The Texas Education Code (TEC) §30.002 requires the Texas Education Agency (TEA) “to develop and administer a comprehensive statewide plan for the education of children with visual impairments who are under 21 years of age.” This statewide plan addresses the diagnosis and evaluation of students with visual impairments, educational programs for students with visual impairments, and the provision of educational services to students with visual impairments in their home communities whenever possible. TEA fulfills these and additional responsibilities by maintaining a State Plan for Students with Visual Impairments and working closely with Region XI Education Service Center (ESC) Training and Technical Assistance for Visually Impaired Program and The Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired (TSBVI). Region XI ESC provides leadership and facilitates activities for the 20 ESC Network.
The Agency also has representation on the Education of Blind and Visually Impaired Students Advisory committee, a statewide stakeholder group providing advisement to state agencies and groups regarding students with visual impairments. In addition, the Agency coordinates with the American Printing House for the Blind in providing instructional materials for students with visual impairments.
State Plan for Students with Visual Impairments (VI)
The Texas State Plan for Students with Visual Impairments (State VI Plan) is intended to be a tool for use in identifying needs, setting priorities, and guiding the development and provision of services for students with visual impairments and deaf-blindness.
State Performance Plan (SPP)
The SPP contains 20 performance and compliance indicators related to the implementation of IDEA. These 20 indicators are aligned to five monitoring priorities set by the U.S. Department of Education Office of Special Education Programs (USDE/OSEP). The five monitoring priorities are: (1) Free Appropriate Public Education in the Least Restrictive Environment, (2) Disproportionality, (3) Child Find, (4) Effective Transition, and (5) General Supervision.
Auditory and/or Visual Impairments Memorandum of Understanding
The purposes of the AI/VI MOU is to define roles and responsibilities between the DARS Early Childhood Intervention (ECI) and the TEA within the respective federal and state mandates; enhance interagency collaboration and relationships; and coordinate an effective system of activities, policies and procedures between the TEA and the ECI which guide and support the development and implementation of services to infants and toddlers, birth through two, who have auditory and/or visual impairments.
Educating Students with Visual Impairments in Texas: Guidelines and Standards
The Guidelines and Standards document is intended to help in the development and implementation of programs and services for students with visual impairments and provide a clear understanding of the unique learning needs of these students.
The Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired (TSBVI)
The Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired (TSBVI) serves as a special public school in the continuum of statewide placements for students who have a visual impairment. It is also a statewide resource to parents of these children and professionals who serve them.
Texas Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services (DARS) Division for Blind Services (DBS)
The DARS Division for Blind Services (DBS) assists blind or visually impaired individuals and their families. DBS envisions a Texas where people who are blind or visually impaired reach their goals and enjoy the same opportunities as other Texans to pursue independence and employment.
DARS Early Childhood Intervention (ECI)
ECI is a statewide program for families with children, birth to three, with disabilities and developmental delays. ECI supports families to help their children reach their potential through developmental services.
Statewide Leadership for students with visual impairments Education Service Center (ESC) XI:
Training and Technical Assistance for Visually Impaired Program
ESC XI provides leadership, staff development, technical assistance and support to assist Texas school districts meet the educational needs of students who have visual impairments.
The National Agenda for the Education of Children and Youths with Visual Impairments, Including Those with Multiple Disabilities, Revised
The National Agenda is a historical statement of consensus in the field about how educational programs must change to meet the needs of students who are blind or visually impaired, including those with multiple disabilities.
American Printing House for the Blind
The American Printing House for the Blind (APH) is the world's largest nonprofit organization creating educational, workplace, and independent living products and services for people who are visually impaired.
Technical Assistance and Training
Education Service Centers
There is a VI certified specialist at every regional Education Service Center (ESC) in Texas. 20 ESC Network
For technical assistance and training on this topic and other aspects of the provision of services for students with disabilities, contact your regional education service center.
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