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Thursday, April 30, 2020 at 08:00 am

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Below is the latest version of the Reaching Out Newsletter.  For the entire series click the Newsletter link above.

September 2020 Reaching Out - North Dakota Vision Services/School for the Blind in Adobe Acrobat version


Superintendent's Scoop: Paul Olson

Thursday, April 30, 2020

Categories: All News Items, Spotlight, Superintendent

This year has dealt us an interesting hand that perhaps we could only imagine as a bad dream a short time ago. The upheaval in our lives due to COVID-19 is unprecedented in recent generations and no one knows for certain what the coming weeks and months will bring. We certainly hope for a return to what we considered normal and pray that people who have been infected recover successfully. For NDVS/SB the primary concerns are the safety of those we serve and the well-being of our staff. I could not be more proud of our NDVS/SB staff!


Braille Access Center: Leslie Pederson

Thursday, April 30, 2020

Categories: All News Items, Instruction, Library News, News Event, Spotlight

Lately, in the Braille Access Center I’ve been creating stick-in braille to assist with a new set of interactive books being made by our Region 4 Coordinator Sandy Brandt. NDVS/ SB has purchased two copies of the 25 book Elephant and Piggie series by Mo Williams which will have braille and other interactive elements added. This is the beginning of a tactile library the literacy team is creating, starting with where our TVIs have found gaps for students.


Lanna Slaby: Teacher of the Visually Impaired

Thursday, April 30, 2020

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Hello and greetings from my Outreach Office at the Jamestown Business Center. I have often referred to myself as the Maytag repairman being the lone Teacher of the Visually Impaired in a 6 county area. These words are even more true today with COVID-19 affecting our services.


Everyday Accessibility: By Amy L. Osvold

Thursday, April 30, 2020

Categories: All News Items, Adult Programming News, Assistive Technology

I am often asked by my clients, “is this product accessible?” It is often hard to know before you purchase an item if you will be able to use a product independently once you get it home from the store or receive the package in the mail. The latest addition to the Osvold household is the Emmerson Sensi Smart Wi-Fi Thermostat that can be used with Alexa.


Adult Weeks at North Dakota Vision Services/School for the Blind

Thursday, January 9, 2020 at 11:05 am

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Have you heard of the adult weeks at North Dakota Vision Services / School for the Blind?  Have you wondered what they are, how they work, what happens at them, etc.?


VRC Updates: More than the Sum of Its Bookshelves

Thursday, January 9, 2020 at 11:00 am

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Have you visited a library lately? Libraries today are much different than they were 50, 15, or even 5 years ago. Libraries are redefining themselves and become community hubs, instead of “just” book repositories.


Superintendent's Scoop: Paul Olson

Thursday, January 9, 2020 at 11:00 am

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Picture of Paul OlsonFocus on 2020


Erin Storhoff: Teacher of the Visually Impaired

Thursday, January 9, 2020 at 11:00 am

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Erin Storhoff, Teacher of the Visually Impaired
Erin Storhoff

Hello, my name is Erin Storhoff and I started this wonderful position at North Dakota Vision Services/School for the Blind in August 2019.


STEM Week

Thursday, October 10, 2019 at 08:00 am

Categories: All News Items, Assistive Technology, News Event, Student Programming

A picture of Code to Go Mouse, Ipad with Sphero Coding Application open, the Sphero Programmable Ball, and SnapCircuits with a series of connectionsThe students had a great introduction on October 7-10th with the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) activities.
With the student groups, we had the Sphero Bolt going around the Moon! It was a just a Google Mini but a great representation of the moon!