Outreach Services

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The North Dakota School for the Deaf/Resource Center for Deaf and Hard of Hearing has expanded its mission to include that of a resource center on hearing loss with responsibility to serve all citizens in North Dakota who are deaf and hard of hearing. Through offices in Devils Lake, Fargo, Bismarck, Minot and Rolla the Outreach department strives to support adults and children who are deaf and hard of hearing, their families and the schools/agencies involved. 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.

Other services are provided in a variety of ways and are individualized based on the specific needs of each situation. Services are provided free of charge. Outreach services include, but are not limited to the following:

Professional Consultation

Certified Teachers of the Deaf skilled in the areas of academics, language, speech, and auditory skills can provide assistance to school or agency teams in determining the areas of need for deaf and hard of hearing students.

  • Classroom observation
  • Demonstration/modeling of instructional strategies
  • IEP meeting attendance


  • 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

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


Parent-Infant Program Brochure (825kb pdf)
Printable brochure outlining details of the Parent-Infant Program.
Resource on Hearing Loss: NDSD/RCDHH (106kb pdf)
Information detailing NDSD responsibilities in serving the citizens of North Dakota.
Resource Manual (3.1Mb pdf)
Excellent resource developed to provide information for families with children who are deaf and hard of hearing, age birth to five years old, and their families.
Toy Guide (857kb pdf)
Excellent resource listing suggested age appropriate toys and the benefits they provide to your child.
NDSD/RCDHH Connections
Comprehensive newsletter, publication of the Outreach department, offering interesting articles on various topics, activities for parents of children who are deaf and hard of hearing and updates on events happening locally and nationally.
Connections, Winter 2015 (1,253kb pdf)
Connections 2011-12 (334kb pdf)
Connections, Fall 2007 (954kb pdf)

Annual Events

  • Summer Camp
  • Family Learning Vacation
  • Statewide Art Contest
  • Deaf Awareness Week Activities

Contact Info:

Contact your regional office if you have any questions related to hearing loss related to children from birth to graduation from high school including resources and services available.

Parent-Infant / School-Aged (up to 21) Services:

Northeast                                                    Southeast
   Carol Lybeck, Coordinator                        Linda Ehlers
   701-665-4411                                              701-239-7374
   carol.lybeck@k12.nd.us                              linda.ehlers@k12.nd.us

   Denise Marback                                           Ashley Martin
   701-665-4420                                            701-239-7375
   denise.marback@k12.nd.us                       ashley.martin@k12.nd.us
   1401 College Drive North                          1321 S. 23rd St.
   Devils Lake, ND 58301                              Fargo, ND 58103


Northwest                                                  Southwest
   Nicole Swartwout                                      Karen Kalk
   701-858-3357                                           701-328-3987
   nicole.swartwout@k12.nd.us                    karen.kalk@k12.nd.us
   Memorial Hall                                             418 East Broadway, Ste. 228
   500 University Avenue West                 Bismarck, ND 58501
   Minot, ND 58707


Adult Services:

Devils Lake                                                   Grand Forks
    Pam Smith, Coordinator                             Kristen Vetter
    701-665-4401                                              701-795-2792
    pam.smith@k12.nd.us                                  kristen.vetter@k12.nd.us
    1401 College Drive N                                   500 Sanford Road, Suite 259
    Devils Lake, ND 58301                               Grand Forks, ND 58203

    Kathy Frelich
    1401 College Drive N
    Devils Lake, ND 58301