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Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired - AFB Directory Profile

General Information

Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired
1100 West 45th Street
Austin, TX 78756-3494
(512) 454-8631 (Local)
(512) 454-3395 (Fax)
(800) 872-5273 (Toll-Free)
(512) 206-9451 (TDD/TTY)

Brief Description

The Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired (TSBVI) offers a broad range of educational services provides useful resources and links of national relevance, including adaptive and assistive technology; curriculum and publications; instructional and learning resources; physical education; and recreation and leisure skills.

TSBVI is a center of expertise in Texas, and offers services that reach all blind and visually impaired students in the state. TSBVI is a major source for published curriculum guides, and supports an excellent website.

Hours of operation: Mon.-Fri. 8:00 AM-5:00 PM
Clients served on average per year: Academic Year: 160, Short-term: 120, Summer: 250
Number of staff: 350 full-time employees.
Staff description: All staff necessary to safely and productively operate a 24-hour, seven-day school.
Geographic area served: Texas.
Publications: Publications catalog


William Daugherty, Superintendent, (512) 206-9133,
Miles Fain, Principal, Academic Year Comprehensive Programs, (512) 206-9251,
Cyral Miller, Director of Outreach Program, (512) 206-9242,
Lauren Newton, Principal, Special Programs, including summer programs and short-term programs., (512) 206-9119,

Services Offered

Services for Children

  • Assessment
    • Provides technology evaluation and assistance in training assessment personnel on appropriate evaluation techniques.
  • Braille and Reading Instruction
    • Provides instruction in braille.
  • Counseling
    • Offers family counseling, psychological testing, consultation and referral.
  • Daily Living Skills/Independent Living Skills Training
    • Provides instruction in home management, personal management, and communications skills and offers occupational and physical therapy.
  • Education Services
    • Offers elementary through secondary education for blind and visually impaired children (including those who are multiply disabled and deaf-blind), summer school programs, short-term classes during the academic year, postsecondary programs, outreach technical support services throughout the state.

      Provides specialized and intense services which focus on the unique learning needs of students with visual impairments, including those with additional disabilities.
  • Employment/Job Training
    • Provides evaluation, pre-vocational and vocational training.
  • Health
    • Provides medical, ophthalmological, and dental treatment for students.
  • Low Vision Services
    • Provides low vision assessments at on-campus low vision clinic.
  • Summer/Day Camps and After-school Programs
    • Offers after-school and weekend activities.
  • Support for Parents
    • Offers parent training, resources and information, support for parent groups, financial assistance to attend workshops.
  • Travel/Orientation and Mobility
    • Provides orientation and mobility training.

Services for Professionals

  • Professional Training
    • Provides workshops in several media for practicing teachers. Supports teacher preparation programs at two universities
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