Public Hearing on Transition of Services

There will be a public hearing about the transition of services at 9:30 AM, Thursday, March 31, 2016 in the Finance Room E1.036 at the Capitol in Austin. If you plan to attend, please bring 25 copies of your testimony so that all members can have a copy.  If you cannot attend, please email the committee clerk, Stephanie Hoover, with… Continue reading Public Hearing on Transition of Services

Graduate student helps draft bill: Governor signs new law improving education for visually impaired students

Rudy Becerra may not be able to see, but the Stephen F. Austin State University graduate student has a vision for the future. Just ask Gov. Rick Perry who recently signed a bill Becerra helped draft into law.Becerra said he has been visually impaired since birth, though he did not become blind until multiple surgeries to repair his glaucoma went awry around the age of 5…

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Blindness Summit

State Capitol Auditorium 1100 Congress Avenue Austin, Texas 78701 Tuesday, February 12, 20138:30 A.M. – 4:30 P.M. Working together we can do more to overcome barriers to EMPLOYMENT, EDUCATION AND INDEPENDENT LIVING for Texans who are blind and visually impaired The opportunities offered at the Blindness Summit will include: Exchanging information Sharing innovative ideas and… Continue reading Blindness Summit

Passage of Two New Laws Impacting the Education of Students with Visual Impairments in Texas

Passage of Two New Laws Impacting the Education of Students with Visual Impairments in Texas The Alliance of and for Visually Impaired Texans (AVIT) (http://alliancevitexans.org/), a coalition of 27 Texas organizations concerned about the rights of and resources for individuals with visual impairments, led the effort to pass two important education bills impacting students with… Continue reading Passage of Two New Laws Impacting the Education of Students with Visual Impairments in Texas

WHO REPRESENTS ME?

Who Represents Me? provides information about current districts and members of the Texas Senate, Texas House of Representatives, the Texas delegation to the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives, and the State Board of Education. Provide your address and your representatives will be listed. http://www.fyi.legis.state.tx.us/

Texas Senate Bill 39

Texas Senate Bill 39, which updates wording of Texas law to include the term Expanded Core Curriculum, filed by Senator Judith ZaffiriniTo follow SB 39 progress at Texas Legislature Online, click here.

Please support the Anne Sullivan Macy Act!

The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), has transformed educational opportunity for children and youth with disabilities, but the needs of children with vision loss have not been adequately addressed. Unfortunately, IDEA does not ensure the provision of vital services and instruction such as braille, orientation and mobility, access to technology and low vision devices,… Continue reading Please support the Anne Sullivan Macy Act!

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Congratulations to Sen. Zaffirini and Rep. Eissler

Alliance of and for Visually Impaired Texans (AVIT) Is Pleased to Congratulate Senator Judith Zaffirini (D-Laredo) and Representative Rob Eissler (R-Woodlands)   For Receiving the 2012 Texas Chapter Award Given by the Texas Association for Education and Rehabilitation of the Blind and Visually Impaired  Their unwavering dedication to work with AVIT during the Texas 82nd… Continue reading Congratulations to Sen. Zaffirini and Rep. Eissler

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