Sanger Independent School District


Welcome to the
Denton County Special Education Co-op
Visual Impairment and
Orientation and Mobility Services
 
Here you will find the latest information, resources and scheduled events pertaining to the VI Department at the Denton County Spec. Ed. Co-op. 
 
The Denton County Special Education Co-op consists of 6 school districts...
Ponder ISD, Krum ISD, Sanger ISD, Argyle ISD, Pilot Point ISD and Aubrey ISD. We are also proud to provide shared contract vision and Orientation and Mobility (O&M) services with Lake Dallas ISD and Gainesville ISD. O&M contract services are also provided to Cooke County Special Education Coop.
 
O&M fun news...
Exciting News...DART has opened the new Green Line!
We encourage each and everyone to ride the new Green Line! This is part of the public transportation system for the metroplex. Please go to www.dart.org and learn all the exciting new opportunities that are currently in place. Denton County Area Transit (DCTA) will be joining with DART to connect Denton County to the metroplex in the near future. Please visit www.dcta.net for upcoming openings.
 
The Green Line has opened many doors for our students when it comes to current and future education, employment and socialization. Students can obtain a full day pass for $2.00 with a student ID and adults can ride for $4.00. This gives you access to the train all day with as many stops as needed at no extra charge. 
 
Many of our students have already had O&M lessons riding the Green Line! They have seen first hand how this wonderful public transportation system can open many doors to their future. Please contact Janet Brewer at jbrewer@sangerisd.net if you are interested in spending a day on the train!
 
*Image - 3 students who have riden the DART Green line. "We are looking forward to the future!!!!!!!!!"
Javier, Homero and Jacob riding the
 
 
 
DARS...
It is that time of year that you all need to contact your DARS caseworker to find out about the exciting events they have planned for the summer. Bobbie Vash, the transition caseworker has already started with applications for many upcoming events. You may contact  Bobbie at (940)689-8464  or bobbievash@dars.state.tx.us

Michelle Green is the children's caseworker who will have information for 10 years and younger. You may contact Michelle at (940)689-2740  or michelle.green@dars.state.tx.us. If you do not currently have a DARS caseworker and would like one please contact your VI/O&M teacher and we will help you.
 
 
Upcoming Events...
Shriner Circus -
White Cane Day - (www.whitecaneday.org)
14th Annual Sports Extravaganza -
Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo -
 
*Be sure to check the VI page calendar as updated events will be posted. Because the Co-op follows the Sanger ISD school calendar pertinent dates of school closings and holidays have been  noted. 
 

White Cane Safety Day: A Symbol of Independence

The National Federation of the Blind in convention assembled on the 6th day of July, 1963, called upon the governors of the fifty states to proclaim October 15 of each year as White Cane Safety Day in each of our fifty states. On October 6, 1964, a joint resolution of the Congress, HR 753, was signed into law authorizing the President of the United States to proclaim October 15 of each year as “White Cane Safety Day.” This resolution said: “Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives…, that the President is hereby authorized to issue annually a proclamation designating October 15 as White Cane Safety Day and calling upon the people of the United States to observe such a day with appropriate ceremonies and activities.”

Within hours of the passage of the congressional joint resolution authorizing the President to proclaim October 15 as White Cane Safety Day, then President Lyndon B. Johnson recognized the importance of the white cane as a staff of independence for blind people. In the first Presidential White Cane Proclamation President Johnson commended the blind for the growing spirit of independence and the increased determination to be self-reliant that the organized blind had shown. The Presidential proclamation said:

The white cane in our society has become one of the symbols of a blind person’s ability to come and go on his own. Its use has promoted courtesy and special consideration to the blind on our streets and highways. To make our people more fully aware of the meaning of the white cane and of the need for motorists to exercise special care for the blind persons who carry it Congress, by a joint resolution approved as of October 6, 1964, has authorized the President to proclaim October 15 of each year as White Cane Safety Day.

Now, therefore, I, Lyndon B. Johnson, President of the United States of America do hereby proclaim October 15, 1964 as White Cane Safety Day.

With those stirring words President Johnson issued the first White Cane Proclamation which was the culmination of a long and serious effort on the part of the National Federation of the Blind to gain recognition for the growing independence and self-sufficiency of blind people in America, and also to gain recognition of the white cane as the symbol of that independence and that self-reliance.

The first of the state laws regarding the right of blind people to travel independently with the white cane was passed in 1930. In 1966, Dr. Jacobus tenBroek, the founder of the National Federation of the Blind, drafted the model White Cane Law. This model act--which has become known as the Civil Rights Bill for the Blind, the Disabled, and the Otherwise Physically Handicapped-–contains a provision designating October 15 as White Cane Safety Day. Today there is a variant of the White Cane Law on the statute books of every state in the nation.
 
*Image - 5 students who participated in the Fort Worth White Cane event. 
White Cane Day 2010
Please feel free to contact the VI Department with your vision specific questions or concerns. Any member of the VI team will be happy to assist you.
 
Thank you,
The VI Department
Janet Brewer, CTVI/COMS jbrewer@sangerisd.net
Tammy Durrett, CTVI tdurrett@sangerisd.net
Shelly Wright, CTVI swright@sangerisd.net
Holli Russell, Braillist and VI assistant hrussell@sangerisd.net
 
Office Number 940-458-7430
Fax Number 940-458-4156
Address: DCSEC VI Department, 601 Elm Street * Sanger, TX 76210
Director of Special Education: Kim Phillips
 
TSBVI...The Best Resource Around
TSBVI new services and support catalog is now available...please click here for his wonderful and helpful informationTSBVI Parent and Teacher information. If you have any questions regarding any of the services and workshops available please contact the VI department for further information as we are very happy to assist you and your family. Feel free to explore the TSBVI site yourself...www.tsbvi.edu

A few more helpful resources...
If you are ever in need of purchasing inexpensive frames and lenses for your family check out these two websites!! You can buy glasses for as little as $6.95!!
www.zennioptical.com
www.39dollarglasses.com
 
Audio book resources:
www.texastalkingbooks.org (800)252-9605 
www.learningally.org
www.bookshare.org
 
Therapeutic horseback riding:
Spirit Horse (Corinth)940-497-2946
Riding Unlimited (Ponder) 940-479-2016