Division on Visual Impairments

VIDBE Quarterly Volume 60(1)

A quarterly newsletter from the Council for Exceptional Children's Division on Visual Impairments containing practitioner tips for Teachers of Students with Visual Impairments, Certified Orientation and Mobility Specialists, and other professionals.

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Teacher of the Deafblind Pilot Program in Texas: Part II Chris Montgomery, Deafblind Education Specialist, Teacher of the Visually Impaired, montgomeryc@tsbvi.edu Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired, TSBVI Outreach Programs There are approximately 750 children in the state of Texas with deafblindness. This is a unique disability which involves a combined sensory loss. Texas has highly qualified Teachers of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing and highly qualified Teachers of the Visually Impaired, each with a community of practice. However, members of these two teaching disciplines do not necessarily have training specific to deafblindness. The unique and varied educational needs of students with deafblindness must be met by teachers who have specialized training and knowledge in the combined effects of hearing and vision loss. Although at least two other states formally recognize the role of teachers of the deafblind (Utah and Illinois), at this time there is no licensure for a Teacher of the deafblind (TDB) in the state of Texas. 15

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