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

SUMMER 2021:

June 7-8  RESET 2021:  Special Education Conf
June 15-16 Paraprofessional Conf
June 17-18 Mental Health & Behavioral Health Symposium
June 30 Identifying Communication Modes of Students with Complex Needs (registration open soon)
July 7 Putting Research to Practice in the Complex Needs Classroom (registration open soon)
July 14 Strategies for Meaningful Math & Literacy Instruction for Students with Significant Cognitive
  Disabilities
 (registration open soon)
July 15 Sensory Balance: Learning Media Model & More for Students with CVI (registration open soon)
August 5 Serving Students with BVI in All Instructional Settings (registration open soon)
August 10-12 Back-to-School Conference (registration open soon)

BVI Resources

(listed alphabetically)

  Visual Impairment          Deaf-Blindness          Multiple Disabilities 

  • Low Vision Evaluation (LVE) Request form   lve referral form & procedure.docx low vision word graphic
             
    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). 
     
  • NEW TVI GUIDANCE - a checklist to get the new TVI 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.   
 

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

 

 

Region 17 ESC Contacts:
Deanne Goen
Deanne Goen
Education Specialist, Blindness/Visual Impairment
(806) 281-5712

deannegoen@esc17.net

Alma Reinhart

Evelyn Gilson
VI Support Staff
(806) 281-5867
egilson@esc17.net