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NDVS/SB Responds to COVID-19 with Reinvented Services

Whether you’re a student, a family member of a student, or, a partner in service, know that the dedicated staff of North Dakota Vision Services/School for the Blind continues to work on your behalf. Many of our staff are working from home, but our core services continue without interruption. In fact, we have been working hard to connect with those we serve and new in exciting ways. We will continue in our mission by providing individualized services and resources to infants, children, and adults with visual impairment to empower them in achieving their goals. In the meantime, we are gladly reaching out and responding to the needs of North Dakotans.

Reinvented Services:

  • Consulting with our public-school partners
  • Collaborating with parents by phone calls, texts and video conferencing
  • Providing materials and equipment to support education
  • Attending IEP meetings via videoconferencing
  • Providing video lessons with students of all ages
  • Calling and checking on adult clients by providing a good listening ear and a supporting word
  • Conducting a weekly group “coffee chat” over the phone with adults in collaboration with the ND Association of the Blind
  • Our non-profit NDVS/SB Store is sending essential aids and appliances through the mail as usual
  • Please call our main number to inquire about services and request assistance. We will help you find what you are searching for!

    --  Paul Olson --  Superintendent

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Welcome

North Dakota Vision Services/School for the Blind (NDVS/SB) provides statewide leadership, center based programming, and regionalized outreach services ensuring that the specialized needs of persons of all ages who are blind or visually impaired are met. NDVS/SB is a division of the Department of Public Instruction, Kirsten Baesler, State Superintendent, and is located in Grand Forks, with regional offices in Fargo, Jamestown, Minot and Bismarck.

NDVS/SB does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability in employment or the provision of services.

Mission Statement

NDVS/SB provides individualized services and resources to infants, children and adults with visual impairment to empower them in achieving their goals.

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Family Fun in 2021 - Virtual Family Weekend

Saturday, April 17, 2021 at 08:45 am - 12:00 pm

Categories: Adults, Students

Family Weekend will be virtual this year! We will be using Zoom to connect with families. 

Join us and our guest presenters Imani Morris, DJenne-Amal Morris and Dr. Holly Pedersen as we learn about "Family Interaction Time", Sibling Perspective", "I Can See Clearer Now", and "What's So Special about Dads?"


Elementary School Virtual Program – The Great Space Escape!

Sunday, May 2, 2021 at 06:30 pm - Thursday, May 6, 2021 at 04:00 pm

Categories: Students

Please join us for our Elementary School Virtual Program – The Great Space Escape! This program will take place May 2 - 6 (Sun – Thurs) remotely via Zoom.  This program is intended for students currently in grades 1 – 5/6 and will include lessons focusing on the Expanded Core Curriculum along with the virtual escape room hosted by the ND Space Grant Consortium.


Middle School Summer Program 2021

Sunday, June 6, 2021 at 02:30 pm - Wednesday, June 9, 2021 at 03:00 pm

Categories: Sports, Students

Our upcoming Middle School Summer Program is taking place June 6-9 in the beautiful Lake Metigoshe area! Yes…we are planning for this to happen and keeping our fingers crossed! This program is for students in 7-9/10th grades.


High School Summer Transition & Career Program!

Sunday, June 20, 2021 at 05:00 pm - Wednesday, June 23, 2021 at 01:00 pm

Categories: Students

Join us for our High School Summer Transition & Career Program! This program is intended for students currently in grades 9 – 12 and will focus on lessons regarding college and employment readiness – including higher education access and employment skills such as interviewing and job research.