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SSB News

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. To register for Sprint IP Relay service, visit www.mysprintrelay.com. For additional information or questions, please email Sprint at relayuserregistration@sprint.com.

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.

Reports

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