Minnesota Organizations

This list of organizations has been created by MN Hands & Voices at Lifetrack to let parents know about some of the most important resources available. Our directory is updated annually. This list is not exhaustive, and details about organizations can quickly become outdated. We encourage you to contact the organizations directly for the most current and comprehensive information.

ASL Interpreting Services

Dynamic Communications, Inc. provides educational seminars for both hearing and Deaf audiences.

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Address:
5801 Duluth St., Suite 106

Golden Valley, MN 55422

Phone: 763-478-8963 (V)
952-388-2141 (VP)
763-478-3093 (fax)

Email: info@aslis.com

About: ASL Interpreting Services locates interpreters throughout Minnesota, North Dakota, and western Wisconsin for a wide range of settings including but not limited to: business events, medical appointments, school meetings, funerals, and musical/theatrical events. We also provide VRI (Video Remote Interpreting). Dynamic Communications, Inc. provides consultations on Deafness, cultural issues, and the American with Disabilities Act (ADA). Services include: ASL interpreting, in-house training programs, sign language instruction, public seminars, consulting, job coaching, and ADA consulting and equipment.

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Bridge to Benefits

Children’s Defense Fund Minnesota maintains a free eligibility screening website called Bridge to Benefits.

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www.bridgetobenefits.org

Address:
555 Park Street, Suite 410
St. Paul, MN 55103

Phone: 651-227-6121
Fax: 651-227-2553

Email: bwahi@childrensdefense.org

Contact: Bharti Wahi

About: The website screens for eligibility in seven public programs and two tax credits. By answering a few easy questions, you can see which programs you are eligible for and learn how to apply.

You can use the website to:

Find public programs that help pay for health care, child care, food, school meals and energy bills - plus tax credits that could give you cash back or reduce how much you pay at tax time

Print out applications to apply for seven public programs

Find out where you can get help with completing applications

Find out where to turn in applications in your community

Learn about other resources to help you or your family

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Can-Do-Canines

Enhancing the quality of life for people with disabilities through beneficial partnerships with specially trained dogs.

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www.can-do-canines.org

Address:
9440 Science Center Drive
New Hope, MN 55428

Phone: 763-331-3000 (V)
763-331-3009 (FAX)

Email: info@can-do-canines.org

About: Can Do Canines is dedicated to enhancing the quality of life for people with disabilities by creating mutually beneficial relationships with specially trained dogs.

We envision a future in which every person who needs and wants an assistance dog can have one.

Can Do Canines trains five main types of assistance dogs as follows:

Hearing Assist Dogs are often selected from local animal shelters. The dog alerts a person who is deaf or hard of hearing to sounds by making physical contact with them and then leading them to the source of the sound.

Mobility Assist Dogs work with people who have mobility challenges and other needs. They pick up and carry objects, pull wheelchairs, open doors, and help to pay at tall counters.

Diabetes Assist Dogs detect low blood sugar levels by sensing a change in their partner’s breath. The dog alerts their partner by touching them in a significant way.

Seizure Response Dogs respond to a person having a seizure by licking their face, retrieving an emergency phone, and alerting other family members.

Autism Assist Dogs keep children with autism safe in public settings and help them experience the world more fully by offering comfort and assurance. These special dogs also serve as a social bridge between the family and the public.

Each fully trained dog is provided free of charge.

Can Do Canines is dedicated to enhancing the quality of life for people with disabilities by creating mutually beneficial partnerships with specially trained dogs.

We envision a future in which every person who needs and wants an assistance dog can have one.

Assistance dogs provide the gifts of freedom, independence, and peace of mind to our clients and their families. Our fully trained dogs, often adopted from local animal shelters, are provided to our clients who live with disabilities that involve mobility challenges, hearing loss or deafness, seizure disorders, autism, or diabetes complicated by hypoglycemia unawareness.

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Charles Thompson Memorial Hall

A social and cultural meeting house for the Deaf community for over 80 years. Dining and game rooms, assembly hall.

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Website: https://charlesthompsonhall.org/

Address:
1824 Marshall Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55104

Phone: TTY: 651-644-3455
VP:651-964-1396

About: Thompson Memorial Hall has served as a social and cultural meeting house for the Deaf community for over 80 years.

Services include: meeting rooms, game rooms, a bar/snack area, large dining room, and upper-story assembly hall.

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Commission of Deaf, DeafBlind and Hard of Hearing Minnesotans

Advocates for communication access and equal opportunity with Minnesotans who are deaf, deafblind and hard of hearing.

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http://mn.gov/deaf-commission/

MN Resources on MDH Website Page:

This resource page is designed for parents, family members, and students who re deaf, deafblind, & hard of hearing. These resources listed were selected by the stakeholders of the Collaborative Plan. The Collaboration Plan is a network of agencies and organizations who work together to create positive systemic changes in order to achieve better education and career outcomes for students who are deaf, deafblind, & hard of hearing.

https://mn.gov/deaf-commission/advocacy-issues/education/resources/

Address:
85 East 7th Place, Suite 105
St. Paul, MN 55101

Phone: 651-431-5961 (V)
612-284-0284 (VP)

About: The Commission of Deaf, DeafBlind and Hard of Hearing Minnesotans is a Governor appointed Commission that advocates for communication access and equal opportunity with Minnesotans who are deaf, deafblind and hard of hearing. We develop public policy solutions to barriers faced in education, health care, technology, access to public services and employment. We work across agencies, branches of state government and nonprofit organizations.

Services Include:

  • Identifies barriers to equal opportunity and develops public policy solutions
  • Lobbies for state legislation
  • Coordinates the collaborative initiatives of agency stakeholders and parents to improve educational outcomes for children/students from birth through age 21.
  • Empowers by building community capacity
  • Provides advocacy training, including an online course, “Making Your Case”
  • Organizes a Lobby Day at the Capitol every other year
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Communication Service for the Deaf

A statewide non-profit agency providing direct services to the deaf and hard of hearing communities.

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www.csd.org

Address:
2800 Rice St., Suite 154
St. Paul, MN 55113

Phone:Toll Free: (844) 222-0002

Email: Aaron Gutzke: agutzke@c-s-d.org

About: A statewide non-profit agency providing direct services to the deaf and hard of hearing communities including (in addition to those listed below): post-secondary tutoring, community education, and information/referral resources are available.

The Adult Education Program: Adult Basic Education (ABE), Computer Training, Citizenship Training, GED, and ESL programming Contact: Sarah Hoggard, (V) 612-234-5371, (VP) 651-243-4709, education@csd.org

The Deaf Domestic Violence Program Contact: Stephanie Ritenour, VP: 651-829-9089, sritenour@csd.org

Interpreting Services: Vineya (online only) www.govineya.com

Captioning Services: http://www.csd.org/services/captioning/

Marketing to Deaf Audiences: http://www.csd.org/services/creative/

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Cued Speech Association of Minnesota, Inc.

The Cued Speech Association of Minnesota provides information and support regarding the use of Cued Speech for deaf and hard of hearing children in educational and social settings.

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www.cuedspeechminnesota.org

Address:
5056 3rd Street NE
Fridley, MN 55421

Phone: 763-502-6737

Email: info@cuedspeechminnesota.org

About: Services include: information and research sheets about Cued Speech; family, professional, national, and educational contacts; social events; Cued Speech transliterator certification information; Cued Speech workshops; annual newsletter; and Cued Speech retreat.

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Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services (DHHS)

Assist deaf, deafblind, and hard of hearing Minnesotans and their families effectively access services in their communities.

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mn.gov/dhs/people-we-serve/adults/services/deaf-hard-of-hearing/

Address:
85 East Seventh Place, Suite 105
St. Paul, MN 55101

Phone: 651-431-5940 (V ) Metro Area
651-964-1514 (VP) Metro Area
888-206-6513 (TTY) Metro Area

Email: dhhs.metro@state.mn.us

About: For the phone and addresses of DHHS Offices in other areas of the state, call the metro office or visit the website for the location of the DHHS Office nearest you.

DHHS provides information, resources, and empowerment opportunities to assist deaf, deafblind, and hard of hearing Minnesotans and their families effectively access services in their communities. Five regional DHHS offices serve Minnesotans of any age who are deaf, hard of hearing, late deafened, or deaf/blind, as well as parents and family members, public and private service providers, employers and businesses, and other interested individuals and the community at large. DHHS is part of the Minnesota Department of Human Services (see separate listing).

Services include: information and referral, direct client assistance, consultation, trainings, a technology lab, videotape/DVD loan program, and interpreter referral information. DHHS also operates a Telephone Equipment Distribution (TED) Program that provides special telephone equipment at no cost to people who have a hearing loss, speech impairment, or physical disability that limits one’s ability to dial or hold a standard phone. See separate listing for TED in this directory.

A complete list of all Mental Health providers for deaf and hard of hearing individuals compiled by Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services can be found on their website.

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Deaf Mentor Family Program

Deaf Mentor Family Program, at Lifetrack, focuses on the communication needs of families with children who are deaf and hard of hearing from birth to age 6.

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https://lifetrack-mn.org/programs-services/deaf-hard-of-hearing-outreach-services/deaf-mentor-family-program.html

Address:
709 University Avenue West
St. Paul, MN 55104

Phone: 651.705.6948 (VP)

Email: Danelleg@lifetrack-mn.org

About: The Deaf Mentor Family program assists these families by providing instruction in American Sign Language, early visual communication methods, and Deaf Culture, through a trained Deaf Mentor.

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DeafBlind Services of Minnesota

DeafBlind Services of Minnesota aims to assist Deaf/Blind children and adults in reaching their highest level of independence.

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www.dbsmllc.org

Address:
1936 Lyndale Ave S
Minneapolis, MN 55403

Phone: 612-362-8454 (V)
612-331-2234 (TTY)
952-388-2102 (VP)

Email:

About: The Children, Youth and Family Services (CYFS) program serves Deaf/Blind children from birth through age 21.

Services include: development of an Individual Goal Activity plan that is implemented with the help of Interveners who meet with children and youth on a weekly basis. Programs and services are tailored to meet each individual’s goals and needs.

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DeafMN.com

Deaf Minnesota is an electronic bulletin board for events relevant to the Deaf Community in the state of Minnesota.

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http://deafmn.com/

Email: deafmn@signcasts.com

Director: Brien Mcnamara brein@signcasts.com

VP: 651-964-2841

About: DeafMN.com is the successor to Tcdeaf.com. Tcdeaf.com was for all Minnesotans, but the name only reflected the Twin Cities. We have also updated the site in various ways to better serve all Minnesotans. Our new website is only the start of this process. We hope to continue to improve the website to make it easier to use, to be more inclusive and more strongly responsive to the needs of our members. We value your input so please let us know how we can better serve you.

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Family Tree Clinic

We have been around for nearly 50 years and during those years, we’ve never turned a patient away if they couldn’t pay.

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Web Address: https://www.familytreeclinic.org/

Address: 1619 Dayton Ave #205
St. Paul, MN 55104

Call/Text: 651-645-0478

About:

Our services is affordable, accessible, and confidential. Our providers are committed to involving you in the decision-making process, making sure you get all your questions answered, and your needs met.

Education is a tool for prevention and better overall health. We offer comprehensive outreach education services around the metro area and statewide. Our community education department focuses on teaching comprehensive sexuality education classes in schools, community settings, colleges, and to groups in correctional facilities.

We also have a health education department that serves the Deaf and Hard of Hearing communities, either in a classroom setting or one-on-one. It's the only program like it in the state.



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Family Voices of Minnesota

Family Voices aims to achieve family-centered care for all children and youth with special health care needs and/or disabilities.

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http://familyvoicesofminnesota.org/

Phone: (Toll Free) 1-866-334-8444
(Voice) 612-440-1609

Email: network@familyvoicesofminnesota.org

About: Through our state and national networks, we provide families tools to make informed decisions, advocate for improved public and private policies, build partnerships among professionals and families, and serve as a trusted resource on health care.

What Does Family Voices of Minnesota Do?

  • Provides families information about community resources and supports
  • Connects families of children with special health care needs and disabilities with one another
  • Promotes patient and family-centered care including family and youth involvement in program and policy development, implementation and evaluation
  • Promotes cultural competence across all systems
  • Collaborates with other health and disability organizations and state agencies
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Fraser

Fraser is a nationally renowned Minnesota nonprofit serving children and adults with special needs.

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www.fraser.org

Address:
2400 West 64th Street

Minneapolis, MN 55423

Phone: General inquiries: 612-861-1688 (V)
Clinical intake: 612-767-7222 (V)

Email: fraser@fraser.org

About: Fraser is a nationally renowned Minnesota nonprofit serving children and adults with special needs through comprehensive education, healthcare and housing services. Fraser is a leading provider of autism services in Minnesota.

One of the largest community resources of its kind, Fraser offers a lifelong spectrum of services:

  • diagnostic evaluations
  • comprehensive mental health services including individual and group therapy
  • rehabilitation services including physical, occupational, speech-language, and music therapy
  • child care and education for children with typical needs and special needs
  • housing for adults and children with developmental disabilities
  • workshops and seminars for parents, caregivers and professionals
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Greater Minnesota Psychological Assessments for Deaf/Hard of Hearing and Deafblind Children(GM Launch PAD)

GM Launch PAD is a program funded by a generous grant from Deaf/Hard of Hearing Services, a division of the MN Department of Human Services.

http://www.metroecsu.org/programsServices/specialEducation/gmlaunchpad.html

Phone: 612-638-1500

Email: info@metroecsu.org

About: GM Launch PAD is an exciting new program, funded by a generous grant from Deaf/Hard of Hearing Services, a division of the MN Department of Human Services. We provide culturally affirmative psychological assessments to Deaf, Hard of Hearing & Deafblind children, ages 0-21, who live in Greater Minnesota (outside the 7 county metro area) & attend a school operated by the MN Department of Education Psychologists travel to the child’s school or county offices to evaluate children. Travel costs are financed by grant funds. Medical insurance, educational third party billing, county funding & vocational rehabilitation funding options will be explored in order to cover the costs of psychological testing. In cases where the child does not have insurance or does not have adequate coverage, grant funds are available for financial assistance. Referrals are welcome from the child (18 or older), parents, families, school staff, county social workers, legal guardians

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Health and Wellness Program

Part of the Behavioral Health Department at Regions Hospital serving deaf and hard of hearing People.

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https://www.healthpartners.com/care/hospitals/regi...

Address:
3900 Northwoods Dr. Suite 330

Arden Hills, Minnesota 55112

Phone: 651-787-9600

Email: Kristen.L.Swan@healthpartners.com
(non secure; clients are encouraged to use on-line services for email through the HealthPartners portal system)

Contact number: 651-787-9612

About: The staff has offices at Regions Hospital, Maplewood Behavioral Health, and Minneapolis at the Hennepin County Health Center.

Services include: Individual, couple and family psychotherapy services to deaf, deaf blind, hard of hearing, cochlear implant candidates/recipients, and newly deafened people of all ages; community education and training, and consultation with other providers. Psychologists are available to work with hearing parents of deaf and hard of hearing children regarding a range of issues, including issues related to the child’s hearing loss.

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Hearing Loss Association of America: Twin Cities Chapter (HLAA TC)

The Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA) is the nation's leading organization representing people with hearing loss.

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www.hlaatc.org

Address:
PO Box 26021

Minneapolis, MN 55426

Phone: 763-447-9672 (V, TTY, CapTel)

Email: president@hlaatc.org

About: HLAA TC holds meetings each month (except June, July and Aug.) on the 3rd Sat. of the month. Our meetings run from 9:30 AM to Noon, in the 2nd floor board room at Courage Center. See signs on the wall for directions to the meeting room. The Courage Center is located at 3915 Golden Valley Road in Golden Valley, MN 55422.

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Help Me Grow

Help Me Grow has many resources about the development of young children for parents and professionals.

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www.helpmegrowmn.org

Phone: 1-866-693-4769

Email: MDE.ECSE@state.mn.us

About: Help Me Grow has many resources about the development of young children for parents and professionals. These resources include information on developmental milestones, YouTube videos, caregiver strategies to support development, screening and evaluation, and how to talk about developmental concerns.

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Hope and Healing Family Counseling

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Website: http://www.hopeandhealingmn.com/

2499 Rice Street Suite 70

Roseville MN 55113

Phone: 651-484-4184

Fax: 651-484-4051

About:

Hope and Healing Counseling , LLC (HHFC) is a private practice that provides child-focused, trauma-informed mental health services to children, adolescents and families. We empower our clients through play therapy and other means to express their feelings in productive ways, engage in a journey to healing and feel encouraged to move beyond their difficult situation to healthy choices. parents and caregivers are invited to join us as valuable partners in their child's experience

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InterpreterReferral.org

Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services Division (DHHS) at the Minnesota Department of Human Services operates this website.

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mn.gov/dhs/interpreter-referral

About: It is a valuable source of information about sign language interpreters, how to use them, and how to find them.

Services include: locating a sign language interpreter in Minnesota, locating an interpreter for an emergency, information about how to work with a sign language interpreter, information about services for deaf, hard of hearing, and deaf/blind individuals, and information about federal and state laws related to communication access and interpreters.

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Merriam Park Branch Library

Merriam Park Branch Library maintains a Deaf and Hard of Hearing Collection of books and DVDs for children and adults.

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http://www.sppl.org

Address:
1831 Marshall Ave.
St. Paul, MN 55104

Phone: 651-642-0385 (V)
651-298-4184 (TTY)

Email: branch.merriam@ci.stpaul.mn.us

About: Merriam Park Branch Library maintains a Deaf and Hard of Hearing Collection of books and DVDs for children and adults related to such issues as American Sign Language, hearing loss, and Deaf heritage. The library also collaborates with organizations to improve library access for deaf and hard of hearing people.

Library materials are available to anyone with a current library card from a public library in Minnesota, and may also be requested through interlibrary loan through your local library. An online catalog lists the materials in the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Collection by title, author, and subject.

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Minnesota Academy of Audiology

The Minnesota Academy of Audiology is the hearing and balance authority.

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www.minnesotaaudiology.org

Address:
N 92nd St.

Milwaukee, WI 53222

Phone: 612-470-8191 (V)

About: The Minnesota Academy of Audiology is committed to developing and supporting audiologists. This is accomplished through leadership in legislative advocacy, best practices, high ethical standards and education of members, healthcare professionals and the public.

MAA is primarily a professional organization for audiologists. We provide referral information to individuals and families who need assistance with hearing and balance issues. Other outreach services include low-cost hearing screenings at area health fairs, participation in high school career fairs, and scholarships for high school seniors pursuing post-secondary education.

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Minnesota Association of Deaf Citizens, Inc. (MADC)

MADC is a non-profit organization serving and representing Minnesotans who are deaf, deafblind or hard of hearing.

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www.minndeaf.org

Address:
1824 Marshall Avenue
St Paul, MN 55104

Email: board@minndeaf.org

About: Services include: advocating for the social, cultural, and economic status of people in Minnesota with hearing loss, and protecting their rights as citizens.

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Minnesota Chemical Dependency Program for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Individuals

A specialized program designed to meet the communication and cultural needs of deaf and hard of hearing persons.

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https://www.mhealth.org/

Address:
2450 Riverside Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55454

Phone: 800-282-3323 (V)
651-964-1427 (VP)
Fax: 612-273-4516

Email: deafhoh1@fairview.org

About: Services include: individual and group therapy, lectures, spirituality group, recreational therapy, grief group, vocational rehabilitation education sessions, participation in Twelve Step groups, comprehensive assessment services, and aftercare planning.

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Minnesota Deaf Blind Project

A team of dedicated individuals committed to supporting services to children and youth with a combined vision and hearing loss.

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www.dbproject.mn.org

Address:
2 Pine Tree Dr., Suite 101
Arden Hills, MN 55112

Phone: Toll Free: (800) 848-4905

Office: 612-638-1505

Email: mndbprojectinfo@metroecsu.org


Deanna Rothbauer

Project Coordinator/Interim Family Engagement Coordinator

Email: deanna.rothbauer@metroecsu.org

Phone: 612-638-1531


Ann Mayes

Statewide Education Consultant

Email: ann.mayes@metroecsu.org

Phone: 612-638-1527


About: Services include: support services for families and school teams, workshops, materials resource center, technical assistance, and training.

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Minnesota Department of Education

Improve the well-being of Deaf and Hard of Hearing children and families through partnerships and educational programs.

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http://education.state.mn.us/mde/index.html

Address:
1500 Highway 36 West
Roseville, MN 55113-4266

Phone: (507) 412-5214 (VP)

Email: mary.cashman-bakken@state.mn.us

About: MN Department of Education Early Learning Services

Help Me Grow” Online Referral (See MNH&V online directory for links)

“Help Me Grow” Toll-Free Information and Referral Telephone Line: 1-866-693-GROW (4769)

Infant and Toddler Intervention Services (Birth through Two years of age) and Preschool Special Education (Three to Five years of age)

Minnesota’s Infant and Toddler Intervention system is a partnership between the Departments of Education, Health and Human Services and families with young children, ages birth to two. The Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) oversees this system. Families who have an infant or toddler with developmental delays, disabilities, or certain health conditions work together with local service providers to access services and resources to help their child grow and develop. These services are provided under federal law, the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). Part C of IDEA requires that eligible infants and toddlers and their families have access to services based upon their individual needs. For children ages birth through two years of age, Infant and Toddler Intervention Services are provided to eligible children and their families through Individualized Family Service Plans (IFSP). Under three years of age, a child who is Deaf or Hard of Hearing is eligible for services with a certain level of diagnosed permanent hearing loss; the child does not need to show any developmental delays. Following an evaluation of the child’s development and discussion of the family’s needs and goals, each family’s IFSP is developed by parents/caregivers and early intervention professionals from a variety of different agencies and support organizations as appropriate to each child. In addition to ongoing developmental assessments, early intervention may include home visits by early intervention professionals, coordination of services from a variety of agencies, assistive technology, help with accessing county or health services, parent-to-parent support, information about local, state, and national resources—and a host of other family-focused services.

Preschool Special Education Services are provided to eligible children ages three to five years of age through their local public school districts. The types of educational services and settings provided will vary according to the individual learning needs of each child. Following an evaluation of the child’s development that determines if the child is eligible for special education services, an Individual Education Program (IEP) is written together with the family and frequently reviewed to support the child’s continued learning.

Children who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing may be eligible for special education support services in their local public school districts specific to their unique learning needs throughout their school years under IDEA, Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. (For more information, please see Special Education Services: Deaf Hard of Hearing using the link below.)

An interactive website developed by the Minnesota Department of Education http://MNParentsKnow.info provides a wealth of information for parents and the public, including topics specific to parent needs and concerns related to child development, learning and health. It also provides interactive tools that parents can use to find Minnesota-specific information and resources. For more information on programs, services and resources for “newborns,” children who are “0-2 years of age,” or “3-5 years of age” with special needs and their families, go to the appropriate age section and click on “Your Child with Special Needs.”

Minnesota Special Education Services (See MNH&V online directory for links)

Special Education Services: Deaf and Hard of Hearing (See MNH&V online directory for links)

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Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED): Vocational Rehabilitation Services

Assist Minnesotans with disabilities to reach their goals for working and living in the community.

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http://mn.gov/deed/job-seekers/disabilities/

Address:
540 Fairview Ave N Ste 103

St. Paul, MN 55104

Phone: 651-259-7114 or Greater Minnesota 800-657-3858
Fax: 651-642-0662

Email: Elise.Knopf@state.mn.us

About: Parents and families of transition aged youth can find a variety of school and work support and services (e.g. assessment, counseling, career planning, post-secondary training, assistive technology, job placement), delivered through a team of Rehabilitation Counselors serving consumers who are Deaf and Hard of Hearing at various locations.

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Minnesota Department of Health Early Hearing Detection and Intervention (EHDI)

Assist deaf, deafblind, and hard of hearing Minnesotans and their families effectively access services in their communities.

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www.health.state.mn.us/newbornscreening

Newborn Screening Program

Address:
P.O Box 64899
601 North Robert St.
St. Paul, MN 55164-0899

Phone: (651) 201-5466 (V)
Toll Free: (800) 664-7772 (V)
Fax: (651)-215-6285

E-mail: health.newbornscreening@state.mn.us

Long term Follow-up: After Diagnosis

Children and Youth with Special Health Needs Program (CYSHN)

Address:
PO Box 64882
85 E. 7th Place
St. Paul, MN 55164-0882

Phone: (651) 201-3650 (V)
Toll Free: (800) 728-5420 (V)
Fax: (651) 201-3655

Website: www.improveehdi.org/mn

E-mail: health.cyshn@state.mn.us

About: Detection of hearing loss as early as possible gives families a chance to help maximize their children’s developmental potential. Minnesota state law mandates newborn hearing screening. Hospitals are required to screen babies’ hearing before discharge. The hospitals and providers who complete outpatient hearing rescreening or audiologic assessment are also obligated to report the results to the Newborn Screening Program, the infant’s clinic, and the parents.

Newborn hearing screening is the first part of a comprehensive EHDI program at the Minnesota Department of Health. The Newborn Screening program provides follow-up to ensure that every baby who does not pass hearing screening has timely and appropriate follow-up and audiologic evaluation according to best practice standards. Once identification of hearing loss is confirmed, the Children and Youth with Special Health Needs (CYSHN) program assures that families have access to appropriate and timely intervention, statewide services, and resources. We contract with Minnesota Hands & Voices to provide parent to parent support to families of children newly identified with hearing loss.

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Minnesota Department of Human Services

The Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS) oversees publicly funded health care programs.

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http://mn.gov/dhs/

Address:
P.O. Box 64998
St. Paul , MN 55164-0998

Phone: DHS Info desk: 651-431-2000
Toll Free: 800-627-3529 (MN Relay)

Email: DHS.info@state.mn.us

About: Services include: a range of health care, home, and community-based services for individuals, and families meeting income guidelines.

DHS also has several other programs specifically designed for Minnesotans who are deaf or hard of hearing. See separate listings for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services, the Telephone Equipment Distribution Program, and the Minnesota Commission Serving Deaf, DeafBlind, and Hard of Hearing Minnesotans.

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Minnesota Disability Law Center

The Minnesota Disability Law Center addresses the unique legal needs of persons with disabilities.

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http://www.mndlc.org

Address:
430 First Avenue North, Suite 300
Minneapolis, MN 55401‐1780

Phone: (612) 334‐5970 (V)
(612) 332‐4668 (TTY)
Toll Free: (800) 292‐4150 (V)

Email: info@mylegalaid.org

About: Services include: free civil legal assistance to individuals with disabilities on legal issues such as abuse and neglect, right violations, habilitation services, special education, access to public services, public accommodation, case management, vocational rehabilitation services, and assistive technology.

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Minnesota Regional Low Incidence Facilitators

Educational services through school districts and the directors of special education for children who have needs that are less common.

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About: These projects are state-wide (Metro and Greater/Rural-MN). Families who have a child who is deaf/hard-of-hearing that has or has not been referred to their local early intervention program and have questions about children who are deaf/hard-of-hearing or educational audiological services can contact their regional low incidence facilitator to find out contact information regarding local educational consultants for deaf/hard-of-hearing children (birth – age 21).

Region 1 & 2 Northwest

Nicole Eck
Region 1 & 2 Director's Association

P.O. Box 974
Bemidji, MN 56619
Phone: (218) 751-6622 ex. 41
Fax: (218) 751-6625
neck@bric.k12.mn.us
https://regions1and2.com/

Region 3 Northeast

Northern Lights Special Education Cooperative
16 East Hwy 61
Esko, MN 55733
Phone: (218) 655-5018
Fax: (218) 421‐4511
dhagen@nlsec.k12.mn.us
https://www.northlandsped.org/page/2580

Region 4 Westcentral

Jill Skarvold
Lakes Country Service Cooperative
1001 East Mount Faith
Fergus Falls, MN 56537
Phone: (218) 770-1112
Fax: (218) 739-2459
jskarvold@lcsc.org
www.lcsc.org

Region 5 & 7

Nan Records

Sourcewell

202 12th Street NE

P.O Box 219

Staples, MN 56479

Phone: (612) 298-3270

nan.records@sourcewell-mn.gov

www.sourcewell-mn.gov

Region 6 & 8 Southwest
Mary Palmer, Willmar
(320) 231-5184
mary.palmer@swsc.org

Region 9 Southcentral

Erin Toninato
South Central Service Cooperative
2075 Lookout Drive
North Mankato, MN 56003
Phone: (507) 389-1914
Fax: (507) 389-1772
etoninato@mnscsc.org
www.mnscsc.org

Region 10 Southeast
Christian Wernau, Byron
(507) 775-2037
cwernau@zumbroed.org


Region 11 Metro
Ingrid Aasan, St. Anthony
(612) 638-1517
ingrid.aasan@metroecsu.org


Low Incidence State-Wide

Aaron Barnes
Minnesota Department of Education
1500 Highway 36 West
Roseville, MN 55113-4266
Phone: (651) 582-8592
Fax: (651) 582-8729
TTY: (651) 582-8201
Aaron.Barnes@state.mn.us

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Minnesota Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (MRID)

A non-profit organization of professional interpreters, consumers, and interested persons.

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www.mrid.org

Address:
PO Box 4414
St. Paul, MN 55104

Email: info@mrid.org

About: Services include: Provide state/local forums and continuing education opportunities to ensure growth and development of the interpreting profession. Provides information about state interpreting standard practices and acts as platform for community announcements. Collaborates to support relevant legislative action.

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Minnesota Relay

A free telecommunications service that allows persons with hearing or speech disabilities to place and receive telephone calls.

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www.mnrelay.org

Phone: Minnesota Relay: 711 or 1-800-627-3529 (Voice/TTY/ASCII/HCO)
Speech-to-Speech: 1-877-627-3848
Voice Carry Over Direct: 1-877-627-3024
Two-Line Voice Carry Over: 1-866-855-4611
Spanish Relay: 1-877-627-5448
24-hour Customer Service: 1-800-676-3777 (Voice, TTY, ASCII)

Email: mn.relay@state.mn.us

About: A specially trained communications assistant (CA) facilitates the telephone conversation between a person with a hearing or speech disability and other individuals. Calls can be made to anywhere in the world (long distance charges apply), 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. All calls are completely confidential.

For additional information:

Minnesota Relay Outreach Office: 651-602-9005 (Voice)

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Minnesota Resource Center: Deaf/Hard of Hearing

A statewide technical assistance resource addressing special education and service for students who are deaf or hard of hearing.

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http://education.state.mn.us/MDE/fam/resctr/

Address:
1500 Highway 36 West
Roseville, MN 55113-4266

Phone: 507-412-5214 (VP)

Email: mary.cashman-bakken@state.mn.us

About: The center is part of the Minnesota Department of Education. Services include: technical assistance, workshops, special events, and an advisory committee all focused on improving services for DHH children 0-21.

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Minnesota Resource Libraries (MNRL): Deaf/Hard of Hearing

A statewide library providing information and resources to help families and educators meet the educational needs of Minnesota Children and youth who have a hearing and or vision loss.

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MN Resource Libraries

Address:
615 Olof Hanson Dr.
Faribault, MN 55021

Phone: 507-384-6650 (V)
507-412-8904 (VP)

Email:

MN.Resource.Libraries@msa.state.mn.us

or

matthew.kevan@msa.state.mn.us

About: The MN Resource Libraries is a free lending library in the state of MN providing access to a variety of resources for parents, educators, psychologists and other academic related service providers working with children who are Deaf/Hard of Hearing and/or Blind/Visually Impaired

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Minnesota Special Education Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) Services

Assists students, parents, schools, and agencies to resolve conflicts regarding special education issues.

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www.education.state.mn.us

Address:
1500 Highway 36 West
Roseville, MN 55113

Phone: 651-582-8222 (V)
Toll Free: 1-866-466-7367
Fax: 651-582-8498
MN Relay Service: 800-627-3529 (TTY)

About: Services include: mediation and neutral facilitation of education planning meetings – Individualized Education Plan (IEP) and Individual Family Service Plan (IFSP).

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Minnesota Speech-Language-Hearing Association (MSHA)

MSHA is a statewide professional organization for audiologists and speech-language pathologists.

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www.mnsha.org

Address:
c/o Craven Management Associates
700 McKnight Park Drive, Suite 708

Phone: 651-290-6292

Email: office@mnsha.org

About: The organization promotes prevention, assessment, and treatment of communication disorders and the study of normal and disordered human communication. Audiologists and speech-language pathologists have completed graduate degrees and may be licensed by the State of Minnesota. The Minnesota Speech-Language-Hearing Association is a recognized state association from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.

Services include: consumer referrals, legislative representation, continuing education, networking, newsletter, professional placement, and membership for professionals.

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MN Hands & Voices at Lifetrack

Building better lives for children who are deaf and hard of hearing by providing parent-to-parent support to families throughout the state of Minnesota.

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Address:
709 University Ave West
St. Paul, MN 55104

Phone: 651-265-2435 (V)
Toll Free: (866) 346-4543 (DHOHKID)
Video Phone: (866) 261-0857
Fax: (651) 265-2318

Email: MNHV@lifetrackmn.org

About: Trained Parent Guides are located in six regions around Greater Minnesota, as well as staff located in the Metro area to continue to assist families and offer support, information, and referral to families. We also have culturally-specific Parent Guides to assist parents who are Deaf, from NE African, SE Asian and Spanish-speaking communities. All of our Parent Guides are themselves, parents of children who are deaf and hard of hearing. They are passionate about supporting families with whatever personal choices they make regarding their child who is deaf or hard of hearing. Parents contacting MN Hands & Voices can obtain information about a wide variety of topics such as American Sign Language, educational options, Cued Speech, parenting, assistive technology, and auditory training.

Services include: information and referral, FOCUS newsletter, educational workshops, networking opportunities, and connections to other parents with children who are deaf and hard of hearing. The program's website has many sections that can assist families in better understanding key issues and options.  MN Hands & Voices is a chapter of the Hands & Voices HQ organization:  www.handsandvoices.org.


We have 3 interwoven programs: Parent Guide Program - Trained Parent Guides are located throughout Minnesota and provide culturally appropriate guidance to parents from NE African, SE Asian and Spanish-speaking communities. All Parent Guides are also parents of children who are deaf and hard of hearing.


Deaf and Hard of Hearing Guide Program- We are a diverse group of DHH adults with a wide range of experiences related to our individual hearing levels. We focus exclusively on the needs of families and their children who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing (DHH). DHH Guides act as unbiased resources and help the family/student identify practical solutions for navigating some of the common challenges that Deaf/Hard of Hearing children may experience.


Contact Heidy Nazario, DHH Guide Program Supervisor Email: heidy.nazario@lifetrackmn.org            

 Text: 612-297-6603 (preferred)  

 Captioned phone: 651-789-0363


Educational Advocacy Program (ASTra) - Minnesota Hands & Voices provides educational advocacy support and resources to families who need guidance through special education law and creating educational plans for their DHH student. While we are not attorneys and we can not give legal advice, we feel strongly that ASTra Advocates can be great assets to families in need of direct support of educational process and/or increase their confidence in advocating for their children.


Contact Robin Coninx at 651-265-2334 or Shannon Hohrman at 218-350-0771

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MNHandsandVoices

Página de Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ManosyVocesdeMN

Instagram: mnhandsandvoices

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National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)

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https://namimn.org/about-nami-minnesota/

Website: https://namimn.org

Address:

919 University Avenue West Suite 400

St. Paul, MN 55104


Phone: 651-645-2948


Toll free: 1-888-NAMI-Helps (1-888-626-4435)


Fax: 651-645-7379


Email: namihelps@namimn.org


NAMI Minnesota (National Alliance on Mental Illness) is a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the lives of children and adults with mental illnesses and their families. For over 40 years, NAMI Minnesota has worked to promote the development of community mental health programs and services, change public attitudes about mental illnesses, improve access to services and increase opportunities for recovery.

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PACER Center (Parent Advocacy Coalition for Educational Rights)

PACER focuses on educational rights, with programs addressing special needs for all stages of childhood and all disabilities.

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www.pacer.org

Address:
8161 Normandale Boulevard
Minneapolis, MN 55437-1044

Phone: 952-838-9000 (V) Toll Free: (800) 53-PACER

Email: pacer@pacer.org

About: PACER operates on the principles of parents helping parents, supporting families, promoting a safe environment for all children, and working in collaboration with others.

PACER’s mission is to “expand opportunities and enhance the quality of life of children, youth, and young adults with all disabilities and their families, so each person can reach his or her highest potential.

Services include: staff support to answer questions and offer one-on-one help, publications, puppet programs for elementary students, workshops for parents and professionals, legislative information, and web-based resources. Programs cover a wide variety of topics such as early childhood, bullying prevention, transition planning, multicultural services, health, and assistive technology.

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Saint Paul College - American Sign Language

Offers a variety of American Sign Language classes, an American Sign Language Studies Certificate and a Sign Language Interpreter/Transliteration AAS Program.

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http://www.saintpaul.edu

Address:

235 Marshall Ave

St. Paul MN, 55102

Services include: American Sign Language classes levels one through five; classes related to specific aspects of ASL and Deaf culture; and sign interpreter/transliterator preparation. Classes are available day and evening, offering convenient and affordable options for parents and adult family members seeking ASL instruction.

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St. Catherine University

A liberal arts university that offers ASL and interpreting programs.

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https://www2.stkate.edu/asl/home

Address:
2004 Randolph Avenue #4291
St. Paul, MN 55105

Phone: 651-690-6770 (V)
612-913-4326 (VP)

Email: asl@stkate.edu

About: The university has a unique focus on health care interpreting, and also provides resources related to Deaf/Blind and educational interpreting.

Services include: ASL classes and information about health care interpreting.

For admissions and financial aid information:
(651) 690-6933 or (800) 945-4599
admissions@stkate.edu

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St. Paul/Minneapolis Black Deaf Advocates, Chapter #25

The first and largest consumer organization for deaf and hard of hearing people of color.

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www.nbda.org

Email: stpaulmplsbda@gmail.com

Address:

1415 Jessamine Ave W #211

St. Paul, MN 55108

About: The National BDA was established in the United States and Minnesota BDA was founded in 1997. It has “an active and motivated membership who meets monthly in the public library across from Thompson Hall.”

Services include: advocacy, membership, and social activities.

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Telephone Equipment Distribution (TED) Program

Provides specialized telephone equipment to eligible deaf, deafblind, hard of hearing, speech, and physically disabled persons.

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mn.gov/dhs/ted-program

Address:
444 Lafayette Road N.
St. Paul, MN 55155-3814

Phone: 800-657-3663 (V)
888-206-6555 (TTY)
651-964-1514 (VP)

Email: ted.program@state.mn.us

About: To see if you qualify for the program, call the number listed above and they will send you an application. TED Program regional specialists assist qualified individuals in getting the equipment they need. They also provide free presentations to agencies. The TED program is operated through the regional offices of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services (DHHS) Division. See separate listings for more information about DHHS and the Minnesota Department of Human Services.

The equipment is on long-term loan from the State of Minnesota. Telephone equipment loaned out include amplified corded and cordless phone, CapTel phones (a telephone that uses a speech recognition software to provide captioning to the user), light flashing ring signalers, amplified telephones, loud ringers, hands-free speaker phones, TTYs/TDDs, large visual display TTYs, and Braille phones.

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Therapeutic Services Agency (TSA)

Offers highly effective, culturally affirmative mental health services to children and adolescents (birth to 22 years old), who are deaf, deafblind, or hard of hearing and who are experiencing difficulties due to emotional and behavioral problems.

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Website:

www.hoperealized.com/programs-services/deaf-and-hard-of-hearing

Contact Information:

Jacqlyn Davoll, Program Manager

PhoneL 218-343-6196

FaxL 651-925-0071

jdavoll@tsapc.net

Address: 220 Railroad St. SE Pine City, MN 55063

About:

TSA therapists in the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Program have extensive knowledge about the specific mental, physical, emotional or behavioral problems, and communication needs of children (birth to 22) who are deaf, deafblind, or hard of hearing. They understand how these needs may increase anxiety, influence behavior, family life, social relationship, and school performances. The therapists are fluent in ASL and they are familiar with Deaf culture.

Services include Psychological Assessment, Individual Psychotherapy, Family Psychotherapy, Individual Skills, Family Skills, Psychoeducational Services, and Rehabilitative Services (CTSS).

Services can be provided at school, home, private roms in community spaces. Telehealth videos conferencing may be available. In addition, we have offices in Duluth, Moorhead, and Mankato.

Fees can be billed to Medical Assistance, PMAP, or most major insurance plans. For children who are uninsured or uninsured., grant funds may be available. TSA receives grant support from the Minnesota Department of Human Services- Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services Division.

Referrals can be made by going to TSA website and downloading a referral form fro the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Program. Returning via email or fax. Referrals can also be made over the phone 218.343.6196.

Services are currently available in the following Minnesota counties:

NE: Aitkin, Carlton, Cook, Itasca, Koochiching, Lake, and St. Louis

NW: Becker, Beltrami, Cass, Clay, Clearwater, Douglas, Grant, Hubbard, Kittson, lake of the Woods, Mahnomen, Marshall, Norman, Otter Tail, Pennington, Polk, Pope, Red Lake, Roseau, Stevens,Traverse, Wadena, and Wilkin.

East Central: Pine and Chisago

SW: Big Stone, Chippewa, Cottonwood, Jackson, Lac que Parle, Lincoln, Lyon, Murray, Nobles, Pipestone, Redwood, Rock, Swift, and Yellow Medicine.

South Central: Blue Earth, Brown, Faribault, La Sueur, Martin, Nicollet, Sibley, Waseca, and Watonwan.


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ThinkSelf

Minnesota Deaf Adult Education & Advocacy

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https://thinkself.org/

Address:
2375 University Ave W, Suite 110
St. Paul, MN 55114

(see website for other locations)


VP: (651) 243-4709

Voice: (651) 405-4472


education@thinkself.org


Advocacy: Statewide support and resources to end the cycle of violence and create a healthier Deaf, DeafBlind, and hard of hearing community.
VP: (651) 829-9089
advocates@thinkself.org


FaceTime (651) 280-7878

Glide@thinkselfadvocates


Email: info@thinkself.org

About: ThinkSelf’s mission is to offer resources, education & support to Minnesota Deaf, DeafBlind and Hard of Hearing adults seeking full access to options for learning, safety, justice, employment skills, and community.

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University of Minnesota Department of Speech-Language-Hearing Sciences

Provides a range of hearing services for children and adults of all ages with communication impairments associated with hearing loss.

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www.slhs.umn.edu

Address:
164 Pillsbury Drive S.E.
Minneapolis, MN 55455-0279

Phone: 612-624-3322 (V)
Fax: 612-624-7586

Email: slhs@umn.edu

About: A sliding fee scale is available for families with documented financial need.

Services include: hearing evaluations, hearing aid/assistive listening device evaluation and dispensing, individual speech and language assessment and therapy, auditory therapy, parent discussion, and support groups.

Office Hours: Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Central Time.

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VONA Center for Mental Health by Volunteers of America of MN

Offers diverse, culturally competent, high-quality mental health services for children, adolescents, and their families.

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http://www.voamnwi.org/dhh-mental-health

Phone: (763) 225-4052(V)
(612) 326-4255 (VP)

Email: jmonson@voamn.org (Senior Manager of Clinical Services)

About: These services may take place in the clinic office, school or home setting and are individualized to meet the unique needs of each child and their family. Our team of professionals who work with deaf, deafblind, and hard of hearing children are fluent in sign language and knowledgeable about Deaf Culture. Treatment is designed with an understanding of the impact hearing loss has on social, emotional, and cognitive development and is provided in the language/communication mode that is most comfortable for the child and family.

The Clinics’ multidisciplinary team of professional staff focus on helping children, adolescents and their families’ cope with and manage emotional/behavior problems and disturbances, depression, anxiety, ADHD, parent/child conflict, grief and loss issues, attachment issues, trauma etc. In addition, our team has specialized expertise to meet the mental health needs of children and adolescents who are living in foster care, returning home from out-of-home placement, as well as culturally and language specific services for those who are deaf/hard of hearing, deaf blind or people with vision loss.

Professional mental health services include psychiatric assessment, evaluation and services; medication management; psychological assessment and psychological testing; individual psychotherapy; family psychotherapy; group psychotherapy; group counseling; and family and parent education.

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