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Enjoying the zip line at Candlelight Ranch

Photo of student riding on a zip line over a canyon.

Learning to canoe on Lady Bird Lake

Photo of two students in a canoe with a teacher (one student is happy, the other looks a little unsure)

Setting up shelter at McKinney Falls

Photo of four students trying to figure out how to set up a tent

Learning how to navigate Austin using the light rail

Photo of two students preparing to board the capital metro train in Austin, TX

Learning how to use important technology tools

Photo of a student learning to use a bluetooth refreshable braille display

Short-Term Programs offers year-round group and individualized classes for students with visual impairments. Students travel to Austin and participate in classes and activities with peers from across the State of Texas. 

We offer both school year and summer programs at TSBVI. 

Our School Year Programs (August - May) include a wide range of classes addressing needs from academic to recreational for students on or near grade level. Students are able to quickly learn independent living skills in a relaxed, positive environment that focuses on the unique needs of students with visual impairments. Students must be referred by their local Teacher of the Visually Impaired (TVI) and should be submitted as early as possible. Please refer to the school year calendar for links to our current school year class descriptions. You may also contact Sara Merritt at (512) 206-9176.

Summer Programs (June - July) include a variety of enrichment classes for VI students of all ability levels. Classes vary in length from 4 days to 5 weeks. The Summer Programs schedule changes each year. The deadline for Summer Program applications is February 14 and should be submitted by the local TVI as early as possible. Please refer to the current calendar (published each January) for details or contact Sara Merritt at (512) 206-9176.