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.
NDVS/SB provides individualized services and resources to infants, children and adults with visual impairment to empower them in achieving their goals.
NDVS/SB Adapting & Overcoming
NDVS/SB exists to enhance lives—the lives of children and adults who experience visual impairment and the challenges that come along with those conditions. It is our mission to empower children and adults in achieving their goals regardless of what is happening in the world. During the Covid-19 pandemic and its aftermath, it has been and is our obligation to adapt and overcome any challenges we face in delivering services to fulfill our mission.
It has been a time of creativity, teamwork and exciting growth that will continue. New ways of reaching students through virtual means added another viable way to provide encouragement and real instruction in the expanded core curriculum. Our staff and teachers learned new ways to be productive that will carry on into the future and be the catalyst for more exciting changes.
If there is silver lining with the pandemic, it may be demonstrated through not only great new ways of adaptation but also the knowledge that NDVS/SB is resilient and can overcome anything—just like we know our students and learners of all ages can do.