11,000. 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.

2018-2019 was a great school year for All Blind Children of Texas. There are some of the programs we were able to fund:

Beeping Easter Egg Hunt in Dallas, Bowling Field Trip for AI/VI/DB students at TSD, Camp Abilities in Denton, Camp Rock On in El Paso, Cooking Skills in McKinney, DeafBlind Camp of Texas for statewide, ECC of the Month in Coppell, ECC Summer Program in Tomball, Travel Fort Worth, Camp Villa in West Texas, and Voice lessons in Brownsville and Leander, and many more.

AMPLIFY AUSTIN IS COMING! We hope you will be able to join in on the fun of watching the Austin community donate over twelve million dollars for nearly 700 good causes in 24 hours. Of course, All Blind Children is one of those causes! You can see our Amplify site HERE.

Message From The Board of All Blind Children of Texas

Greetings to the wonderful community of donors, who support the work of nonprofit organizations in the greater Austin area. Please know that we greatly appreciate each and every donation we have received in the past. Your support has brought many learning and recreational experiences to blind children and has put smiles on their faces.

This year, the ABCTX Board is excited to announce that a new student grant fund is being established to assist blind or  visually impaired youth between the ages of 18 and 22, who are seeking help to address specific needs that block their ability to become self-sufficient adults. These grants may be used for college, trade school, or vocational training, work-related expenses, or costs associated with moving out into the community. We are hopeful that you will consider helping to establish this new grant program.

Amplify Austin will take place starting at 6:00 PM on March 4th, 2021 and closing at 6:00 PM on March 5th, 2021. Be sure to go to the Amplify site here to enjoy watching the numbers go up!

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.

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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