MSDB Happenings News Letter
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: April 22 - 23, 2016
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 posted below.
Paralympic Experience Billings
Why: To give students an opportunity to learn basic fundamentals and skills for participating in
Goalball, Track & Field, Beep Kickball.
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
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 scheduled for April 8-9, 2016 on the MSDB Campus.
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)
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