Outreach Events

Current Events, Courses, Programs & Workshops for Students, Parents & Professionals

Outreach Events Calendar 2019-20

Student 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.

October 18, 2019 – 9:00 am – 3:00 pm – A Day at the Baltimore Zoo Short Course – Meet new friends and experience the zoo using non-visual and adaptive strategies.  See Zoo short course 2019 for more information.

October 19, 2019 – 10:00 am – 1:00 pm – TRECCK for Success ECC Short Course – Join MSB staff and other blind and visually impaired students on fun fall outing that will include a hike through Catoctin State Park in Thurmont, MD. See TRECCK Hike Flyer 10.19.19 or TRECCK Hike Flyer 10.19.19 Spanish for more information.

FIRST Lego League Robotics Team

Students ages 9-14 can join MSB’s Outreach Robotics team, 180 Optimum, which competes annually in the FIRST Lego League (FLL) Challenge.  FLL emphasizes Core Values, Research and Robotics.  The theme for this year’s challenge is City Shaper – Building a Better World.  The team will work together to code a Lego robot using Quorum, an accessible programming language, and will also incorporate large print, braille and other strategies into all aspects of the team.   See First LEGO League 2019 Flyer for more information.

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. 

Save the Date: the 2020 Maryland Braille Challenge will be held on Saturday, February 8, 2020

See 2020 MD Braille Challenge Flyer for more information

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

Student 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 is held annually in July.

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 is held annually in July.

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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.

Professional Workshops

CVI Live!  Ask the Expert Series

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

Sessions will be most months throughout the school year. Each session will be held between 3 and 4 pm eastern time. Speakers and specific topics are to be determined.

2019-2020 Schedule:

September 30
October 28
November 18
January 13
February 24
March 23
April 27
May 11

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