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Montana School for the Deaf and Blind - AFB Directory Profile

General Information

Montana School for the Deaf and Blind
3911 Central Avenue
Great Falls, MT 59405
(406) 771-6000 (Local)
(406) 771-6164 (Fax)

Brief Description

MSDB is a residential and day school which provides educational opportunities to students, preschool through high school, at our Great Falls campus. MSDB is also a statewide resource center. Information and technical support is provided through our Outreach Program to students attending school in their local districts. Think of MSDB as a "statewide school district," available to serve the needs of deaf and blind children anywhere at any time.

Geographic area served: Montana.


Staci Bechard, Librarian, (406) 771-6051,
Chris Gutschenritter, School Psychologist,
Kim Schwabe, Principal, (406) 771-6017,
Donna Sorensen, Superintendent, (407) 771-6001,

Services Offered

Services for Children

  • Assessment
    • Visual impairment assessment team available on request of parent/teacher. Provides braille and tactile aid services, assessment, and recommendations.
  • Braille and Reading Instruction
    • Offers braille instruction.
  • Community Outreach Programs
    • Provides information and technical support to students attending school in their local districts.
  • Computer Training/Assistive Technology
    • Offers computer training.
  • Counseling
    • Provides educational counseling for students who are blind or visually disabled. Parent support groups available.
  • Daily Living Skills/Independent Living Skills Training
    • Provides instruction in braille, use of tactile aids, orientation and mobility, and adaptations for test-taking.
  • Early Intervention/Infant Services
    • Provides early intervention services for at-risk children birth to age 3.
  • Education Services
    • Offers graded general academic (K through 12) and nongraded programs. Administers the federal quota system for providing visually impaired children with materials from the American Printing House for the Blind. Provides braille, large-type and recorded material to visually impaired students in local schools and maintains a repository of large-type textbooks. Also provides training in the use of computer aids and devices.
  • Low Vision Services
    • Provides low vision evaluation and follow-up.
  • Preschool Programs
    • Preschool programs available for children who are blind or visually impaired.
  • Travel/Orientation and Mobility
    • Provides orientation and mobility training.

Services for Professionals

  • Consultation/Technical Program Assistance
    • Resource consultants and itinerants provide consultation/technical assistance to public schools that offer educational services to blind or visually impaired students.
  • Professional Training
    • Offers internship/fieldwork/placement in orientation and mobility.
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