MN DeafBlind Project News
Believe it or not, spring is finally here! The last time I shoveled snow, I heard birds chirping, so it must be true... thinking warm thoughts!
That also means we are on the last stretch of the school year. I hope that your child has had a great and successful school year! If your child is making a transition next year, I would love to connect with you. They may be transitioning from early childhood to kindergarten, moving case managers/classrooms, or even the transition out of the school system. We can work together to develop a person-centered plan for what a great transition would look like.
Please call, text, or email me to schedule a time to connect.
612-638-1505 (voice calls)
612-217-2211 (text only)
Winter Party Highlights
We were happy to host (back to in-person) the Winter Party in collaboration with DeafBlind Services Minnesota in January! Families, children & youth and Interveners had an opportunity to connect with one another and enjoy fun winter themed activities!
Family Learning Community
Attention all families in Minnesota who have a child who is DeafBlind...
We are excited to share a virtual opportunity with you! Join us for monthly meetings designed for families in Minnesota to come together to meet and connect with other families who have children who are DeafBlind. Additionally, we will have interactive information and activities based on input from you!
Meetings will be held virtually on the 3rd Monday of each month with a lunchtime and evening option to join. 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. OR 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Family Learning Community
Dates & Topics:
April 17th: Creating a Network of Resources & Support
May 15th: Virtual Game Night
To ensure all accessibility needs are met and that you always receive the most up-to-date meeting information, please complete the interest form below.
Family Survey Results
This heart is a compilation of words families used to describe their children. Incredible!!
Family Survey 2023... Thank YOU!!!
Save the Dates
MN DeafBlind Project Upcoming Events
Family & Intervener Appreciation Picnic (in-person): This annual event is a fun time for families of children with combined hearing and vision loss to come together and enjoy a beautiful time together. There will be activities such as a caricature artist and face painting for the children/youth and time to visit and connect with other families. We can't wait to see you there!
June 3, 2023
Understanding DeafBlindness and the Role of the Intervener (virtual):
August 16, 2023
Mom's Retreat (in-person): postponed to Fall 2023
Families Matter Stories
Each newsletter, I try to share a lived experience of either an individual with deafblindness or the family of a child/youth with deafblindness. This month, I want to highlight a collection of stories that is shared on the National Center for DeafBlindness website. Please enjoy hearing from other families in Family Matter Stories!
Future Family Spotlights
I will help you share your story in the way that works best for you; you can write or type the story up yourself, or we can do a phone call or video call, where I take notes and write it up. If you are open to sharing your story, please email firstname.lastname@example.org to get started!
Open Hands Library
The Open Hands Library is the first digital library of its kind, providing access to language and literacy by collecting books and stories from deaf and ASL creators.
Through bilingual education, children have opportunities to bridge their knowledge, gained through sign language, to reading. There is a great range of books available in this digital resource.
You can use the Book tab at the top to search by topic. Here is a highlight of Spring books with ASL now available.
Wilderness Inquiry has partnered with local organizations to offer fun and accessible outdoor activities for individuals who are deaf, deafblind or hard of hearing.
"We are committed to making the outdoors accessible to all. When you travel with Wilderness Inquiry, you help fund outdoor education programs for youth, provide trip assistance for participants with differing abilities, and travel scholarships to bring families to the outdoors together."
Contact Riss Leitzki with any questions.
Cortical/Cerebral Visual Impairment (CVI) is a brain-based visual impairment caused by damage to the visual pathways or visual processing areas of the brain—and it’s the leading cause of blindness in children. CVI-related vision problems impact up to 1 in 30 kids in mainstream classrooms. CVI is common in children with Cerebral Palsy, Down Syndrome, Autism, and neurodevelopmental conditions. An individualized multisensory approach to learning and intervention, rooted in comprehensive assessment, empowers life-changing access.
Discover many more great resources and supports at: https://www.perkins.org/cvi-now/
“Funding for this grant activity is made possible with a grant from MN Department of Education. The source of the funds is from federal award – CFDA 84.326T, Special Education - Technical Assistance and Dissemination to Improve Services and Results for Children who are DeafBlind.” The contents of this publication (film, workshop, conference, activity, etc.) do not necessarily represent the policy of the federal Department of Education or the state Department of Education and you should not assume endorsement by the federal or state government.