Current Events

May - August 2024 Activities, events, social gatherings throughout the region
State, Location, Date, Time, Description, Contact info, Other helpful info eg, registration, website etc.

On Saturday, June 1 2024 from 11:00 am until 1:00 pm, McCall, Idaho-based Courageous Kids Climbing will be taking up to 15 school age kids who are blind or visually impaired to look at race cars. This is part of our Climbing On Stuff program which provides FREE opportunities for kids who are blind or visually impaired to look at things like fighter jets and army tanks with their hands. The event is being hosted by Stateline Speedway in Post Falls, Idaho.

Barnhart Crane and Rigging of Post Falls is sponsoring the event.

During the event, the kids will be escorted through the pits prior to the evening’s races. While walking through the pits, the kids will have the opportunity to check out the race cars. The kids will be able to feel the difference between a “regular” car and a race car. The kids will also have the opportunity to check out the safety equipment that the drivers wear while driving the car. Drivers and crewmembers will be available to show the kids the different parts of the car to include the driver’s seat, the motor, and the racing slicks / tires.

There is no cost for the kids to participate in the event but reservations are required. A registration packet is included.

You will also find a flyer attached to this email and we kindly ask that you please share on social media.

For those interested in volunteering, we will be looking for a handful of people to escort the kids through the pits. The number of volunteers needed will be determined once we determine how many kids will be participating. Reply to this email if you are interested in volunteering.

Please feel free to share this with anyone who may be interested.

Please check out Facebook page for more information on this and other events for people with special needs.

Jeffrey A. “Jeff” Riechmann, SMSgt, USAFR (Ret.)

Executive Director

Courageous Kids Climbing

300 Mountain Cove Court

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2024 WSSB/Lions Track Meet

Come join us for a day full of running, jumping, throwing, networking, social connection, Braille, art, animals, face painting, swimming, and much more.

The WSSB/Lions Track Meet allows blind and low vision students to come together and compete in an environment with like peers, independence, and success.

Date: Thursday, May 16, 2024

Time: 10:00 AM-4:00 PM


WA State School for the Blind

2214 East 13th Street

Vancouver, WA 98661

Registration: Register online at


Contact Jennifer Butcher


Lunch is provided for all participants, families, & staff

Sean McCormick (he/him)

Director of On-Campus Programs

Washington State School for the Blind


Irwin School Programs

Washington State School for the Blind

WSSB’s Core Purpose: To empower blind and low vision individuals to reach their full potential*.*

June 1 is quickly approaching and MSDB is in full swing with many events.

24th annual Family Learning Weekend


Saturday, June 1, 2024

10:30 - 11:45 am Vendor Fair & Share
LUNCH 11:45 - 1:00 (Join us in the dining hall)
ECC Break out sessions

Please email our planning team if you have any questions

Montana School for the Deaf and the Blind
3911 Central Ave.
Great Falls, MT 59405

Looking forward to seeing you there!


Kerri & Michelle
Kerri Norick
Outreach Consultant, Montana School for the Deaf and the Blind
406-599-3176 [


Registration is closing soon. There is still time to register.

With only 50 spots available a waitlist will be created.

When: July 29-August 1, 2024

Where: Washington State School for the Blind, Vancouver

*Cost: $425 Includes breakfast, lunch, and lodging. 3 Scholarships are available for WA participants. You will need to register for Summer Institute before requesting a scholarship.

About WSSB Summer Institute-

PURPOSE: To provide public school personnel who are, or will be, working with a blind or low vision (B/LV) child in their local school, with foundational knowledge, skills, and experiences that will allow the participant to understand the impact of vision loss on learning.

LODGING: Lodging is included in the registration fee. Participants stay in the cottages on campus that WSSB students reside in during the school year. Each cottage has a full kitchen, single occupancy bedrooms, a community bathroom, and a living room. Men and women will have separate residences.

WHO SHOULD ATTEND: Any person who works with blind or low vision children in public school and has had limited experience or education in the field of blindness. Typically participants include teachers (classroom and special education), paraprofessionals, OT, PT, speech and language specialists, administrators, school psychologists, and other related service personnel.

TOPICS THAT WILL BE ADDRESSED: Travel Skills (Orientation and Mobility), Eye & Vision Disorders, Vision/Sensory Loss & Learning, Adapting Environments & Materials, Braille and other Literacy Media, Physical Education, Daily Living & Self-help Skills, Assistive Technology, Your Role in the Classroom, Social Skills & Vision Loss, Low Vision Aids, Assessments, and so much more. All combined with vision loss simulations.

Please share this information with anyone who may be interested in attending. Contact Pam Parker,, for more information.

Anything is possible before a three day weekend right? The information below is about activities and times to connect with fellow vision professionals and OAS team members.

Individual Scheduled Collaboration Time:

Outreach Access Services has individual teacher collaboration sessions via Zoom or over the phone. Check out the link below to find a time that fits with your schedule.

Link to Schedule Collaboration Time

Open Hours:

Outreach Access Services is continuing to offer informally hosted open hours on Zoom.

On Wednesday, May 22nd join Kirsten Dlugo any time between 7:30-9:00 am.

Register for Wednesday morning 7:30-9:00am open hours here

COMS Study Group:

The next COMS Study Group is meeting this Wednesday, May 22nd at 3:30 pm via Zoom.

Sensing and Learning Book Study:

The next book study group will be Tuesday, May 28th at 3:30 pm so make sure you have checked out Chapters 7 and 11 beforehand.

If you have any further questions or need assistance scheduling please email .

We are looking forward to connecting with you,