A Center for Educational Services for All Blind and Visually Impaired Students in Texas.
Opportunities for children and youth with visual impairments to develop the skills necessary to lead personally, socially, and vocationally satisfying and productive lives.
TSBVI is a special public school established and funded by the state of Texas to provide specialized and intense services that focus on the unique learning needs of students with visual impairments, including those with additional disabilities. The School is accredited by the Texas Education Agency as part of the public education system of Texas. TSBVI provides a broad range of instructional programs and specialized instruction, including a residential program, at no cost to students or their families during the regular school year and in summer programs. Students receive instruction that can prepare them for high school graduation, for return to their local school districts, or for transition to further education, training or placement in local communities.
Curriculum - The Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired curriculum is designed to meet the unique needs of visually impaired learners. Students work primarily in one of these curricular approaches, but may participate in parts of others.
Academics - Designed for students who are functioning within two years of their grade level. This is the regular, public school curriculum for grades K-12, including the Texas Essential Knowledge & Skills adopted by the state. In addition to attending classes at TSBVI, many academic courses are taught at campuses of the Austin Independent School District. Students receive additional academic support for these courses at TSBVI from teachers certified in Visual Impairment.
Elementary Concepts - Designed for students ages 6-12 years of age who are blind or visually impaired and may have additional impairments. This approach is for students who are at the readiness level for academic learning, but are not yet reading, writing or doing math on a first grade level. Programming consists of thematic units, which involve students in age-appropriate learning activities in concept development, math readiness, reading & writing readiness, music & games, art, cooking, and social play.
Practical Academics - Designed for students 12 years of age or older who are functioning more than two years below their chronological age, with at least kindergarten equivalent reading and writing skills. Practical Academics courses focus on teaching students to use their academics skills in a variety of meaningful, functional tasks in preparation for adult life. These students can be taught in a self-contained classroom, a subject-specific classroom, and/or community based setting, depending on individual needs and abilities. The course work will be driven primarily by the student's IEP (Individualized Education Program) Goals and Objectives.
Basic Skills - Designed for students aged 6-22 who have visual impairments combined with other disabilities who learn best with the support of consistent routines and meaningful functional activities. Often these students have difficulty generalizing skills in new and different situations. Social and emotional development, communication skills, and community-based instruction are significant components of this approach.