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General Information

North Dakota Vision Services/School for the Blind
500 Stanford Road
Grand Forks, ND 58203-2799
(701) 795-2700 (Local)
(701) 795-2727 (Fax)
(800) 421-1181 (Toll-Free)

Brief Description

Hours of operation: Mon.-Fri. 8:00 AM-4:30 PM.
Number of staff: 35
Staff description: Administrative, vision teachers technology specialists, O&M instructors, braillist.
Geographic area served: North Dakota and NW Minnesota
Publications: Reaching Out (newsletter), brochures.


1015 S Broadway Suite 21
Minot, ND 58701

SE Human Service Center
2624 9th Avenue, SW
Fargo, ND 58103

300 2nd Avenue NE
Suite 208
Jamestown, ND 58401-3373

418 East Broadway Avenue
Suite 228
Bismarck, ND 58501


Gary Bornsen, Assistive Technology-Blind, (701) 795-2712,
Ken Dockter, Coordinator of Adult Services, (701) 795-2724,
Lori Foley, APH Coordinator - NIMAS Contact, (701) 795-2732,
Jane Glander, Volunteer Coordinator, (701) 795-2703,
Kathy Grzadzielewski, Regional Coordinator-Devils Lake Region, (701) 795-2722,
Pam Haus, Vision Rehabilitation Specialist - NE North Dakota, (701) 795-2719,
Pat Hill, Outreach Teacher, (701) 795-2718,
Deb Johnsen, Coordinator of Center-Based Programs, (701) 795-2721,
Linda Kraft, Regional Coordinator-Fargo Region, (701) 298-4428,
Elaine Legg, Talking Book Coordinator, (701) 795-2711,
Candy Lien, Braille Teacher, (701) 795-2719,
Lori Mattick, Regional Coordinator-Minot/Williston Regions, (701) 857-7635,
Paul Olson, Superintendent, (701) 795-2708,
Amy Osvold, Vision Rehabilitation Specialist - Western North Dakota, (701) 857-7634,
Tami Purcell, Business Manager, (701) 795-2707,
Jesse Shirek, Vision Rehabilitation Specialist - SE North Dakota, (701) 795-2731,
Lanna Slaby, Outreach Teacher, (701) 253-3012,
Natasha Thomas, Music Therapist, (701) 795-2723,
Mary Verlinde, Regional Coordinator-Bismarck/Dickinson Regions, (701) 328-3986,
Katrina Wendel, Vocational/Career Teacher, (701) 795-2716,
Laurie Westling, Computer & Networking Specialist, (701) 795-2710,
Tracy Wicken, Assistive Technology Teacher, (701) 795-2720,
Cindy Williams, Regional Coordinator-Grand Forks Region, (701) 795-2704,

Services Offered

Services for Adults

  • Assistive Products
    • Sells adaptive devices. Products for sale on site and via mail.
  • Braille and Reading Instruction
    • Braille evaluations and consultations are provided to individuals of any age who could benefit from a tactual method of communication.
  • Braille/Electronic/Audio/Large Print Production
    • Reports, programs and agendas, catalogs, flyers and brochures handouts, meeting minutes, letters and memos, ballots, training materials, books, directories, schedules, menus and many more.
  • Community Outreach Programs
    • Has a regionalized statewide outreach program.
  • Computer Training/Assistive Technology
    • A state agency that serves all ages of visually impaired and blind individuals from North Dakota and NW Minnestoa
  • Daily Living Skills/Independent Living Skills Training
    • Provides vision-specific center-based and outreach services. Provides instruction in daily living skills, functional vision, music, recreational/leisure, technology, and vocational/career development.
  • Employment/Job Training
    • Provides training in transition, job development and job readiness, career planning, comprehensive vocational evaluation system.
  • Information and Referral
    • Operates a toll-free information and referral line; In-Service Training.
  • Low Vision Services
    • Provides low vision evaluation and follow-up. Offers resources and vision-specific instructions and adaptations for seniors; staff thst are employed to work specifically with adults.
  • Recreation Services
    • Offers recreation/leisure activities, including goal ball, beeper ball, and adaptations. Support and transportation to the Black Hills Regional Ski for Light event.
  • Travel/Orientation and Mobility
    • Provides orientation and mobility training.

Services for Children

  • Assessment
    • Provides evaluations, consultations, and instruction based on needs assessments in vision specific areas. Provides evaluations and assessments in braille, daily living skills, functional vision, orientation and mobility, technology, and vocational/career.
  • Braille and Reading Instruction
    • Offers instruction in braille (reading and writing of the braille code and practical uses of braille in daily activities).
  • Computer Training/Assistive Technology
    • Providea assistance and information to those who are visually impaired and who wish to use technology to meet their needs at school, work or home.
  • Daily Living Skills/Independent Living Skills Training
    • Daily living skills evaluations and training include the following areas: grooming, dressing, table etiquette, social graces, money and time, telephone skills, food preparation, clothing care, housekeeping, sewing, and home maintenance.
  • Early Intervention/Infant Services
    • Offers in-home assessments of functional vision and learned-visual skills for infants and toddlers from 0-3 years of age. These assessments are completed by certified teachers of the visually impaired (TVI) who will, when necessary, become part of the child's Individual Family Service Plan (IFSP) team.
  • Education Services
    • NDVS/SB offers individual and small class instruction at Center Base in Grand Forks. This one-on-one instruction provides each student with school days filled primarily with specialized learning.
  • Employment/Job Training
    • NDVS/SB offers vocational evaluations that are specifically normed for blind and visually impaired individuals, ages 16 and up.
  • Library Services
    • The Vision Resource Center at ND Vision Services/School for the Blind serves patrons from ages birth through end of life: this includes but is not limited to students, teachers, vision professionals, parents, and people with visual impairments or blindness. It manages and administers materials obtained through federal and state funding as well as grant funding sources. Offers practical information for visually impaired and blind individuals and materials in non-standard formats and educates patrons in information literacy, and support the rights of all to the freedom of access to information.
  • Low Vision Services
    • Vision consultants work to determine how a person functions visually in a given environment and give suggestions for improving visual skills. Using direct observation, direct contact, and information provided by the optometrist, the consultant provides the following information: the level of functional vision, adaptive materials or equipment that will be most effective, curriculum adaptations that will benefit the individual, and intervention based on the developmental sequence for visual skills.
  • Support for Parents
    • Shares information, experiences, techniques, and resources that could be of use and support to the family members. NDVS/SB, along with the NDSB Foundation, provides occasional opportunities for families to gather and network across the state.

Services for Professionals

  • Professional Training
    • Offers in-service training via workshops, conferences, and in-services.
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