CUMBERLAND —  The Maryland School for the Blind will offer several day and overnight camps in July for students who are blind or visually impaired. All  the summer programs focus on the expanded core curriculum, a set of skills in nine focus areas that are used by students with visual impairments in addition to a core academic curriculum.

The TRECCK for Success life-skills program focuses on compensatory skills, orientation and mobility, social skills, the use of assistive technology and sensory efficiency skills. Middle and high school students will participate in themed-filled activities and field trips from July 22-26.

MSB Camp Abilities, a developmental sports and recreation camp for youth ages 9-17, will be held on the school’s campus in Baltimore from July 15-19, with a second week taking place at Lions Camp Merrick in Nanjemoy from July 28-Aug. 1. Camp Abilities has served students from Maryland, Washington and Virginia for the past six years and is the only overnight sports camp in the area for blind or visually impaired students. The program helps students to develop physical fitness and social skills by participation in a variety of sports and activities, including beep baseball, soccer, swimming, track and field, judo, rock-climbing, archery, hiking, crafts and the traditional camp fires.

MSB is partnering with the Baltimore Orioles and the League of Dreams, a nonprofit organization dedicated to bringing the sports of baseball and softball to people of all abilities, for a beep baseball clinic at Camp Abilities on July 16. Players from both organizations will participate in the sport of beep baseball with the MSB campers. The Oriole Bird will be on hand to join in the fun.

Students from ages 16 to 21 are taking part in MSB’s career education program, Mastering Independence Skills Through Living Experiences. MISLE is a work-based residential program that allows students to work in a community based setting, earn pay for various jobs and learn budgeting and social skills with their peers.

As a statewide resource center, The Maryland School for the Blind provides outreach, educational and residential services for students to reach their fullest potential by preparing them to be as successful, independent and well-rounded contributing members of their communities as possible. Each year, MSB serves 65% of the 2,000 students throughout Maryland’s 24 jurisdictions identified as blind or visually impaired, including those with multiple disabilities.

For more information, contact Dotty Raynor at 410-319-5722 or dottyr@mdschblind.org.

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