The Maryland School for the Blind - AFB Directory Profile

General Information

The Maryland School for the Blind
3501 Taylor Avenue
Baltimore, MD 21236-4499
(410) 444-5000 (Local)
(410) 319-5700 (Fax)
(800) 400-4915 (Toll-Free)
(410) 319-5703 (TDD/TTY)

Brief Description

MSB educates students whose needs cannot be met in their local school systems though community-based outreach and comprehensive on-campus programs on a day or residential basis. The school serves students from birth to age 21 who are blind or visually impaired, including some with multiple disabilities. Each student has a mandated Individualized Education Plan (IEP) tailored to his or her needs. MSB’s program includes general education subjects and, in addition, special instruction in the disability-specific areas of the Expanded Core Curriculum that includes braille, orientation and mobility, career education and independent living skills.

Hours of operation: Sun.-Fri. during the school year, 24 hours (residential students & staff) Business Hours: M-F 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Clients served on average per year: 1000
Number of staff: 350 full-time, 30 part-time. Uses volunteers.
Staff description: Blind and VI Educators, Administrators, Specialists in the fields of Health, OT, PT, Speech, Social Work, Nutrition, Recreation, Adapted PE, Assistive Technology, Vocational training and more
Geographic area served: Maryland. Accepts out-of-state students on a tuition basis.
Publications: Annual Report, The Window Newsletter


3501 Taylor Ave
Baltimore, MD 21236


Maureen Bisesi, Director of Residential and Student Services, (410) 319-5714,
Karen Frank, Infant and Toddler Program, (410) 444-5000 1378,
W. Robert Hair, Superintendent and CEO, (410) 444-5000 1743,
Ruth Ann Hynson, Director of Statewide Outreach Services, (410) 319-5726,
Lauren Pappas, Director, Human Resources, (410) 444-5000 1718,
Kibian Vasquez, CFO, (410) 319-5711,

Services Offered

Services for Adults

  • Information and Referral
    • Provides information/referral through community liaison.
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