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Blindness/Visual Impairment (BVI)
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Services for Students who are Blind or Visually Impaired (TxBVI) is a component of Texas Sensory Support Network (TxSSN) of the Texas Education Agency (TEA).  TxBVI ensures the provision of support to children (0-21) with blindness/visual impairment or deafblindness, their families, and the professionals who serve them, through collaboration which is essential for the education of students in this population.  
Regional ESCs in Texas have BVI Specialists who provide educational consultative services. 
CLICK ON TABS ABOVE FOR RESOURCES AND MORE.

If Region 17 may be of service to you, please contact Deanne Goen, BVI Specialist.

photo of Deanne Goen TxBVI logo photo of Evelyn Gilson
              Deanne Goen Evelyn Gilson
          
Education Specialist Support Specialist
  
(806) 281-5712 (806) 281-5867
 
(806) 281-5764 fax (806) 281-5764 fax
 
deannegoen@esc17.net  egilson@esc17.net

BVI Resources

(listed alphabetically)

  • Low Vision Evaluation (LVE) Request form   LVE Referral Form.docx low vision word graphic 
    TSVI should send completed referral form to Region 17 ATTN: Evelyn Gilson at egilson@esc17.net or fax (806)780-6694.
             
    Low Vision is a Loss of Sight that Makes Everyday Life Challenging   
     
           The process for LVE referral is also detailed on page 13 of Resources for People with Visual Impairments (link below).
     
  • MathType Add-in usable in Microsoft 365 Word online and desktop versionsMathType logo
  • Visual Impairment Scales of Service Intensity of Texas (VISSIT & O&M VISSIT)
          - VI  Visual Impairment Scale of Service Intensity of Texas logo        O&M VISSIT O and M Visual Impairment Scale of Service Intensity of Texas logo

  • Wonder Baby CaringCalm.org
    Website dedicated to helping parents of young children with BVI as well as children with multiple disabilities.   

  • Year At-A-Glance LiveBinder for New VI Professionals BVI Statewide Network logo

BVI Training Opportunities - SY 2022-2023

DATE/TIME
CLICK ON DATE TO REGISTER!
TITLE AGENDA TOPICS LOCATION
Sep 16, 2022 BVI PLC 9 - 12  BVI Resources, Training
1 - 4    device trg, documentation
South F
Oct 12 - 13 WT Cluster TVI Training

9-4  low vis device access
9-4  computer access

Region 14, Abilene
Oct 21, 2022 BVI PLC 9 - 12  BVI Resources, Training
1 - 4    device trg, documentation
South F
Nov 6 - 8 SWOMA 2022 TBA

Round Rock/Austin

Nov 11, 2022 BVI PLC

9 - 12  BVI Resources, Training
1 - 4    device trg, documentation

South F
Dec 9, 2022 BVI PLC 9 - 12  BVI Resources, Training
1 - 4    device trg, documentation
South F
Jan 20, 2023 BVI PLC 9 - 12  BVI Resources, Training
1 - 4    device trg, documentation
South F
Feb 10, 2023  BVI PLC 9 - 12  BVI Resources, Training     
1 - 4  device trg, documentation  
South F 


Mar 23 - 25

TAER Conference 2023 TBA Denton, TX
Apr 21, 2023 BVI PLC 9 - 12  BVI Resources, Training
1 - 4    device trg, documentation
South F
May 19, 2023 BVI PLC 9 - 12  BVI Resources, Training
1 - 4  devices trg, documentation
 South F

2020 Guidelines and Standards for Educating Students with Visual Impairments in Texas  shape of texas
English and Spanish versions available (2020 is the most recent version) 

Commissioner's Rules Concerning Special Education Services, Eligibility   Texas shape
Texas Administrative Code, Title 19, Part 2
89.1040 Section C.2. Deafblind, Section C.12. Visually Impaired

H.B. 590 - regarding a student's eligibility as visually impaired for special education services & related services Texas shape

Legal Framework legal framework logo Visual Impairment          Deaf-Blindness          Multiple Disabilities


Eligibility for Special Education for Students with Visual Impairment - guidance document

Required Information for Parents at ARD Meetings clipboard with checklist

          - TSBVI Information Parent flyer     English     Spanish
          - Expanded Core Curriculum flyer   English     Spanish
          - Benefits of Braille     English      Spanish
          - Benefits of O&M    English & Spanish (2-sided)
          - Consent form     English     Spanish

Welcome, new VI Professional!

NEW TSVI GUIDANCE CHECKLIST

- BVI Student At-A-Glance form:  download to fill, save, and print
    bvi student-at-a-glance form.pdfPDF icon

Typical Roles and Responsibilities of VI Professionals Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired logo

Year At-A-Glance LiveBinder for New VI Professionals BVI Statewide Network logo

Required Information for Parents at ARD Meetings clipboard with checklist
          - TSBVI Information Parent flyer     
English     Spanish
          - Expanded Core Curriculum flyer   English     Spanish
          - Benefits of Braille     English      Spanish
          - Benefits of O&M    English & Spanish (2-sided)
          - Consent form     English     Spanish

Services

Technical Assistance:

  • Assist districts with TEA VI Registration
  • Assist districts with the Deaf/Blind Census
  • Acquisition of APH materials
  • Assistive Technology Loan Program
  • Interagency Coordination

Training:  

  • Staff development for assessing students with suspected blindness/visual impairments, and for reassessing students with blindness/visual impairments
  • Staff development for serving students with blindness/visual impairments

Assessments:

  • Provide technical support for assistive device considerations
  • Coordinate Low Vision Clinics
  • Provide technical support for Functional Vision Evaluations, Learning Media Assessments, Orientation and Mobility Evaluations, and assessing areas of the Expanded Core Curriculum

• VI and O&M Preparation in Texas:  Programs to Become a VI Professional 

• Reach Across Texas Scholarship Program     Texas Tech University logo     Application

   Scholarship Program available to students entering the VI/O&M Preparation Program

• Typical Roles and Responsibilities of VI Professionals

• Professional Preparation in Visual Impairments TSBVI logo 

   Find out more about the application process, job responsibilities, Texas Fellows, and Mentor Program.

Expanded Core Curriculum (ECC)

Download the ECC Flyer (pdf 228kb)

What is the 
Expanded Core Curriculum?  
The term expanded core curriculum (ECC) is used to define concepts and skills that often require specialized instruction with students who are blind or visually impaired in order to compensate for decreased opportunities to learn incidentally by observing othersIn addition to the general education core curriculum that all students are taught, students with visual impairments, starting at birth, also need instruction in the ECC.  The ECC areas include (A) needs that result from the visual impairment that enable the student “to be involved in and make progress in the general education curriculum; and (B) other educational needs that result from the child’s disability” as required by IDEA (34 CFR 300.320 (a)(2)(A)(B)). Texas Education Code (TEC) 30.002(c)(5) and (e)(5) require the flexibility of school districts to make arrangements for services to occur “beyond regular school hours to ensure the student learns the skills and receives the instruction” in the ECC.

With the passage of Senate Bill 39 in 2013 (Texas 83rd Legislative Session), evaluation in all areas of the ECC is required for students with visual impairments.  Priority needs must be identified by the IEP team and instruction provided in these areas.

Nine Areas of the ECC:
1.  
Assistive Technology
 2.  Career Education
   3.  Compensatory Skills

 4.  Independent Living Skills
   5.  Orientation & Mobility (O&M)
   6.  
Recreation & Leisure
   7.  Self-Determination
   8.  Sensory Efficiency
   9.  Social Interaction Skills

SY 22-23  Events of the ECC

hosted by the West Texas VI Cluster

red maple leafFALL 2022 
Sep 24 White Cane Day at the Zoo Abilene Zoo
Oct 12-13 LV Device/Computer Access Reg 14, Abilene
Nov 11-13    Parent/Student Conf. 1st-5th    Floydada Camp
Dec 12          Parent/Student Conf - MIVI  TBD
drawing of a daisySPRING 2023
Feb ___      Braille Challenge   Reg 11, Ft Worth
Feb 24-26    Parent/Student Conf. Birth - 5y/o  Floydada Camp
Apr 21-23    Par/St Transition Conf. 6th-12th   Floydada Camp

~ ECC Resources ~

Understanding the Expanded Core Curriculum
Perkins School for the Blind

Expanded Core Curriculum
Paths to Literacy

Teaching Students with Visual Impairments - ECC
Carmen Willings

ecc wheel graphic
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