OSSB Panther News

May 2, 2022


MAY 2022

  • 4 Senior Dinner at OSSB
  • 5 OSSB Prom
  • 11 Year End BASH! 5:00 - 7:00 pm
  • 12 Dismissal at Noon
  • 13 NO SCHOOL
  • 20 Dismissal at 2:30 pm
  • 26 Elementary Art Festival
  • 27 Senior Graduation Practice
  • 30 Memorial Day/NO SCHOOL
JUNE 2022
  • 1 Lions Club Track and Field event 9:00 - 11:00 am
  • 2 OSSB Graduation 10:00 am
  • 2 Last Day of School/Dismissal at Noon

Ohio School Bus Drivers Appreciation Day - May 2, 2022

Today is School Bus Drivers Appreciation Day!

Please join me in taking a minute out of your day to thank our bus drivers, Mr. Antonio Newsome and Mr. Jim Merwin! Thank you for all you do which goes far beyond driving a bus!

~Mr. Danny Ransey, Director of Facilities

Unique Boutique's Mother's Day Sale

The OSSB student-operated business, Unique Boutique, is having a Mother's Day sale! For a limited time, we are offering bath bombs and oil rollers in a new scent, Peony Rosewater. We also have a special deal: get a bath bomb, oil roller, and sugar hand scrub for only $12. You can place orders using the following link.


EDGE Students Gain Confidence at Scioto Audobon Metro Park

This week young adults in OSSB's EDGE program took advantage of the sunshine to explore the Scioto Audubon Metro Park. At the park, the young adults completed an obstacle course. The group worked together as a team as they climbed, crawled, swung, and jumped around the track. All were pushed out of their comfort zones to gain new confidence in their abilities to conquer difficult tasks! ~ Mrs. Tami Fisher
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Remembering OSSB students, Andrew and Aidan

Last week, two new memorial benches were placed in the Sensory Garden at the Ohio State School for the Blind campus. OSSB staff and students felt the deep loss of two very special students between December 2016, and January 2018. Thanks to the generous donations made on their behalf to the OSSB Parent Teacher Staff Foundation we were able to purchase beautiful benches in their memory. Special thanks to OSSB maintenance repair workers Henry, and James and Building Maintenance Supt, Daric for helping place the benches in their new home. Photos below show the bench being put together, the benches in the new home, and a closeup one of the benches that reads, In Loving Memory of Aidan Carter.

Important Survey for Families Regarding After School Programming

As we finish out another school year at the Ohio State School for the Blind, we are looking to receive Family Feedback on our current after-school program provided by the 21st Century Community Learning Centers. ALSO, what programming would you like to see for your student here if given the opportunity at OSSB in an after-school setting? Even if your student did not attend after-school programming, we would love to hear from you!

Please take a few minutes to complete the survey in the link below so we may look at better ways of serving students here at OSSB. Ohio State School for the Blind Parent Survey

Thank you,

After-school team

It's Not Too Late To Order Your OSSB 2021-22 YEARBOOK!

Just a reminder that yearbooks can still be pre-ordered on the Treering website and the cost is $20.59. If you would like to order a braille yearbook, please reach out to Yearbook Editor, Mrs. Rachelle Smith

Here is the link and passcode for ordering:


passcode: 1015036723664214

Beyond Vision - OSSB Student Experiences Special Tactile Art Exhibit

OSSB EDGE student, Zack was able to experience the Beyond Vision exhibit in Dayton last weekend with his family. Beyond Vision featured multi-sensory artwork and those who attended were encouraged to explore the art with their hands and other senses! According to his mom, Kristin, Zack's favorite piece was a beach scene featured in one of the photos below. Beyond Vision Art hopes to host another event in October 2022, and will hope to include pieces of artwork from OSSB students! Thanks to Zack and Kristin for the photos!
OSSB Parent Teacher Staff Foundation Facebook Page

Did you know that OSSB receives support from the OSSB PTSF, a Non-Profit Foundation? Find out more at www.ossbfoundation.org or click on this link.

Resources for Students and Families

Disclaimer: The following information is being provided for informational purposes only. Listed events are not sponsored or endorsed by the Ohio State School for the Blind. OSSB does not guarantee the accuracy of the information or data provided at these events.

Affordable Connectivity Program Reduces Cost of Internet Services

Internet access is now necessary for work, school, healthcare, and more. However, for many households, it remains unaffordable. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) wants everyone to access reasonably priced internet services. The FCC recently launched the Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP) to reduce the cost of getting online.

The ACP provides a discount of up to:

  • $30 per month toward internet service for eligible households.
  • $75 per month for households on qualifying Tribal lands.

Eligible households can also receive a one-time discount of up to $100 toward purchasing a laptop, desktop computer, or tablet from participating providers. To qualify for this one-time discount, households must contribute more than $10 and less than $50 toward the purchase price.

Any household with an individual who receives Supplemental Security Income (SSI) is eligible to receive discounted internet service through the ACP. Social Security doesn’t count ACP assistance as income or a resource for SSI purposes. Receipt of this assistance will not affect a person’s SSI payment.

Find out more here: https://acpbenefit.org/

Summer Camp and Sports

Smart Manufacturing Summer Camp - Ages 12-18

Have fun while learning about Smart Manufacturing! July 25-28, 2022, 8:30-12:30 each day. This Summer Camp is for anyone ages 12-18!

The Engineering program at Marion Technical College will be holding a smart manufacturing summer camp at the end of July (4 days) for ages 12-18. This includes two days working with drones, a day in their engineering labs as well as a day in their new e-sports arena. If anyone is interested, please contact Marie McCumber (mmccumber@osdb.oh.gov) and she will supply the information.

Envision Blind Sports Camp

Camp is being held on July 17th-23rd at Penn State Behrend in Erie, PA.

- for questions please contact Envision envisionblindsports@gmail.com

Blind Soccer Activities with Katie Smith

Blind Soccer - Contact Katie Smith 513-460-9785

Blackburn Community Recreation Center, 263 Carpenter St. Columbus, OH 43205

  • May 12th - 4:30pm- 5:30pm Youth
  • June 9th - 4:30pm- 5:30pm Youth

Katie Smith


Information courtesy of Katie Smith.


Virtual Parent Support Group - The Chicago Lighthouse - Wednesday, May 4th 7:30 EST

Wednesday, May 4th from 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm Eastern Time via Zoom.

APH FamilyConnect and The Chicago Lighthouse are pleased to offer this virtual support group for parents and families of children who are blind or visually impaired. These monthly sessions are for families to connect with and learn from each other about the joys, challenges, and adventures of raising children with visual impairments and blindness. These sessions are open to families.

This group will provide parents the opportunity to connect, learn, and discuss in a virtual setting and also help them to:

  • Develop strategies to support their children through their diagnosis
  • Receive support from other parents who share their experiences
  • Address parenting challenges in a positive way

Facilitated by: APH FamilyConnect and staff from The Chicago Lighthouse including Dr. Michael Smith, PhD and Marla Garstka, MA.

Register in advance for this program at: https://aph.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJ0rcOyhrzgrHNKIcMlgqoSgQtAOxsHjbKX3

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Information courtesy of the Chicago Lighthouse

APH Webinars: ExCEL Academy Schedule

May 11, and May 25, 2022, 6:00 – 7:00 PM EST

College Prep Series
Academy Audience: High school and post-high school students
May 11: College Prep – How to Determine if You’re REALLY Ready
May 25: College Prep – How Do I Chose a Major and Other Important Questions
When you’re asked the question, what do you want to do after high school, it might be easy to say, “I’m going to go to college.” But just what IS college in 2022? And how can you make sure you have the knowledge and skills to really prepare for the changes that college-and life after high school, will ask of you. We will explore this and more in this Excel Academy series.
Attending college and entering the workforce with vision loss requires that you work now, to be the advocate and student that colleges assume you’re going to be. There are many ways to think about your post-high school education to help you meet your goals. This series will help you understand how to search for a college (they are not all the same!), consider the skills (academic and blindness skills) you need to meet the demands, and explore the pros and cons of college, including other ways to prepare for your life after high school, and entering the workforce. Topics will include college search, financial aid, choosing a major, the change in support from high school to college, and work, The key to all of it? Your own knowledge, skills, and determination to do hard things.
Register Here for College Prep Series

Delaware County Board of Developmental Disabilities Offers Workshop

Special Education Free Legal Clinic - Parental/Professional Communication

May 9

7:00 p.m.

The Clinic is a public-private collaboration between three independent organizations, including Disability Rights Ohio, the Ohio Coalition for the Education of Children With Disabilities, and Albeit Weiker, LLP. The Clinic is staffed by volunteer attorneys, advocates, law students and interns.

Join Disability Rights Ohio for their next FREE Special Education Legal Clinic. This clinic will cover Parental/Professional Communication, with an informational seminar, panel discussion, and opportunities for individual guidance sessions.

Learn more and register at lawyers4students.com/legalclinic.

Courtesy of DCBDD Perspectives newsletter

TechSummit 2022

August 12, 2022

The Ohio State University Nisonger Center, in partnership with Assistive Technology of Ohio and the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities, present TechSummit 2022 – an in-person event conveniently held in central Ohio. At this event, attendees can hear from experts, hear from individuals who have adopted technology solutions, and explore technology solutions for themselves. We encourage you to mark your calendars and forward this to a friend. For the most up to date information, click here.

Courtesy of DCBDD Perspectives newsletter

OCECD Upcoming Workshops for Families and Educators

The Ohio Coalition for the Education of Children with Disabilities shares upcoming workshops for families and educators.

Transition Information

American Council of the Blind of Ohio Scholarships - Apply Online


ACB-Ohio will offer three scholarships for the academic year 2022-2023. The application and reference forms may be downloaded from www.acbohio.org or requested by calling our office at 614-261-3561 or 800-835-2226. We have scholarships for entering freshmen, undergraduates, and graduate students.

An applicant must be an Ohio resident or attend an Ohio school in a two-year or more post-secondary degree program, be legally blind, have a 3.0 or higher GPA on a 4.0 scale, and be willing to attend the 2022 ACB-Ohio convention in the fall. Send the completed application packet to ACB-Ohio Scholarship Committee, 3805 N. High Street, Suite 305, Columbus, OH 43214, or via e-mail to acbo.director@gmail.com with “Scholarship Application” in the subject field.

The scholarships include:

    Presented to a blind or visually impaired entering freshman in any field of study.
    Presented to a legally blind undergraduate student in any field of study.
  • $5,000 JOANN FISCHER-LINWOOD WALKER SCHOLARSHIP Available to a legally blind graduate student in any field of study.

The scholarship application deadline is June 15.

Information courtesy of ACB-Ohio.

Visionary Scholars Program Scholarships

Great news! The application deadline for the Visionary Scholars Program has been extended to April 30, 2022. Clovernook Center for the Blind & Visually Impaired has teamed up with Cincinnati Association for the Blind & Visually Impaired (CABVI) to create the Visionary Scholars Program, which offers educational scholarships for students with vision loss who are planning to attend an accredited university/college. The program will offer up to 10 scholarships — five $5,000 scholarships and five $1,000 scholarships in its inaugural year. Learn more about the scholarship on WVXU 91.7.

They will be offering up to 10 scholarships — five $5,000 scholarships and five $1,000 scholarships to those who meet the following criteria:

  • High school junior or senior
  • An individual diagnosed as legally blind or severely visually impaired; or a team of individuals at least one of whom is legally blind or severely visually impaired
  • Resides in one of the following counties in Ohio: Adams, Brown, Butler, Clermont, Clinton, Hamilton, Highland, Warren OR one of the following counties in Kentucky: Boone, Campbell, Kenton

Apply Now

Information courtesy of CABVI and Clovernook Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired

Ohio State School for the Blind

Michelle Wagner, Director of Teaching and Learning

5220 N. High Street

Columbus, Ohio 43214



Questions about this newsletter? Please contact Lauri Kaplan, Parent Mentor at 614-806-2651 or lkaplan@osdb.oh.gov

OSSB Staff and friends volunteered this weekend at the Cap City Half Marathon in Downtown Columbus. A photo is shown of some of the volunteers at the water/Gatorade station. Thanks to Mrs. Nicole Parrish for organizing this fundraiser/volunteer event for OSSB.