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American Association of the DeafBlind (AADB) (external link)
AADB is a national consumer organization of, by, and for deaf-blind Americans and their supporters. "Deaf-blind" includes all types and degrees of dual vision and hearing loss. AADB provides advocacy, trainings; workshops, and involvement with legislators, manufacturers, and other entities on behalf of deaf-blind people.

Minnesota DeafBlind Association (MDBA) (external link)
As the only organization serving DeafBlind people in Minnesota that is governed by DeafBlind people, MDBA is a focal point of the Minnesota DeafBlind community. Established in 1979, MDBA is committed to providing information, education, advocacy and other services to persons who are DeafBlind, family members, parents of deafblind children, allies and professionals.

DeafBlind Services Minnesota (DBSM) at Vision Loss Resources, Inc. (external link) 
In partnering with DeafBlind Services Minnesota, LLC (DBSM), Vision Loss Resources provides assistance to deafblind individuals of all ages and all abilities to achieve their highest level of independence and self-sufficiency. Because each deafblind individual has unique needs, challenges and abilities, services are primarily provided on a one-to-one basis and customized to that person's needs. DBSM provides services statewide to people who are deafblind.

Helen Keller National Center for Deaf-Blind Youths and Adults (HKNC) (external link)
Our mission: to enable each person who is deaf-blind to live, work, and thrive in their community of choice.

Minnesota DeafBlind Project (external link)
The MN DeafBlind Technical Assistance Project provides FREE technical assistance to families, education teams and service providers of children birth through the year of their 21st birthday who have a combined vision and hearing loss or are highly suspect of having both vision and hearing loss.

State Services for the Blind (external link)
At State Services for the Blind we provide the tools, training and technology to help people who are blind, visually impaired, DeafBlind or experiencing vision loss to live independently and to prepare for, find and keep a job.

Government & legislative entities

Commission of Deaf, DeafBlind & Hard of Hearing Minnesotans (MNCDHH)
The Commission provides information, training and assistance to deaf, deafblind and hard of hearing Minnesotans as it relates to voter access, information and registration. MNCDHH has a long history of working closely with deaf, deafblind and hard of hearing grassroots organizations and with the Office of the Minnesota Secretary of State during election cycles to make sure the act of voting and democratic process are fully accessible.

Department of Human Services: Deaf & Hard of Hearing Services Division (DHHSD) (external link) 
We provide information, resources and empowerment opportunities to assist deaf, deafblind and hard of hearing Minnesotans and their families to effectively access services in their communities. DHHS offers quality services to Minnesotans of any age who are: deaf, deafblind, hard of hearing, and late deafened. As well as parents and family members of those with a hearing loss, Human Service providers, employers/businesses, schools and other interested individuals.

Deaf Rights Resources - Federal (external link)
The new Deaf Rights Resources website is sponsored by MNCDHH, and has a limited section on federal laws that affect the lives of deaf, deafblind, and hard of hearing people.

Deaf Rights Resources - Minnesota (external link)
The new Deaf Rights Resources website is sponsored by MNCDHH, and provides a single-point entry to Minnesota laws, statutes, rules, and regulations that affect the lives of deaf, deafblind, and hard of hearing people. This site also provides advocacy resources, and includes links to existing websites that we think have done a good job interpreting the laws and helping individuals to self-advocate.

Disability Minnesota (external link) 
The purpose of this website is to provide a single entry point to over 100 Minnesota state agency programs, products, and services that are devoted to the range of disability issues. We also provide access to laws, statutes, and regulations in pertinent disability-related areas. 

Legal information

MCLD.org Video Resources (external link) 
The Midwest Center on Law and the Deaf (MCLD) is now closed. However, their invaluable video resources are still available on YouTube.
As part of Legal Aid, the Minnesota Disability Law Center addresses the unique legal needs of Minnesotans with disabilities. MDLC provides free civil legal assistance to individuals with disabilities statewide on legal issues related to their disabilities.
 
The NAD Law and Advocacy Center educates, advocates, and litigates on behalf of and to empower deaf and hard of hearing people.
 

Organizations

Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (external link) 
The Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing helps families, health care providers and education professionals understand childhood hearing loss and the importance of early diagnosis and intervention. Through advocacy, education, research and financial aid, AG Bell helps to ensure that every child and adult with hearing loss has the opportunity to listen, talk and thrive in mainstream society.

American Society for Deaf Children (ASDC) (external link) 
American Society for Deaf Children was founded in 1967 as a parent-helping-parent network. ASDC is a national non-profit organization that supports and educates families of deaf and hard of hearing children and advocates for high quality programs and services.

Association of Late Deafened Adults (ALDA) (external link) 
The Association of Late-Deafened Adults is about communication and acceptance of every deafened individual. Some people lip-read, some sign, some use hearing aids, some have cochlear implants, and some need to have others write down what they are saying - and at ALDA all the above is okay! ALDA's official communication philosophy is "Whatever works!"

Communication Service for the Deaf - CSD of Minnesota (external link) 
In addition to interpreting services, CSD offers nationally-accredited programs for the deaf, hard of hearing and general community. In Minnesota, programs include: Citizenship Training/Citizen Preparation, Deaf Adult Education (ABE), Domestic Violence Program, Health Education, Recreational Services, and Senior Deaf Adult Services.

Empowerment Zone (external link) 
Empowerment Zone has the largest public, plain text, organized collections on a wide variety of topics and resources. The motto of Empowerment Zone is "helping individuals and communities achieve self-actualization and full citizenship."

Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA) - Twin Cities (external link) 
The Hearing Loss Association of America is the nation's leading organization representing people with hearing loss. HLAA provides assistance and resources for people with hearing loss and their families to learn how to adjust to living with hearing loss. And also brings consumers and policy makers together to learn about communication access at the national, state and local levels.

Minnesota Association of Deaf Citizens (MADC) (external link) 
Minnesota Association of Deaf Citizens was established in 1885 and is a non-profit, 501©4 organization. Its mission is to preserve, protect and promote American Sign Language and the political, educational, economic and social equality of Deaf Minnesotans.

National Association of the Deaf (NAD) (external link) 
The National Association of the Deaf (NAD) is the nation's premier civil rights organization of, by and for deaf and hard of hearing individuals in the United States of America. The advocacy scope of the NAD is broad, covering a lifetime and impacting future generations in the areas of early intervention, education, employment, health care, technology, telecommunications, youth leadership, and more - improving the lives of millions of deaf and hard of hearing Americans.

National Center for Hearing Assessment and Management (NCHAM) (external link) 
The goal of the National Center for Hearing Assessment and Management at Utah State University is to ensure that all infants and toddlers with hearing loss are identified as early as possible and provided with timely and appropriate audiological, educational, and medical intervention.

Pacer Center (external link) 
Founded in 1977, PACER Center was created by parents of children and youth with disabilities to help other parents and families facing similar challenges. Today, PACER Center expands opportunities and enhances the quality of life of children and young adults with disabilities and their families. PACER is staffed primarily by parents of children with disabilities and works in coalition with 18 disability organizations.

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