Services for the Blind and Visually Impaired

hands reading brailleOur dedicated staff travels to the students assigned schools to provide direct and/or consultative special education services relating to the vision loss. These services enable the students to learn in their classroom setting or home setting (as appropriate). Services for infants may be provided in the infant’s home or day care setting. The students range in age from birth to 21. The students may be singularly or multiply impaired. The cognitive level of the students range from severely impaired to gifted and talented. Many of the visually impaired students are totally mainstreamed in their home schools. Others are in special programs in their home schools or at various campuses throughout the district.

Main Office Location:
Pond Springs Elementary School
7825 Elkhorn Mountain Trail
Austin, TX 78729

Erica Cairns
Maureen Wrann-Wright
Courtney Forman
Jennifer Caster
Rebecca Longoria
DeAnne Arledge
Alma Mancillas
Rose Blanchard
Marcia Hopkins
TVI Team Lead
Rachel Collins
Deafblind Specialist


Wendy Anderson
Lisa King
Alisand Robinson
O&M Team Lead
Rebekah Herrington

Our Services & Programs

Braillists transcribe printed materials into Braille or specifically identified media modifications for educational purposes at locations across the district. This is a production position using a variety of technical equipment and specialized software and computer assisted technology devices.

Due to the amount of time needed to adapt materials, braillists require materials to be adapted at least five days prior to the expected instruction date.

Location: Pond Spring Elementary
Fax number: 512-464-5189


Michelle Murphy
Kelly Fishbeck
Abigail Sanchez
Marissa Alonso
Patricia Maldonado

Round Rock ISD Special Education staff identify and provide an appropriate education for all individuals ages three through twenty-one who qualify for the district’s special education services.

If you need additional information or know of a student between the ages of 5-21 years, please contact Candace Wiley at 512-428-7577.

For children ages 3-5 years, contact Kellie Johnson at 512-428-3090.

Early Intervention services are also available for children birth – age 3. Contact 1-800-628-5115 for more information.

The Round Rock ISD VI Department is coaches goal ball practices involving students of ages ranging from 10 to 22 from RRISD, Austin ISD, Georgetown ISD, and Eanes ISD.

There are three members of each team on each end protecting the goalline. There is one center and two wings on each team. The game is 14 minutes long, comprising two seven minute halves. A rubber ball with bells inside for auditory tracking is used. Each player must wear a blindfold regardless of the degree of visual impairment. Each player has the option to wear elbow pads, kneepads, hip pads and face protection.

All students are evaluated to determine the need for assistive technology.

  • Assistive Technology (AT) Device: is any item, piece of equipment or product system, whether acquired commercially off the shelf, modified, or customized, that is used to increase, maintain, or improve the functional capabilities of individuals with disabilities.
  • Assistive Technology (AT) Service: is any service that directly assists an individual with a disability in the selection,acquisition, or use of an assistive technology device. Such term includes the evaluation of the needs of an individual with a disability,including a functional evaluation of the individual in the individual’s customary environment.
Paths to Literacy website

Paths to Literacy website

This website is the result of a joint project between Perkins School for the Blind and Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired (TSBVI). By combining our resources and expertise, we hope to assist educators and families in the quest to provide literacy experiences for children who are blind or visually impaired.

The information on this site ranges from a basic overview of literacy to various stages of development and special challenges, as well as an exploration of different media (print, braille, auditory strategies). We encourage you to add your ideas and questions, so that this will be an interactive hub of resources.

Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired logo

Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired (TSBVI) serves as a special public school in which students, ages 6 through 21, who are blind, deaf-blind, or visually impaired, including those with additional disabilities, are eligible for consideration for services on the TSBVI campus. It is also a statewide resource to parents of these children and the professionals who serve them, from birth through transition from school.

The Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired (TSBVI) continues to offer short term programs and classes throughout the school year for our students to gain extra skills, incredible experiences and practice for specific skills.