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

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.


Maureen Bisesi, Director of Residential and Student Services,, 410 319 5714

Karen Frank, Infant and Toddler Program,, 410 444 5000 ext.1378

W. Robert Hair, Superintendent and CEO,, 410 444 5000 ext.1743

Ruth Ann Hynson, Director of Statewide Outreach Services,, 410 319 5726

Lauren Pappas, Director, Human Resources,, 410 444 5000 ext.1718

Kibian Vasquez, CFO,, 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