Family support is an important part of early intervention and education for children with visual impairments and other disabilities. Family Support Services is one way The Maryland School for the Blind offers support to families statewide.
We provide families and professionals with information about the many services available to children with visual impairment and with other disabilities.
The Family Support Services helps families across Maryland by:
- linking families that have had similar experiences
- offering opportunities to attend specialized workshops and seminars
- providing information and resources on helping your child with visual impairments
- providing information on family rights under IDEA, and the IFSP/IEP process
- establishing family-to-family support networks to help meet needs in local communities
Family Support Network (FSN) – Parent Coordinators provide support and training to families of children receiving Early Intervention services
Preschool Partners (PP) – Parent Coordinators provide support and training to families of children ages three through five receiving services through an Extended IFSP or an IEP
Partners for Success (PFS) – Parent Coordinators provide support and training to families of children receiving services through an IEP. Families of children with disabilities can access support throughout their child’s academic career and as they transition into adult life.
For more information about the Family Support Services and other support programs for children with visual impairments and their families, call Karen Frank, 410-779-4884