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Wednesday, December 23, 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.

January 2021 Reaching Out - North Dakota Vision Services/School for the Blind in Adobe Acrobat version

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Superintendent's Scoop: Paul Olson

Monday, December 21, 2020 at 11:00 am

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Picture of Paul OlsonThere has been much written about people fearing and resisting change in their lives. This year, however, I believe most of us would challenge that notion. We desperately want change--for the better. We have all been learning to adapt and thrive in new ways in our personal lives, in our communities and in our work as we grapple with the pandemic. At NDVS/SB our work has changed in many ways, but we have risen to the occasion and see a good light coming sometime in 2021. 

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Christmas in the Park

Sunday, December 20, 2020 at 11:05 pm

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Happy Holiday's from the Team at North Dakota Vision Services / School for the Blind!"Walk with Us Display a visually impaired person with a cane walking with a group of friends in a lite up tree park."


Meeting the Needs of Adults with Vision Loss During the Pandemic

Sunday, December 20, 2020 at 01:00 pm

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North Dakota Vision Services/School for the Blind is committed to the continuation of wholistic Adult Services during the Coronavirus Pandemic! Although some of our services may have changed in appearance, they have not changed in heart or ability to meet the needs of our clients. 

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Reading in the Age of COVID

Sunday, December 20, 2020 at 11:00 am

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Emily StenbergIf you’re anything like me, you are tired of hearing the phrase “due to COVID-19.” We have been forced to change so many things in our lives “due to COVID-19,” and reading is no exception. I realize that reading is not a life or death matter, but it is important, and libraries provide vital services to communities. Reading does indeed improve the quality of life, and I know that reading is a necessary part of many of your lives, like it is for mine. However, many libraries are closed to the general public, and that has forced many people to change their reading habits. But there are still many ways to access books, and this is a perfect time to try out some new ways of reading. Here are 7 ways to access books during this pandemic.

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New NDSGC/School for the Blind Scholarship

Sunday, December 20, 2020 at 10:00 am

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Through a partnership with the ND Space Grant Consortium, we are excited to announce a new scholarship opportunity for college students who are eligible for NDVS/SB services. Up to five scholarships totaling $2,500 will be awarded to students pursuing STEM with at least a 3.0 GPA.

More scholarship information and the application form can be found here: https://ndspacegrant.und.edu/scholarships/ndvssb.html Please share this opportunity with any students who may be interested in this scholarship.


Region 1 & 2 Coordinator Erika Moulton

Sunday, December 20, 2020

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Erika and her family pose for a pictureHello from Western North Dakota!

I am Erika Moulton and I am a teacher of the visually impaired and I serve students birth to eighteen in northwest North Dakota. I was previously located at Town & Country Shopping Center in Minot, but I have transitioned to a home office outside of Voltaire, ND. 

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Superintendent's Scoop: Paul Olson

Tuesday, August 25, 2020 at 11:00 am

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First, North Dakota Vision Services/School for the Blind (NDVS/SB) would like to extend warm greetings and well wishes to everyone.  As NDVS/SB begins the school year, there isn’t any need to list all of the shared hopes and concerns we all have. Everyone is well aware of the challenges that Covid-19 has created, however NDVS/SB vows to do the best to support children under these circumstances.

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Braille Access Center: Leslie Pederson

Thursday, April 30, 2020

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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.

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