Welcome Parents of Children with Visual Impairments and Deafblindness!
As parents and caregivers of children with visual impairments, you play a critical role in your child's life outcomes. You are your child's first teachers, greatest resources, and strongest advocates. This Parent Portal is meant to help you find the information, resources and connections you need as efficiently as possible. We hope it meets your needs, but if you find that something seems to be missing, please share your ideas or concerns with us.
This information is divided into two sections:
- for all parents of students with visual impairments or deafblindness
- for parents of students attending classes at TSBVI in the current school year
For All Parents of Students with Visual Impairments or Deafblindness
You may also contact either of our Family Engagement Specialists in Outreach Programs if you need more information:
Jean Robinson, Visually Impaired Family Support Consultant, VI Outreach Programs
Edgenie Bellah, Deafblind Family Engagement Specialist, Texas Deafblind Outreach
For Parents of Students Attending TSBVI in the Current School Year
Comprehensive Programs - these are the programs your child who is between the ages of 6 and 21 may attend during the regular school year. A referral must be made by your ARD team.
Download the TSBVI Student Assessment Calendar (xlsx document)
In addition to our Comprehensive Programs TSBVI offers options for students who are attending school in their local districts to complement that programming. Students who attend Comprehensive Programs are not eligible for either Short-term Programs or Summer Programs during the school year they are attending regular school programs at TSBVI. These are:
Short-term Programs - these are programs which take place throughout the year over weekends or for short period of time. Your TVI, COMS or ARD team may make a referral to these programs.
Summer Programs - these are programs that take place in the summer. You may refer your child directly for these programs or in most cases have your teacher of students with visual impairments help you make this referral.