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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February 25, 2017
    Starts: 9:00 am
    Ends: February 25, 2017 - 2:00 pm

    Location: Rochester Community and Technical College, 851 30th Ave SE, Rochester, MN 55904, USA


    Health Science (HS) room 136


    SAVE THE DATES! - Saturdays, January 28 & February 25, 2017 from 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

    Developing Number Sense for ALL Learners, is a graduate level course designed to expand your current practice and understanding of effective practices and strategies that encourage conceptual development of numeracy skills.

    This five-week hybrid model allows for assignments to be completed through an online learning platform.

    Participants may earn two Winona State University graduate credits or 30 non-credit clock hours.

    Contact Christian Wernau ( for more information or with questions.

March 2, 2017
  • MASE Day at the Capitol
    Starts: 8:00 am
    Ends: March 2, 2017 - 3:20 pm

    Location: the Capitol


    Save the Date! MASE Day at the Capitol
    Thursday, March 2, 2016

    The day will begin with a breakfast and legislative meeting starting at 8 am at the Best Western Capitol Ridge and the group will then head to the Capitol to meet with various legislators. The group will then reconvene back at the hotel at around 2:30 pm.
    All MASE members are welcome to attend!

    Event Details
    Date: March 2, 2016
    Time: Meeting will begin at 8 am
    Location: Best Western Capitol Ridge | 161 St Anthony Ave, St Paul, MN 55103
    Room: Sibley Room

    If you need lodging, please call the Best Western Capitol Ridge at 651-227-8711 to request a room the MASE room block.

    Questions? Contact MASE Executive Director John Klaber at

    John P. Klaber
    Executive Director
    Minnesota Administrators for Special Education
    Cell phone 507-469-9096

March 3, 2017
  • MDE State Director Forum
    Starts: 9:00 am
    Ends: March 3, 2017 - 3:20 pm

    Location: 1500 MN-36, Roseville, MN 55113, USA