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NAD Update: Lawsuit against the White House

Lawsuit for failure to provide ASL interpreters during Coronavirus briefings. 

Link to NAD announcement - https://twitter.com/nad1880/status/1290362904768909313?s=11

Support Charles Thompson Hall Fundraising Campaign

SAVE Thompson Hall Committee is running a fundraiser to raise money to make positive changes in our community. They are selling shirts and all funds will go to the Black Deaf Community (BDC).

To learn more about the fundraiser -https://www.facebook.com/groups/1608566809364034/permalink/2556673197886719/

Let’s show our support to the Black Deaf Community!

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.

Job Announcement: 

People Inc -Targeted Case Manager II

Following requirements for the job:

-must be fluent in ASL to work with Deaf/HH/Deafblind individuals with mental health.

-must have B.A. or M.A. in related field such as human services, sociology, social work, psychology or chemical dependency counseling.

-Requires driving (mileages will be paid)

-Monday to Friday full time position 40 hours

-We will provide you laptop and work cellphone 

Benefits included

Work with Ramsey, Dakota, Hennepin and Anoka counties.

More information click here

The Disability Resource Center of the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities is looking to hire a Manager of Real-Time Captioning Services. This full time position is located on the East Bank, in the McNamara Alumni Center. We would like to invite interested parties to visit our careers site to complete an application.

1. Select the  link to access our careers site. 
2. Sign In to access your account or if you are not an existing user select the New User link to create one. 
3. Review the job description and select the Apply button to begin your application.

Link for external applicants:

Link for internal U of M applicants:

For members to pay dues: 

please put your full name, email address and for one year membership in note. One year membership is $10.00.

To Community

 To find MADC minutes, go to the documents tab or click on this link:


Secretary Vacancy - We are seeking people to be our Secretary. 

Link for the ASL vlog regarding the secretary vacancy. 

Jackie Correa-Alley, MADC President, is announcing the secretary position to be available.

MADC is announcing an open Board position and we are seeking a motivated person who is willing to commit for two years as Secretary for MADC. This position is crucial to the organization to fill this position as soon as possible.

The secretary role will be responsible for the following:

-Record all Businesses and Community meeting minutes.

-To maintain all official documents and videos.

-Communicate with the Treasurer to maintain membership.

-Handle correspondence with the MADC members, MN DDBHH communities and organizations/agencies.

-Maintain all MADC social media channels.

If you are interested in this position and you possess strong organization skills with the knowledge of file management and social media maintenance, please submit an email of interest at board@minndeaf.org. The application deadline is July 31, 2020.

Thank you,

Minnesota Association of Deaf Citizens Board

Community Meeting on Saturday May 16th at 2 pm to 4 pm. 


Announcement for Online Access

Google Meet Link for MADC Meeting

This link is scheduled for May 16th at 2:00 PM




        Officer Reports

                 - President

                 - Vice President and Committee’s Report

                 - Secretary


         Member-At-Large Reports:

                  - Kelsey Dahl: 

                         - TED program (DHHS) - Assurance Wireless

                         - Department of Commerce

                         - Chemical Dependency Program on Hold


                  - Website

                  - ASL Eagles

                  - Lakeville Teacher Situation

        Community Input


Teacher Appreciation Week 

Link to Vlog: ASL version

On behalf of the MADC Board, we want to recognize our teachers in our communities because this week is Teacher Appreciation Week. To our Deaf and Hard of Hearing teachers (DHH), ASL teachers, and all other teachers, we recognize your hard work, commitment and persistence to continue.  The love to teach, to encourage and inspire our deaf and hard of hearing children, our future generation. So thank you for your hard work knowing that it is a challenging job currently with the coronavirus pandemic, not being with your students in your classrooms, and that is tough. So thank you for your great efforts today. Thank You!!

Announcement of a Licensing Bill Ad Hoc Committee by President Jackie Correa-Alley

Link to Vlog: ASL version

Link to Letter: MADC Letter

Announcement from our President Jackie Correa-Alley and Vice President Emily
Smith-Lundberg about COVID-19

Link to Vlog: ASL version.

President Jackie Correa-Alley

Greetings! My name is Jackie Correa-Alley, MADC President. MADC Vice President, Emily Smith-Lundberg and I want to make a quick vlog with updates with MADC, COVID-19, and Governor Tim Walz’s order that was made yesterday.

We are committed to providing a safe environment for the people we serve, the Deaf community, & our board. We want to do a quick vlog to acknowledge that this is a difficult, scary, stressful time, but we will get through it together just like how our community always has. There is nothing like the Deaf community here in Minnesota. We’re in this together! Let us explain some important details ahead.

We, MADC, want you to know that we are here for you and the community. We want to make sure that our community feels safe, has access to information to make sure you stay safe.

We, MADC, will not have any in-person meetings or events for the time being. Our next business meeting will be on May 16, 2020, time TBA and will share our Zoom meeting information, where you can view the meeting.

We have a spreadsheet that was created by the Deaf, DeafBlind, and Hard of Hearing community all across the US, full of resources during a time like this. Please have a look at it. Make sure to check in with everybody, by calling, texting, emailing, or on social media. It is important that we take care of each other during this time.

- Link to this spreadsheet: COVID-19 resources. 

Please feel free to contact us through email. Our officers’ email addresses will be added at the end of this video.

Stay safe and healthy! We will continue to do this, keeping our members and community updated of developments during this time with COVID-19 and other MADC business.

Now, Emily will be sharing some points about Governor Walz’s order that was made yesterday. Thank you for all of your support!

Vice-President Emily Smith-Lundberg

Hi! I will be sharing some key points from Governor Walz’s announcement of the stay at home order.

First, we are thrilled that Governor Tim Walz has had CDIs at every announcement regarding this virus. Thank you to everybody who was involved in the work to make this successful and possible.

Governor Walz has gone into isolation at his residence starting on Monday because one of his bodyguards tested positive for COVID19. As of now, he has not been tested positive for COVID19, just as a precaution.

Because of his isolation, he announced his mandatory “stay-at-home” order away from others, so there was not a CDI present nor were there appropriate captions. Here are some key points from his announcement.

- Yesterday, Governor Walz ordered a “stay-at-home” order in Minnesota from Friday, March 27 from 11:59 PM to Friday, April 10. People are asked to stay home and only leave their homes unless it is absolutely necessary. To be able to control this spread of COVID-19, please stay home.

- Minnesotans will be able to go and get groceries, gas, emergency medical supplies, caring for family members, friends, pets, and going to appointments that are important. Minnesotans who are currently out of state and need to travel back home will be allowed to.

- Minnesotans will be able to go outside, yet keep social distance which is 6 feet apart from another person. Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) has a great website with all the information needed to know about COVID-19 here in the state.

- Anyone found to violate this order could get a misdemeanor citation, a $1,000 fine and/or 90 days in jail.

- He also has extended schools to remain closed until May 4th, subject to extension. Dine-in restaurants and bars will remain closed until May 1st, also subject to extension.

- Again, To reduce the spread of COVID19, we need to stay home, stay away from others as much as we can, and stay at least 6 feet away from others. Stay healthy and safe!

Below are our officers' names and e-mail addresses.

Jackie Correa-Alley, President      Jackie.CorreaAlley@minndeaf.org

Emily Smith-Lundberg, Vice-President   Emily.SmithLundberg@minndeaf.org

Jason Valentine, Secretary  Jason.Valentine@minndeaf.org

Karen Pugh, Treasurer  Karen.Pugh@minndeaf.org

  Important Announcement about Deaf Awareness Day:

Please watch a vlog from David Nathanson with an update for the upcoming Deaf Awareness Day (DAD). DAD is postponed to fall 2020.

Link to the vlog: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R4wjhFU_Z4E

Transcript: (White presenting male with silver hair, wearing a maroon polo shirt with gold MADC logo on the left chest).

Hi, my name is David Nathanson. We have the 7th Deaf Awareness Day at White Bear Lake High School, on April 18. 2020. Due to the recent circumstances, we are now looking into the plans to rescheduling the event. It will most likely be happening in the fall. As soon as I have more information, I’m guessing in about 2 to 3 weeks I will have more information about the reschedule, I will announce then. So, please be patient while I work on this. Keep watch for this on MADC’s facebook and DAD’s webpage: dadmadc.com.

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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Preserve, protect, and promote American Sign Language and political, educational, economic, and social equality for Deaf Minnesotans.


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