Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired
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The Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired (TSBVI) is a Texas special public school, in the continuum of statewide placements for students who have a visual impairment. It is considered a statewide resource to parents of these children and professionals who serve them. Students, ages 6 through 21, who are blind, deafblind, or visually impaired, including those with additional disabilities, are eligible for consideration for services at TSBVI.
Founded in 1856, the school is currently located at 1100 West 45th Street in Austin, Texas and serves not only the local community, but most of the blind children in other schools across the state. Its teaching curriculum and its website serve most countries around the world as the leading resource in visual impairment education.
As of 2008[update] 50% of the school's students are of high school age. TSBVI may take up to 150 boarding students. Usually deaf students in Texas attend school in their local school districts, which are obligated to educate them under the law. Students who attend TSBVI only do so after their parents and their schools and school districts all agree that TSBVI is best-equipped for their educations.
The school has special equipment and classroom routines tailored to blind students, and according to a 2008 Texas Monthly article, blind students who previously attended ordinary public schools had a positive reception to TSBVI after enrolling there.
It is the subject of a documentary, The Eyes of Me.
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