North Dakota Vision Services/School for the Blind - AFB Directory Profile

General Information

North Dakota Vision Services/School for the Blind
500 Stanford Road
Grand Forks, ND 58203-2799
(701) 795-2700 (Local)
(701) 795-2727 (Fax)
(800) 421-1181 (Toll-Free)

Brief Description

Hours of operation: Mon.-Fri. 8:00 AM-4:30 PM.
Number of staff: 35
Staff description: Administrative, vision teachers technology specialists, O&M instructors, braillist.
Geographic area served: North Dakota and NW Minnesota
Publications: Reaching Out (newsletter), brochures.


1015 S Broadway Suite 21
Minot, ND 58701

SE Human Service Center
2624 9th Avenue, SW
Fargo, ND 58103

300 2nd Avenue NE
Suite 208
Jamestown, ND 58401-3373

418 East Broadway Avenue
Suite 228
Bismarck, ND 58501


Ken Dockter, Coordinator of Adult Services, (701) 795-2724,
Lori Foley, APH Coordinator - NIMAS Contact, (701) 795-2732,
Kathy Grzadzielewski, Regional Coordinator-Devils Lake Region, (701) 795-2722,
Pam Haus, Vision Rehabilitation Specialist - NE North Dakota, (701) 795-2719,
Linda Kraft, Regional Coordinator-Fargo Region, (701) 298-4428,
Erika Moulton, Regional Coordinator-Minot/Williston Regions, (701) 857-7635,
Paul Olson, Superintendent, (701) 795-2708,
Amy Osvold, Vision Rehabilitation Specialist - Western North Dakota, (701) 857-7634,
Tami Purcell, Business Manager, (701) 795-2707,
Lanna Slaby, Regional Coordinator-Jamestown Region, (701) 253-3012,
Mary Verlinde, Regional Coordinator-Bismarck/Dickinson Regions, (701) 328-3986,
Laurie Westling, Computer & Networking Specialist, (701) 795-2710,
Tracy Wicken, Assistive Technology Teacher, (701) 795-2720,
Cindy Williams, Coordinator of Center-Based Programs, (701) 795-2704,
Jennifer Woodward-Sorensen, Outreach Teacher, (701) 795-2716,

Services Offered

Services for Adults

  • Assistive Products
    • Sells adaptive devices. Products for sale on site and via mail.
  • Braille and Reading Instruction
    • Braille evaluations and consultations are provided to individuals of any age who could benefit from a tactual method of communication.
  • Braille/Electronic/Audio/Large Print Production
    • Reports, programs and agendas, catalogs, flyers and brochures handouts, meeting minutes, letters and memos, ballots, training materials, books, directories, schedules, menus and many more.
  • Community Outreach Programs
    • Has a regionalized statewide outreach program.
  • Computer Training/Assistive Technology
    • A state agency that serves all ages of visually impaired and blind individuals from North Dakota and NW Minnestoa
  • Daily Living Skills/Independent Living Skills Training
    • Provides vision-specific center-based and outreach services. Provides instruction in daily living skills, functional vision, music, recreational/leisure, technology, and vocational/career development.
  • Employment/Job Training
    • Provides training in transition, job development and job readiness, career planning, comprehensive vocational evaluation system.
  • Information and Referral
    • Operates a toll-free information and referral line; In-Service Training.
  • Low Vision Services
    • Provides low vision evaluation and follow-up. Offers resources and vision-specific instructions and adaptations for seniors; staff thst are employed to work specifically with adults.
  • Recreation Services
    • Offers recreation/leisure activities, including goal ball, beeper ball, and adaptations. Support and transportation to the Black Hills Regional Ski for Light event.
  • Travel/Orientation and Mobility
    • Provides orientation and mobility training.
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