Volunteering at Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired
The spring semester volunteer program has closed. To become a volunteer for the fall semester, download and fill out the application and email it to the address below. Once the background check is complete, you will be notified in September about the mandatory orientation dates and times. TSBVI does not use volunteers during the summer.
Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired (TSBVI) will be a leading center of educational expertise in Texas for students with visual impairments, their families, and the local and regional providers who work with them. TSBVI will provide opportunities for children and youth who are visually impaired, including those with additional disabilities or deafblindness, to develop the skills necessary to lead vocationally, personally, and socially satisfying and productive lives.
What is TSBVI:
TSBVI is a partner with independent school districts in Texas to provide instructional and related services to students who are blind, deaf-blind, or visually impaired, including those with additional disabilities. We are a special public school established by the Texas Legislature as one of several alternative educational placements guaranteed to students to ensure that learning occurs in an environment appropriate to meet their individual needs. There is no cost to students or their families for the instructional and residential services of the School.
Who Can Be Served:
Students, ages 6 through 21, who are blind deaf-blind, or visually impaired, including those with additional disabilities, are eligible for consideration for services at TSBVI.
Volunteer Requirements and Opportunities:
A Volunteer is required to fill out an application, pass a criminal records check, and attend a one-hour orientation. Volunteer placements will be discussed at the orientation.
Applications will be accepted at the beginning of fall and spring semesters for placement for the duration of the semester. Volunteers may request to continue their placement for the next semester. The volunteer program is not active during the summer months. When volunteering with students, in order to maintain consistency in our very structured environment, we request volunteers sign up for at least 1 hour per week for an entire semester. Opportunities include: tutoring, special activities or events, clerical, scanning printed text to computer to edit and translate into Braille, and providing assistance to instructional, recreation, or residential staff at their request. To volunteer at Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired, download and return the application below.
Court Ordered Community Service Volunteers -
The process for fulfilling Court Ordered Community Service differs from that of other volunteers. Applications will be accepted throughout the year, including summer. Community service activities must be done between 8:00 AM and 5:00 PM on Monday-Friday and will include clerical duties or working in the Learning Resource Center on various duties that might involve lifting, organizing, or computer scanning and editing. To qualify to fulfill your Court Ordered Community Service hours at Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired, download and return the application below.
Applicant Criminal Record Check Information
Texas Government Code 411.098 authorizes a school district to obtain the criminal history record of every applicant for employment or volunteer services with the district.
All volunteers and employees of the Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired (TSBVI) are subject to a criminal background check. TSBVI is able to run this check at our own expense through the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) provided that we have your full name and date of birth. If for any reason you do not wish to provide your date of birth, you may have the criminal check run at your own expense at DPS. In either case, you may not begin your volunteer assignment until your criminal background check has been received, reviewed, and cleared by the Human Resources Director.
Gloria Bennett , Community Resources Director Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired 1100 W. 45th Street Austin, Texas 78756-3494 Volunteer Office #: (512) 206-9234 (Please leave a voice mail message). Fax #:(512) 206-9453 E-mail address: firstname.lastname@example.org
You must complete the application at the end of this article in order to volunteer at TSBVI and return the form by fax, mail, or email.