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:
- Early Childhood Development
- Family Topics
Workshops and Events
2018-19 Informational Parent Webinars
Our monthly Informational Parent Webinars are free webinars presented by MSB and our community partners focusing on topics and resources available to students with visual impairments and their families.These webinars are live streamed and also recorded for future viewing on MSB’s YouTube Channel.
Each monthly webinar is held from 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM and has a unique link which is shared prior to the event:
Join us for our April Parent Informational Webinar on Wednesday, April 10, 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM
Introduction to the Maryland State Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (LBPH)
Did you know the MD LBPH provides Maryland residents with FREE accessible reading material? As a network library of the National Library Service, LBPH patrons can access high quality audio books, large print books, Braille books and magazines, even download books in an instant.
Do you have a question about BARD? Curious about programming for your child? Join LaShawn Myles, MD LBPH Youth Librarian, to discuss the answers to all these questions and many more!
Please register prior to this event by following the link below;
Join us for our May webinar on Monday, May 6 at 11:30 am. This webinar is focused on the IEP process for Spanish speaking parents.
“IEP basics and your rights as a Spanish speaking parent.” Learn about the IEP which guides the education of the blind and low vision students and what you can do to advocate for your child, what rights you have, and how to make sure your child has the best educational experience possible.
“Conceptos basicos de un IEP y sus derechos como padre que habla espanol” Obtenga informacion sobre el IEP que guia la educacion de los estudiantes ciegos y con baja vision y que puede hacer para abogar por su hijo, que derechos tiene y como asegurarse de que su hijo tenga la mejor experiencia educative posible.
See Spanish Webinar May 2019 Flyer flyer for more information
For more information, contact Renee Kirby, Parent Coordinator, firstname.lastname@example.org or 410-444-5000 ext. 1489
Parent Support Groups
Parent support group meetings can be held on the MSB campus or regionally. Contact Renee Kirby, Parent Coordinator, email@example.com if you are interested in organizing a group in your area.
2018 – 2019 MSB Parent & Student Handbook
MSB Parents Visiting the Classroom
MSB wholly supports parent involvement with students and welcomes parents who wish to observe their children in class. The process is simple. Please arrange for an appointment by contacting your child’s teacher or related service provider before visiting. Please use email rather than text messaging. These guidelines will help to ensure that the time that you invest in coming to MSB will be time well spent, avoiding any field trips or other activities when students wouldn’t be in the classroom. They also help to reduce interruptions for our teachers and students. Thank you for adhering to these policies and we look forward to your visit.
Visitor Sign In/Out
At MSB your child’s safety is our greatest concern. We continue to enforce Maryland state regulations implementing that only people who are cleared through a background check can access our school buildings. Our sign in/sign out policies help to ensure compliance with these regulations. All visitors are required to sign in/out and to be escorted while on campus. Parking is available at all of these locations. Visitors must sign in, receive a badge, be escorted while in the buildings, sign out, and return the badge at these locations. The sign in/out location for visitors are as follows:
– General Academic Program
– Functional Academic Program
– Autism Blind Program
Blanton Health Center
– Multiple Disabilities Blind
Preschool, Early Learning, and Outreach Center
– Preschool, Early Learning, and Outreach Center
Please see the Campus Map for specific locations.
Get 3 free braille books for your child!
Register TODAY for
Seedlings’ Book Angel program!
Looking for gift ideas for children who are blind, visually impaired or multiply disabled? Visit these websites:
FamilyConnect – Toys and Gift Ideas for children who are blind or visually impaired
Inclusive Technology – a leading supplier of hardware and software for people with special needs
Zappos – Adaptive clothing and shoes for people with special needs
Braille Book Store – find great holiday braille gifts
AppleVis – Empowering blind and low-vision users of Apple products and related applications
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 | firstname.lastname@example.org