Statewide Leadership Services for the Blind and Visually Impaired
Statewide leadership in addressing identified areas of need in special education services is provided through eleven functions and five projects directed by various ESCs. Their primary responsibility is to provide leadership, training, technical assistance, and the dissemination of information throughout the state. The ESCs coordinating these statewide leadership functions and projects are responsible for the implementation of many of the states continuous improvement activities.Though both functions and projects provide statewide leadership, ESC function leads establish and coordinate a 20-region network. This ensures ongoing communication among ESCs about state-level needs assessment processes and planning, as well as implementing and evaluating statewide activities. Project leadership is focused on a specific activity.Education Service Center Region 11 provides Statewide Leadership for Services for the Blind and Visually Impaired. As the state lead, ESC Region 11 facilitates the coordination of 20 regional Education Service Center visual impairment specialists to develop a team approach in supporting students with visual impairments.
In collaboration with the 20 network members, ESC Region 11 is responsible for coordination of:
- a state level needs assessment process;
- determination of state priorities;
- development of the network plan; and
- evaluation of the effectiveness of statewide activities and services.Network professional development and technical assistance focuses on building capacity to ensure students with visual impairments have comparable access to the general curriculum and improve skill areas necessary to compensate for visual loss. Additionally, ESC Region 11 serves as the first point of contact for education service centers and provides information and guidance when requested by the Texas Education Agency.
Each regional Education Service Center is responsible for identifying innovative programs in the region, Texas and other states; providing technical assistance to districts in the area of services for students with visual impairments; and serving as the first point of contact for educators and parents in their region.
The Braille Authority of North America (BANA), at its November 8–10, 2013 meeting in Louisville, Kentucky, affirmed January 4, 2016, as the date by which the United States will implement the general use of Unified English Braille (UEB). This action was based on a year of dialogue and planning that included the UEB Transition Forum, held on October 16. The forum, which involved 48 delegates representing 31organizations from the braille community, was structured to help organizations craft the steps and timetable through which the United States will make an effective transition to Unified English Braille.
Please send us your vacancies for us to post on this site.Visual Impairment ResourcesNational Resources on Visual ImpairmentsState Performance Plan (SPP) / Annual Performance Report (APR) The SPP contains 20 performance and compliance indicators related to the implementation of IDEA. These 20 indicators are aligned to five monitoring priorities set by the U.S. Department of Education Office of Special Education Programs (USDE/OSEP). The five monitoring priorities are: (1) Free Appropriate Public Education in the Least Restrictive Environment, (2) Disproportionality, (3) Child Find, (4) Effective Transition, and (5) General Supervision.
State Plan for Students with Visual Impairments (VI)
The Texas State Plan for Students with Visual Impairments is intended to be a tool for use in identifying needs, setting priorities, and guiding the development and provision of services for students with visual impairments and deaf-blindness.State Resources- On this site locate information on Bookshare, DARS-DBS, ESC 18, ESC 20, Texas Prevent Blindness, Learning Ally of Texas, San Antonio Lighthouse, Texas NFB, Texas State Library and so much more.Olga Uriegas
Lead, State Leadership Services for the Blind and Visually Impaired(817) 740-7567
Visual Impairment Educational Specialist