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Americans with Disabilities Act Survey

Logo: ADA - 25 Years CelebrationIn 2015, the ADA turns 25 years old. How has the federal law changed the employment landscape in Minnesota? 

To better understand the ADA's impact, the Minnesota State Council on Disability is surveying employers and people with disabilities who are employed or are actively seeking employment.

The survey will examine the following:

  • Familiarity with the ADA and laws regarding employment of people with disabilities
  • Opinions about the ADA and experiences with employment, job-seeking and hiring
  • Changes and experiences with employers' human resources personnel
  • Best practices for employing people with disabilities

The survey will also collect basic demographic information from respondents.

Employers and people with disabilities may take the survey online. Deadline is Saturday, Jan. 17, 2015. 

The survey will be conducted by the Improve Group, a St. Paul, MN-based research group. See a list of partners participating in a variety of ADA 25th anniversary activities and events.

Changes in Relay Services

SSB has received the following information important to many of our DeafBlind customers:

Effective November 14, 2014, Purple has stopped providing IP Relay service. Sprint Relay is now the only remaining provider of IP Relay service in the United States. Register for Sprint IP Relay service. For more information, email Sprint.

Report comments or concerns about the relay service to the Federal Communications Commission.

Get an iBill Demo at the Communication Center

ibill deviceThe new iBill® Currency Reader, a small device which identifies and speaks the denomination of a U.S. banknote, is available for demonstration at the Communication Center. 

A currency reader will soon be available for free to all eligible blind and visually impaired individuals. The Bureau of Engraving and Printing is beginning the distribution of these devices through the National Library Service. NLS patrons can pre-order their currency reader through the Communication Center by calling us at 1-800-652-9000 or 651-642-0885 or by calling the Minnesota Braille and Talking Book Library at 1-800-722-0550.

The currency reader, which is about the size of two packs of gum, has a slot for inserting a U.S. bill. Press a button and the device speaks the denomination of the bill. For privacy, bills can be identified by a series of beeps, or as a pattern of vibrations, which can be useful for DeafBlind customers.

To see the iBill® Talking Banknote in action, stop by Audio Services in the Communication Center at our St. Paul office, or call to make an appointment. More information is available on the website of the U.S. Bureau of Engraving and Printing

Openings on State Rehabilitation Council for the Blind

Are you interested in helping State Services for the Blind shape its work and goals? Consider applying for a position on the State Rehabilitation Council for the Blind. Council members are appointed by the governor, and represent various constituencies. Current vacancies include:

  • Two Business, Industry or Labor Representatives 
  • One Parent Representative 
  • One Governor’s Workforce Development Council Representative 
  • One Deaf‐Blind Community Representative 
  • One Vocational Rehabilitation Services Recipient Representative
  • One United Blind of Minnesota Representative
  • One American Council for The Blind Representative

For more information or to apply visit the Secretary of State's webpage.


Notices

SSB Rochester Office Has Moved to a New Location

State Services for the Blind
2070 College View Rd. E.
Rochester, MN 55904

Phone Numbers:
507-923-2820
Toll Free: 1-800-366-2715
Fax: 507-280-5592

SSB Phone Numbers

  • Our toll free number is (800) 652-9000.
  • Our general number for our front desk is: (651) 539-2300.

Here is a list of phone numbers for all SSB staff and all special phone numbers: 

Deaf or hard of hearing customers, please call in using your preferred relay system.

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