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:
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
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
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
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
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
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 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
Mandan: 2401 46th Avenue, SE, Suite 203, Mandan, ND 58554
(701) 258-4728 Local
(701) 258-7474 FAX
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.
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
516-944-8900 Ext.253: Voice/TTY
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
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
800-999-6673: Voicemail only 203-797-9590: TTY
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