Minnesota Transition Guide for Teachers of Deaf/Hard of Hearing
The Transition Guide was created as a pilot project for the school year 2012 – 2013. It is meant to give guidance in the area of transition for Deaf or Hard of Hearing students. We are asking teachers of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing to try it out with students who are transition-aged and provide feedback.
When working with a person who is deaf or hard of hearing, however, you may find some unique aspects of their disability that may require additional specialized services and resources. This guide is designed to be a resource for schools and other agencies involved in the lives of transition-aged students in Minnesota who are deaf or hard of hearing. It is intended to be utilized, at the latest, during grade 9 to assist parents and service providers in the early planning for transition from school programs to employment or postsecondary education.
The Transition guide was developed by the MN DHH Transition Work Group:
- Cynthia Carlson-Paetznick, Anoka-Hennepin ISD 11
- Mary Cashman-Bakken, Minnesota Department of Education
- Jay Fehrman, Northeast Metro 916
- Ann Hanson-Hobot, Anoka-Hennepin ISD 11
- Katie Huttemier, Saint Paul Public Schools
- Greta Palmberg, Intermediate District 287
- Dann Trainer, University of Minnesota, Minnesota Association of Deaf Citizens
- Jayne Spain, Minnesota Department of Education
- Chris McVey, MN Dept of Employment and Economic Development (VRS)
Various sections of the MN Transition Guide for Teachers of the Deaf/Hard of Hearing were informed or inspired by the sources listed below.
- Transition Guide for Students Who are Deaf-Blind developed by Special Education Programs, South Dakota Department of Education and the Center for Disabilities at The University of South Dakota, Sanford School of Medicine.
- Policy Brief on Employment of Minnesotans Who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing, Minnesota Employment Policy Initiative, 2011.
- Minnesota Compensatory Skills Checklist for Students with Hearing Loss, Minnesota Department of Education, updated March 2010.