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, Underwood, Minot, and Grand Forks 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 (996kb pdf)
Printable brochure outlining details of the Parent-Infant Program.
Resource on Hearing Loss: NDSD/RCDHH (401kb 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:

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

    Linda Ehlers                                          Ashley Martin                                           Karen Kalk
    701-239-7374                                     701-239-7375                                          701-239-7377                      
    linda.ehlers@k12.nd.us                       ashley.martin@k12.nd.us                        karen.kalk@k12.nd.us    
    1321 S. 23rd St.                                     1321 S. 23rd St.                                         1321 S. 23rd St.
    Fargo, ND 58103                                 Fargo, ND 58103                                     Fargo, ND 58103

    Nicole Swartwout                                  Southwest       
    701-858-3357                                           Lana Zimbelman 
    nicole.swartwout@k12.nd.us                   701-328-3987 
    Memorial Hall                                             lana.zimbelman@k12.nd.us     /  PO Box 100
    500 University Avenue West                418 East Broadway, Ste. 228      123 Summit St.
    Minot, ND 58707                                      Bismarck, ND 58501                    Underwood, ND 58576



Adult Services:

 Devils Lake                                                 
    Pam Smith, Coordinator                             Kathy Frelich                                               
    701-665-4401                                               701-665-4416                                                
    pam.smith@k12.nd.us                                   kathy.frelich@k12.nd.us
    1401 College Drive North                            1401 College Drive N.
    Devils Lake, ND 58301                                Devils Lake, ND 58301

Grand Forks                                        Fargo    
    Kristen Vetter                                                     Dawn Sauvageau                   
    701-795-2792                                                    701-239-7380
    kristen.vetter@k12.nd.us                                  dawn.sauvageau@k12.nd.us
    500 Sanford Road, Suite 259                       1321 S. 23rd St.                              
    Grand Forks, ND 58201                                   Fargo, ND 58103