Outreach Events

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

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.

Student Summer Programs



MSB’s Virtual TRECCK for Success Program course descriptions and registration are now available at this link:

TRECCK for Success will run from July 6-31 and will be presented through Google Meet for students entering 1st to 12th grades in the fall. We are going to focus on 5 areas of the ECC: technology skills, compensatory skills (braille and print literacy), independent liviing skills, recreation/leisure skills and career education. Courses are offered every day so students can sign up for as many classes as they are interested in! The deadline for registration is June 16 so register soon!

MSB Camp Abilities (annual event) – Cancelled for 2020

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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.

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.

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

Cancelled for 2020

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.

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 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, 2020.

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

April 27
May 11

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