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Awards

MNCDHH is proud to recognize some of the many deserving individuals and organizations who are positive influencers and have made significant contributions to the advancement of deaf, deafblind, and hard of hearing Minnesotans. With the exception of 2015 due to the logistics of the Capitol renovation, this happens at every Deaf, DeafBlind, and Hard of Hearing Lobby Day. 

Award categories

The awards are

Youth Award *New*

Awarded to youth who are deaf, deafblind, and hard of hearing who have demonstrated strong leadership skills.

Citizen Advocate Award 

Awarded to individuals who have done exemplary work in advocating for and with deaf, deafblind, and hard of hearing Minnesotans.

Civic Engagement Award 

Awarded to an organization or public official that has worked to increase the civic engagement of deaf, deafblind, and hard of hearing Minnesotans.

Education Excellence Award *New*

Awarded to individuals who have made an outstanding contribution to a child, student, school, or the field in general and serve students who are deaf, deafblind, or hard of hearing.

Access Award 

Awarded to those who have done notable work in increasing the accessibility of services for and with deaf, deafblind, and hard of hearing Minnesotans. Examples of accessibility support may include Captioning, Interpreting, Public Access, or Accessible Technology.

General Award 

Awarded to those who have done distinctive work for and with deaf, deafblind and hard of hearing Minnesotans that is not recognized within other awards categories.

Lifetime Achievement Award 

Awarded to those who have done distinctive work for and with deaf, deafblind, and hard of hearing Minnesotans that spans their 20+ years of contributions.

Nominations process

Please nominate individuals and organizations today by submitting a nomination form. Be sure to describe your nominee's outstanding accomplishment and the impact of that accomplishment. You can nominate as many people or organizations as you like! The deadline to submit nominations is February 7, 2019.

A selection committee with community representatives and an MNCDHH board member will review all of the nominations and make a decision by February 8, 2019. The committee members, led by Sarah Arana, are

  • Lynn Bloom
  • Bob Harris
  • John Fechter
  • Ryan Odland
  • Xavier Arana - MNCDHH board member

The winners will be announced on February 15, 2019. 

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