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Minnesota Department of Education: Division of Special Education - AFB Directory Profile

General Information

Minnesota Department of Education: Division of Special Education
1500 Highway 36 West
Roseville, MN 55113-4266
(651) 582-8200 (Local)
(651) 582-8729 (Fax)

Brief Description

Geographic area served: Minnesota


Kristin Oien, Blind/Visually Impaired Specialist,

Services Offered

Services for Children

  • Education Services
    • Oversees the provision of educational services for students who are blind or visually impaired in Minnesota.
  • Low Vision Services
    • MDE supports a yearly low vision clinic which travels around the state to the greatest areas of need. For more information, contact Kristin Oien:

Services for Professionals

  • Consultation/Technical Program Assistance
    • Provides consultation on educational services to local schools and to the state residential school.
  • Professional Training
    • MDE hosts Statewide Vision Community of Practice meetings to provide professional development to Teachers of the Blind / Visually Impaired (TBVI), Certified Orientation & Mobility Specialists (COMS), and other professionals who provide service to students who are blind / visually impaired.
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