• 2016-2017 Visual Impairment Needs Survey

    This survey is being administered by the State Leadership Services for the Blind and Visually Impaired Network (20 ESCs+) to assist in planning for training and technical assistance for professionals throughout the State for the 2016-2017 school year. This survey may take at least 15 minutes. Your time and effort are greatly appreciated! The survey will close on Febuary 15th 2016.


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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 state’s continuous improvement activities. 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.