Just for Parents

Family Support Services

The Maryland School for the Blind’s Family Support Services’ goal is to provide support, information and resources on disabilities and community services for families of children with visual impairment.

Services are designed to:

  • Inform families about available resources
  • Build working relationships among families, schools and the community
  • Provide learning opportunities through workshops and conferences
  • Increase parent involvement
  • Collaborate with other departments to develop parent support groups & activities
  • Provide information through our Reaching Out newsletter
  • Provide tours for families of potential students
  • Assist parents/families with IEP meetings
  • Loan books and videos to families from our lending library

The “Just for Parents” lending library includes books on:

  • Children
  • Communication
  • DeafBlindness
  • Education
  • Early Childhood Development
  • Family Topics

Workshops and Events

Transition Tuesdays

Transition Tuesdays are free webinars presented by MSB and community partners focusing on the transition process and resources available to students with visual impairments.  These monthly webinars are live streamed on MSB’s UStream Channel http://www.ustream.tv/channel/maryland-school-for-the-blind for real time and future viewing.

The next webinar will be held on March 21, from 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM.  Katelyn Traut, Service Coordination Manager for Kennedy Krieger Institute will present an overview of the transition process from Infants and Toddlers (Early Intervention Services) to an appropriate preschool program.  See Transition Tuesdays 3.21.17 for more information

Please visit our Outreach Events page for more information on Parent Workshops and Events offered by MSB

Community Events

April 8, 2017 – The 13th annual World of Possibilities Disabilities Expo will be held at the Radisson North Baltimore from 11:00 am – 3:00 pm.  Visit expo.caringcommuities.org for more information.

Check back for more community events for families of children who are blind, visually impaired or multiply disabled.

Parent Support Groups

Parent support group meetings can be held on the MSB campus or regionally.  Contact Renee Kirby, Parent Coordinator, if you are interested in organizing a group in your area.

MSDE Banner

MSDE Banner

Maryland Special Education Parent Involvement Survey – The Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) is asking parents or guardians of children receiving special education and related services to complete a short survey to let them know how your child’s school partners with you. The deadline for completion of the survey is May 1, 2017. See the flyers below or click on the banner above for more information.

MSDE Parent Survey _Flyer_English

MSDE Parent Survey Flyer_Spanish

Outreach Newsletters

Spring 2017 Reaching Out newsletter


Looking for gift ideas for children who are blind or have visual impairments?  Visit http://www.familyconnect.org/info/after-the-diagnosis/helpful-products

National Tele-Support Network – the Lighthouse Guild provides a free national tele-support network for parents of children with visual impairments

For more information about Family Support Services contact:

Renee Kirby, Parent Coordinator
410.444.5000, ext. 1489 | reneek@mdschblind.org