TxSSN Project Purpose
The Texas Sensory Support Network will ensure the provision of support to infants, toddlers, children, and youth with sensory impairments, their families, and the professionals who serve them, through collaboration with appropriate agencies and organizations, which is essential for the education of students under 21 years old who are blind or visually impaired, deaf or hard of hearing, or deaf blind. The network will provide information and strategies for development of communication, mobility, tactile skills, and environmental adaptations. Additionally, the network will address diagnosis, evaluation, and educational programs for services to students in their home communities in support of the comprehensive statewide education plan for this student population.
*New* Request for Funding Application Requirement
Pilot Mentor Program: K-12 Educational Interpreters
The program will begin after October 1 and run through the end of the school year. Participants will be selected based on an application process. There are a limited number of spots available, so please get your applications turned in by August 13th.
New Low Vision Position Paper
Appropriate Prescribing Practices for Optical Device Use in Students with Low Vision
Early Childhood Special Education
The term Preschool Programs for Children with Disabilities (PPCD) is being replaced with Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE)
Functionally Blind Removed from Code
Senate Bill (SB) 522, 86th Texas Legislature, Regular Session, 2019, changed Texas Education Code (TEC), Section 30.002. As a part of these changes, the term functionally blind no longer appears in code.