Deaf and Hard of Hearing

The Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) specialist, Mary Cashman-Bakken, provides technical assistance, support and resources. Contact her via email or video phone using the contact information below.

The Minnesota Resource Center: Deaf/Hard of Hearing, part of MDE, is a statewide resource center providing information and resources to help families and educators meet the educational needs of Minnesota children and youth who have a hearing loss. Children and youth who have varying types and degrees of hearing loss may be eligible to receive special education and related services. See the Deaf and Hard of Hearing library for educational materials located at the Academy for the Deaf.

Read Minnesota Rule language regarding eligibility criteria.

The Deaf/Hard of Hearing Advisory Committee develops recommendations and submits an annual legislative report to the Commissioner of Education. For more information, download the Students who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing in Minnesota report below.
  • Students Who are Deaf and Hard of Hearing in Minnesota - 7/11/18  pdf iconPDF 
    2018 report to the legislature. Users using screen readers should view the PDF format file which contains supplemental data tables not visible in the Word version. To use the Word version, save it to your device and open it directly with the application.
  • Database Update - 9/18/13
    Form for teachers, interpreters and audiologists to update their contact information.

Interpreters

Minnesota Statutes, section 122A.31, American Sign Language, can be found from the link under the Related offsite resources on this page. Two-year provisional certification and extension forms are available for download below.

Resources

Placement and Readiness Checklists (PARC) for students who are deaf and hard of hearing are available from the link under the Related offsite resources on this page. The Placement and Readiness Checklists (PARC) help Individualized Education Program (IEP) teams make decisions about programming and placement for students who are deaf and hard of hearing.