Current Trainings, Workshops, Short Courses and Events
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.
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
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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.
Middle/High School Program – JAWS and Braille Training Course – July 17-21 and July 24-28, 2017, a two week course offering intensive instruction in braille and on the features of JAWS (Job Access With Speech) to increase student accessibility within their school environments. See JAWS summer program Flyer for more information.
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.
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 in June.
Congratulations and Good Luck!!
Save the Date: October 19 – 20, 2017, Braille Literacy in the 21st Century: Jointly sponsored by The National Federation of the Blind (NFB) and the Maryland School for the Blind (MSB)
Come celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Maryland Literacy Rights in Education Act and hear about the progress of braille instruction in Maryland as well as nationally. This conference will feature national and local speakers presenting on a variety of topics. See BRAILLE LITERACY Oct 2017 flyer for more details
Transition Tuesdays Webinars
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
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org, if you are interested in organizing a group in your area.