Just for Parents


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:

  • Children
  • Communication
  • DeafBlindness
  • Education
  • 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 December webinar:

Thursday, December 20, 2018 / 11:30 – 12:30

How to be Your Child’s Best Advocate – Presenter, Rene Averitt, executive director of Parents Place of Maryland will discuss ways in which you, as your child’s advocate, can be an integral part of the IEP team.

*Please register prior to the event.

URL to register: https://zoom.us/meeting/register/24929aae9acda5bc7510d14dfea9e911

For more information, contact Renee Kirby, Parent Coordinator, reneek@mdschblind.org or 410-444-5000 ext. 1489

 


Community Events

Check back for community events for families of children who are blind, visually impaired or multiply disabled.


Parent Support Groups

Parent support group meetings can be held on the MSB campus or regionally.  Contact Renee Kirby, Parent Coordinator, reneek@mdschblind.org if you are interested in organizing a group in your area.


Outreach Newsletters

Reaching Out Newsletter Sept/October 2018

Reaching Out Newsletter Nov/Dec 2018


2018 – 2019 MSB Parent & Student Handbook

2018 – 19 Student Handbook – English Version

2018 – 19 Student Handbook – Spanish Version

2018 - 2019 Parent & Student Handbook Graphic

2018 – 2019 Parent & Student Handbook Graphic

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:

Autism Blind
– 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.


Resources

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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


Eyes Free Fitness – Exercise/Workout App for smart phones


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 | reneek@mdschblind.org