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The Special Education Process in North Dakota - Pathfinder Webinar Series
The Special Education Process in North Dakota - Webinar Series

Pathfinder Services of ND now offers a series of streaming webinars focusing on the special education process used in North Dakota schools. This series is for parents of children with learning difficulties and for the professionals who provide services to these families.

Webinars include:
Information used in the development of each webinar is based on information from the ND Department of Public Instruction (NDDPI) Office of Special Education guidance documents and the Center for Parent Information and Resources (CPIR)'s Building the Legacy: IDEA Training Curriculum.
A description of each webinar is provided on our website. Professionals are encouraged to share this information with your staff and parents.
Learn more about this webinar series

Pocket Guide
Special Education Pocket Guides

To compliment the Special Education Process in North Dakota webinar series, Pathfinder Services of ND has developed three Pocket Guides.

Titles include:
  • Special Education Process Pocket Guide
  • Special Education Evaluation Pocket Guide
  • Individualized Education Program (IEP) Pocket Guide
The Pocket Guides are designed to be a handy reference with quick tips, terms, and other important information on the topics above. They can easily fit into a person's pocket, folder, or purse. To receive a copy of any of these Pocket Guides, contact us at 701-837-7500 or
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Cups of Kindness Winter Fundraiser - April 11 Event

Our next event will be on April 11, from 11:30 am - 1:30 pm.

Kroll's Diner will be sponsoring our next event. Come and enjoy some warm soup and a dinner roll.

Events will be located in the Town and Country Center Trinity break room. (Just past our office, suite 42).

For more information:

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Making Lemonade: Hints For Autism's Helpers
by Judy Endow

A collection of poems that offer a complex expression of what it is to know autism from the inside out, created to help families, educators, and others who support the challenges, difficulties, wonder, and uniqueness that is autism.
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Would you like support through the early intervention process?

Follow the link below to get support or to refer a parent to the program.

Letter from Brenda


I am writing to announce that I have resigned from my position here with Pathfinder Services of ND as Youth Support Specialist to pursue my dreams. I have been chosen to work with a program very close to my heart, and I have decided to move into a new role as an Out Patient Care Coordinator with the elderly in the Minot community.

I have really enjoyed working with the Youth population and the great program development that Pathfinder Services is working on for the state. I will miss working with everyone that I have met across the state, as well as the wonderful staff of Pathfinder Services of ND. Thanks to everyone for this great opportunity! 

Brenda Boehler

North Dakota News
North Dakota Health - Be Legendary
ND Special Health Services 2019 Directory

Special Health Services' sponsored or supported multidisciplinary clinics are intended to provide access to pediatric specialty care and enable families to see many different medical providers and health care professionals in one place at one time. For more information about multidisciplinary clinics available in North Dakota, this resource directory includes clinic dates, local contacts, and sites.

View the directory:

Early Childhood
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Sesame Street and Autism: See Amazing in All Children

Sesame Workshop created Sesame Street and Autism: See Amazing in All Children, a national initiative aimed at families and communities with children 2 to 5 years old. See Amazing in All Children offers families ways to manage common challenges, to simplify everyday activities, and to grow connections and support from family, friends, and community.

The See Amazing in All Children website includes videos for parents and kids, daily routine cards, tips for siblings and friends, an impact study of the initiative, and more.

Visit the site:

 Elementary Students
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6 Steps to Request an IEP Meeting

If your child has an IEP, you and the rest of the IEP team meet at least once a year to review it. But there are times when you may need to meet more often than that. Whatever your reason, as a member of the team, you have the right to request an IEP meeting at any time. Here's how to do that. 

  Youth & Young Adults
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ACCESS Scholarship

The North Dakota Center for Persons with Disabilities (NDCPD) has established the ACCESS Scholarship to help students with significant disabilities attending Minot State University finance their college experience. 

People with disabilities have the same goals, desires, and wishes as most people. They seek independence, meaningful involvement in their communities, a measure of affluence, and security. A college education can help them achieve these goals. Unfortunately, existing grants, loans, and scholarships often have many conditions attached to them that limit their usefulness for people who have significant disabilities. The ACCESS Scholarship provides scholarships to students pursuing a wide range of educational experiences at Minot State University. Deadline for applications is June 1, 2019.

For more information and access to the application form, go to:

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Visual Supports for Students with ASD

This collection of visual supports and other resources provides examples of various strategies that can be used to support students on the autism spectrum, as well as others with and without disabilities. Many of the visuals can also be used with families to assist their child at home. 

Browse this collection of visual supports and other resources to help your students with ASD be successful socially and academically in school. You'll find templates for social rules, classroom rules, emotional support, schedules, and more.  

  Training Opportunities & Upcoming Events

Autism Awareness Month
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"Light It Up Blue" Autism Awareness Event (Bismarck)
Apr 6
2:00pm to 4:00pm
Horizon Middle School
500 Ash Coulee Dr
Bismarck, ND
FreeMore Info
Sibshop - Jamestown
Apr 6
10:00 am to 1:00 pm
Anne Carlsen Office
701 3rd St NW
Jamestown, ND
$10More Info
Cups of Kindness - Pathfinder Fundraiser
Apr 11
11:30 am to 1:30 pm
Town & Country Center
Trinity Break Room
1015 S Broadway
Minot, ND
VariesMore Info
ND Hands & Voices Guide By Your Side Training
Apr 12
8:30 am to 12:00 noon
Sleep Inn
2400 10th St SW
Minot, ND
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AuSome Evening 2019
April 12
5:30 pm to 9:00 pm
Hilton Garden Inn Fargo
4351 17th Ave S
Fargo, ND
VariesMore Info
33rd Annual NDACP Conference - Creating Inclusive Communities
Apr 23-25Ramkota Hotel,
800 S 3rd St
Bismarck, ND
VariesMore Info
Autism 101
Apr 25
6:00 pm to 7:30 pm
Trinity (Health Center - East)
Skyline Room
20 Burdick Expy W, 6th Floor
Minot, ND
FreeMore Info
Minot Walk For Autism
April 27
10:00 am to 1:00 pm
Oak Park
1300 4th Avenue NW, Shelter #7
Minot, ND
FreeMore Info
Take Charge of Your Life! Part 2 - Speak Up For Yourself (Pathfinder Workshop)
Apr 27
10:00 am to 3:00 pm
Harmony Center
212 Central Ave
Minot, ND
FreeMore Info

All listed times are in Central Time.
Pathfinder Services of ND 
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Minot, ND 58701