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.

Amplify Austin logo of turquoise circleIt's that time of year again - time to look toward spring and the season of giving sponsored by 'I Live Here I Give Here' known as Amplify Austin Day. This event covers the 24 hours beginning on March 2, 2017 at 6:00 PM to March 3, 2017 at 6:00 PM. Hundreds of area non-profit organizations are signed up to ask their supporters to help fund their missions. We encourage you to visit the ABCTX page where you can read about our mission, see a list of programs we have funded over the past year and view photos of them. Don't forget to read the testmonials from parents and teachers!

This year it is easier than ever to donate to this online fundraising event - you can do it by phone! A special secure phone line has been set up 512-717-4190. Volunteers are standing by NOW to take donations which will be held until Amplify Austin Day March 2-3. You can also make online donations NOW to be held until Amplify Austin Day. Your support will help make this year the best one ever for blind students all over Texas.

The 18th Annual Sports Extravaganza for Blind and Visually Impaired children took place this year on October 28-29, 2016, in the Dallas area. The "Bound by No Limits" event is sponsored by Region 10 Education Service Center and Lions Clubs International District 2-X1 and 2-E2. All Blind Children of Texas has been awarding scholarships to families who need financial assistance to participate and enjoy the event with their children since 2006. ABCTX awarded $2050 to families this year! We are so proud to help families enjoy this extraordinary event.

Patti Robinson and president Mary Sue Welch with the large $1,000 checkA friend of ABCTX, Patti Robinson, was chosen a RecognizeGood Legend in December, and donated her $1,000 check to her favorite non-profit - US! Patti Robinson and Mary Sue Welch are shown holding the large $1,000 check.

Program Spotlight

Painting With a Twist - October 2014 in McKinney, Texas

students sitting in the school hallway showing their paintings     two students leaning over their work table painting

Expected Outcomes: Students participating in this activity will have an opportunity to use their auditory, tactual and existing visual skills to produce a work of art that they will be able to hang in their own homes. Students will receive instruction on use and placement of color from a certified Art instructor. Not all students currently enjoy the benefits of a weekly art class, so this will be a good, specifically designed, hands-on fine Arts program. After the instructional time, we will proceed to a restaurant where the students can practice money management, tip calculation, etc to enjoy a meal together.

Program Report: 18 children of various ages participated. Not only did we use the Painting with a Twist activity to further the student's artistic expression, we also used it to help develop other ECC goals such as organization, money management, restaurant (buffet) protocol, participation as a group member, and use of low vision technology. See the complete report here.

Professionals Spotlight

photo of board member Christine Sahliyeh

Christine Golden

Christine Golden has been an active volunteer at Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired since February 2013. Christine’s passion for helping visually impaired kids stems from her father, who was born with glaucoma and, despite spending most of his life completely blind, earned a PhD and is a college professor. Christine’s experience growing up with a blind parent helps her relate to the kids with whom she volunteers. Christine’s goal as the newest board member of ABCTX is to see that more visually impaired kids reach their full potential.

Christine earned her B.B.A. from the University of North Texas in Denton, but is proud to call Austin home. She works full time at an Austin-based tech company, focusing on marketing and online merchandising. When she’s not working or volunteering, she enjoys spending time with her family, cooking, being outdoors, and traveling.

Read more about Christine Golden

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