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MSDB Happenings News Letter

MSDB Happenings

White Cane Day Celebration - Billings, MT

When: October 23 from 4:30-6:30

Where: University of Mary, 2590 Holman Ave, Billings, MT

What: White Cane Day Celebration and Halloween Party. Please join us for some ghoulish games and freaky fun Sponsored by Montana School for Deaf and Blind and University of Mary.

U of Mary OT Students and MSDB staff will be coming up with lots of fun activities. Refreshments will be served.

RSVP Please: Sharon 629-0111 or Sue 670-3569


Deaf Mentor Basic Training Workshop

When: November 3rd-5th, 2017

Where: Montana School for the Deaf & Blind
*meals and lodging provided

Who: Deaf/Hard of Hearing Adults willing to share their story and support Montana Families/children

Why: Families are connected with a Deaf Adult to learn about personal experiences, ASL, communication development, Deaf Culture and local resources.

Commitment: After training, DM will provide initial visit with family and/or child then follow up periodically.

The training is open to 15 participants who can submit to fingerprinting and pass a background check. If you are interested, please fill out your
contact information here.

Check out the following link for additional information:


Deaf Enrichment Weekend Logo.

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 Falls's Deaf Enrichment weekend is currently scheduled for September 29-30, 2017 on the MSDB Campus.

Deaf Enrichment Weekend Brochure and Registration Form


North West Association for the Blind Logo.

Paralympic Experience Kalispell

Why: To give students an opportunity to learn basic fundamentals and skills for participating in 5-A-Side Soccer and 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.

Where: *Stillwater Christian School, 255 F.F.A Dr, Kalispell, MT.

When: Saturday, September 30, 2017

Time: 9:30am check in. 10:00am to 2:00pm

Registration Application and Information (PDF Format)

* Please note, the location has been updated due to smoke.


Hands & Voices: Start-up Efforts in Montana

Hands & Voices is a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting families and their children who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing, as well as the professionals who serve them. We are a parent-driven, parent/professional collaborative group that is unbiased towards communication modes and methods. Our diverse membership includes those who are deaf, hard of hearing, and hearing impaired and their families who communicate orally, with signs, cue, and/or combined methods. We exist to help our children reach their highest potential.

Hands & Voices Information (PDF)


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)


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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