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					               DEAFBLIND COMMITTEE OF THE
        STATE REHABILITATION COUNCIL FOR THE BLIND
                       MAY 13, 2009


The meeting of the DeafBlind Committee began at 4:30 PM on
Wednesday, May 13, 2009 at 2200 University Avenue West, St.
Paul, MN. Members in attendance were: Joni Anderson, Lynette
Boyer – Chairperson of the committee, Ade Haugen and Kimberly
Williams. SSB staff in attendance were: Lindsey Baker, Natasha
Lemler and Linda Lingen.

Approval of Minutes

Ade Haugen moved and Joni Anderson seconded approval of the
March minutes. The minutes were approved unanimously.

Discussion on SSB Form Revision

The form entitled “What if You and Your Counselor Disagree” had
been sent to committee members prior to the meeting for their
review. After the document was read to the committee, the
following questions/suggestions were made:

   It was suggested that the committee should work as a team
    to revise this form.

   One question raised was as follows: would people who are
    ASL users understand this form?

       1. Lynette and Kimberly agreed that the form was
          somewhat confusing to them – especially the steps 1-
          4 – do all of the steps need to be completed?
       2. The suggestion was made to add something at the end
          of each step that would indicate: if this step does not
          work, go to the next step.

   The committee agreed that the form could be condensed
    and simplified.



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   It was suggested that everyone think about this form and
    send any suggestions to Linda Lingen. She will put all the
    suggestions together and come with a revised form to the
    next DeafBlind Committee meeting.

Announcements from Committee Members

   MDBA will be hosting a summer social in the community
    center at Mike O’Reilly’s residence.
   There is a proposal to have a DeafBlind camp in 2010 at the
    earliest. A group of DB service providers and MDBA met to
    discuss this idea with Courage Center which has two
    camping areas – one in Northern Minnesota and one close
    to the Twin Cities. This group has only met once, and
    further details will come later. Ade Haugen is the
    chairperson of this group working with Lee Clark from the
    Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services – Department of Human
    Services. Stay tuned for more information.
   MDBA may be sponsoring a fundraiser to support the fall
    banquet. More details will be available later.

The meeting was adjourned at 6:30 PM. Since neither Joni
Anderson nor Mike O’Reilly can attend the June meeting as
scheduled, no date has been set for the next meeting of the
DeafBlind Committee. Minutes respectfully submitted by Linda
Lingen, SSB staff to the DeafBlind Committee of the State
Rehabilitation Council – Blind.




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