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MSDB Happenings News Letter

MSDB Happenings


Sign Blast

Due to unexpected circumstances, the summer “sign blast” videos are not ready to upload on to YouTube. In the meantime, please feel free to access the following links for short sign language lessons:

Fingerspelling Rules in ASL

Near/Far (how to sign things that are near or far)

Pronouns – Personal vs. Possessive in ASL

Materials in ASL

Past tense (how to sign things that happened in the past)

Future tense (how to sign things that will happen in the future)

Height (how to describe how tall something is)

Body types (how to describe someone’s shape)

Using the Agent Marker (“person” sign) in ASL (how to sign a person’s job)


Games for the Visually Impaired

Games for the visually impaired logo, a black and white picture of a person crossing the finish line.

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.

This year's games will be held May 2-3, 2014 on the MSDB campus. Please visit our Special Events page for more information and registration materials.


Goalball/Enrichment Weekend

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.


Deaf Enrichment Weekend

Deaf Enrichment Weekend Logo.

In contrast to Family Learning Weekends, Deaf Enrichment Weekends (DEW) are designed 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.


Untangling the Dots

SAVE THE DATE!  ATTENTION to Persons providing Instruction to Braille Students:

The Montana School for the Deaf and the Blind is offering a free Braille in-service.  "Untangling the Dots" has been a key training opportunity for teachers and paraprofessionals across the state by providing specific support in braille instruction.

When: October 17-18, 2013
Where: MSDB campus, Great Falls, MT

  • Lodging on campus will be available to participants on a first come first served basis.
  • CEU/renewal units & university credits available
  • Registration & workshop information to be posted soon!

Untangling the Dots Registration Form (Word format)

Untangling the Dots Registration Form (PDF format)


MSDB Graduates

A goal at MSDB is to continually improve our student's educational opportunities. The annual Graduate Survey is an important part of that process. It tells us how well we prepared you for college, a job, and for living independently. The information helps us make changes that better meet the needs of our students. Your privacy is important to us, and your answers can remain anonymous.

Please Click here to take the survey

For more information, or if you need an alternate way to complete your survey, please call 1-800-882-MSDB


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