North Central Region

Our Service Area

The North Central Region encompasses the following states:


What We Do

Our regional offices bring HKNC resources to you. Your regional representative knows all about the programs and services that are available to deaf-blind individuals, their families and service providers in your state and beyond, and can help you find and access the ones that are right for you.

Whether you’re interested in learning about support services near your home, would like to take advantage of the technology available through the National Deaf-Blind Equipment Distribution Program or want to explore the possibility of training at our national headquarters, your regional representative is your link to all that HKNC has to offer ─ consultation, advocacy, assessment, training, referrals and more.

Regional Representative

Ryan Odland joined the team of dedicated professionals at HKNC in 2019 and had previously served in several roles within the agency. Prior to HKNC, Ryan worked as a vocational rehabilitation counselor with Minnesota State Services for the Blind. At HKNC, Ryan held another position as a Coordinator of Adaptive Technology & Outreach coordinating the New York State iCanConnect Program under the National Deaf-Blind Equipment Distribution Program. In addition to North Central Region as a Regional Representative, Ryan also worked in the Rocky Mountain Region. Ryan, who is deaf-blind with Usher syndrome subtype 1, holds a bachelor degree in psychology from Rochester Institute of Technology and a master degree in special education from Gallaudet University. Ryan brings wealth of knowledge and firsthand perspective to the team on accessibility, community resources and vocational rehabilitation,  He has advocated for deaf-blind awareness and program development at local, state and national levels.

Contact Information

Ryan Odland (Regional Representative)


Maria Gelao (Administrative Assistant)


2200 University Ave. W. Suite 240

Saint Paul, MN 55114

Voice: 516-320-0274, 516-566-7641 (Text Only)

VP: 612-999-2612

Local Events

Are you interested in getting involved in the deaf-blind community in the North Central Region? Your regional representative can provide information about social gatherings, conferences, listservs and more. Check this space for announcements about upcoming events or contact your regional representative to request email notifications.

Local Resources

You need answers about what’s out there for you, and HKNC has them.

Ask your regional representative about:

  • The National Deaf-Blind Equipment Distribution Program
  • Local services and referrals
  • On-site assessment, consultation and training
  • Making connections with other individuals and families within the deaf-blind community
  • Technical assistance and in-service training
  • Plans for youth transitioning from educational programs to post-educational services
  • Educational materials and presentations about the capabilities and preferences of people with combined vision and hearing loss

If the services you need are not available in your area, you might want to consider exploring HKNC headquarters in New York as an option for assessment and training. Check out our FAQs and contact your regional representative for more information.

Local Organizations

HKNC maintains relationships with various government agencies and nonprofit organizations that serve deaf-blind individuals. Your regional representative can connect you with the best contacts at each organization