Comments from Parents
“If I didn’t know half the people in this room were visually impaired I wouldn’t believe it if someone told me. Our kids are so lucky to have MSDB. You allow our children to be children.”
- Parent of Goalball/ Enrichment Weekend participant
Focus Events for Visually Impaired
Who: Any student in Montana that Qualifies with a Visual Impairment Elementary through High School Grades
What: During this event students will be able to:
Join classes on MSDB campus to learn with other students with visual impairments about Core Curricular and develop skills in the Expanded Core Curricular areas such as:
- Braille & Nemeth
- Low Vision Technology
- Life Skills
- Social Skills
- Recreation and Leisure
- Goal Ball
- Showdown (table top game)
Adaptive Sport Activities will happen in conjunction with NWABA North West Association for Blind Athletes.
Participate in field trips in the local community to work on Orientation and Mobility skills, Social Skills, Self Determination, Self Esteem. The students use different transportation modes, have lunch in the community and visit stores to understand their purpose and ways of operation.
Rooms are available on campus on a first come basis. Students should send completed forms to: Carol Clayton-Bye 3911 Central Avenue, Great Falls, MT 59405 Fax 406-771-6164
Where: MSDB Campus in Aspen Hall
When: Event Happens each Fall and Spring the Thursday and Friday prior to the Goalball Enrichment Weekend
Hosted by: MSDB Campus Staff and Outreach Consultants
Goalball is a popular sport for blind and visually impaired people. Two teams play against each other. All players are blindfolded to make the game fair, due to varying levels of sight among players. The object is to roll a heavy ball with bells in it past the opposing team, which tries to block the ball with their bodies. The games are very exciting and challenging, and they offer all the valuable lessons of team sportsmanship.
MSDB hosts Goalball/Enrichment Weekends several times each year for visually impaired kids of all ages from around the state. In addition to goalball games, the weekends offer other opportunities for students to learn important skills. Each weekend focuses on one aspect of visually impaired education such as technology, orientation and mobility, independent living, or career education, or on a hands-on activity like art. The Goalball/Enrichment Weekends are great opportunities for social interaction and lots of fun.
This year's Goalball/Enrichment Weekends are scheduled for November 5-7, 2015 and April 1-2, 2016 on the MSDB Campus.
To learn more about goalball and other sports for the blind and visually impaired, go to http://www.usaba.org.
For those wishing to attend please use the forms below.
To order a videotape from the U.S. Association of Blind Athletes (USABA), please download the following form: USABA Goalball Video Tape Order Form (Word format).
The Games for the Visually Impaired are held each spring at the Montana School for the Deaf & Blind campus in Great Falls. Athletes from around the state compete in track and field, gymnastics, gym activities, swimming and bowling. This is a competitive event for blind and visually impaired students ranging in age from 3-21.
The VI Games is an uplifting and confidence-boosting weekend for participants, and the MSDB staff provides lots of support for the kids. Volunteers are willing to swim and run with athletes. Any student with a visual impairment is welcome to participate in the event. Learn more by clicking on this link: Games for the Visually Impaired Guidelines (PDF).
The 35th Annual Games for the Visually Impaired are scheduled for May 13-14, 2016 on the MSDB Campus.
Contact Michelle Cross at 406-788-3452 or Dee Blake at 406-771-6080 or firstname.lastname@example.org with questions.
In contrast to Family Learning Weekends, Deaf Enrichment Weekends (DEW) are de-signed to create opportunities for students who are deaf & hard of hearing to interact with their peers, rather than providing information for parents and siblings. The weekend is designed to promote socialization and activities that are implemented to build confidence and a sense of responsibility in each participant. Students in grades K-Transition are welcome to attend. Activities will be modified according to each child’s age and ability. Parents are welcome to participate in activities as appropriate.
This year's Deaf Enrichment weekend is currently scheduled for April 8-9, 2016 on the MSDB Campus.
Paralympic Experience Billings
Why: To give students an opportunity to learn basic fundamentals and skills for participating in
Goalball, Track & Field, Beep Kickballl.
Who: Open to all K-12 blind and visually impaired students. Teachers of the Visually Impaired and other family members will also be welcome. Parents or Teachers are required to supervise
students throughout the entire event. Lunch will be provided to all participants and families.
Where: Billings West High School, 2201 St. Johns Ave.
When: Saturday, April 9th, 2016
Time: 9am to 9:30am (Check-in) 9:30am to 2:30pm