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Since March 16, 2020 the staff at the Minnesota Commission of the Deaf, DeafBlind & Hard of Hearing (MNCDHH) has been working remotely from home. We expect to continue this practice for the time being. This is being done to protect our staff, board, and communities. We are also following Governor Walz’s Stay Safe MN Executive Order 20-56, which states “7.c. Continue to work from home whenever possible.”

Whether we are working in the office or from home, our work continues. Here are a few things that we have been doing since COVID-19 has changed our world. We have:

Continued to work on the Collaborative Plan goals with the other stakeholders. The Collaborative Plan is a network of agencies and organizations who work together to create positive, systemic changes to achieve better education and career outcomes for students who are deaf, deafblind, and hard of hearing. Most recently, we developed and published a resource page designed for parents, family members, and students who are deaf, deafblind & hard of hearing.
Provided one-on-one and small group training about the 2020 Census, thanks to our amazing team of Outreach and Civic Engagement Specialists. We have also been training our specialists on voting and will soon be providing voting training for our various communities.
Planned the logistics for the 2021 Deaf, DeafBlind & Hard of Hearing Lobby Day. Save the date! Lobby Day will happen on Tuesday, March 16, 2021. Watch for more announcements.
Worked to ensure that COVID-19 information and updates are accessible to our deaf, deafblind, and hard of hearing communities, including information in American Sign Language (ASL) and captions. Many thanks to the long list of community advocates who have championed accessibility by contacting their legislators and the Governor’s Office. You have made a difference.
Our staff will be available during regular business hours via phone and email. Visit our Who We Are – Staff page for our contact information. We will continue to post updates on our website, newsletters, videos, and social media. We are discouraging any in-person meetings.

To get accurate information about COVID-19, go to:

The State of Minnesota’s COVID-19 Response website
The Minnesota Department of Health’s Coronavirus (COVID-19).
Please review their information, wash your hands often, and avoid close contact.
Credits
The Minnesota Commission of the Deaf, DeafBlind & Hard of Hearing thanks:

Jimmy Beldon for ASL talent.

Patty McCutcheon for voiceover.

Keystone Interpreting Solutions for film production.

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