SD School for the Blind & Visually Impaired - Speakers Bureau

The SDSBVI has someone available to speak to small or large groups on the following vision related topics:

Eye Conditions

What are some of the common eye conditions and how are they treated?

Braille Literacy

How do students who are blind read and write? What tools do they use? Is Braille still necessary with technology?

Assistive Technology

How can computers be made accessible with enlarged print, speech, or refreshable Braille?

Independent Living Skills

How do students learn to care for themselves and their daily needs?


Career Education

How do students obtain job experiences? What kinds of jobs can people who are blind or visually impaired do?

Orientation and Mobility

How do students who are blind or visually impaired learn to travel independently?

Self-Directed Individualized Education Plan (IEP)

How can students get involved in planning their own future?

Dog Guides

Who can use a dog guide? Where and how are the dogs trained?

Adaptive Physical Education

How do students who are blind or visually impaired take part in sports and recreation activities?

Augmentative Communication

How can a student who is nonverbal learn to communicate?


How can you make your library accessible and user-friendly?


How can a building or a meeting room be made accessible?

Personal Perspective

How does a person who is blind or visually impaired live independently?

Other information available about SDSBVI:

  • Presentation on the School for the Blind: "A Century of Service"
  • Presentation on educating students at The School for the Blind in the early 1900s

Tours are provided of the campus in Aberdeen. In addition to seeing the building, a person may have an opportunity to:

  • Travel and do activities under blindfold
  • Experience a variety of visual impairments using different simulators
  • Explore devices and items used in the education of students who are blind or visually impaired

For more information, please contact Dawn LaMee at 605.626.2580 or 1.888.275.3814 or by email at

Dawn LaMee - Liason for Services
Dawn LaMee
Liason for Services