Braille, Radio, Talking Books, News

We provide books, newspapers, magazines and other printed materials in alternate formats for people who are blind, visually impaired, DeafBlind or who have other disabilities that make it difficult for them to read.

Through our Communication Center, the only facility of this kind in Minnesota, we offer a wide variety of services to help people stay informed, in-touch with their communities, entertained, and to meet their education and employment goals. These services are provided to anyone with a qualifying visual or physical disability which makes it difficult to read print.

To take advantage of the Communication Center, you need to complete and return our application for services form establishing your eligibility for services. Eligibility must be certified by an appropriate "certifying authority" as listed on the form.

Braille and Audio Transcription

Whether you’re a student, a business owner, an employee on the job, or a leisure reader, we’ve got you covered with books and other printed materials transcribed into Braille or into audio.

Radio Talking Book

This free, closed-circuit news and information service broadcasts 24 hours a day, seven days a week to thousands of subscribers throughout the state and nation. We broadcast current newspapers, magazines and best-selling books on special radios provided to our customers.

News by Phone or on the Go

Keep abreast with the news with two flexible news services. The NFB Newsline offers access to national and international news sources, job postings and tv listings by phone, SmartPhone app or on the Web. Our Dial-In News service provides access to Minnesota daily newspapers over the phone.

Library Services

The Communication Center has an extensive library of books in accessible formats. And, if we can't find a title for you from all our partners, we'll transcribe it for you.

About the Communication Center

The only facility of its kind in Minnesota, the Communication Center began in 1953 as a public/private partnership with the State providing braille and audio transcription services.