Deaf/Hard of Hearing

2015-16 Welcome Back Letter – Please read.  This is filled with important information for the school year!

RID Update:

MN Department of Education information on Part B / Part C services:

Expanded Core Curriculum for D/HH

Language and Communication Focused IEPs for Learners Who Are Deaf or Hard of Hearing:


  • MN Resource Libraries
    MN Resource Libraries is a statewide library providing information and resources to help families and educators meet the educational needs of Minnesota children and youth who have a hearing and or vision loss.
  • MN Resource Libraries Online Catalog

Hearing Simulations:

What it sounds like to have a hearing loss.

Cochlear Implants – YouTube
In this video, I discuss cochlear implants. More free lessons at:
SmartLink+ – Hearing Aid FM System For Adults & Teens – YouTube

Tips when working with students who are Deaf / Hard of Hearing


News to Know:

Communication Resources:

  • Purple – At Purple, we’re dedicated to developing fast, easy and convenient communications solutions and services for Deaf and hard-of-hearing individuals and businesses using a variety of different platforms. As a leading provider of on-site interpreting services, video relay services (VRS), text relay services and video remote interpreting (VRI), Purple has built an excellent reputation for developing products and services that open communications between all people, regardless of differences in abilities, languages and locations.
  • ZVRS – ZVRS was the first video relay company in the United States, starting out as CSDVRS in Austin, Texas in 1999.  We have since come a long way—adding videophones, software, services and features to make your video communication experience a positive one!

iPad Resources:

Region 10 DHH Network Members:

  1. – MSAD
  2. Brenda Crissinger – Rochester
  3. Sheri Crowley – Rochester
  4. – MSAD
  5. Anita Courts – Rochester
  6. Angie Dahlen – GCED
  7. Becky Johnson – Owatonna, Medford, Waseca, NRHEG
  8. Pandy King-Henke – HVED South
  9. Courtney Kreutzbender – SMEC
  10. Heather Pudas – Northfield
  11. Lindsey Raffelson – Austin
  12. Tracie Rieder – Rochester
  13. Ann Vail – Zumbro Education District – Albert Lea
  14. Deb Ward – Winona
  15. Beth Windhorst – Kenyon Wanamingo (GCED)
  16. Laura Watkins – HVED North

Region 10 Educational Audiologists

  1. Katy Balvance – Zumbro Education District
  2. Todd Erickson – Hiawatha Valley Education District
  3. Heather Osgood – Austin – Albert Lea – SMEC
  4. Deb Walters-Smith – Rochester
  5. Jill Womeldorff – Goodhue County Education District, Northfield, Faribault, Owatonna, Medford

State & Regional Contacts

  1. Mary Cashman-Bakken
    Minnesota Department of Special Education D/HH Specialist
    1600 Snelling Ave S
    Roseville, MN
    Ph. 651-582-8373
  2. Kathy Anderson – Metro ECSU


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May 30, 2016
  • Jim Knight Reflections Deadline
    Starts: 12:00 am
    Ends: May 30, 2016 - 11:59 pm

  • IEIC Referral Outreach Contact log
    Starts: 12:00 am
    Ends: May 30, 2016 - 11:59 pm


    Hello, You have been identified as the Primary Referral Outreach contact person by the Region 10 IEIC Committee. If this is incorrect, Please let me know and we will identify the appropriate person in your area. You will receive to reminders each month, once 25 days before you are to enter the data and again 3 days prior to entering the data. You are being asked to collect the following data for the reporting: - Your name - Date you provided outreach - Referral source to which you provided outreach - Any comments you want to share To submit this information Please click on the following link. If you should have any problems or questions concerning this form, please do not hesitate to contact Christian Wernau ( or Becky Tennis Hanson (

May 31, 2016
  • RLIP Meeting
    Starts: 11:00 am
    Ends: May 31, 2016 - 12:30 pm

    Location: GTM - Please join my meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone.

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