Visual Impairments (VI)

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APHont™ (pronounced Ay’-font), was developed by APH specifically for low vision readers. APHont embodies characteristics that have been shown to enhance reading speed, comprehension, and comfort for large print users.

The entire APHont Suite is available free-of-charge to qualified users for non-commercial purposes. The APHont Suite consists of Regular, Bold, Italic, and Italic Bold. You must certify use for or by a person with a visual impairment before downloading.

Educators for students who are Blind/Visually Impaired in Minnesota

Mission:  The mission of the Minnesota Resource Center: Blind/Visually Impaired Low Vision Community of Practice is to support the educational rights of students with low vision.This includes the right of the student to:
  • have optimal access to the normal visual environment,
  • have visual capabilities evaluated comprehensively and accurately through clinical low vision evaluations, and
  • receive services from competent and qualified professionals.
Belief:  The Minnesota Resource Center: Blind/Visually Impaired Low Vision Community of Practice believes that
  • All students with low vision have a right to participate in a clinical low vision evaluation without cost inhibitors or geographical barriers.
  • Clinical low vision evaluation is a necessary component of a student’s medical care and it does not replace existing medical services.
  • Low vision services are a critical component of effective educational services to students with low vision.
  • Students with low vision have individual needs, which may be met through a range of services, tools, and solutions.

Accessible assessments:


Early Intervention

Orientation & Mobility


State & Regional Contacts

Kristin Oien

Blind / Visually Impaired Specialist
Minnesota Department of  Education
1500 Hwy, 36 West, Roseville, MN 55113
(651) 582-8843 / fax (651) 582-8729

Region 10 Vision Network Members:

Mary Kautto  - Austin

Dag RisengGCED

Gwen HowardSMEC

Sandy GorhamHVED South Cluster

Terri Kersting – HVED North Cluster

Connie TelschowMSAB

 Jeannie Worden - MSAB

 Mary Ann Honeycutt - Owatonna

Rita Sanderson Rochester

Karl-Peter HammerZED

Below is a listing of the new numbers for the braille section. The main switchboard can be reached at
Toll-free: 800-652-9000
Ph: (651) 539-2300

Manager: Donna Marhoun: 651-539-2307

Braille Techs: General line: 651-539-2315

Eileen Baker: 651-539-2303

Yvette Hennies: 651-539-2306

Sharon Obrestad: 651-539-2308

Braille Library

Librarian, Vicky Roberts: 651-539-2310

Library Assistant, Pat Barrett: 651-539-2304


Penny Carpenter: 651-539-2305

Valerie Snider-Wojack: 651-539-2314

Gail Stefanick: 651-539-2313


Allison O’Day: 651-539-2309

Judy Sanders: 651-539-2311


Jim Sarbacker: 651-539-2312

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Region 10 Events
  • Events on September 5, 2014
    • State Directors

      Starts: 12:00 am

      Ends: 12:00 am, September 6, 2014

  • Events on September 10, 2014
    • RLIF

      Starts: 12:00 am

      Ends: 12:00 am, September 12, 2014

  • Events on September 15, 2014
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  • Events on September 19, 2014
    • Directors Mtg

      Starts: 8:00 am

      Ends: 12:00 pm, September 19, 2014

      Location: Zumbro Education District, 801 Frontage Rd NW, Byron, MN, United States

      Description: Becky Tennis Hanson presents at 9

    • Save the Date: Fall Infinitec Regional Meeting

      Starts: 12:30 pm

      Ends: 2:50 pm, September 19, 2014

      Location: Zumbro Education District, Frontage Road Northwest, Byron, MN, United States

      Description: Mary Bettlach will be sharing information on Infinitec. Region 9 will be joining us for the infinitec presentation.

      Registration Link:

  • Events on September 22, 2014
    • Transition Coordinator Mtg Rgn 10

      Starts: 9:00 am

      Ends: 3:20 pm, September 22, 2014

      Location: RCTC Heintz Center, Rochester, MN, United States

      Description: Career Skills Day
      Transition Needs in Region 10
      Discuss James Kelly from Construction Partnerships

  • Events on September 24, 2014
    • Coordinators Mtg

      Starts: 10:00 am

      Ends: 1:00 pm, September 24, 2014

  • Events on September 25, 2014
    • Minnesota Orientation & Mobility Specialists (MOMS) Meetings

      Starts: 6:00 pm

      Ends: 8:20 pm, September 25, 2014

      Location: Minnesota Department of Education, Minnesota 36, Roseville, MN, United States

      Description: CCA 14