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
  • Deaf Blindness
  • Education
  • Early Childhood Development
  • Family Topics

Building Bridges Early Intervention Program

STATEWIDE PUBLIC SERVICE AWARENESS PROGRAM SPONSORED BY

MARYLAND STATE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION DIVISION OF EARLY INTERVENTION AND SPECIAL EDUCATION SERVICES (DEI/SES) & THE JOHNS HOPKINS UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF EDUCATION IDEALS INSTITUTE

The years between birth and kindergarten are such an important time for child development.

They are growing, playing, learning, and getting ready for school and later success in life—all at a faster rate than any other time. While all children develop at different rates, some young children experience delays in their development.

Families are critical to children’s development and know their children best. If you’re having any concerns about how your child is interacting with others, learning, and participating in daily activities or using appropriate behaviors for getting needs met– don’t wait.

Take the first step to determine if your child qualifies for services. Text CHILD to 818818.

All local Early Intervention and Preschool Special Education programs are open and conducting evaluations and providing services. All services are provided at no cost to your family. By starting early, you can make a big difference in helping your child reach his potential.

Find more information at marylandlearninglinks.org/what-do-i-do-next.