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This mailing list is available to licensed teachers, related service providers, interpreters and interveners who serve students who have combined hearing and vision loss (deafblindness), as well as special education administrators and other interested educators. The Statewide DeafBlind Mailing List allows users to share information and post questions to other members of the list. Some typical postings include requesting/sharing information about school services and supports, disability-specific information, professional development opportunities, and resources.

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Information & Guidelines 2020-2021

The MN Low Incidence Projects receives funding from the Minnesota Department of Education to maintain a number of Mailing Lists (formerly known as List Servs). Mailing lists are forums dedicated to collaboration and best practices for students receiving special education services in Minnesota. Participant guidelines are provided for the benefit of all Mailing List members.

Standards for Use

1. Accessible format: Follow guidelines for creating accessible eMails from Minnesota's Office of Accessibility. Guidelines are the same for all email platforms, procedures may differ.

2. People first language:Use “people first” language that puts the person first and the disability second.

3. Confidentiality: Communications should not include information that could be used to identify any student, family member, staff, or school. The number of students who are DeafBlind is very small and all measures must be taken to protect data privacy. The moderator may assist you in modifying your post to ensure confidentiality.

5. No Individual Messages: Do not use the Mailing List to communicate with one person. Examples: "Thank you for that tip" or "I want you to send me a copy." Send individual messages via personal email.

6. Copyright: Members should observe limitations on sharing copyrighted materials.

7. Subject Lines: For ease of use, subject lines should be short and clearly describe the topic. A limit of 40 characters is recommended. Remember to change the subject line when the conversation changes.

8. Message Content: Strive to keep messages clear and brief.

9. Acronyms: Please use the whole phrase upon the first use in a message.

10. Links and Attachments: Hyperlinks and attachments should only be from trusted sources in order to prevent the spread of computer viruses and other malicious software.

11. Professional Learning Opportunities: These opportunities may be shared on the list. Members may share a professional learning opportunity once per event. Posts should not be seen as endorsements by either the MN Low Incidence Projects or the MN Department of Education.

12. Employment Opportunities: Postings of low incidence employment opportunities are encouraged.

13. Vendors and Products:
Vendors may post new product marketing information on the Mailing List once per product. Members are encouraged to share useful features and describe specific challenges with a product. However, members should avoid making general judgments about products.

14. Lobbying and Fundraising: The list is not to be used for lobbying or fundraising.

15. Guideline Agreement: As members of the DeafBlind (DB) Mailing List, you agree that you have read and will abide by these guidelines. Mailing List membership may be terminated for those who violate these guidelines.

Posted information is not reflective of official policies or recommendations of the MN Low Incidence Projects, the MN Department of Education, or local educational agencies.

Important Links for the DeafBlind Mailing List

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To email information, queries, or responses: contact the DeafBlind Mailing List moderator, Ann Mayes:

MN Low Incidence Projects is funded by a grant from MDE. The funding source is federal award Special Education – Program to States, CFDA 84.027A. This initiative does not necessarily represent the policies or assume endorsements of the U.S. Department of Education or the MN Department of Education.

To see the collection of prior postings to the list, visit the MN.DB Archives. (The current archive is only available to the list members.)

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