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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.

New Books - The Way We See It: A Fresh Look at Vision Loss

The Way We See It: A Fresh Look at Vision Loss

Now available from SSB in both audio and braille is the just-released The Way We See It: A Fresh Look at Vision Loss

The book, published in conjunction with the 100 year anniversary of Vision Loss Resources and its predecessor organizations, is an anthology of 65 original stories, essays and poems about the struggles and triumphs of people living with vision loss or blindness. 

The authors live in or near the Minneapolis-Saint Paul metro area, and they run the gamut of professions and ages, from a 12-year-old boy to a professor to a parent to a wellness coach.

They offer accounts that paint vision loss with a palette of positive emotions and outcomes that may surprise readers.

The Way We See It: A Fresh Look at Vision Loss is available to SSB customers in DAISY audio or in braille. The book is also available in paperback or as an ebook through Vision Loss Resources. 

To order from SSB, give us a call at (651) 539-1422, or toll free at (1-800) 952-6000.


SSB Rochester Office Has Moved to a New Location

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

Phone Numbers:
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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