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Welcome to the North Dakota School for the Deaf/Resource Center for Deaf and Hard of Hearing (NDSD/RCDHH) website. Our Purpose is to develop, coordinate, and maintain a comprehensive continuum of services for all citizens who are deaf or hard of hearing (infants through senior citizens). Our Mission is to provide an environment in which individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing can access the services and support that they need to become and remain integrated, productive citizens of the state. (Future Services Plan July 20, 2010)

Save the Dates: JUNE 25-28, 2015 for the CELEBRATION of the ND School for the Deaf 125th Anniversary (Details coming soon!)

Back to School Tips for Deaf/Hard of Hearing Students

Upcoming Events

Check out the NDSD Society website for many old photos from the NDSD Heritage Center!

Language & Auditory Fun (9:30a-11:30a)

September 26/27, 2014 Transition Summit (Fargo, ND)

The North Dakota PepNet2 Transition Team invites you to participate in our second annual Transition Summit in celebration of Deaf Awareness Week. "Oh, the Places You'll Go", North Dakota Transition Summit for Deaf or Hard of Hearing students and their families will be held September 26/27, 2014 in Fargo, North Dakota at the NDSU Skills and Technology Center. This workshop is free and open to anyone who is interested in improving the transition outcomes for students who are Deaf or hard of hearing in North Dakota. Middle and High School students who are Deaf or hard of hearing, their parents, teachers, administrators, case managers, interpreters, and other professionals who work closely with them will NOT want to miss this educational opportunity!

There will be two full days of fantastic presentations related to transition, including a panel discussion with a number of young Deaf and hard of hearing adults who have experienced transition first hand! They will give you the GOOD, the BAD, and the UGLY from their own perspectives! On Saturday, in addition to day two of the transition summit, there will be a separate, full day workshop for interpreters, presented by David Evans, entitled, " Does Orange Eyes really mean Amazing?" This opportunity will take place on the campus of Moorhead State University. The Transition Summit will be capped off by a Friday night comedy performance by Keith Wann, to be held in the Fargo North High School Auditorium at 7:00 pm. Following the performance, Keith will present "Legal Shield", a program aimed at teaching us how to avoid identity theft. The brochure and registration form is attached. If you have any questions, please contact Pam Smith or Renae Bitner at: pam.smith@sendit.nodak.edu or renae.bitner@sendit.nodak.edu Thank you and we hope to see you in Fargo!

The North Dakota School for the Deaf/Resource Center for Deaf and Hard of Hearing has been proudly serving the citizens of North Dakota with programs and services since its establishment by the North Dakota Legislature in 1890 and continues to be an important part of the continuum of services of North Dakota's excellent education system.

NDSD/RCDHH provides a comprehensive education program serving persons of all ages that looks at the individual needs of the child and family.

NDSD/RCDHH has residential programming for students from Sunday evening through Friday afternoon with numerous opportunities for extra-curricular activities, social interactions, and development of independent living and community skills.

Students are transported home each weekend and for school holidays so there is plenty of family interaction. The Outreach Department provides programs geared to meet the needs of young children with in-home services to support families.

Assessments, consultations, and direct services to school age students in mainstream settings are available for school districts and special education units upon request.

NDSD/RCDHH is accredited through the North Dakota Department of Public Instruction (NDDPI) and the North Central Association/Commission on Accreditation and School Improvement (NCA/CASI) K-8.


NDSD/RCDHH gets Accredited

Photo: Certificate The North Dakota School for the Deaf (NDSD) is pleased to announce that NDSD has been awarded continuing accreditation with the North Central Association Commission on Accreditation and School Improvement (NCA-CASI). Mark Elgard, President and CEO, wrote a letter of congratulations to the educational team stating, Your efforts and associated accreditation signify your commitment to educational excellence. Your school and community can take pride in your achievement. The Certificate of Achievement, which is valid through June 30, 2018, is on display at the North Dakota School for the Deaf.

Useful Phone Numbers


  • Blackhurst: V/TTY: 701-665-4418


  • Nurse's Office: V/TTY: 701-665-4406
  • About Relay North Dakota:
      TTY users call 1-800-366-6888
      Voice users call toll free 1-800-366-6889


A list of available services provided by the ND School for the Deaf/Resource Center for Deaf and Hard of Hearing can be obtained by contacting the school and/or individual listed next to the requested service.

Outreach Services

The North Dakota School for the Deaf/Resource Center for Deaf and Hard of Hearing serves in its traditional role of service provider to deaf and hard of hearing students plus as a resource center on deafness. As per recent legislation (ND Century Code 25-07-12), the school for the deaf may collaborate (not compete) with public and private entities for the provision of services to adult individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing.

ND School for the Deaf/Resource Center for Deaf and Hard of Hearing offers printed and professional resources in a variety of areas related to deafness. Support and informational materials are provided in Audiological Services as well as in the area of Communications.

Compliments of the Parent-Infant Program of the North Dakota School for the Deaf/Resource Center for Deaf and Hard of Hearing an excellent Resource Manual (3.1Mb pdf) was developed to provide information for families with children who are deaf and hard of hearing, age birth to five years old, and their families.

The Library/Media Center is an excellent source of books and materials as well as captioned films available upon request. Families with children ages 0-3 can obtain the services and support from the Parent-Infant Program.


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