2014-15 Programs

Programs supported in the 2014-15 school year (as of March 1, 2015)

Badgerdog Creative Writing Program at Texas School for the Blind for eighth graders.
Space Camp for Visually Impaired Students – covered the expense of a Flight Suit and clothing package for a student who attended Space Camp in Alabama in September, 2014. Outcomes: To gain memorable adventure in a safe and stimulating environment. Promoting: Independence, positive self-image, new perspectives, teamwork, problem solving, positive adult role models, responsibility, self-confidence, acceptance, decision making, respect for rules and safety
White Cane Day Sponsor – ABCTX funded the climbing wall, the clown, the bounce house and the cotton candy machine for the event that occurred on October 15, 2014. The festivities included a march down Congress Avenue in Austin from the Capitol to City Hall, speeches commemorating the importance of White Cane Day, and a carnival in Republic Square Park for hundreds of folks from TSBVI, DARS-DBS and the Travis Lighthouse and their friends.
Houston White Cane Day Sponsor on October 24, 2014 – successful event attended by DARS-DBS and Region 4 representatives and students.
Bring Your Boss to Work Day – ABCTX provided incentive funding for Teachers of the Visually Impaired to invite their supervisors to accompany them through a typical day to give the administrators a better understanding of the specialized assistance TVIs regularly provide their students.
Sports Extravaganza – ABCTX provided $150 scholarships to aid 14 families in attending the annual event where students with visual impairments participate in Paralympic type and national sports such as Track and Field, Goalball, and Beep Baseball.
Goalball tournament – funded a student from a local Austin area district who practices with TSBVI students to attend the USABA Youth Nationals High School Goal Ball Tournament in Florida with the team in November, 2014
Holiday Painting – December, 2014 The expected outcomes are that the visually impaired and blind students will socialize with other students with similar challenges, learn to follow instructions to paint a picture on canvas with physical and verbal prompts in an enjoyable environment, and to become aware of fun activities in the community involving art. This project will involve students from several different schools who might not have the opportunity to participate in an activity like this otherwise. This will be another avenue of recreation that the students might not be aware of or might not think they could participate in because of a visual impairment. Grayson County Special Education SSA, Sherman ISD and Fannin County Special Education SSA
Painting With a Twist – February, 2015 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. McKinney ISD
Bowling and Pizza – An outing for visually impaired students in Harlingen at the Bass Pro Shop. A rec leisure project to bring the Harlingen High School and Jr. High students visually impaired together to socialize and bowl.
Sports Vision 20/20 Bowl-a-thon –ABCTX sponsored this event put on by a nonprofit in Austin on February 14, 2015 with these outcomes: Network with the National Association of Blind Athletes, and families and professionals who participate in sports and recreation, learn how to bowl non-visually, learn beep baseball and kickball information.
Community outing to HEB and Pizza lunch - The students have been learning about food groups and departments in the grocery store.  Several of the students have not been to the grocery with their family.  Through this activity, they will become more active participants and increase their awareness of the process of food preparation.  The eating out experience will allow them to make food choices.
Ft. Worth ISD Annual VI Spring Family Picnic - All VI students from FWISD are invited to bring their families, and enjoy a hotdog lunch, drinks and desserts. We also schedule a fine arts performance (in the past it has been mariachi bands or drumming performances), arts & crafts event, fishing in the adjacent pond and door prizes for all families in attendance.
Gold Star Girl Scout project - The directive of my project is to increase parental and teacher awareness with regards to their blind and visually impaired children by giving them insight into strategies for helping their children realize their full potential.
Region One Braille Challenge in Edinburg - Allows students with blindness and visual impairments along with their families an opportunity to enter into competition, network with other students through recreational and social activities. Families are also provided information about various agencies and organizations that support students with visual impairments. Orientation and Mobility instructors will provide activities and functional skills training.

  • Camp Abilities
  • Camp Challenge
  • Camp Teen Challenge
  • ECC Summer Camp Round Rock
  • ECC Summer Camp Tomball
  • Grace Heritage Farm Trip
  • Restaurant Etiquette in Harlingen
  • See the World in a Different Light
  • Careers, Crossing & Casual Dining at Stephen F Austin State University
  • Texas Chargers Annual Retreat
  • Travel Fort Worth O&M Camp
  • TSBVI Drama shirts
  • West Texas Sports Extravaganza
  • SWEAT stipend

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