We get a lot of questions about driver's licenses from potential clients. Here are the most common:
Is it possible to drive with a vision loss?
Yes. Every applicant for a driver’s license must undergo a vision screening with the Division of Motor and Vehicle Services. Those with insufficient vision can take steps with eye-care professionals to achieve the best vision possible. If vision interferes with the safe operation of a motor vehicle, driving privileges are denied.
If I am eligible for a restricted driver’s license , can I still receive services from SSB?
Yes. Some clients do have restricted licenses. Our counselors determine eligibility based on visual acuity or visual field, impediments to employment, and functional limitations.
If I receive services from SSB, is that information shared with licensing officials?
Yes. Each quarter, we provide the Department of Public Safety (DPS) with a list of new SSB applicants. DPS contacts the applicants about driving restrictions and qualifications and may request more information (such as a driver's license vision report) or require additional testing to ensure highway and road safety.
Who decides whether I keep my license?
DPS makes the determination.
SSB’s new Resource Guide brings together, in one place, info on all the services and organizations available to support blind, DeafBlind and low vision Minnesotans who are looking to land that next job or build skills for independence.
What’s Audioboom, you’re wondering?
It’s an app and social networking site that connects people through everything audio: podcasts, audio clips, voice messages, personal recordings and more. The content that SSB is putting up on Audioboom is also available as a text transcript.
You can check us out on one of our three channels:
You can download the Audioboom app on your Apple or Android device, or go to the website at Audioboom.com.
From your app, or online, fill out the registration info, and then do a search for BATeencast, RTB, and Blind Abilities. Then select the follow button to keep up-to-date with new content. Direct links to each of these Audioboom channels are below.
The BATeencast Channel is the spot for Minnesota’s community of young adults who are blind, DeafBlind, or who are losing vision to make their own voices heard. If you’d like to be a contributor, just send an email to BATeencast@comcast.net letting us know you’re interested. We’ll help you out from there. All content will be reviewed for posting. We want to make this a safe, exciting, engaging, practical and fun place to figure out the world of school, work and life.
Access the Blind Abilities Channel.
Individual links to each channel:
State Services for the Blind (SSB) is making changes to our policies for post-secondary schooling and maintenance. These changes may affect the vocational rehabilitation services you receive. You are invited to discuss these changes with us at a meeting date scheduled below.
You can give SSB your comments and suggestions several ways:
If you require a reasonable accommodation to access the public hearings, please notify Brigitte Whaley, 651-539-2357, at least five business days prior to the public hearing date.
Handouts will be provided in Braille and large print at the public hearings.
Note that a random sample of 200 current SSB customers plus all college students were notified in a mass mailing.
Starting October 1, SSB’s vocational rehabilitation (VR) unit is on Order of Selection. Category A will remain open. Categories B and C are closed at this time. All individuals determined eligible on or after October 1 are placed on a waiting list. Job retention customers are exempt from Order of Selection. Pre-Employment Transition Services will still be provided to transition students.
OOS is a system or method for prioritizing the customers a VR agency intends to serve. The federal government requires VR agencies to use an OOS when a VR agency anticipates that they do not have enough money and/or staff to serve everyone who is eligible. Those individuals who fall into the open categories can be served immediately. Those individuals who fall into the closed categories are put on a wait list and are served when there is capacity/availability. (Section 101(a)(5)(A) of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (Act) and 34 CFR 361.36(a)(1))
All individuals determined eligible on or after October 1 will be placed in a category based on the number of barriers to employment. If the category is closed, those individuals will be put on a waiting list. At this time, Category A is open and Categories B and C are closed. Individuals who seek assistance with retaining their current job are exempt from the waiting list. Transition students will still be able to receive Pre-Employment Transition Services regardless of their wait list status.
As financial resources become available, more categories may open. You will be notified if your category is opened and when you will be removed from the waiting list.
SSB will send you updates twice per year on the status of the waiting list.
See the SSB Resource Guide for community resources to assist you. SSB also has an accessible computer lab open to the public during normal business hours (8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday).
Starting October 6, 2015, there will be open computer lab hours every Tuesday from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and every Thursday from 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. During open lab hours, an assistive technologist will be available to provide basic instruction on using the accessibility devices and software in the lab, basic troubleshooting of electronic devices, and advice on using or purchasing assistive technology. The Assistive Technology Resource Center will accept walk-ins and/or reservations can be made by contacting Assistive Technology Coordinator Shawn Wallin, 651-539-2299.