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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.

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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.