9,000. That's the approximate number of legally blind children in Texas.
All Blind Children of Texas is a resource for the optimal physical, mental, emotional and social development of all blind children of Texas. ABCTX screens, funds and facilitates their participation in programs, activities, events and projects designed by their Teacher of the Visually Impaired (TVI) that provide hands-on learning experiences that help to master the skills needed to work alongside sighted peers.
Sports Extravaganza provides opportunities for students with visual impairments to participate in a variety of activities that encourage a more active lifestyle and lead to participation in life-long leisure, recreation, and competitive sports. Students ages 0-22 compete in track and field events, recreation activities, goalball and organized games. All Blind Children of Texas provides funds each year to help families attend this wonderful event through the student's Teacher of the Visually Impaired or Orientation & Mobility teacher.
The Crowley Independent School District's 125 member Children's Honor Choir was invited to perform a premier work at Carnegie Hall in New York in February, 2012.
One student with visual impairments would not have been able to attend this trip without support from All Blind Children of Texas.
With funding from ABCTX, the student was able to participate with the CISD Honor Choir in performing on stage at Carnegie Hall in New York City. This once in a lifetime opportunity for a student who is expected to lose more vision as she grows up has helped improve her self esteem and social skills as well as independent travelling in a wide variety of situations.
Billy T. Brookshire currently serves on the boards of All Blind Children of Texas, The Texas Association for Education and Rehabilitation for the Blind and Visually Impaired (TAER), and the Hall of Fame for Leaders and Legends of the Blindness Field. His awards include Virgil Zickel Award for Excellence In Product Development from the American Printing House for the Blind in 2003; the Aubrey Boyd Tipps Memorial Award from Texas Association for Education and Rehabilitation in 1999; the Sammy K. Rankin Outstanding Member Award from Texas Association for Education and Rehabilitation in 1995; the Distinguished Service Award In Rehabilitation from South Central Association for Education and Rehabilitation in 1993; the Arkansas Traveler in 1991; and Admiral of the Texas Navy in 1986.
Billy recently retired from the Division for Blind Services where he served as Blindness Training and Development Specialist for 30 years. He is currently a training consultant and public speaker in private practice, and the award winning author of the book: Loving Me: A Guide To Creating and Presenting Workshops on Self-Esteem.