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DeafBlind Interpreter/Intervener job opening:

BRAINERD SCHOOLS is looking for a DB Interpreter/Intervener for the 20-21 School Year! Please apply if interested!

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Job Opening: Community Health Advocate

We have a unique opportunity for those who are passionate about public health and sexual/reproductive health! Deaf, DeafBlind, and Hard of Hearing Program at Family Tree Clinic in St. Paul, Minnesota is expanding its health advocacy services! We are seeking for a community health advocate for our Deaf, DeafBlind, DeafDisabled, Hard of Hearing, and Late-Deafened communities in Minnesota! Full-time position. If you are interested, please submit a resume and cover letter to Bethany Gehman (pronouns: she/her/hers), DDBHH Program Manager, at bgehman@familytreeclinic.org.

Check out the posting on our website for more info! 

Please share with your colleagues, students, friends, and families!

Sorenson Lifeline Connection Information

Sorenson Communications now is offering access to 988 direct-dialing to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline and interpreting through a Sorenson Realy interpreter on ntouch devices. This is in response to the FCC order to all telecommunications providers to offer their customers accessto direct-dial 988 and connect to Lifeline.

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Thanksgiving Community Service- Student Interpreters for Family Gatherings

Hello, MADC have received an email from Regina Daniels at North Central University (NCU) about student interpreters volunteering to interpret family gatherings via virtual platforms from Nov. 25th to 29th for 30 minutes to 2 hours. If you have questions, please contact Regina Daniels (redaniel@northcentral.edu) or Sydney Groven (svgroven@northcentral.edu)


Students have been looking for ways to serve the Deaf community, and we know many families are doing Zoom gatherings this year. With that, many may be wishing that they could have an interpreter for an hour or two to talk with family.

What a perfect opportunity for both! These are students training to be interpreters and will respect confidentiality and privacy for those families.

Text on the flyer attached says:

NCU ASL Interpreting Students

Thanksgiving Community Service

Student Interpreters for Family Gatherings

Would you like an interpreter for your family gathering? Are you open to having a student interpreter who is looking for experience and a way to serve?

Available 30 min-2 hours when your family meets11/25-11/29, 2020

Contact by email: redaniel@northcentral.edu & svgroven@northcentral.edu

More Info? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_EvsCZc3hP4&feature=youtu.be

MADC is hosting an event on Nov 14th: "What You Need to Know about Parliamentary Law and Procedures, but Were Afraid to Ask."

Update: When you register, we will send you a zoom link. (A computer or laptop is needed with
Zoom software.) If questions, please let us know.


We would like to invite you to join our parliamentary training on November 14th, 2020 from 10:30 am to 1:30 pm. This will be free for Deaf, DeafBlind and Hard of Hearing community members and organizations. Let's learn about motions, seconds, amendments, and many more about the parliamentary law and procedures together from Mark Apodaca, MBA, PRP!

Please email Damon at Damon.Johnson@minndeaf.org to register and to request special accommodations. The deadline is November 4th for accommodation requests. 

To learn more about Mark Apodaca and what he will be training us on, here is a vlog provided by Mark: https://youtu.be/Zy_BEBcx7kc.

Transcript of the vlog: Hello, my name is Mark Apodaca Normally, when I provide training, comprehensive training, it can take between 3 to 5 hours. Not 35 hours, 3 to 5 hours. The job as a Parliamentarian is spending hours after hours of studying and preparing, research, and discussions with other Parliamentarians on different topics. It is a serious profession. My role as a parliamentarian consists of many responsibilities. I will pick a few that I typically would be doing. First and foremost responsibility is to provide advice to presidents during meetings on parliamentary procedures and how to handle such situations. Secondly, me, as a Parliamentarian, I must remain neutral. I cannot support or oppose discussions. Thirdly, I cannot debate on any topic of discussion. Next, I make sure that the parliamentary procedures are being followed. Hopefully with that we have a smooth and stable meeting done in an orderly fashion. So, those are some of my responsibilities. I will be there in your training and I look forward to working with you all.

Description of the flyer: All texts are yellow against a maroon background. A  picture of Mark Apodaca (white male with receding hairline in a white business shirt and a blue tie with gold/white paisley pattern) taking up half of the right side of the flyer.

MADC logo is in the upper left corner next to "A FREE Zoom Webinar for DDBHH Community hosted by Minnesota Association of Deaf Citizens."

What You Need to Know about Parliamentary Law and Procedures, but Were Afraid to Ask.

Presented by Mark Apodaca - MBA, PRP

Saturday, November 14 10:30 am to 1:30 pm. 

To register - send Damon an email at Damon.Johnson@minndeaf.org. 

Special accommodations need to be requested no later than November 4th. 

Information about Coronavirus (COVID-19) in ASL

Please watch - COVID-19 in ASL

This video covers the basic information of the 2020 novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

For more information on COVID-19 visit the Minnesota Department of Health's page on Coronavirus Disease 2019

ASL talent - James Paul Beldon III, Keystone Interpreting Solutions

Video Transcript -

Hello. This is a message from the Minnesota Department of Health.

Lately we’re hearing a lot about an outbreak associated with novel coronavirus. This outbreak started in China, and now has spread to other countries including the United States. The novel coronavirus causes respiratory illness in people and can spread from person to person. Symptoms of infection include fever, cough, and shortness of breath. While most people recover, it has led to serious illnesses and death in some cases.

Minnesota’s public health community is working hard to protect you, and we’re asking for your help by following the same precautions we all use to prevent colds and flu:

Wash your hands often and well with soap and water.

Cover your cough every time.

Stay home when you are sick.

Also, if you’ve recently traveled where novel coronavirus is spreading and have symptoms, be sure to call your doctor or health care provider to let them know of your symptoms and your travel history. They will work with you to assess your condition and take appropriate steps to get any needed treatment while limiting the risk of passing along an infection to others.

We are learning more about this outbreak and will share key information as it continues. You can stay up to date by visiting the Minnesota Department of Health’s website at health.state.mn.us.


For previous announcements, please go to the webpage "Past Announcements."

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