TSBVI and Kai's Education on a journey to empower blind and visually impaired students

While we were in Austin, Texas, we had the incredible chance to visit the esteemed Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired (TSBVI). Kai’s Education, after arrival, discovered that TSBVI is more than just a simple school; it’s a haven of inclusivity and empowerment for those of all ages. We were greeted by a warm and welcoming atmosphere, where we met the passionate Susan O’Brien, showcasing her determination to go that extra mile to help visually impaired students. 

Immediately, when walking in, we could see how the architecture articulated the readiness to learn – Our founder, Bruce, stands with Susan O’Brien, the Braille Transcriber/Adapted Materials Coordinator/Technology Apps Teacher. Together, they are ready to face the world with determination to help visually impaired and blind young people learn the language of code! The entire premises was an amazing experience to visit alone.

Kai’s Education wants to welcome students of all ages the ability to learn to code and empower themselves with the skill of the future, and we could see how TSBVI shared that dream of ours. Not only were the ideals that the school embodied rather inspiring, but the entire facility, inside and out, was masterfully crafted to allow accessibility to such educational services for youth. 

 

With 8 percent of the US population being blind or having some form of visual impairment, that’s about 20 million Americans who aren’t getting full access to education. Still, with TSBVI, we can allow them to learn and grow like anyone else! Texas has 11,000 students with visual impairments, and the Texas School for the Blind is responsible for providing services to all students. The Residential Program serves around 150 students with the greatest needs. Other students are served through TSBVI’s Short-Term Programs and Outreach Services.  

 

At TSBVI, we saw how education is tailored to meet the needs of visually impaired students, all while making use of cutting-edge assistive technology, such as using braille as tactile words, or screen readers in order to communicate and allow students to engage in classrooms. Making use of these sorts of resources is an effective way to educate young people, and we can see how they’re always open to using the newest and most innovative technology.

Beyond academics, students have ample opportunities for extracurricular activities, fostering friendships and life skills. It was outstanding how the students were passionate and excited to learn, all thanks to the environment fostered within the school. What struck me most was the sense of community at TSBVI. Students and staff support each other wholeheartedly, creating an environment where everyone can thrive.

 

Leaving TSBVI, I felt inspired by its vision for the future. It’s a place where limitations are replaced by possibilities, and where every individual is encouraged to shine brightly. TSBVI is proof that with dedication and compassion, we can create a world where everyone has the chance to succeed. 



Sometimes, others might need a little bit of help to get to the starting line, but with TSBVI, the educators and faculty there open up a whole new world of possibilities and opportunity, so everyone can be on equal footing. 

 

And that’s where the value lies, and the dream that Kai’s Education wants to expand all across the globe; The ability to let everyone learn and improve their technical skills so they have a better chance in the future! After all, with coding becoming the language of the future, we can’t allow for others to fall behind the exponentially growing market, because as the world advances, so do we.

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