General Resources



ND Dual Sensory Resource Library

The ND Dual Sensory Project Resource Library contains over 375 materials on deaf-blindness for educators, families and the general public. Materials include books, assessment tools, and videos that are available to better understand deaf-blindness. Resource materials are physically housed at North Dakota Vision Services/School for the Blind but can be accessed online.

The books and videos from the project library can easily be accessed from the Online Dakota Information Network (ODIN), the statewide interlibrary loan program at:


Once at the website, search for deaf blind and you will see materials covering topics such as:

  • Assessment
  • Assistive Technology
  • Collaboration
  • Community-Based Instruction
  • Communication
  • Deaf-Blindness
  • Early Childhood Intervention
  • Inclusion
  • Orientation and Mobility
  • Recreation and Leisure
  • Transition
  • Visual Impairment
  • Vocational


If there are any questions, contact the Dr. Brent Askvig, Project Director (701-858-3580) or from the North Dakota Vision Services/School for the Blind Librarian (701-795-2709).




ND Dual Sensory Project Advisory Board

The North Dakota Dual Sensory Project Advisory Board provides guidance and recommendations to the project director and staff. This board meets periodically to discuss the progress on the project. The Advisory Board consists of parents, student(s), special education personnel, early interventionists, a Department of Public Instruction representative, university faculty, a Division of Vocational Rehabilitation counselor, and representatives from both the North Dakota School for the Deaf/Resource Center for Deaf/Hard of Hearing and the North Dakota Vision Services/School for the Blind. See the Advisory Board Members and meeting notes below.

Advisory Board Members


Meeting Notes

Coming soon!





North Dakota Organizations


North Dakota Department of Public Instruction - Special Education

This is the website of the Division of Special Education at the ND Department of Public Instruction. Information about special education programs and services, resources, and state standards is available here.

600 E. Boulevard Ave., Dept. 201, Bismarck, ND 58505-0440



North Dakota Center for Persons with Disabilities - Minot State University

NDCPD is a university center for excellence in developmental disabilities. Staff provide pre-service (university) education, conduct research, provide community training and technical assistance and provide information on a host of topics in disabilities.

Minot State University, 500 University Avenue West, Minot, ND 58707

701-858-3580 / 800-233-1737


North Dakota School for the Deaf/Resource Center for Deaf and Hard of Hearing

The NDSD/Resource Center for Deaf and Hard of hearing’s mission is “To serve as a State Resource Center to provide advocacy, leadership and educational expertise for all individuals in North Dakota who are deaf or hard of hearing.” The School provides information, materials, assistance and support services to deaf and hard of hearing students and the citizens of North Dakota. Outreach/Parent-Infant services include the Family Learning Vacation, summer camps, tours, in-service training and deaf awareness. Consultations and assessments are provided in audiology, psychology, speech, language, and sign language. Sign language instruction is also provided.

1401 College Dr. North, Devils Lake, ND 58301

701-665-4400: Voice/TTY

701-665-4409: Fax


North Dakota Vision Services/School for the Blind

The North Dakota Vision Services/School for the Blind's mission is to function as a statewide comprehensive resource offering expertise in vision related areas (i.e., orientation and mobility, Braille, Braille music, daily living skills, technology, vocational, recreation and leisure), for persons of all ages This is done by enhancing local programs and working cooperatively with related agencies to provide a full range of services to all persons who are blind or visually impaired, including those with multiple disabilities.

500 Stanford Rd., Grand Forks, ND 58203

701-795-2700: Voice

800-421-1181: Voice

Paul Olson, Superintendent


ND Hands & Voices

ND Hands & Voices is a non-biased support organization for families of children who are deaf or hard of hearing.

PO BOX 5734, Fargo, ND 58105

701 484-1605


Family Voices of North Dakota

Family Voices of North Dakota is the state’s Health Information and Education Center which assists families with children with special health care needs. This is done through community education, advocacy, parent-to-parent connections, and policy development.

PO Box 163, 312 2nd Ave. West, Edgeley, ND 58433

701-493-2634: Voice

701-493-2635: Fax

888-522-9654: Toll free


Pathfinder Services of ND

Pathfinder Services of ND is a statewide parent training and information center. The mission is to unite families and educators by giving them the resources to build positive futures for and with children, students, and young adults with learning differences or challenges.

1015 South Broadway, Suite 42, Minot, ND  58701



ND Assistive

ND Assistive is a non-profit organization that strives to bring assistive technology into the lives of all North Dakotans that need it. There are offices in Fargo and Mandan.

Fargo: 3240-15th Street South, Suite B, Fargo, ND 58104

(701) 365-4728 Local

(701) 365-6242 FAX

1-800-895-4728 Toll-free

Mandan: 2401 46th Avenue, SE, Suite 203, Mandan, ND 58554

(701) 258-4728 Local

(701) 258-7474 FAX

1-800-895-4728 Toll-free





National Organizations


National Center on Deaf-Blindness

The National Center on Deaf-Blindness works collaboratively with families, federal, state, and local agencies to provide technical assistance, information and personnel training in deaf-blindness. Materials are available for educators, administrators and families.

800-438-9376: Voice

800-854-7013: TTY

503-838-8150: Fax


Helen Keller National Center for Deaf-Blind Youths and Adults (HKNC)

This national organization provides advocacy, assessment, consultation, community education, family support, professional training workshops, and information.

141 Middle Neck Road, Sand Point, NY 11050-1299

516-570-3626: Videophone

516-944-8900 Ext.253: Voice/TTY

516-944-7302: Fax


The Charge Syndrome Foundation

The CHARGE Syndrome Foundation provides support and outreach to families and individuals with CHARGE Syndrome. Staff gather, develop, maintain and distribute information about the syndrome, along with promoting awareness and research regarding its identification, cause and management.



National Family Association for Deaf-Blind

NFADB is a national network of families who focus on issues surrounding Deaf-Blindness and is a non-profit, volunteer-based family association. Our philosophy is that individuals who are deaf-blind are valued members of society and are entitled to the same opportunities and choices as other members of the community. NFADB is the largest national network of families focusing on issues surrounding deaf blindness. NFADB exists to empower the voices of families of individuals who are deaf-blind and advocate for their unique needs.

141 Middle Neck Road, Sands Point, NY 11050

800-255-0411: Voice and TTY

516-883-9060: Fax


National Organization for Rare Disorders (NORD)

NORD is a private non-profit organization dedicated to helping people with rare disorders and assisting organizations that serve them. Articles on over 4,000 rare diseases are available.

55 Kenosia Avenue, PO Box 1968, Danbury, CT 06813-1968

203-744-0100: Voice

800-999-6673: Voicemail only 203-797-9590: TTY

203-798-2291: Fax


Perkins School for the Blind

Perkins School for the Blind provides education and services for children and adults around the world who are blind, deaf-blind, or visually impaired.

175 North Beacon Street, Watertown, MA 02472

617-924-3535: Voice