents, participants will collaborate to design effective and meaningful instruction using active learning strategies. Each session will require one volunteer to share information and video of one of their students. 

Register Now

February 2023

 February 16, 2023

CVI Study Group

3:00-4:00 PM CST

Predetermined, self-selected participants/teams will share documents and videos regarding their own students with facilitators in advance of the study group. During the study group, all participants will view the shared information regarding specific students and have the opportunity to discuss the students and situations observed and offer suggestions for the community of professionals and parents who attend. Sessions may also center around topics and resources related to CVI as identified by the group.

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February 23rd, 24th, and 25th, 2023

2023 Texas Symposium on Deafblind Education

Save the dates for this three-day event! More information coming soon!

March 2023

April 2023

May 2023