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Minnesota DeafBlind Association



DeafBlind people empowering each other as a diverse cultural community

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MDBA: Heart of the DeafBlind Community

As the only organization serving DeafBlind people in Minnesota that is governed by DeafBlind people, MDBA is a focal point of the Minnesota DeafBlind community. MDBA’s DeafBlind leadership meetings, community workshops and special events allow DeafBlind people to thrive and flourish in a kinship of support and solidarity. Established in 1979, MDBA is committed to providing information, education, advocacy and other services to persons who are DeafBlind, family members, parents of deafblind children, allies and professionals.

By providing programs and services geared toward increasing self-reliance, MDBA has been key in assisting people who are DeafBlind and their families regaining and maintaining personal independence and healthy interdependence. MDBA is also an invaluable source of information to the public about DeafBlindness and related issues.

Membership is open to anyone - deafblind, deaf, hard of hearing, hearing, sighted, blind, consumers, family members, professionals. Everyone is welcome to join!

To learn more about DeafBlindness and DeafBlind people, go to

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Support and Solidarity

the Minnesota DeafBlind Association has worked since 1979 to…

  Alleviate the social isolation and close the information gap associated with DeafBlindness. We hold at least one event per year in Minnesota areas where there are fewer DeafBlind people.
  Provide a supportive place to share information and receive training about personal safety, financial literacy, assistive technology, peer mentorship, current events, and more.
  Help DeafBlind individuals maintain an important sense of community and make lasting friendships with other DeafBlind people, both statewide and nationally. MDBA is an affiliate of the American Association of the DeafBlind.
  Support the continued empowerment of DeafBlind individuals, helping them to preserve and increase their self-esteem and self-reliance in an atmosphere of unconditional acceptance and reduced communication barriers.

For more information about deafblindness, go to, Minnesota's Online Resource about Combined Vision and Hearing Loss; a site developed by the Minnesota Dept. of Human Services in collaboration with MDBA.

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Your tax-deductible donation helps MDBA reach the many facets of the community, touching the lives of people with combined vision and hearing loss throughout Minnesota. We offer many convenient ways to support MDBA. See our Donation page for details.

By remembering the Minnesota DeafBlind Association with a generous bequest or gift, you will also be supporting MDBA in its goal to be fully self-supporting and independent of government financial assistance. Gifts of all sizes are welcome.

Making an online donation is fast, easy, convenient, and secure! Just follow this link:

DONATE NOW using (Follow this link to their website)


Another way to help!

Bookmarks now available!!
For a donation of $3.00 or more, you will receive one of our unique, educational “ABC’s of Braille & sign language” bookmarks. Send your request along with check to the MDBA office (see address below).

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Contact Us

Minnesota DeafBlind Association
1821 University Avenue West
Suite S-117
St. Paul, MN 55104

General Email:

(651) 647-6564 Voice/TTY

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