The Maryland School for the Blind

General Information

The Maryland School for the Blind
3501 Taylor Avenue
Baltimore Maryland 1 21236-4499
(410) 444 5000
michaelb@mdschblind.org
http://www.marylandschoolfortheblind.org

Brief Description

MSB educates students whose needs cannot be met in their local school systems though community-based outreach and comprehensive on-campus programs on a day or residential basis. The school serves students from birth to age 21 who are blind or visually impaired, including some with multiple disabilities. Each student has a mandated Individualized Education Plan (IEP) tailored to his or her needs. MSB’s program includes general education subjects and, in addition, special instruction in the disability-specific areas of the Expanded Core Curriculum that includes braille, orientation and mobility, career education and independent living skills.

Staff

Maureen Bisesi, Director of Residential and Student Services, maureenb@mdschblind.org, 410 319 5714

Karen Frank, Infant and Toddler Program, karenf@mdschblind.org, 410 444 5000 ext.1378

W. Robert Hair, Superintendent and CEO, robh@mdschblind.org, 410 444 5000 ext.1743

Ruth Ann Hynson, Director of Statewide Outreach Services, ruthh@mdschblind.org, 410 319 5726

Lauren Pappas, Director, Human Resources, laurenp@mdschblind.org, 410 444 5000 ext.1718

Kibian Vasquez, CFO, kibianv@mdschblind.org, 410 319 5711

Services Offered

  • Consultation/Technical Program Assistance
    • Provides consultation and technical assistance.

  • Health Services
    • Provides diagnosis and evaluation of eye health, treatment of eye conditions, prescription of spectacles or devices, audiology, occupational therapy, physical therapy, speech therapy. Maintains on-campus medical specialty clinics.

  • Information and Referral
    • Provides information/referral through community liaison.

  • Low Vision Devices
    • Prescribes and supplies low vision devices.

  • Professional Training
    • Offers internship/fieldwork placement in special education, social work, speech pathology, orientation and mobility, psychology, occupational therapy, physical therapy, recreation, in-service training programs for staff and for other agencies. On campus and regional workshops on topics related to vision and Expanded Core Curriculum skills