Image of the first words of the act creating the school along with early pics of buildings






  • Alloah Dallas Elk - Raised by the Dallas Elks group - and sent to TSBVI - became a singer and married a childhood friend, but only with the approval of the Elks!
  • Azie Taylor Morton - served as Treasurer of the United States during the Carter administration from September 12, 1977 to January 20, 1981. First and only black treasurer. Graduated from BDO at the top of her class.
  • Elizabeth Sthreshley Townsend - A teacher at the school in the 1800s - In 1890 she received a patent for inventing the punctograph, a braille typewriter.
  • Franz Dohmen - Student at TSBVI - and Valedictorian - both here and later, in college, at UT Austin.
  • W E Allen, Superintendent from the early 1900s.

Programmatic examples and Historical information about programs

  • Read about other historical notables with visual impairments.
  • We are making history now, as our world changes with the current technological advances, both with online resources and with hardware and software. Some of the seminal programs were started by faculty that still work at the school. Here are a few programs that have developed and expanded immensely over the last 30 years. TSBVI's website.