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DeafBlind Needs Assessment: Learning about the Needs of DeafBlind Children & Youth

Looking for participants in DeafBlind study

2/16/2021 4:13:25 PM

ASL version

If you are DeafBlind or prefer to watch the video in a slow-paced, high contrast format, watch the DeafBlind friendlier ASL version instead.

English version

Thanks to the guidance provided by the Collaborative Plan’s DeafBlind work group members, MNCDHH has contracted with Wilder Research to do a needs assessment.

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

The goal of this needs assessment is to ensure that all children who have a combined hearing and vision loss get the support they need to thrive.

The results will inform the Minnesota Commission of the Deaf, DeafBlind, and Hard of Hearing (MNCDHH), in partnership with other state agencies and other organizations, to identify gaps in services and build on the existing programs and support services across Minnesota.

Who should participate in the needs assessment?

Wilder will do 1-hour interviews with:

  1. Parents and caregivers with children who have a combined hearing and vision loss. Must be families who live in Minnesota. 
  2. Youth and young adults (ages 18-25) who have a combined hearing and vision loss. Must be families who live in Minnesota. 
  3. Professionals who serve children and youth (ages 0-21) with combined hearing and vision loss and their families.

Interpreters, interveners, and other needed accommodations will be provided. The interviews will take place between March – April 2021. Participants will receive a $30 gift card. For questions and to find out if you are eligible to participate, contact Bunchung Ly: or 651-280-2725.

Please note that an earlier version of this announcement had an incorrect phone number for Bunchung Ly. The number is now correct.


The Minnesota Commission of the Deaf, DeafBlind & Hard of Hearing thanks:

Diego Guerra for ASL talent.

Rita van der Puije for voiceover.

Keystone Interpreting Solutions for video production.

Printable materials

  1. /deaf-commission/assets/MNCDHH_DeafBlindParentRecruitmentFlyer_Caregivers_02-21_tcm1063-468466.docxMNCDHH DeafBlind Parent Recruitment Flyer - Caregivers (word)
  2. /deaf-commission/assets/MNCDHH_DeafBlindParentRecruitmentFlyer_Youth_02-21_tcm1063-468467.docxMNCDHH DeafBlind Parent Recruitment Flyer - Youth (word)
  3. /deaf-commission/assets/DeafBlind%20needs%20assessment_approach%20for%20families%20who%20do%20not%20speak%20English%20at%20home_tcm1063-468464.docxDeafBlind Needs Assessment Approach for Families who do not Speak English at Home (word)
  4. /deaf-commission/assets/DeafBlind%20needs%20assessment_rationale%20for%20approach_tcm1063-468465.docxDeafBlind Needs Assessment Rationale for Approach (word)



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