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May 24th, 2016

DeafBlind Harvard Graduate Haben Girma Visits St. Catherine University

On Sunday, May 24th, 2016 St. Catherine University graduates were lucky to have Harvard graduate Haben Girma as their commencement speaker.  Ms. Girma has made recent news as the first and only DeafBlind graduate of Harvard.  She was also at President Obama’s White House to celebrate the 25th anniversary of ADA’s passing.  Ms. Girma was kind enough to stick around for another day to present to the DeafBlind leaders and community members at St. Catherine University on Monday, May 25th.  She stressed leadership, advocacy, and equality of education for all people, regardless of ability.  Many thanks to Paula Gajewski Mickelson, department chair for the ASL & Interpreting Department, and the SCU staff for making this happen!  Photo credits all belong to: Ryan Johnson and St. Catherine University.

Steve Oglesbee and Haben Girma
Steve Oglesbee and Haben Girma
SCU Staff Beth Siebert and graduating seniors
SCU Staff Beth Siebert and graduating seniors
Paula Gajewski Mickelson (SCU) and Jessica Eggert
Paula Gajewski Mickelson (SCU) and Jessica Eggert
Molly Wezel-Peterson and Haben Girma
Molly Wezel-Peterson and Haben Girma
Mary Hartnett (MCDHHD) and James Burroughs (MN State    Office of Inclusion)
Mary Hartnett (MCDHHD) and James Burroughs (MN State Office of Inclusion)
Lindsey Moon and Haben Girma
Lindsey Moon and Haben Girma
Leah Bender and Cathy Lyles (DB Youth Project)
Leah Bender and Cathy Lyles (DB Youth Project)
l to r - Cori Giles, Leah Bender, Tiana Boskovich,   Michelle Johnson
l to r – Cori Giles, Leah Bender, Tiana Boskovich, Michelle Johnson
Jamie Taylor, Paula Gajewski Mickelson (SCU), Diane   Lentsch (DBSM)
Jamie Taylor, Paula Gajewski Mickelson (SCU), Diane Lentsch (DBSM)
Jamie Taylor and James Burroughs (MN State Office of   Inclusion)
Jamie Taylor and James Burroughs (MN State Office of Inclusion)
Jamie Taylor and Haben Girma
Jamie Taylor and Haben Girma

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Haben Girma and James Burroughs (MN State Office of   Inclusion)
Haben Girma and James Burroughs (MN State Office of Inclusion)
Haben Girma and Debbie Lentz
Haben Girma and Debbie Lentz
Haben Girma and Ander Buldoc (UofM)
Haben Girma and Ander Buldoc (UofM)
Emory Dively and Kimberly Williams
Emory Dively and Kimberly Williams
Debbie Lentz and Kimberly Williams
Debbie Lentz and Kimberly Williams
Cathy Lyles (DB Project) and Molly Wezel-Peterson
Cathy Lyles (DB Project) and Molly Wezel-Peterson
Betty Miller and Haben Girma
Betty Miller and Haben Girma
Alicia Lane-Outlaw and Haben Girma
Alicia Lane-Outlaw and Haben Girma
Adan Burke (MADC), Samantha McAtee (SCU student), Katy   Kelley (SSB)
Adan Burke (MADC), Samantha McAtee (SCU student), Katy Kelley (SSB)

MDBA Has A New Home!

After being in Griggs-Midway building for 17 years, we have changed where the MDBA office is. We have now moved into the Wright Building, which is still on University Ave and the light rail. SSB and Low Vision Store is across the street. The new office has been painted and is still being organized – pictures will be hung and we will be ready for VIP visitors from the HKNC Regional Office in October 2015!!”


August 13 – 16, 2015

2015 Minnesota DeafBlind Retreat

2015 MDBR A Success! Our third semi-annual DeafBlind Retreat was a roaring success with 17 DeafBlind attending!! We were at Camp Friendship in Annandale, MN. Activities included: Pontoon, Giant Jenga, Bonfire, Hot Potato, ProTactile Workshop, and many more social events! More pictures were shared on MDBA Facebook page!

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May 22, 2015

MDBA Receives Contribution from 2015 St. Catherine University ITP Seniors

Graduating ITP Seniors from St. Catherine University’s (also known as St. Kate’s) ITP program has a tradition of contributing money to various Deaf-related organizations. This year, MDBA was honored to receive the award on behalf of MDBR (Minnesota DeafBlind Retreat). The money will be used towards a scholarship for a DeafBlind person to attend camp in summer 2015. President Debbie Lentz and Secretary Leah Bender attended the event on behalf of MDBA and received a certificate with nationally known educator and CDI at St. Catherine, Jimmy Beldon (see picture). President Lentz gave a short speech about the MDBA organization and thanked the seniors for this honor. Yay St. Kate’s Wildcats!

May 22 2015 St Kate's


Saturday, May 9, 2015

Bowl-A-Thon
$20 dollars for 2 games/shoes

Memory Lane
2520 26th Ave S
Minneapolis, MN 55406

Your donation will support Minnesota DeafBlind retreat 2015 to cover registration fees and scholarships for DeafBlind Campers.

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