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What is the Collaborative Plan?

The Collaborative Plan is a network of agencies and organizations who work together to create positive, systematic changes in order to achieve better education and career outcomes for students who are deaf, deafblind, and hard of hearing. 

How do collaborative groups work together, even if they sometimes have a different point of view?

The Collaborative Plan is a safe place to come together as a community and work together. Whatever our belief, we share the same goal, which is to improve outcomes for children who are deaf, deafblind, and hard of hearing. Each child is unique and they all need access to language, access to education, and the opportunity to pursue goals after graduation.

Tawny Holmes, Esq. and Zainab Alkebsi, Esq. provided a terrific explanation of how collaboration works at the National Association of the Deaf (NAD) 2017 Leadership Training Conference. They have given us special permission to post a copy of their PowerPoint presentation, Wow, Everyone's Working Together! Collaboration (PDF)

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Our commitment to respectful communication and civility of relationships

All meeting participants are expected to treat other attendees with the utmost respect, including respecting all of the attendees' time, space, ideas, and thoughts. They are also expected to treat everyone fairly and equally, regardless of race, sexual orientation, place of origin, political beliefs, sex, or age. MNCDHH will not tolerate harassment or discrimination of any kind. 

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  • Who is involved?

    The Commission of Deaf, DeafBlind & Hard of Hearing Minnesotans is the host of the Collaborative Plan but all of the stakeholders are equal partners. The collaborating agencies and organizations who are involved are:

    • Commission of Deaf, DeafBlind and Hard of Hearing Minnesotans (MNCDHH)
    • DeafBlind Technical Assistance Project 
    • Lifetrack Resources: Deaf Family Mentor Program 
    • Lifetrack Resources: Deaf & Hard of Hearing Role Model Program 
    • Lifetrack Resources: MN Hands & Voices
    • Metro Deaf School
    • Minnesota Association of Deaf Citizens (MADC)
    • Minnesota Deaf Muslim Community (MDMC)
    • Minnesota Department of Education, Early Hearing Detection & Intervention (EHDI)
    • Minnesota Department of Education, Part C
    • Minnesota Department of Education, Minnesota Resource Center, Deaf and Hard of Hearing
    • Minnesota Department of Education, Minnesota Statewide Regional Low-Incidence Facilitators
    • Minnesota Department of Education, metro and rural deaf education teachers 
    • Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development, Department of Rehabilitation Services
    • Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development, State Services for the Blind
    • Minnesota Department of Health, Minnesota Early Hearing Detection and Intervention (EHDI)
    • Minnesota Department of Human Services, Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services Division
    • Minnesota State Academies
    • Northern Voices
    • PACER Center
    • University of Minnesota: Deaf/Hard of Hearing Education Program
    • VECTOR Transition Program 

    A list of the official individual representatives from each agency is also available.

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  • Collaborating workgroups

    These workgroups are divided by student age groups. The groups are:

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