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{\phpg\posx720\pvpg\posy6220\absw10220\absh1447\f5\fs21 \fi287 One line a lot of parents will hear from our caseworkers during their early meetings is, "I'm here to put your baby to work!" It is so important for parents to absorb the encouragement behind these words. We speak from decades of experience when we say we believe in their child's potential to adapt fully to life with a visual loss. We also believe in the parents' ability to add the roles of advocate, coordinator, and teacher to their family's r. The earlier the work begins for both family and child, the sooner everyone will be smiling with each newly-learned skill, and what started out as such an anxious time for the parents can ease into an everyday way of life.\par}

{\phpg\posx720\pvpg\posy8236\absw10104\absh2171\f5\fs21 \fi287 The agency is making preparations for a celebration in November to commemorate 70 years since the Commission was created in 1931 and 30 years since Criss Cole Rehabilitation Center opened in 1971. In doing some research on services to children, I read in our archives where a Miss Ruth Siler, Preschool Blind Child Counselor, reported to the Agency's Board back in 1957 that she had just finished a pamphlet for parents of preschool children who were blind. I also noticed that the agency was asking for one additional preschool counselor. From these small roots, services have slowly grown into a statewide network of Blind and Visually Impaired Children's caseworkers. This past legislative session did not yield the funds we had hoped to use to expand the program, but we are fortunate to have 39 hard- working caseworkers across Texas who served 8,265 children last year, including permanently severely visually im- paired children and children needing eye treatment.\par}

{\phpg\posx720\pvpg\posy11116\absw10321\absh758\f5\fs22 \fi287 Occasionally we still hear about parents who were unaware of our services. You can help by telling parents of young children with visual impairments about the Blind and Visually Impaired Children's Program. Tell them that a caseworker is nearby to deliver help and hope.\par}

{\phpg\posx3038\pvpg\posy12501\absw6058\absh345\f4\b\fs30 ECI Provider Network: Champions of Service\par}

{\phpg\posx720\pvpg\posy13165\absw10066\absh689\f5\fs20 \fi287 Twenty years ago, the Texas Interagency Council on Early Childhood Intervention or ECI was the state agency desig- nated by the Texas Legislature to provide services to families with children with disabilities and/or developmental delays. Federally and state-funded, ECI supports families to help their children reach their potential through developmental services.\par}

{\phpg\posx720\pvpg\posy14317\absw10147\absh505\f5\fs22 \fi287 Over the years, the ECI Provider Network has become the backbone of ECI, putting ECI\rquote s values, mission, and goals into action and making sure each child receives the best start in life.\par}

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{\phpg\posx2716\pvpg\posy9419\absw7385\absh322\f4\b\fs28 Creative Thinking Maximizes Parent Training Opportunities\par}

{\phpg\posx2498\pvpg\posy9799\absw7651\absh598\f7\fs26 \li134 \fi-134 By Edgenie Bellah, BVICP Consultant, Texas Commission for the Blind and Kate Moss, Family Specialist, TSBVI, Texas Deafblind Outreach\par}

{\phpg\posx1080\pvpg\posy10756\absw10375\absh1379\f5\fs20 \fi287 One of the simple truths in life is that parents are their children\rquote s first teachers and advocates. Parents of children with visual impairment, deafness, and deafblindness face unique challenges with these dual roles. To work confidently alongside their child\rquote s professional team members, whose expertise comes from years of education and ongoing training, parents need \par\sb0\fi0 training opportunities themselves. They need opportunities to expand their own knowledge base about their child\rquote s medical and physical needs, special education law, transition, resources, communication, orientation and mobility, and much, much more.\par}

{\phpg\posx1080\pvpg\posy12772\absw10319\absh1689\f5\fs21 \fi287 We are fortunate in Texas to have many such training opportunities for parents. Some come from within the school system, local Texas Commission for the Blind offices, and Regional Education Service Centers. Others are offered on a statewide basis by TSBVI Outreach, DBMAT, and others, such as Texas Focus, the Texas Symposium on Deafblindness, DBMAT Family Conference, and the Technology Institute. Available training is sometimes specific, focusing on visual impairment or deafblindness. At other times it may address more generic issues such as special education laws, transition issues, and estate planning. Many parents will have opportunities to learn about the syndrome or medical condition that caused their child\rquote s disabilities through state and national conferences such as the CHARGE Syndrome Conference, the\par}

{\phpg\posx1080\pvpg\posy748\absw10256\absh919\f5\fs20 \fi287 Beginning with a small handful of programs, ECI\rquote s Provider Network has grown to 65 statewide programs offering services in every Texas county. As a result, families have equal access to all services that ECI offers wherever they may reside in Texas. These services may include screening and assessments; physical, occupational and speech-language therapy; and special instruction, training and counseling services.\par}

{\phpg\posx1080\pvpg\posy2188\absw10427\absh1206\f5\fs21 \fi287 Since 1982, ECI awarded contracts to fund services at the local level contracting with agencies and organizations in Texas. Approximately half of the ECI programs are state or local mental health and mental retardation facilities, about one quarter are with school districts or regional educational service centers, and about one quarter are nonprofit organizations. Staff from these programs may include early intervention specialists, nurses, psychologists, dieticians, paraprofessionals, teachers, social workers, and physical, occupational, speech and language therapists.\par}

{\phpg\posx1080\pvpg\posy3916\absw10279\absh919\f5\fs20 \fi287 Time and time again ECI families tell stories of how staff members of the provider network have given them support, found resources, and have become a valued member of the family. \ldblquote I don\rquote t know what I\rquote d do without the ECI professionals that help my child, especially my service coordinator. She has been so helpful,\rdblquote said an ECI Mom. \ldblquote She\rquote s like a part of the family.\rdblquote \par}

{\phpg\posx1080\pvpg\posy5356\absw10069\absh689\f5\fs20 \fi287 In FY 2000, local ECI programs conducted intake on 33,293 new children and families. They also provided service coordination to all enrolled children (including intake) and provided transition planning to 15,299 children who were leaving ECI services for their next service setting.\par}

{\phpg\posx1080\pvpg\posy6508\absw10210\absh689\f5\fs20 \fi287 In addition to providing services to eligible families, ECI programs maintain connections with clinics, hospitals, and physi- cians. Local ECI programs conduct public awareness activities to locate and refer all eligible children born or receiving medical treatment in a service area.\par}

{\phpg\posx1080\pvpg\posy7660\absw10157\absh689\f5\fs20 \fi287 If you have questions or concerns about your child\rquote s development, call your doctor. When it comes to your child\rquote s health, getting help early is best. For more information about ECI, a local program in your area, or to refer a child call the ECI Care Line at (800) 250-2246 or (512) 424-6800 (in the Austin area), or visit the ECI website at .\par}

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{\phpg\posx720\pvpg\posy748\absw8924\absh241\f5\fs21 Texas Usher Syndrome Family Retreat, the Shaken Baby Syndrome workshops, and other similar events.\par}

{\phpg\posx720\pvpg\posy1324\absw10088\absh1379\f5\fs20 \fi287 There are so many available training opportunities that it is often hard for parents to choose among them each year. Unfortunately, many times the deciding factor has to do with whether or not they have the resources to pay for registration, travel, and child care expenses associated with the events. The majority of parents must depend totally on scholarships or training funds. In recent years funding for these activities has decreased and the number of people wanting to access training funds has increased. Event planners struggle to make sure all that the families who want to participate have the support they need to attend. Still, many times parents can\rquote t find the resources they need when they need them.\par}

{\phpg\posx720\pvpg\posy3340\absw2549\absh264\f3\b\fs23 WHAT CAN BE DONE?\par}

{\phpg\posx720\pvpg\posy3748\absw2143\absh529\f3\b\fs23 Event organizers \b0 \i Get the word out early\par}

{\phpg\posx720\pvpg\posy4468\absw10196\absh1609\f5\fs20 \fi287 Event organizers need to get the word out on training opportunities well in advance of the event. By sharing training event announcements with the ESCs, TSBVI, and TCB so they can be included in their training calendars and on their websites, parents know where to go to find out about training opportunities. This also helps families plan ahead about when and where to get funding. The TSBVI website maintains a statewide calendar of training opportunities for both families and profession- als. We welcome any submissions to this calendar. To share your workshop announcements, contact Jim Durkel at (512) 206-9270, or through e-mail at . This information is also published in the classified section of the \i SEE/HEAR{\i0 newsletter.}\par}

{\phpg\posx720\pvpg\posy6772\absw10080\absh459\f9\i\fs20 \li287 \fi-287 Contact possible funding resources in the initial stages of planning \par\sb0\fi0 \i0 Learn about possible resources to help you offer travel and registration funding to families, and contact them in the initial\par}

{\phpg\posx720\pvpg\posy7384\absw10289\absh919\f5\fs20 stages of planning. The Texas Planning Council for Developmental Disabilities allows event organizers to write a request proposal for funding to help families attend training. Local Lions Clubs and other civic organizations often have funds they are willing to contribute to cover these types of costs. Some school districts and Education Service Centers may have limited dollars to help sponsor families, if they are notified of the event early enough.\par}

{\phpg\posx720\pvpg\posy8824\absw10140\absh459\f9\i\fs20 \li287 \fi-287 Collaborate, collaborate, collaborate \par\sb0\fi0 \i0 Collaborate with local, regional, and state agencies and organizations to provide the support families need to participate in\par}

{\phpg\posx720\pvpg\posy9436\absw10511\absh965\f5\fs21 training. This might mean asking a local scout troop to help provide child care at the event, or seeing if a local grocery or restaurant will donate food. The agencies may not be able to pay for family travel, but might agree to share the cost of a speaker or other expense. The more contributors there are to an event for various individual costs, the more funding may be directed to help with travel and childcare needs.\par}

{\phpg\posx720\pvpg\posy10876\absw5973\absh505\f3\b\fs22 Families \par\sb0\fi0 \b0 \i Register immediately and indicate an interest in funding assistance\par}

{\phpg\posx720\pvpg\posy11596\absw10188\absh919\f5\fs20 \fi287 Too often parents don\rquote t ask for help until it is too late to access available training funds. Training events typically have set budgets for assisting families with travel and registration costs. Decisions about who will receive available funds are often made shortly after the registration deadline. Parents who do not get their registration forms in ahead of deadlines often miss out.\par}

{\phpg\posx720\pvpg\posy13036\absw10225\absh919\f5\fs20 \fi287 Agencies such as Texas Commission for the Blind have state paperwork requirements that make last minute requests problematic. All TCB services, including training for parents, has to be part of plan that is developed with the family. Sometimes funds requested at the last minute can only be provided on a reimbursement basis. This means that parents will not be able to attend if they can\rquote t afford the upfront costs or wait a month for the processing of reimbursement checks.\par}

{\phpg\posx1007\pvpg\posy14476\absw9992\absh229\f5\fs20 Sometimes parents are hesitant about signing up for a workshop until the last minute because they are unsure of their ability\par}

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{\phpg\posx1080\pvpg\posy748\absw10196\absh1379\f5\fs20 to attend due to a child\rquote s health, family work schedule, or other life event. Most conference planners can cancel a hotel reservation, airline tickets, and so forth at the last minute, but it is often very difficult to make these arrangements even a week before the event. Most hotels have special rates for reservations made during a set period of time. Airline tickets purchased very early tend to be cheaper than those purchased at the last minute. If parents think there is any chance they can attend a workshop, it is better to get the registration in on time and make travel plans early. Of course, parents should check with individual funding sources and conference or workshop planners to find out about cancellation policies.\par}

{\phpg\posx1080\pvpg\posy2764\absw10484\absh482\f9\i\fs21 \li287 \fi-287 Stay up-to-date on training opportunities and prioritize training needs \par\sb0\fi0 \i0 Parents and other interested family members should check these resources regularly to learn about training opportunities\par}

{\phpg\posx1080\pvpg\posy3376\absw10220\absh919\f5\fs20 that are being planned. Make a list of any training events that seem useful, and contact the organizers to get registration information. Ask them about funding to assist with event costs and learn how these funds can be accessed. Prioritize the events based on training needs and your schedule. If you can select only one or two events each year, be sure it will meet your training needs and be held at a time and place you can access.\par}

{\phpg\posx1080\pvpg\posy4816\absw10096\absh459\f9\i\fs20 \li287 \fi-287 Contact funding sources well in advance \par\sb0\fi0 \i0 Contact funding resources well in advance of the event to let them know about your interest in attending. Find out if they\par}

{\phpg\posx1080\pvpg\posy5428\absw10354\absh724\f5\fs21 anticipate having funds available. For example, TSBVI Outreach typically has a travel budget for each of its sponsored events. Outreach policy is to spread the funding out as far as it will go. Knowing how many families need to access these funds makes it easier to plan distribution.\par}

{\phpg\posx1080\pvpg\posy6580\absw10268\absh482\f9\i\fs21 \li287 \fi-287 Know what you will need before you ask \par\sb0\fi0 \i0 Think about the type of support you will need and be familiar with the approximate costs of these supports. This may\par}

{\phpg\posx1080\pvpg\posy7192\absw10248\absh1149\f5\fs20 mean prioritizing costs. What parts could you pay for if no other source was available? What items are less likely to find a different funding source? Not everyone can pay for airline tickets, but many people are able to pay for gas charges or meals. How much will the hotel room cost? Is the whole family flying to the event, or, if you must drive a long way, will you need an extra night of hotel costs? The clearer you can be about your exact needs, the easier it is for funding resources to identify how they can help.\par}

{\phpg\posx1080\pvpg\posy8920\absw10088\absh459\f9\i\fs20 \li287 \fi-287 Learn about various funding resources \par\sb0\fi0 \i0 Become familiar with local funding resources and other supports. Your local Lions Clubs, Soroptimist Clubs, Elks Clubs\par}

{\phpg\posx1080\pvpg\posy9532\absw10215\absh1379\f5\fs20 and other civic organizations may have money to help cover some of the cost of travel and registration. If you are receiving services from MHMR or through Texas Department of Health or Texas Department of Human Services, they may be able to assist with respite care, child care, or other costs associated with attending training. Generally your TCB caseworker can help you identify local and regional resources. Of course, both TCB and TSBVI Outreach are resources for families. Make a list of all the possible resources in your area so you know whom to call when you need help. This is something you can also share with other parents who may not know where to go for help.\par}

{\phpg\posx1080\pvpg\posy11548\absw10334\absh482\f9\i\fs21 \li287 \fi-287 Think of creative ways to get the support you need \par\sb0\fi0 \i0 Get creative! If you have friends or family members who might be able to help with some part of the expense, offer to\par}

{\phpg\posx1080\pvpg\posy12160\absw10259\absh1149\f5\fs20 trade favors. For example, baby sit their children in exchange for their baby sitting services while you are at the training. {\b }Help them with some needed task in exchange for gas money. Set aside a few dollars each month to use for incidental expenses at these events. Remember the pocket change jar your parents might have kept? Even if you only have ten dollars set aside when you want to go to training that can help pay for a meal or buy some gas. One family cleaned out their garage and had \par\sb0\fi0 a garage sale to get money together to help with travel to a national conference.\par}

{\phpg\posx1080\pvpg\posy13888\absw10264\absh482\f9\i\fs21 \li287 \fi-287 Look for training that doesn\rquote t require a lot of funding \par\sb0\fi0 \i0 Check out training opportunities that don\rquote t require travel expenses. For example, is your local school district offering\par}

{\phpg\posx1080\pvpg\posy14500\absw10209\absh241\f5\fs21 training? More training opportunities are now being offered through distance learning methods such as Internet courses,\par}

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{\phpg\posx719\pvpg\posy748\absw10234\absh689\f5\fs20 correspondence courses, videotapes, etc. Sometimes just meeting with another parent to talk about issues and share ideas \par\sb0\fi0 can be an incredibly beneficial training experience. Think about organizing a small \ldblquote coffee klatch\rdblquote of parents or plan a family picnic in the neighborhood park with several other families. Not all training has to involve going to a workshop or conference.\par}

{\phpg\posx720\pvpg\posy1900\absw10516\absh482\f9\i\fs21 \li287 \fi-287 Address training needs as a part of your child\rquote s ARD \par\sb0\fi0 \i0 Look to your local school district for providing individualized training related to the implementation of your child\rquote s IEP.\par}

{\phpg\posx719\pvpg\posy2512\absw10234\absh919\f5\fs20 When you are having your child\rquote s ARD, talk about your training needs and the training needs of staff working with your child. Parent training is a related service as defined by IDEA. Some of your training needs may be met by school staff working with you at your school or in your home. In some cases, if they are asked, your Regional ESC or TSBVI Outreach may be able \par\sb0\fi0 to bring training to your school program or at least to your community.\par}

{\phpg\posx719\pvpg\posy3952\absw10156\absh919\f5\fs20 \fi287 Don\rquote t forget that you may be able to provide training as well as receive it. This can be a help to members of your child\rquote s team who need to learn about the ways you have been successful in working with your child. Consider what you can offer to your team, to help them learn about the special ways you feed your child, how you communicate, what you do to comfort him when he is frightened or cranky. After all, you are an expert about your child.\par}

{\phpg\posx719\pvpg\posy5392\absw10511\absh724\f5\fs21 \fi287 The most important element is to get training needs spelled out in the IEP and discuss the resources for meeting these training needs as a regular part of your ARD meeting. Schools can then plan ahead and budget if they are trying to help pay for part of your training costs.\par}

{\phpg\posx719\pvpg\posy6544\absw1620\absh264\f3\b\fs23 CONCLUSION\par}

{\phpg\posx719\pvpg\posy6952\absw10306\absh919\f5\fs20 \fi287 Parent and family training is an important part of helping a child with visual impairments and deafblindness. Unfortunately, not every parent who wants to access training will be able to do so. It is important to plan ahead and be familiar with the resources that are available to help in this effort. Please think about your family\rquote s training needs and start planning today for the 2001-2002 school year.\par}

{\phpg\posx4936\pvpg\posy8397\absw2442\absh345\f4\b\fs30 Update About Jeff\par}

{\phpg\posx744\pvpg\posy9059\absw10092\absh1149\f5\fs20 \fi287 It was reported in the Spring issue of {\i SEE/HEAR} that Jeff Pruett had entered a national art contest for students with disabilities sponsored by the Helen Keller Foundation. Rather, the 2001 Helen Keller International Art Show was sponsored by the International Council for Exceptional Children Division on Visual Impairments, University of Alabama Birmingham Vision Science Research Center, University of Alabama Birmingham School of Optometry, University of Alabama Birming- ham School of Education and Ivy Green Property Board.\par}

{\phpg\posx744\pvpg\posy10787\absw10550\absh1448\f5\fs21 \fi287 From more than 150 entries, Jeff\rquote s drawing, \ldblquote Eyes in the Night,\rdblquote was one of only 30 pieces selected to tour at various galleries, conferences and universities across the United States, including the Virginia Murray Sowell Center at Texas Tech University in Lubbock and the Washington National Cathedral in Washington, DC. Jeff\rquote s accomplishment will be acknowl- edged during the Distinguished Lecturer Series featuring Dr. Jan van Dijk, September 26-29, 2001. The artwork of three other Texas students, Christina Farley, Shane Hill and Cameron Hebert was also selected for this prestigious national tour. Congratulations to you all!!!\par}

{\phpg\posx3856\pvpg\posy12931\absw4560\absh345\f4\b\fs30 CORRECTION! CORRECTION!\par}

{\phpg\posx1125\pvpg\posy13448\absw9688\absh1022\f5\fs22 \fi287 We want to apologize to our SEE/HEAR readers for the incorrect phone number listed under the Spring 2001 article, \ldblquote Spanish-Language Low Vision Booklet Now Available!\rdblquote and for any inconvenience it caused. To reach the National Eye Institute for the Spanish-Language information email to } or call (301) 496-5248 or go online to {\fs20 <}http://www.nei.nih.gov/publications/publications.htm>.\par}

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{\phpg\posx7307\pvpg\posy2865\absw3692\absh345\f4\b\fs30 TSBVI Technology Institute\par}

{\phpg\posx6863\pvpg\posy3245\absw4348\absh644\f7\fs28 \fi681 September 21 & 22, 2001 Sheraton Four Points in Austin, Texas\par}

{\phpg\posx6525\pvpg\posy4199\absw4922\absh2172\f5\fs21 This training is designed for education professionals working with students who have visual impairments. Sessions will include introduction to the Braille \lquote n Speak, introduction to Duxbury Braille Translation software, and introduction to screen readers. This is not general technology training. Parents interested in attending should contact Jim Durkel or Sharon Nichols before registering for this event to determine the relevance of this event to them and their child.\par}

{\phpg\posx6525\pvpg\posy6935\absw2647\absh241\f5\fs21 For more information, contact:\par}

{\phpg\posx7582\pvpg\posy7223\absw2868\absh264\f5\fs23 Jim Durkel at (512) 206-9270,\par}

{\phpg\posx8011\pvpg\posy7511\absw1996\absh505\f5\fs22 \li868 \fi-868 JimDurkel@tsbvi.edu or\par}

{\phpg\posx7358\pvpg\posy8087\absw3280\absh529\f5\fs23 \li434 \fi-434 Sharon Nichols at (512) 206-9388, SharonNichols@tsbvi.edu\par}

{\phpg\posx7989\pvpg\posy9249\absw2400\absh345\f4\b\fs30 INSITE Training:\par}

{\phpg\posx7291\pvpg\posy9623\absw3698\absh794\f3\b\fs23 \fi91 A Home-Based Model For Infants, Toddlers, and Preschoolers Who Are Multiply Disabled Sensory Impaired\par}

{\phpg\posx7380\pvpg\posy10631\absw3312\absh551\f5\fs24 \li112 \fi-112 Part 1 - September 27 & 28, 2001 Part 2 - October 24 & 25, 2001\par}

{\phpg\posx7387\pvpg\posy11240\absw3287\absh275\f5\fs24 Part 3 - November 29 & 30, 2001\par}

{\phpg\posx8251\pvpg\posy11549\absw1561\absh322\f7\fs28 Bryan, Texas\par}

{\phpg\posx6525\pvpg\posy12023\absw4910\absh1448\f5\fs21 A 6-day training for school and ECI professionals working with families who have children (birth to 5) with multiple impairments, including sensory impairment. Topics include information on vision loss, hearing loss, communication development, motor development, active learning, and working with families.\par}

{\phpg\posx6907\pvpg\posy13895\absw4126\absh505\f5\fs22 \li504 \fi-504 For more information, contact Gigi Newton at TSBVI. Phone: (512) 206-9272;\par}

{\phpg\posx7538\pvpg\posy14471\absw2918\absh252\f5\fs22 E-mail: GigiNewton@tsbvi.edu\par}

{\phpg\posx4672\pvpg\posy890\absw3250\absh598\f18\b\fs52 CLASSIFIED\par}

{\phpg\posx2759\pvpg\posy1474\absw6905\absh437\f19\fs19 \fi1252 Mail or e-mail your new classifieds to Jim Durkel at: \par\sb0\fi0 TSBVI Outreach, 1100 West 45th St., Austin, TX 78756, or JimDurkel@tsbvi.edu.\par}

{\phpg\posx1687\pvpg\posy2050\absw9272\absh229\f19\fs20 An up-to-date Statewide Staff Development Calendar is posted on TSBVI\rquote s website at {\f17 .}\par}

{\phpg\posx6180\pvpg\posy14946\absw300\absh275\f5\fs24 38\par}

{\phpg\posx1951\pvpg\posy2738\absw3738\absh712\f4\b\fs31 \fi945 Visions 2001: \par\sb0\fi0 The National Conference of\par}

{\phpg\posx1471\pvpg\posy3506\absw4603\absh345\f4\b\fs30 The Foundation Fighting Blindness\par}

{\phpg\posx1552\pvpg\posy3883\absw4259\absh620\f7\fs27 \fi805 September 13-15, 2001 Westin Galleria Hotel in Dallas, Texas\par}

{\phpg\posx1171\pvpg\posy4840\absw4823\absh1263\f5\fs22 Topics include the latest retinal research; coping with visual impairment; networking and support group opportunities and more. Condition and syndrome topics include: Usher and Bardet-Biedl Syndromes, RP, and Macular Degeneration.\par}

{\phpg\posx1531\pvpg\posy6424\absw4174\absh505\f5\fs22 \li388 \fi-388 For more information, contact The Foundation Fighting Blindness at (888) 394-3937\par}

{\phpg\posx2467\pvpg\posy7000\absw2417\absh264\f5\fs23 or .\par}

{\phpg\posx1855\pvpg\posy7874\absw3871\absh690\f4\b\fs30 \fi396 Virginia Murray Sowell Distinguished Lecturer Series\par}

{\phpg\posx2333\pvpg\posy8635\absw2693\absh644\f7\fs28 \li381 \fi-381 September 26-29, 2001 Lubbock, Texas\par}

{\phpg\posx1171\pvpg\posy9592\absw4571\absh1689\f5\fs21 Dr. Jan van Dijk will be the featured speaker at this year\rquote s Virginia Sowell Distinguished Lecturer Series, sharing his wealth of experience working with people who are deafblind. The 30 works of art selected to tour with the 2001 Helen Keller International Art Show will be on display throughout the Series. \par\sb0\fi0 For more information, contact:\par}

{\phpg\posx1732\pvpg\posy11896\absw3878\absh505\f5\fs22 \fi381 The Virginia Murray Sowell Center (806) 742-2345 or sheila.dowling@ttu.edu.\par}

{\phpg\posx2400\pvpg\posy12722\absw2567\absh355\f4\b\fs31 A van Dijk Reader\par}

{\phpg\posx1171\pvpg\posy13288\absw4822\absh1516\f5\fs22 A reader of classic and new articles by Dr. Jan van Dijk is now available on the DB-LINK website. This collection, written between 1965 and 2000, addresses a variety of issues related to the education of students with deafblindness. The articles can be found at \par\sb0\fi0 < http://www.tr.wou.edu/dblink/vandijkFT.htm>.\par}

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{\phpg\posx8102\pvpg\posy998\absw1467\absh368\f4\b\fs32 SWOMA:\par}

{\phpg\posx7029\pvpg\posy1372\absw3513\absh529\f3\b\fs23 \li127 \fi-127 (Southwest Orientation & Mobility Association Annual Conference)\par}

{\phpg\posx7464\pvpg\posy1951\absw2397\absh322\f7\fs28 October 12-14, 2001\par}

{\phpg\posx6539\pvpg\posy2287\absw4348\absh322\f7\fs28 Sheraton Four Points in Austin, Texas\par}

{\phpg\posx6165\pvpg\posy2764\absw4941\absh1010\f5\fs22 Topics will include: Global Positioning Systems, Wheelchair Mobility, Traumatic Brain Injury, Teaming with Occupational Therapists and Physical Therapists, Environmental Accessibility Issues and more!\par}

{\phpg\posx6434\pvpg\posy4204\absw4378\absh505\f5\fs22 \li38 \fi-38 For more information, contact: Ruth Ann Marsh (512) 206-9203 or RuthAnnMarsh@tsbvi.edu.\par}

{\phpg\posx6767\pvpg\posy5270\absw4135\absh712\f4\b\fs31 \fi840 The Third Annual Sports Extravaganza for Blind\par}

{\phpg\posx6736\pvpg\posy6038\absw4151\absh345\f4\b\fs30 and Visually Impaired Students\par}

{\phpg\posx6639\pvpg\posy6415\absw4036\absh620\f7\fs27 \li681 \fi-681 Nimitz High School in Irving, Texas October 26 & 27, 2001\par}

{\phpg\posx6165\pvpg\posy7228\absw4857\absh1206\f5\fs21 Children with visual impairments often need confidence- building experiences, so they can participate in their regular school sports programs. This event provides the opportunity to do just that. For more information, contact Kitra Hill Gray at (972) 348-1580.\par}

{\phpg\posx6528\pvpg\posy9110\absw4458\absh690\f4\b\fs30 \li1041 \fi-1041 Ring the Bell for Literacy in 2001! The Fifth Biennial\par}

{\phpg\posx6713\pvpg\posy9878\absw4038\absh666\f4\b\fs29 \li1283 \fi-1283 Getting In Touch With Literacy Conference\par}

{\phpg\posx7387\pvpg\posy10639\absw2548\absh644\f7\fs28 \li331 \fi-331 November 8-11, 2001 Philadelphia, PA\par}

{\phpg\posx6907\pvpg\posy11311\absw3500\absh310\f7\fs27 Wyndham Franklin Plaza Hotel\par}

{\phpg\posx6165\pvpg\posy11788\absw4766\absh1206\f5\fs21 The GITWL Conference provides a forum for a discussion of literacy for people who are blind or visually impaired. Topics cover all aspects of literacy including low vision literacy, braille literacy, and use of technology, for all age ranges and ability levels.\par}

{\phpg\posx6166\pvpg\posy13372\absw4456\absh505\f5\fs22 \li441 \fi-441 For more information, contact: \par\sb0\fi0 Ellen Croucher at \par}

{\phpg\posx6533\pvpg\posy13948\absw4133\absh505\f5\fs22 \li995 \fi-995 Diane P.Wormsley at or call (215) 780-1366.\par}

{\phpg\posx5819\pvpg\posy14946\absw300\absh275\f5\fs24 39\par}

{\phpg\posx1517\pvpg\posy1190\absw3889\absh690\f4\b\fs30 \li194 \fi-194 Mark Your Calendars for the DBMAT Family Weekend\par}

{\phpg\posx2003\pvpg\posy1958\absw2933\absh368\f4\b\fs32 October 12-14, 2001!\par}

{\phpg\posx808\pvpg\posy2524\absw4855\absh1447\f5\fs21 It\rquote s not too early to mark your calendars for the DBMAT (Deafblind Multihandicapped Association of Texas) Family Conference, which will take place at Camp John Marc in Meridian, Texas. This annual fall retreat and learning weekend for families and service providers is a time of renewal and reunion for all who attend.\par}

{\phpg\posx1185\pvpg\posy4444\absw4069\absh505\f5\fs22 \li727 \fi-727 For more information, call (972) 287-1904 or e-mail DBMATorg@aol.com.\par}

{\phpg\posx1065\pvpg\posy5654\absw4455\absh712\f4\b\fs31 \li403 \fi-403 Second International Conference on Parents with Disabilities\par}

{\phpg\posx2068\pvpg\posy6422\absw2488\absh355\f4\b\fs31 and their Families\par}

{\phpg\posx1980\pvpg\posy6799\absw2622\absh620\f7\fs27 \fi134 October 11-14, 2001 Oakland Marriott Hotel\par}

{\phpg\posx2188\pvpg\posy7471\absw2216\absh310\f7\fs27 Oakland, California\par}

{\phpg\posx808\pvpg\posy8092\absw4885\absh4043\f5\fs22 In the U.S. alone, there are more than eight million families in which one or both parents have a disability. This will be the second international conference to focus on families in which one or both parents have a disability. The conference will be hosted by Through the Looking Glass, an internationally recognized disability community-based agency with expertise in research, advocacy and services to parents with disabilities and their families. This ground-breaking conference will feature international speakers addressing a wide variety of topics related to parents with disabilities including child custody, adoption, pregnancy and birth, legal rights and assistive technology. A National Task Force on Parents with Disabilities and their Families will reconvene at the conference. For further information, contact:\par}

{\phpg\posx2040\pvpg\posy12988\absw2483\absh252\f5\fs22 Through the Looking Glass\par}

{\phpg\posx1140\pvpg\posy13564\absw4176\absh505\f5\fs22 \fi1005 Phone: (800) 644-2666 International callers: (510) 848-1112, ext. 130\par}

{\phpg\posx1394\pvpg\posy14140\absw3777\absh505\f5\fs22 \fi554 TTY users: (800) 804-1616 Website: \par}

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{\phpg\posx2992\pvpg\posy748\absw6341\absh551\f3\b\fs24 \fi2534 SEE/HEAR \par\sb0\fi0 published quarterly: February, May, August, and November\par}

{\phpg\posx1979\pvpg\posy1324\absw8357\absh551\f3\b\fs24 \fi667 Available in Spanish and English on TSBVI\rquote s website at . Contributions to the newsletter can be mailed or e-mailed to section editors at:\par}

{\phpg\posx5280\pvpg\posy2044\absw1967\absh552\f3\b\fs24 \fi105 TSBVI Outreach 1100 West 45th St.\par}

{\phpg\posx5347\pvpg\posy2620\absw1854\absh276\f3\b\fs24 Austin, TX 78756\par}

{\phpg\posx1079\pvpg\posy3155\absw3240\absh1263\f3\b\fs22 Deadlines for Articles \par\sb0\fi0 \b0 December 1st for the Winter edition March 1st for the Spring edition June 1st for the Summer edition September 1st for the Fall edition\par}

{\phpg\posx1079\pvpg\posy4847\absw4903\absh3441\f3\b\fs23 Production Staff \par\sb0\fi0 \b0 \i Editor-in-Chief {\i0 - Kate Moss (512) 206-9224;} \i0 KateMoss@tsbvi.edu \par \i Layout Editor {\i0 - Craig Axelrod (512) 206-9435;} \i0 CraigAxelrod@tsbvi.edu \par \i TCB Editor {\i0 - Edgenie Bellah (512) 377-0578;} \i0 Edgenie.Bellah@tcb.state.tx.us \par \i Website Editor{\i0 - Jim Allan (512) 206-9315;} \i0 JimAllan@tsbvi.edu \par \i Production Assistant{\i0 - Jeannie LaCrosse-Mojica} \i0 (512) 206-9268; JeannieLaCrosse@tsbvi.edu \par \i TCB Braille Transcriber {\i0 - Ann Hill (512) 377-0654;} \i0 Ann.Hill@tcb.state.tx.us\par}

{\phpg\posx6455\pvpg\posy3143\absw5096\absh3588\f3\b\fs24 Section Editors \par\sb0\fi0 \b0 \i Family {\i0 - Jean Robinson (512) 206-9418;} \i0 JeanRobinson@tsbvi.edu \par \i Programming{\i0 - Ann Rash (512) 206-9269;} \i0 AnnRash@tsbvi.edu \par and Gigi Newton (512) 206-9272; GigiNewton@tsbvi.edu \par \i Syndromes/Conditions{\i0 - Kate Moss (512) 206-9224;} \i0 KateMoss@tsbvi.edu \par \i News and Views {\i0 - Edgenie Bellah (512) 377-0578;} \i0 Edgenie.Bellah@tcb.state.tx.us \par \i Classified{\i0 - Jim Durkel (512) 206-9270;} \i0 JimDurkel@tsbvi.edu\par}

{\phpg\posx6455\pvpg\posy7139\absw4519\absh505\f5\fs22 The audio version of {\i SEE/HEAR} is provided by Recording for the Blind and Dyslexic, Austin, TX.\par}

{\phpg\posx6648\pvpg\posy7859\absw4686\absh529\f3\b\fs23 \li218 \fi-218 If you no longer wish to receive this newsletter, please call Beth Rees at (512) 206-9103 or\par}

{\phpg\posx7204\pvpg\posy8435\absw3658\absh275\f3\b\fs24 e-mail her at BethRees@tsbvi.edu.\par}

{\phpg\posx2452\pvpg\posy8996\absw8573\absh1036\f2\fs15 This project is supported by the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP). Opinions expressed herein are those of the authors and do not necessarily represent the position of the U.S. Department of Education. The Outreach Programs are funded in part by IDEA-B Formula, and IDEA-D Deaf-Blind Federal grants. Federal funds are administered through the Texas Education Agency, Division of Special Education, to the Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired. Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age or disability in employment or the provision of services.\par}

{\phpg\posx9631\pvpg\posy10598\absw1776\absh874\f20\fs19 NON-PROFIT ORG. U.S. POSTAGE PAID AUSTIN, TEXAS PERMIT NO. 467\par}

{\phpg\posx1080\pvpg\posy10513\absw5135\absh1104\f3\b\fs24 Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired Outreach Program \par\sb0\fi0 1100 West 45th St. \par Austin, Texas 78756\par}



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