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 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.

Call (612) 362-8454 or email info@dbsm.org to find support for yourself or a loved one.

DeafBlind Services Minnesota is a limited liability corporation (LLC) of Vision Loss Resources.

Children, Youth and Family Services

We provide support, information, referral, training and advocacy to deafblind children (from birth to age 21) 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.

For more information or to make a referral, please contact Kim Johnson, Children, Youth and Family Services Manager, at (612) 843-3401 (voice) or kjohnson@dbsm.org.

Adult Community Services

This program provides community support to self-determined deafblind adults age 22 and up, 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 priebem@dbsm.org. TTY users, please dial 711.

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 pauld@dbsm.org. 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.

DeafBlind Services Minnesota is funded by: