Title: 'A Strong Clear Vision: Maximizing and Monitoring Learner Progress for Children who are Deaf, DeafBlind and Hard of Hearing and Their Families '
Track: 9-Policy, Advocacy, and Legislative Issues
Keyword(s): advocacy, planning, accountability,
Learning Objectives: The process that Minnesota developed to create an interagency collaborative plan with measureable outcomes and benchmarks from birth through 21 that you can adopt for your state. The importance of stakeholder buy-in to the process; how to show “what’s in in for me?” The federal laws in place that give funds and authority to state agencies for children who are deaf and hard of hearing birth to 21 The Minnesota laws and regulations that that increase accountability of state agencies and provide opportunities for stakeholders to give input. Leave with a template of a plan that you can adopt for your state.


The purpose of the Minnesota plan to maximize and monitor learner progress for children who are deaf, deaf blind, and hard of hearing and their families is to improve educational outcomes so that each student upon graduation is prepared to enter the adult workforce or continue his/her education as well as be a productive member of each one’s community. It all starts with EHDI, but life does not stop at pre-kindergarten. We need to follow the babies we identify at birth and work with parents, teachers, state agencies, nonprofits and school administrators until the children leave the K-12 education system. This workshop gives an example of how to go from advocacy for passage of changes in EHDI statutes and policies to successful development of a plan that follows the child and family until they transition to adulthood. Stakeholders in Minnesota's plan include parents, representatives from Minnesota Hands and Voices, the Department of Education, the Department of Human Services, Vocational Rehabilitation and the Department of Health, the Commission of Deaf, DeafBlind and Hard of Hearing, the Minnesota State Academy for the Deaf, Northern Voices, a charter oral school, school administrators, PACER, a parent advocacy organization. and the University of Minnesota Deaf and Hard of Hearing Teachers Program. The plan has goals, objectives, measurable outcomes and benchmarks. This workshop will help you to adopt this model in your state.
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Cheryl DeConde Johnson - ADEvantage Consulting
     Credentials: Ed.D., Board Certified Audiologist with Pediatric Audiology Specialty Certification
     Other Affiliations: National State Leaders Summit,Hands & Voices, University of Colorado, University of Northern Colorado, University of Arizona
      Cheryl DeConde Johnson is a former consultant with the Colorado Department of Education where she was responsible for deaf education and audiology services from 1998-2006. Prior to that time she was an educational audiologist and program coordinator for the public school deaf and hard of hearing program in Greeley, Colorado, and was a parent facilitator and regional coordinator for the Colorado Home Intervention Program. She is currently a lecturer in AuD programs at the University of Colorado, Boulder, University of Northern Colorado, and Salus University as well as adjunct faculty in the deaf education program at the University of Arizona. She is an active consultant regarding systems development in deaf education and is a co-founder and President of the Board of Directors for Hands & Voices. Dr. Johnson has a grown daughter who is deaf.
Julie Storck - Commission of Deaf, DeafBlind and Hard of Hearing Minnesotans
     Credentials: M.A. Education
      Julie Stork has her M.A. in deaf education. She has worked with teach for American, Wilderness Inquiry and is currently a teacher of students who are deaf and hard of hearing. She served as MCDHH's Education Coordinator and provided the support to develop Minnesota's statewide collaborative plan.