The Maryland School for the Blind Provides a variety of services to 56% of children who are blind or visually impaired in all 24 Maryland and jurisdictions. Statewide Outreach Services at Maryland School for the Blind include the following resources:
- Diagnostic Assessments determine a student’s present level of performance essential in designing and implementing individual education programs.
- Consultations with local school staff promote student achievement, integration, and success.
- Functional Low Vision Assessments increase understanding of educational impact for students with low vision needs.
- Direct Instruction supports local school systems to provide Vision and Orientation and Mobility IEP services on a contractual basis.
- Short Course and Summer Programs focus on intensive instruction in one or more of the nine areas of the Expanded Core Curriculum.
- Family Support Services offer information and referral, monthly support groups, and training on a variety of topics.
- Counseling Services address social-emotional issues related to vision loss and social skill functioning on an individual, group, and family basis.
- Maryland Instructional Resource Center (MIRC) produces and maintains braille and adapted instructional materials.
- Infants and Toddlers Services work with children birth to 3, with suspected or diagnosed visual impairments, and their families as part of Maryland’s statewide early intervention program.