Outreach Events


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

Outreach Events Calendar 2019-20

Student Job Fair – March 28, 2020 – CANCELLED

The Maryland School for the Blind and The Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped present our Spring Job Fair on Saturday, March 28th from 9:00 am – 1:00 pm in the MDB Motor Room on the campus of MSB.  This is a family event for students preparing for the transition from high school.  Job, Career and Secondary Education resources will be available and on-site.

See MSB and LBPH Spring JOB FAIR 2020 Flyer for more details and register online


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.

GRIT in the Home part 2 Short Course – UPDATES as of March 18, 2020

April 5 class moved to April 25, 2020

May 9, 2020- on as scheduled

June 6, 2020 – on as scheduled


April 25, 2020 – Taking the Madness Out of the Mall – A Social O&M Learning Experience for Teens 10:00 am -1:30 pm at White Marsh Mall Students will work with O&M and Social Work staff to learn strategies that can build confidence in their ability to socialize and and travel safely in unfamiliar and crowded surroundings.   See TEEN GROUP TRIP TO THE MALL 4.25.20 Flyer for more information and to register


Student Summer Programs

MSB Camp Abilities (annual event)

Camp Abilitities Logo

Camp Abilities Logo

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 $200.00.  MSB Camp Abilities is held annually in July.

Save the Date: July 13-17, 2020.  See Camp Abilities Save the Date Flyer Flyer 2020 for more information and REGISTER ONLINE NOW! 

Camp Abilities Registration Form English

Camp Abilities Registration Form Spanish

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 $500.00 and is held annually in July.

Save the Date: July 26 – 30, 2020.  See MSB CA_Merrick_Save the Date Flyer 2020 for more information and REGISTER ONLINE NOW!

Lions Camp Merrick Registration Form English

Lions Camp Merrick Registration Form Spanish


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.

Save the Date: July 6 – July 31, 2020  

See MISLE 20 Flyer for more information and REGISTER ON-LINE NOW!

MISLE Registration Form English


TRECCK for Success – Becoming the best you can be through the ECC

July 6-10, 2020: Elementary Week (1st-5th grade) – Register Now

TRECCK Elementary Registration Form English

July 20- July 24, 2020: Middle/High Week (6th-10th grade)

TRECCK Middle/HS Registration Form English

TRECCK for Success is a FREE one week program that provides instruction in the Expanded Core Curriculum (ECC) through fun themed clases and activities.

See 2020 TRECCK for Success Program Flyer for more details


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.

Congratulations to the 180 Optimum team and coaches for winning the Core Values Award at the FLL qualifier on January 25.


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. 

For more information, contact:

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


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.

Click on the date for more information on that month’s topic.   

2020 CVI Live Schedule
January 13
February 24
March 23 – Learn about Program Components for a Student with CVI with Presenter Amanda Lueck,  Time: 3 pm EST

April 27
May 11

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