DeafBlind Adults & Children
DeafBlind Services Minnesota advances the independence of children and adults with combined hearing and vision loss.
The only program of its kind in the country, DeafBlind Services Minnesota (DBSM) brings one-to-one support to deafblind individuals of all ages, throughout Minnesota. Our trained support service providers (SSPs) work with adults, while our interveners teach communication skills to infants, children, and youth.
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DeafBlind Services Minnesota is a limited liability corporation (LLC) of Vision Loss Resources.
Deafblind Club is a public event sponsored by CVI, Rise Inc. and DBSM. Come join other members of the Deafblind community for community announcements, fun and games, lunch and socializing! We meet from 11:00am to 2:00pm on the third Saturday of each month.
Deafblind club is also open to ASL and Interpreting students, volunteers or anyone interested in learning more about the Deafblind community in Minnesota! Support Service Providers (SSP) and ASL Interpreters are on hand to offer support and facilitate communication as needed.
Please note: Deafblind Club is currently on hold due to the Covid-19 pandemic. This page will be updated when there is a date and location to resume Deafblind Club. Please contact DeafBlind Services Minnesota (DBSM) with any questions, thank you.
Children, Youth and Family Services
We provide support, information, referral, training and advocacy to deafblind children (ages 0-21 while in school on an IFSP/IEP) and their parents, family, educators and other service providers. Our interveners are trained staff who work with deafblind children so that they may learn about their environment and community, meet childhood developmental goals, and develop communication strategies. Interveners assist families with techniques for communicating with their child, developing appropriate expectations of and for their child, and collaborating with educators, schools, and service providers.
Adult Community Services
This program provides community support to self-determined deafblind adults age 22 and up (or age 18 and up if not on a school IEP), living throughout Minnesota. Support Services Providers (SSPs) assist deafblind adults with activities of daily living such as grocery shopping, banking, running errands, reading mail and filling out forms. SSPs also help with participating in community life and accessing information.
For more information about or to make a referral to Adult Community Services, please contact Matthew Priebe at (612) 843-3426 (voice), (952) 388-2102 (video phone), or firstname.lastname@example.org. TTY users, please dial 711.
Individual Home Supports and Independent Living Skills Training
Training and support are available to deaf, hard of hearing, blind and deafblind consumers who are eligible for the Community Access for Disability Inclusion (CADI) waiver under the Medicaid Home and Community-Based Waivered Services (HCBS).
For more information, or if you have a referral for CADI services, please contact Paul Deeming, Waivered Services Manager, at (612) 843-3442 (voice), (612) 440-4566 (video phone), or email@example.com. TTY users, please dial 711.
Adjustment to Blindness/Deafblindness Training
We offer a variety of training activities and classes focused on the unique needs of deafblind people. This training is offered through the rehabilitation training center at Vision Loss Resources. For more information, visit the Working Age Adults page. Referrals are typically made by a consumer’s State Services for the Blind counselor. Private pay is also possible.