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.


Full text of Minnesota Statutes, section 122A.31: American Sign Language, as well as the application for the Sign Language Proficiency Interview from the Minnesota Academy for the Deaf can be found under related offsite resources at right. Two-year provisional certification and extension forms are available for download below.


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.