• Texas Health and Human Services Commission

      • The Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) is a state agency commissioned to oversee several state departments that deal with health and human services, including itself and the Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services, Texas Department of State Health Services, and the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services. Some of the benefits and services provided include:
        • Medicaid for families and children
        • Long-term care for people who are older or have disabilities
        • SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) food benefits and TANF (Temporary Assistance For Needy Families) cash assistance for families
        • Behavior Health Services
        • Services to help keep people who are older or who have disabilities in their homes or communities
        • Services for women or other people with special health needs

     

    • American Printing House for the Blind, Inc.

      • The American Printing House for the Blind continually produces new materials to help TVIs, COMS, and parents provide meaningful learning experiences for a student with a visual impairment or blindness. The catalog of materials can be found at www.aph.org. In Texas, some APH materials can be requested through a statewide lending system managed by TSBVI. When the materials are no longer needed, they are return.

     

    • Regional Education Service Centers in Texas

      • The state of Texas is divided into regional areas for educational support systems known as the educational services centers (ESC). ECISD in the Region 18 ESC geography area. Fred Martinez is the Special Education Consultant supporting Teachers of the Visually Impaired and Orientation and Mobility Specialists.   The statewide leadership for Visual Impairments is housed in the Region 11 ESC.

     

    • Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired

      • The Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired (TSBVI) is a Texas special public school, in the continuum of statewide placements for students who have a visual impairment. It is considered a statewide resource to parents of these children and professionals who serve them. Students, ages 6 through 21, who are blind, deafblind, or visually impaired, including those with additional disabilities, are eligible for consideration for services at TSBVI. Additional information can be located at www.tsbvi.edu.

     

    • Early Childhood Intervention Program (ECI)

      • ECI is a program that provides services to children with special needs under 3 years of age. Children with a visual impairment qualify for these services. The Teacher of the Visually Impaired with ECISD will coordinate services with the local ECI program. Permian Basin Community Centers ECI program provides services to children in the Ector County. There office is located at 1012 MacArthur, Odessa, Texas. Their phone number is 432-334-0900.

     

    • Learning Ally

      • Learning Ally works with parents, teacher, and specialist to raise awareness and understanding of dyslexia and other reading disabilities by sharing best practices and by connecting to resources. Learning Ally has a library of online audio books. http://www.learningally.org/ 

     

    • Texas State Library

      • The Talking Book Program (TBP) provides free library services to qualifying Texans with visual, physical, or reading disabilities. TBP is part of the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped, a program administered by the Library of Congress. The TBP collection consists of more than 100,000 titles, including hundreds of titles in Spanish, and some in French, German, Russian, and other languages. The Talking book program can be accessed by parents for home use and school librarians for school library checkout.  tpb.services@tsl.texas.gov

     

    • Bene Tech (also known as BookShare)

      • Bookshare is an online library that makes reading accessible for people that cannot read standard print. With Bookshare books, members can listen to their books, follow along with highlighted text, read in braille, and customize their experience in ways that make reading easier.   www.bookshare.org

     

    • Paths to Literacy for Students who are Blind or Visually Impaired

     

     

    • American Federation for the Blind

      • Since 1921, AFB has been a leader in expanding possibilities for the nearly 25 million Americans living with vision loss. A national nonprofit with offices in five U.S. cities, we champion access and equality, and stand at the forefront of new technologies and evidence-based advocacy. We address the most pressing needs of people with vision loss and their families, breaking down societal barriers and promoting broad systemic change. Like Helen Keller, AFB's most famous ambassador, we are committed to creating a more equitable world for people with disabilities. www.afb.org

     

    • WonderBaby.org

      • WonderBaby.org is dedicated to helping parents of young children with visual impairments as well as children with multiple disabilities. Here you’ll find a database of articles written by parents who want to share with others what they’ve learned about playing with and teaching a blind child, as well as links to meaningful resources and ways to connect with other families. www.wonderbaby.org
Last Modified on May 9, 2018