Outreach Events

Current Trainings, Workshops, Short Courses and Events

TECHY Conference

*The 2nd annual Technology in Education Can Help You (TECHY) Conference originally scheduled for Saturday, May 20, 2017 at MSB has been postponed to a later date.  When a new date is announced it will be posted here. We apologize for any inconvenience.


Transition Tuesdays

Transition Tuesdays are free monthly webinars presented by MSB and community partners focusing on the transition process and resources available to students with visual impairments.

These webinars are live streamed and also recorded for future viewing at http://www.ustream.tv/channel/maryland-school-for-the-blind

Check back here for more upcoming workshops in 2016-17.

Professional Workshops

Check back here for future workshops throughout the year.

Parent Support Group Meetings

Parent Support Group meetings can be held on the MSB campus or regionally.  Contact Renee Kirby, Parent Coordinator, at 410- 444-5000 x1489 or reneek@mdschblind.org, if you are interested in organizing a group in your area.

Student Activities

Short Courses

MSB offers short course programs to students (1st-12th grade) monthly on weekends throughout the school year and during the summer to promote skill development in the nine areas of the Expanded Core Curriculum.

2017 Short Courses

Sunday, June 4, 2017 – A Day In Annapolis –  Join us for a walking tour around our state capitol ending with a sensory garden tour and craft at the William Paca House.  This activity is for all ages.  See Short Course June 4 2017 for more details

The Maryland Regional Braille ChallengeBC-Logo

The Maryland Regional Braille Challenge is held annually on the campus of MSB in January.   The Braille Challenge is a reading and writing competition for students in grades 1-12. Students are tested in five braille categories: reading comprehension, braille spelling, chart and graph reading, proofreading and braille speed and accuracy. Qualifiers advance to the national competition which is held annually at the Braille Institute in Los Angeles, CA in June.

Three students who participated in the 2017 Maryland Regional Braille Challenge qualified for the National Braille Challenge.

Sujan Dhakal of Glen Burnie, Maryland, Julia Stockburger of Nottingham, Maryland and Anthony Moncman of Center Valley, Pennsylvania are among the 50 students who have qualified for the prestigious national competition. All three students are in the same level of the competition (Sophmore – Grades 5 and 6) and will face each other head to head at the Nationals in Los Angeles next month.

Congratulations and Good Luck!!


Summer Programs

MSB Camp Abilities is an overnight sports camp for youth ages 9-17 who are blind or visually impaired.  The camp is held on the campus of MSB every summer.  The 2017 camp will be held from July 10 – 14. Activities include Swimming, Beep

Camp Abilitities Logo Baseball, Goalball, Beep Kickball, Soccer, Fitness Activities, Camp Fires, Field Trips and Social Time.  The cost of the camp is $150.00 and registration is due in May.

See the 2017 Camp Abilities Save the Date Flyer  and the 2017 Camp Abilities Registration packet for more information.

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Elementary Summer Program – Creature Craze – July 5 – 7, 2017,  An overnight camp for Kindergarten to 5th grade students who are blind or visually impaired who want to learn about animals and building/programming Legos.  See 2017 SUMMER PROGRAM Elementary information packet for more details.

Middle/High School Program – Run of the Robots – July 17-21 & 24 -28, 2017,  An overnight camp for 6th -12th grade students who are blind or visually impaired who want to build Legos, create and test robots and run robotic challenges.  See 2017 SUMMER PROGRAM middle-high for more details.

Mastering Independence Skills Through Living Experiences (M.I.S.L.E.) Summer Institute – July 10 – August 4, 2017 The MISLE program, presented by MSB and DORS, is a work based residential (M-F) program for students with visual impairments ages 14-21. Students will be housed at Goucher College in Towson, MD.  See 2017 MISLE packet for more details.