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Children living in the state of North Dakota who has been professionally identified as deaf or hard of hearing may be eligible for services through the North Dakota School for the Deaf School-Aged Outreach Program upon request.  All services can be requested by parents, guardians, local educational agencies, other services, and medical providers. All services are provided at no cost.picture of school building

North Dakota School for the Deaf School-Aged Outreach Department provides school-based services for children who are receiving educational services through any school program and are designed to support professionals who work with students who are deaf and hard of hearing.  Qualified Teachers of the Deaf skilled in the areas of academics, language, speech, and auditory skills can provide assistance to schools or agency teams in determining the areas of need for deaf and hard of hearing students.

Outreach services include, but are not limited to the following:

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Professional Consultation
  • Classroom observation
  • Demonstration/modeling of instructional strategies
  • IEP meeting attendance
Training
  • Parent workshops
  • Professional development courses in education of students who are deaf/hard of hearing
  • Individualized parent/family training
  • Individualized inservice training for school/agency staff
  • Presentations at local, regional and state events
Sign Language Assistance
  • One on one skype sessions
  • Community classes
Comprehensive Assessment Services
  • Development of an assessment plan
  • Assessment available in the areas of Audiology, speech and auditory skills, language and communication, academic skills, cognitive ability,  social-emotional development and vocational skills
  • Recommendations regarding program and design based on assessment results
​​​​​​​Assistance with Transitioning from High School
  • Assistive Technology
  • Career Exploration
  • Transitions unique for people with hearing loss
Annual Events
  • Summer Camp
    • In June of 1987, the North Dakota School for the Deaf established a summer camp program.  Its goal is to give children with a hearing loss from throughout North Dakota an opportunity to participate in an assortment of activities with old friends and new.  Since 1987, NDSD Summer Camp continues to provide a wide range of educational and recreational experiences.  Campers will participate in a variety of typical camping activities such as swimming, canoeing/kayaking, arts and crafts, horseback riding, climbing, lawn games and more!
    • Communication philosophy:  ALL methods of communication, appropriate to the needs of the individual camper are used by the camp staff to ensure understanding.  These methods include:  speech, writing, and sign language.
    • Camp staff includes dedicated and enthusiastic adults, including those who are deaf and hard of hearing, who are experienced with camping. Camp involves about one counselor for every three to five campers and is overseen by a camp director.
  • Family Learning Vacation
  • Deaf Awareness Week Activities
  • Optimists Communications Contest for Deaf and Hard of Hearing
  • Teen Days
  • Regional Family Events
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Language Experience Book  Adapted from Topic 20 of SKI*HI's Communication Interactions. 

Resource on Hearing Loss: NDSD/RCDHH:   Information detailing NDSD/RCDHH responsibilities in serving the citizens of North Dakota. 

Contact Information:

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Contact Information

Northeast                                                 

Carol Lybeck, Coordinator              Denise Marback
701-665-4411                                    701-665-4420 
carol.lybeck@k12.nd.us             denise.marback@k12.nd.us
1401 College Drive N.                       1401 College Drive N.
Devils Lake, ND 58301                      Devils Lake, ND 58301

Southeast                                               

Linda Ehlers                                      Ashley Martin
701-239-7374                                    701-239-7375 
linda.ehlers@k12.nd.us             ashley.martin@k12.nd.us
1321 S. 23rd St.                                1321 S. 23rd St.
Fargo, ND 58103                               Fargo, ND 58103                   

Northwest  

Nicole Swartwout
701-858-3357
nicole.swartwout@k12.nd.us
Memorial Hall - 500 University Ave. W.
Minot, ND 58707

Southwest                                                 

Lana Zimbelman
701-328-3987 (Bsk) / 701-442-5052 (Underwood) 
lana.zimbelman@k12.nd.us
418 E. Broadway, Ste 228  /   PO Box 100                                                                                                                Bismarck, ND 58501               123 Summit St.                                                                                                                                                                Underwood, ND 58576