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Description: A list of factsheets and articles related to DeafBlindness.
Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services Division - Services and Resources
Description: "Whether you are culturally
deaf, oral deaf, late deafened, hard of hearing, deafblind, or a friend,
coworker, or family member of a person with hearing loss, youâ€™ve
come to the right place. Here you can find information about services
designed to meet your needs. Learn about assistive technology, sign
language interpreters, your legal rights, and more."
Books About Disabilities
Description: Grouped by age group/grade level,
these books help siblings and classmates understand what it is like
to live with a disability. Grandchildren and other young loved ones
may benefit from these stories.
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- See also What
are the Causes of DeafBlindness? on our FAQ page.
& Hearing Association
Description: "nonprofit organization
dedicated to preventing the needless loss of vision and hearing through
effective screening, education, and research. This site provides public
information about vision and hearing topics as well as information regarding
our products and services."
Description: Provides a way to get a general
idea of what the world may sound like to a person with hearing loss,
based on his or her audiogram pattern. Please note auditory perception
varies across individuals; two people with the same audiogram on paper
may experience sound differently.
of Hearing Terms and Definitions
Description: "some terms and their definitions
that you may come across as you learn about deaf and hard of hearing
- Book: Coping
With Vision Loss: Maximizing What You Can See and Do
Publisher: Hunter House; ISBN: 0897933168;
(March 30, 2021)
Description: "explains fundamental facts
about eyes, vision, and vision rehab, including causes and varieties
of diseases that destroy vision, skills that the partially sighted person
must learn, and valuable low vision aids. The book also discusses how
others with low vision have coped with eye fatigue and pain, as well
as the emotional problems that come with the struggle to attain a level
of function that many take for granted.
- Book: The
"Madness" of Usher's: Coping With Vision And Hearing Loss
Publisher: Business of Living Publications;
ISBN: 1879518066; (February 1991)
Description: "This book is about a lifetime
of ongoing personal adjustments and functional adaptation. The author
explores the fear and emotional chaos brought on by a dual sensory loss…
presents graphic insight into her personal "madness"...reveals
her personal philosophy of emotional survival… furnishes practical
how-to's for functional management."
- Book: Orchid
of the Bayou: A Deaf Woman Faces Blindness
Publisher: Gallaudet University Press; ISBN:
1563681048; (March 2001)
Description: "In graduating from Gallaudet
University, finding a job in Washington, D.C., and starting a family
with her college sweetheart, Kitty Fischer tacitly abandoned the Louisiana
Cajun culture that had exposed her to little more than prejudice and
misery as a child… While Fischer struggled to come to terms with
her condition, the high incidence of Usher syndrome among Cajun people
led her to re-examine her cultural roots."
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Interpreter Referral Web Site
Description: "information about sign
language interpreters, how to use them and how to find them… created
to help ensure that all Minnesotans are able to locate needed sign language
Ways to Use Braille
Description: Easy, low-tech ways to use braille
in your daily life, even if you only know the basic braille alphabet.
Description: "a sophisticated teaching
tool for all ages based on LEGO®-type blocks. These Braille blocks
provide a unique bridge, a smoother, shorter, more interesting path
to Braille literacy."
Description: Information about technology
for people who are deaf, hard of hearing, deafblind, or have a speech
or mobility impairment. Includes assistive listening devices, special
telephone technology, relay service, and the telephone equipment distribution
program. From the Minnesota Department of Human Services.
Equipment and Technology Fact Sheet
Description: Definitions and examples of several
types of technologies used by people who are deaf, deafblind, or hard-of-hearing.
Includes alerting devices, telecommunication devices, assistive listening
devices, and captioning. Available online in PDF
format, or in other forms for people with disabilities by calling
(651) 296-3980 Voice, or (651) 297-1506 TTY.
Description: Covers the basics: What is an
assistive listening system?, What does it do?, Who uses it?, Four basic
systems, Types of headsets, Types of receivers, How do assistive listening
systems work?, Directory of manufacturers and vendors.
for Effective Communication with a Disabled Person
Description: Clear advice about how to interact
with a person who has a visual, hearing, mobility, or cognitive disability.
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- See also Disability
Rights Laws on our Supports
in Plain Language
Description: Annotated links to resources
that explain legal rights, especially in educational settings, for people
Guide to Disability Rights Laws
Description: Includes brief summaries and
contacts for further information or to file a claim.
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Mailing List (DBM)
Email to subscribe: DeafBlindMinnemail@example.com
Description: A mailing list for DeafBlind
Minnesotans and others interested in the DeafBlind community. All discussion
is welcome, but please keep your message in basic English language.
Pen Pals Directory - from Sense
Description: "If you're feeling isolated
or just [want to get] to know someone, our penpals section will help.
You can search for people and then contact them electronically for a
Department of Human Rights
Description: "a neutral state agency
that investigates charges of illegal discrimination." Web site
includes Information about your rights in employment, housing, and other
settings, a very extensive listing of related resources, and an online
version of a CD-ROM
on disability rights issues.
Disability Law Center - Client Assistance Project
300 Kickernick Building
430 First Avenue North
Minneapolis, MN 55401-1780
(612) 332-1441 Voice
(612) 332-4668 TTY
Toll Free: (800) 292-4150 (new client intake number)
Description: free civil legal assistance to
individuals with disabilities. Client Assistance Project advocates and
mediates for people who have grievances about services from state agencies.
Care - Minnesota Department of Human Services: People with Disabilities
Description: " A primary goal of Continuing
Care is to promote independent living for people with disabilities by
funding or providing a broad range of residential care and social services
close to home communities instead of in institutionalized settings."
For more information on services in your county, see County
Human Services Agencies.
for Infants and Toddlers with Disabilities
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- See also Self-Determination
on our FAQ Page, and Consumer
Advocacy Groups on our Supports
and Leisure Fact Sheet
Description: "Practical information on
how to get people who are deaf-blind with cognitive disabilities involved
with recreational activities. The focus is on recreational activities
for pre-adolescent children through adult." Includes steps required
to develop a recreational plan, examples of recreation activities with
different people who are deaf-blind, extensive resource list.
for the Deafblind
Description: Yoga can be beneficial to people
of all ages, abilities, and sizes. "In this article Dipti Karnad
describes the way in which the teaching and learning of yoga is making
a real contribution to the lives of deafblind children at the Sadhana
Unit for Deafblind Children at the Clarke School for the Deaf, Chennai,
India." Yoga can be beneficial to people of all ages, abilities,
School for the Blind - Correspondence Courses
700 Elm Street
Winnetka, IL 60093-2554 USA
Toll-Free: 1-800-323-4238 Voice
(847) 446-0855 Fax
Description: "Hadley has a course for
you if you are a blind adult (14+ years of age), a parent or grandparent
of a blind child, a family member of an adult who is blind, or a (para)professional
in the blindness field. The Hadley School for the Blind offers more
than 90 distance education courses to eligible students completely free
of charge." Current
course listing is on the Hadley web site, and is also available
by mail in alternate formats. Designed to focus blind and visually impaired
people, but many of the courses can be helpful to DeafBlind people and
their friends, families, and professionals.
Resources to help deafblind and blind people learn and play chess accessibly.
This web site is run by James Gallagher (who is Deafblind) and Mario
Lang (who is blind).
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Description: Description of MA, GAMC and MinnesotaCare:
services covered under each plan, eligibility requirements, and how
Assistance (MA) - Minnesota's Medicaid Program
Description: "a joint federally/state-funded
[health care] program which provides necessary medical services
for low-income families, children, pregnant women, and people who
are elderly (65 or older) or have disabilities." Eligibility
requirements, covered services, how to apply. One of Minnesota's
funded health care programs.
Waivers: Home Care/Home and Community Based Services (HC/HCBS)
Assistance Medical Care (GAMC)
Description: "pays for medical care
for some 23,300 low-income Minnesotans who don't qualify for Medicaid
or other state or federal health care programs."
Description: "a subsidized health
care program for people who live in Minnesota and do not have access
to health insurance. There are no health condition barriers, but
applicants must meet income and program guidelines to qualify."
Senior Health Options (MSHO)
Description: "a health care program
for seniors, age 65 and over, who are eligible for Medical Assistance
(MA) and Medicare. People with only MA can also join. MSHO combines
the health care and support services that normally are offered by
separate programs into one seamless package to make it simpler for
people to get these services."
Disability Health Options (MnDHO)
Description: "a program for people
with physical disabilities who are eligible for Medical Assistance
(MA). People who are eligible for both MA and Medicare may also
enroll… Every enrollee is assigned a care coordinator who answers
questions, helps with paperwork, and helps arrange services."
and Community Supports
Description: "The Minnesota Department
of Human Services supervises a variety of economic assistance programs… Most economic assistance (including welfare) programs are administered
at local county agencies."
Support Enforcement Division
and Hard of Hearing Services Division
Stamp Employment and Training (FSET)
Family Investment Program (MFIP)
Food Assistance Program (MFAP)
Investment Development Program (SEID)
Equipment Distribution (TED) Program
Assistance Program (TAP)
Care/Home and Community Based Services (HC/HCBS) Waivers
Services for the Blind (SSB)
Minnesota Department of Economic Security
2200 University Avenue West, Suite 240
St. Paul, MN 55114
(651) 642-0500 Voice
(651) 642-0506 TTY
Toll-free in Minnesota: 1-800-652-9000 Voice/TTY
Regional Offices in MN: Bemidji, Brainerd,
Duluth, Hibbing, Mankato, Marshall, Moorhead, Rochester, St. Cloud,
Services for Adults and Children: Equipment,
information and referral, library and transcription services, Radio
Talking Book Network, self-care assistance for seniors, transition-age
services, vocational training and referral.
Description: "...helps thousands of
people every day to find programs for seniors [and people of all ages
with disabilities] that may pay for some of their costs of prescription
drugs, health care, utilities, and other essential items or services.
Please fill out our simple questionnaire to find programs that can assist
you or your loved ones.” Also available in
Spanish for residents of Colorado.
of Funding Resources for Assistive Technology in Minnesota
Description: "information about Minnesota
and national agencies and organizations that fund technology, in a format
that lets you compare programs and tells you how to get in touch with
people who can help." From Minnesota's STAR Program.
Description: advice and resources for people
with disabilities seeking funding for college or vocational school.
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