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Blindness/Visual Impairment (BVI)
Resources Page

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)

  Visual Impairment          Deaf-Blindness          Multiple Disabilities 

  • 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
     
  • NEW TSVI GUIDANCE - a checklist to get the new TSVI started on a successful journey
  • 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

DATE/TIME
Click on Date to Register
TITLE, ID# AGENDA TOPICS LOCATION
Sep 10, 2021
9 - 4
BVI PLC     813124 9 - 12  BVI Resources, Training
1 - 4    device trg, documentation
South F
Oct 8, 2021
9 - 4
BVI PLC     813129 9 - 12  BVI Resources, Training
1 - 4    device trg, documentation
South F
Nov 12, 2021
9 - 4
BVI PLC     813136

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

South F
Dec 10, 2021
9 - 4
BVI PLC     813137 9 - 12  BVI Resources, Training
1 - 4    device trg, documentation
South F
Jan 14, 2022
9 - 4
BVI PLC     813138 9 - 12  BVI Resources, Training
1 - 4    device trg, documentation
South F
Feb 23 - 24, 2022

West TX VI Cluster
Spring Conf, Reg 14, Abilene
CVI & Literacy

CVI Assessment & Kit, & 
Phase 3 Instruction/Strategies
Diane Sheline, Presenter

Region 14, Abilene, TX

Feb 11, 2022
9 - 4
BVI PLC     813139 9 - 12 BVI Resources, Training
1 - 4   devices trg, documentation
South F
Mar 11, 2022
9 - 4
BVI PLC     813149 9 - 12  BVI Resources, Training
1 - 4    device trg, documentation
South F
Mar 30 - Apr 2, 2022
TAER Conference
Austin/Round Rock, TX
May 13, 2022
9 - 4
BVI PLC     813152 9 - 12  BVI Resources, Training
1 - 4    device trg, documentation
South F

June 28-29, 2022
District Teams Welcome!
No registration fee!

West Texas VI Cluster
sponsoring

Ready Bodies Learning Minds
for those Serving Student with BVI

2-day training

Region 14, Abilene, TX

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