New Building opened January 13, 2020
2022 Graduates
Students at SPURS riding horses
Students with carved pumpkins
Students using their mobility skills
Students at white cane day walk


Upcoming Events  

Thursday thru Sunday, September 28 - October 1: 
SDSBVI Team competing in NCASB Track & Field Meet in Nashville, TN 
THANK YOU!  to the South Dakota Foundation for the Blind and Visually Impaired for sponsoring our athletes.  Let's go Pioneers - Team SD!

Friday, October 6:  HOMEGOING; Classes dismiss at 12:10 PM; Dorm closes at 1:00 PM

Monday, October 9:  CLOSED; Native American Day Holiday

Tuesday, October 10:  No Classes; Parent/Teacher Conferences
Dorm opens at 10:00 AM

Wednesday, October 11:  Classes Resume

Friday, October 13:  Special Olympics Area Bowling Tournament at Village Bowl in Aberdeen

Sunday, October 15:  White Cane Awareness Day

Friday, October 20:  SDSBVI Advisory Council Meeting in NSU Room (11:00 AM-2:00 PM)

Thursday, October 26:  School Picture Day by Lifetouch 
Lifetouch School Pictures Ordering Information
If you would like a paper order form, need assistance in ordering, or have any questions, contact Kandi Sampson, Educational Secretary, at 605-626-2581 or by email at

Thursday, October 26:  "Pumpkin Carving" with Aberdeen Lions Club

Sunday, October 29:  Let's Bowl "Strikes for Special Olympics" at Village Bowl in Aberdeen (12:00 PM - 3:00 PM)
More information for Aberdeen Strikes for Special Olympics

Friday-Sunday, November 3-5:  Special Olympics State Bowling Tournament at Village Bowl in Aberdeen

Thursday, December 14:  Aberdeen Lions Club "Christmas Party" for the students

March 11 - April 26:  SD ELA and Math Alternate Assessments

Friday, April 26:  Special Olympics Area Swimming Competition in Watertown

March 25 - May 3:  SD ELA and Math Assessments
SD Science Assessment / SD Science Alternate Assessment

Friday, May 3:  Special Olympics Area Track & Field Competition in Milbank 

Thursday-Saturday, May 16-18:  Special Olympics State Summer Games in Vermillion

Welcome from the Superintendent 

Jessica VogelIt is my pleasure to welcome you to the South Dakota School for the Blind and Visually Impaired (SDSBVI) website!  At SDSBVI, our vision is for all South Dakota children who are blind or visually impaired to have full access to educational resources that prepare them for life.  We view each child as an individual, deserving of personalized learning opportunities focused to help them achieve their highest level of independence.  Our teachers are experts in the field of visual impairments, who provide innovative programming on our beautiful campus, adjacent to Northern State University.  SDSBVI’s outreach consultants, also visual impairments specialists, provide visual impairment assistance to students, families, and educators throughout the state through our thriving outreach program. 

Families, school districts, and the community are key partners in meeting the needs of each child.  Whether you are a student, parent, or member of the community who wishes to contribute your time or support, I invite you to join us in transforming the lives of children with a visual impairment.  SDSBVI is a greater community with you involved. 

Thank you for visiting the South Dakota School for the Blind and Visually Impaired website.  I invite you to use the "Contact Us" link located at the bottom of the page in the footer with any questions, or to explore ways you can make a difference at SDSBVI! 


Jessica Vogel, Ed.D. 

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605 14th Avenue SE
Aberdeen, SD 57401

Phone: 605-626-2580
Toll-Free: 888-275-3814
Fax: 605-626-2607