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
2019-20 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.
Save the Dates: Check out the 2019-20 Parent Webinar Series & Events for additional webinar topics, dates and new parents night out events!
The next Parent Webinar will be held on January 30 from 11:30 am – 12:30 pm: “Understanding Autism and Communication”, with an overview of the Pathfinders for Autism website Presenter, Neal Lichter, father and Program Director, Pathfinders for Autism Maryland
Register prior to the event (you may have to cut and paste this link): https://zoom.us/meeting/register/v5AscOChpzwurtigszZuB7UZ-bOI4IK3OQ
For more information, contact Renee Kirby, Parent Coordinator, firstname.lastname@example.org or 410-444-5000 ext. 1489
Parent Workshop & Networking Event: Join us for Parents Learning Together, a workshop and networking event held at MSB on Saturday, January 25 and February 29, 2020 from 9:00 am – 1:00 pm.
January 25 is for families of students with independent, or potential for independent O&M skills.
February 29 is for families of students with multiple impairments.
These workshops will include activities, story sharing and networking with other parents. Lunch will be provided.
See Parents Learning Together Flyer Jan&Feb 2020 for more information and registration link.
ON-CAMPUS STUDENT/PARENT INFORMATION
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.
Please see the Campus Map Visitor Sign In Locations 2019-20 for specific locations.
If you are attending an IEP meeting on campus refer to the
2019-20 IEP Conference Rooms Building locations or
2019-20 IEP Conference Rooms Building Locations (Spanish version)
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 | email@example.com