Category: General Midwest Transition Institute for Youth who are DeafBlind

Midwest Transition Institute for Youth who are DeafBlind

All day
June 23, 2019 June 26, 2019

Land of 10,000 Opportunities

Registration will open on 2/18/19 and close on 4/19/19.

The Minnesota DeafBlind Project is hosting the third Annual Midwest Transition Institute along with nine other State DeafBlind Projects.

Who can participate?

Any teen or young adult with deafblindness ages 16 through 22 who is on a career path to work, technical school, or college is invited to participate. Participants must have both vision and hearing loss and a formal communication system.

What is the purpose of the Institute?

Through the Institute, ten State DB Projects are supporting youth who are DeafBlind including their families to:

  • Plan for the future by being more self-aware
  • Develop friendships by learning to listen to others and engage thoughtfully
  • Become strong self-advocates by setting goals, knowing how to request and accept help and develop intrinsic motivation to actively plan for their future.

Young adults will stay in a dorm, eat in a dining hall, meet in campus facilities and network with successful DB mentors and teens from across the Midwest. Youth will be encouraged to stay with their peers but parents will be in the same building.

Separate sessions are offered for parents. Each agenda incorporates presenters/mentors who are DeafBlind and who are positive role models to address topics related to:

  • Transition
  • Self-Determination
  • Social Skills
  • Self-Advocacy

Minnesota is working in collaboration with MN State Services for the Blind, National Center on Deaf-Blindness, Helen Keller National Center and State DeafBlind Projects in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Missouri, Nebraska, Ohio, Oklahoma, Wisconsin.

What is the next step?

Contact Jenny at 608-356-2023 or for details and updates.
Visit the Institute’s Facebook page at:

Funding for this grant activity is made possible with a grant from MN Department of Education. The source of the funds is from federal award – CFDA #84.326, “Special Education - Technical Assistance and Dissemination to Improve Services and Results for Children with Disabilities.” The contents of this publication (film, workshop, conference, activity, etc.) do not necessarily represent the policy of the federal Department of Education or the state Department of Education and you should not assume endorsement by the federal or state government.

Bethel University
3900 Bethel Drive
St Paul, MN 55112

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