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November 13, 2018
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Bookshare Accessible Books for Texas
Texas students with print disabilities face substantial barriers in school—barriers imposed by the very print materials they are asked to read. The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act 2004 requires timely access to accessible materials. Yet students who are blind, have low vision, a physical disability, or learning or reading disability that impacts the ability to read printed books often wait weeks or months before receiving a book in a format they can read. Fortunately, digital accessible books from Bookshare® make the potential of timely access a reality. Most importantly, digital accessible books help students read and study independently. To read the books, students can use one of the free software applications from Bookshare® that provide a multimodal reading experience. In addition, students can read with their choice of assistive technology, such as a Braille device or other software application.

Texas Workforce Solutions - Vocational Rehabilitation Services Blind Services

Texas Workforce Solutions - Vocational Rehabilitation Services offices are located in many cities around the state. You can contact them for information about services, to schedule an appointment to apply for services or to determine what documents you may need to bring to an appointment.

Transition Services for Persons Who are Blind or Visually Impaired

The Texas Workforce Solutions- Vocational Rehabilitation Services Blind Services Transition Program assists young people who are blind or visually impaired to make an effective transition from secondary school to adult life and the world of work. The program prepares these young consumers who are at least 10 years old and under the age of 24 and who may have multiple disabilities to make informed decisions about their future goals. Consumers and their families are provided with:
•    opportunities for career exploration
•    opportunities to gain work experience while in high school
•    feedback about the consumer's current academic, vocational, and independent living skills
•    training in skills needed to achieve their goals and
•    adaptive tools to achieve their goals.

Health and Human Services Commission – Blind Children’s Vocational Discovery and Development Program
Children who are blind or visually impaired have brighter futures today than at any time in history! No longer isolated from their peers and the rest of society, children who are blind or visually impaired are fully involved in the world around them. Advances in technology make it possible for them to live, learn and play alongside their peers. Powerful laws protect their rights to education, access to their communities and other important civil rights. There have never been more excellent resources to help children who are blind and visually impaired achieve their fullest potential.

If your child is blind or visually impaired, the Blind Children's Vocational Discovery and Development Program (BCVDDP) may be able to help you, your child, and your entire family. Every year, hundreds of Texas families turn to the Children's Program for information and support to help their children grow and thrive. A Blind Children's Specialist—an expert in providing services to children with visual impairments—works with each child and family to create a Family Service Plan. The plan—tailored to the child's unique needs and circumstances—is a flexible document that will develop along with the child.
 

Education Service Center, Region 18 (ESC-18)
Region 18 provides statewide leadership for the Legal Framework for the Child-Centered Process in Texas for the Division of IDEA Coordination at the Texas Education Agency. The resource page provides access to documents that are used in the special education process. The framework is a template in electronic format that summarizes state and federal requirements for special education by topic, including requirements for eligibility, assessment, and documentation for visual impairments.

ESC-20 Braille Services 
Education Service Center, Region 20 assists businesses and other agencies in complying with Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requirements to assist visually impaired clients. Since 1988 the trained and certified employees of the Braille Services Department at ESC-20 have provided transcription and production of quality Braille materials.

Prevent Blindness Texas
Prevent Blindness of Texas, a non-profit, voluntary health and human service agency focused on preventing blindness; preserving sight; and enhancing and extending the quality of vision life for all Texans. We strive to serve the greatest number of Texas residents by continually improving the delivery of services through our network of branch offices and volunteers. We help our clients and their families with free vision screening, eye examination referrals, counseling and education to enable them to live as full and normal a quality vision life as possible.

Learning Ally of Texas (previously Recordings for the Blind and Dyslexic)
Building Bridges Between Print Disabilities and Success, RFB&D®, Learning Ally a national nonprofit, volunteer organization, is the leading accessible audiobook library for students with disabilities such as visual impairment or dyslexia. With titles available in every subject area and grade level, RFB&D's Learning Ally's digitally recorded audio textbooks help students challenged by the printed page.

Texas Association for Education and Rehabilitation of the Blind and Visually Impaired
The purpose of the Association shall be to render all possible assistance to the promotion, development, and improvement of all phases of education and rehabilitation of persons of all ages who are blind and visually impaired.

Texas, National Federation of the Blind of ...
For over 53 years TFB has achieved their goals through cooperation with other organizations and agencies that are working toward similar purposes. We have done this by providing: scholarships, information and referral services, direct advocacy, and comprehensive legislative awareness. In addition, each local chapter is active in taking on projects, and meeting the individual needs of the blind and visually impaired population in their community.

Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired (TSBVI)
The Texas School for the Blind Visual Impairment (TSBVI) web site is a worldwide resource on visual impairments. TSBVI offers residential and short term educational programs, and the Outreach Department is an invaluable source of information to professionals, parents, and students.

Texas State Library for the Blind (State of Texas Talking Book Program) 
https://www.tsl.texas.gov/tbp/index.html   
The Talking Book Program (TBP) is a free program that provides unabridged books in alternative formats for Texans of all ages who are unable to read standard print material due to visual, physical, or reading disabilities. TBP provides books and magazines in digital audio, large print and Braille formats. A digital audio player is provided on loan at no cost to qualified persons. Books and magazines can also be downloaded to certain portable devices using a mobile app. In FY2012, TBP provided services to nearly 16,000 individuals and institutions across Texas and circulated more than 860,000 books and magazines.


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