Outreach Events

Current Short Courses, Events, Summer Programs & Workshops

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.

Check back here throughout the year for course offerings held during the school year.

Summer Course information can be found below.

Student & Family Events

Check back here during the year for student and family outreach events.

Maryland Regional Braille Challenge

Braille is an important key to literacy! It allows for the enjoyment of reading, leads to school success, and opens the doors to future employment. Each year in February, students who read braille in grade Pre-K through grade 12 are invited to participate in the Maryland Regional Braille Challenge reading and writing contests. Parents are invited to participate in workshops about current topics related to visual impairment , the Expanded Core Curriculum (ECC) and education, while students are taking the tests. Teachers and school staff are invited to assist with test proctoring and scoring and helping to facilitate the day.

Students whose test scores qualify for the National Braille Challenge will be invited to compete at the annual competition which is held at the Braille Institute in Los Angeles, CA each June. 

The following 2019 Maryland Regional Braille Challenge participants qualified for the National Braille Challenge in California!

Noa Hottin, Freshman Category Alexandria, Virginia) – Noa place 2nd in the National Competition!!  Congratulations!

Julia Stockburger, Junior Varsity Category (Nottingham, Maryland) 

Congratulations to all of the participants and their families for you dedication to Braille literacy! We look forward to seeing everyone again on February 8, 2020 for the 11th Annual Maryland Regional Braille Challenge!  

To view photos from the 2019 MD Braille Challenge go to https://photos.app.goo.gl/a519gvgQtPjrDpyr8

For more information, contact:

Jackie Otwell
410.444.5000, ext. 1488 | jacquelineo@mdschblind.org

Summer Programs

MSB Camp Abilities (annual event)

MSB Camp Abilities is an overnight sports camp held annually in the summer for youth ages 9-17 who are blind or visually impaired.  The camp is held on the campus of MSB every summer, usually in the month of July. Activities include Swimming, Beep Baseball, Goalball, Beep Kickball, Soccer, Fitness Activities, Camp Fires, Field Trips and Social Time.

The cost of the 5 day camp is $175.00.  MSB Camp Abilities will be held from July 15 – 19, 2019Registration is now open!  See MSB Camp Abilities Flyer 2019 or MSB Camp Abilities Spanish Flyer 2019 for more details and register at 2019 CA Registration

MSB Camp Abilities at Lions Camp Merrick is a 5 day overnight outdoor education camp for youth ages 9-17 who are blind or visually impaired held at Lions Camp Merrick on the beautiful Potomac River in Nanjemoy, MD. The cost of the camp is $550.00 and will be held from July 28 – August 1, 2019Registration is now open!  See MSB CA Lions Camp Merrick Flyer 2019 or CA Lions Camp Merrick Spanish Flyer 2019 for more details and register at 2019 CA LCM Registration

The following forms must be completed in order to attend MSB Camp Abilities or Camp Abilities at Lions Camp Merrick; if your child is attending both camps, only ONE set of forms is needed.

2018-19 Emergency 911 Transportation Consent Form
2018-19 Maryland State Medication Authorization Form
2018-19 Part I Health Assessment Form
2018-19 Part II Health Assessment Form
2018-19 Over the Counter Meds Permission Form
2019 Parent Authorization Form Outreach Summer Programs

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Follow MSB Camp Abilities on Facebook @MSBCampAbilities 




M.I.S.L.E. SUMMER INSTITUTE (annual event)

Mastering Independence Skills Through Living Experiences (MISLE) is a worked based, residential (M-F) program for students with visual impairments ages 14-21 years of age, designed specifically to provide intensive instruction in the areas of organization, work experience, social skills, mobility and more. This program runs for 4 weeks each summer.

MISLE will be held from July 8 – August 2, 2019.  Registration is OPEN!  See MISLE 2019 Flyer for more information and register at 2019 MISLE Registration


Because it’s never too soon to teach students skills they need to be prepared for life, MSB’s TRECCK FOR SUCCESS is a free one week program that provides instruction in the Expanded Core Curriculum (ECC) through fun themed classes and activities.  See 2019 TRECCK for Success Flyer for more information

July 8 – 12, 2019 – Elementary Week (students entering 1st – 5th grades). Register now at TRECCK Elementary Registration

July 22 – 26, 2019 – Middle/High Week (students entering 6th – 10th grades). Register now at TRECCK Middle/High Registration

Professional Workshops

Braille Literacy Live!  Ask the Expert Series

Join experts in the field of educating students with visual impairments to ask your specific questions about braille using the Zoom video conferencing platform.

Sessions will be most months throughout the 2018-2019 school year. Each session will be held on a Monday between 3 and 4 pm eastern time. Additional dates will be provided throughout the year.

Q and A sessions will be with experts such as Anna Swenson and Cay Holbrook.

Please e-mail your questions in advance to jacquelineo@mdschblind.org