North Dakota Vision Services/School for the Blind offers in-service training for teachers, paraprofessionals, parents, and others working with persons with visual impairments. Training may focus on any aspect of service to individuals with visual impairments, with a particular emphasis on the expanded core curriculum.

The expanded core curriculum includes:

  • compensatory or functional academic skills such as braille reading and writing
  • orientation and mobility
  • social interaction skills
  • independent living skills
  • recreation and leisure skills
  • career education
  • technology
  • visual efficiency skills

This training may be offered at NDVS/SB in Grand Forks or in schools, job sites, homes, or workshops throughout the state.

In addition, a network of vision professionals can provide information regarding current vision-related topics to a wide variety of audiences, including charitable organizations, church groups, schools, agencies, teacher organizations, etc. NDVS/SB staff, vocational rehabilitation teachers, vision teachers throughout the state, and persons who are blind or visually impaired and family members are among the list of qualified speakers.

Topics for presentations may include:

  • adjustment to vision loss
  • assistive technology
  • braille
  • career education
  • classroom adaptations
  • diseases and function of the eye
  • general information and resources
  • independent living skills
  • low vision aids and adaptations
  • orientation and mobility/dog guides
  • recreation and leisure skills
  • self-determination/advocacy

If you are interested in learning more about the in-service training/presentations offered by NDVS/SB, please contact the Grand Forks office at 701-795-2700.