Programs for students with Visual Impairments
Main Office Location:
Pond Springs Elementary 7825 Elkhorn Mountain Trail Austin, TX 78729
Our dedicated staff travels to the students assigned schools to provide direct and/or consultative special education services relating to the vision loss. These services enable the students to learn in their classroom setting or home setting (as appropriate). Services for infants may be provided in the infant's home or day care setting. The students range in age from birth to 21. The students may be singularly or multiply impaired. The cognitive level of the students range from severely impaired to gifted and talented. Many of the visually impaired students are totally mainstreamed in their home schools. Others are in special programs in their home schools or at various campuses throughout the district.
Educating Students with Visual Impairments in Texas: Guidelines and Procedures:
La Educación de Estudiantes con Impedimentos Visuales en Texas: Guías y Normas
Follow this link to Read about one person's journey into the world of driving with low vision. This author will present at the TSBVI workshop.
TSBVI continues to offer short term programs and classes throughout the school year for our students to gain extra skills, incredible experiences and practice for specific skills. Take a look at their calendar by clicking here. If you have any interest.. contact your VI teacher. Students (although they will be expected to make up their school work) will not be marked absent from their home district.
Eye Spy is now "The Scoop"!!
A note for Jayme Alexander (Region 13 Educational Specialist for students with visual impairments)- I would like to invite all of you who were subscribed to receiving the Eye Spy Newsletter to now subscribe to the Region 13 VI Blog. Just the website and in the Subscribe2 box, enter your email address and click subscribe. You will then receive an email asking you to confirm your subscription, just click the link in the email and VIOLA, you will be subscribed to receive all the latest updates and news from around our region.
In addition to the most up-to-date information and news for our region, you will also be able to search the blog for information and articles that have been in all of our past Eye Spy Newsletters. That's right, all previous information is now archived and easy to locate using the search box on the blog's website.
I hope you will find this new format easier to use, a more efficient way to receive information, and a more interactive format. I look forward to reading your comments on the posts and to receiving feedback and input on our new format.
*New facebook page*- called Helping Blind.. looks like it has many wonderful resources. Including those pesky keyboard shortcuts :)
updates on the information
Roles and responsibilities for:
Certified teachers of the Visually Impaired :Links to our VI Teachers
Certified Orientation and Mobility Specialists: Links to our OM Specialists
Braillist Links and responsibilities
One of our parents found a great article about new technology for blind/visually impaired people called "Portable Eye"
Powerpoint presentations for teachers and students about our students... great information for everyone!
teachers presentation | student's presentation
Goal Ball - Round Rock ISD VI Department is coaching goal ball practices involving students of ages ranging from 10 to 22 from RRISD, Austin ISD, Georgetown ISD, and Eanes ISD.
Goal Ball Information
Information about many eye disorders and diseases the links here should be helpful in finding out more information about your child's vision. If you click on the items in blue, you will get a more in depth description!
Your Braille Connection Here are a few links for braille materials, toys and even a few links to learn how to read braille yourself!
Assistive Technology All of our students are evaluated to determine the need for assistive technology.
An Assistive Technology (AT) Device ... is any item, piece of equipment or product system, whether acquired commercially off the shelf, modified, or customized, that is used to increase, maintain, or improve the functional capabilities of individuals with disabilities.
An Assistive Technology (AT) Service ... is any service that directly assists an individual with a disability in the selection, acquisition, or use of an assistive technology device. Such term includes the evaluation of the needs of an individual with a disability, including a functional evaluation of the individual in the individual's customary environment.
Resource list for Visually Impaired Students - English
Resource list for Visually Impaired Students - Spanish
TSBVI Information (Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired):
TSBVI information English
TSBVI information Spanish
TSBVI Short term program schedule- these are programs that run during the school year. If you are interested in any of these, contact your VI teacher for enrollment information