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Collaborative Experience Conference

Save the Date! The Minnesota Commission of the Deaf, DeafBlind & Hard of Hearing (MNCDHH) along with several collaborative partners proudly present the fourth biennial conference for parents and professionals who work with students who are deaf, deafblind, and hard of hearing. 

You can share this accessible and printable "Save the Date" flyer (PDF) with your network.

Conference theme

"Supporting the Whole Child"


Breezy Point Resort, Brainerd, MN


November 7-9, 2019

Keynote Speakers

  • Stephanie Cawthon from the National Deaf Center (NDC) on Deaf Social Collateral on Friday, November 8th 
  • Gloshanda Lawyer and Leala Holcomb on Social Justice - Deaf and Diverse on Saturday, November 9th.


Registration will open on August 26, 2019


$225 for registration, meals, hotel room shared with conference participant OR $300 for registration, meals, hotel room not shared with conference participant

Call for Presenters! *Closed*

The planning committee for the 2019 Collaborative Experience Conference invites you to submit a proposal to present. The priority content topics include academic strategies and/or social-emotional support strategies for students of all ages. Please tailor your presentation proposals to one or both of these areas.  [If you have an “off-topic”, you are encouraged to apply as well.  Please let us know the topic area and how you think it could fit into the themes of academic strategies or social-emotional supports.]  Each proposal submitted will be reviewed by a subcommittee for relevancy of content to the anticipated audience. Deadline: May 13, 2019 at 3:00 PM.

Conference Planning Committee

  • Ann Mayes
  • Danelle Gournaris
  • Debbie Golos
  • Diane Dohnalik
  • Elise Knopf
  • Jay Fehrman
  • Laura Godfrey
  • Sharisse Leier
  • Liza Lampi
  • Mary Cashman-Bakken
  • Michele Isham
  • Nicole Brown
  • Susan Lane-Outlaw
  • Terry Wilding
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