As students navigate the world of high school and begin thinking about the future, we offer services and resources that provide a foundation for success. Each of the core areas highlights an essential component that teenagers need in order to succeed after high school:
Through SSB, teens can explore each of these core components and cross the BRIDGE in to the future of work, study, and living independently. In building that BRIDGE, SSB offers resources in technology, career exploration, work experience, adjustment to blindness training, and peer connections, to help students who are Blind, DeafBlind, or Low Vision develop the skills and confidence for a bright future. For more information, contact Sheila Koenig.
This video (transcript) provides a helpful overview on how SSB can be a partner in building a bright future for teens.
Our Assistive and Adaptive Technology Unit develops, coordinates and provides technology services that help people on the job, in school or at home.
In addition, SSB can provide Braille textbooks and documents, talking books and many other services through our Communication Center.
Check our Technology Support webpage for resource guides on free and low-cost assistive technology, tips for finding material in accessible alternative formats, and more.
Job and Life Skills
Here are some opportunities for building job and life skills.
Several Minnesota organizations offer programs to provide students who are blind, DeafBlind or who have low vision with the skills, confidence, and experience needed to succeed in life and work. In addition to summertime programs, these organizations offer experience-based programming that runs throughout the school year.
Blind Inc., Minneapolis
Build Your Future as you Transition from High School to Adulthood: BLIND, Inc. offers transition programs for blind and low vision students 14 to 21 years of age who are attending high school.
Learn more about Blind Inc.'s Transition Programs that include TEAMS, Transition Trails, and STAR programs.
Lighthouse Center for Vision Loss, Duluth
Connect with peers from across the state, and build a foundation for your future.
Welcome to a new school year! We’re really excited about the next chapter in your journey, and we’re glad that you’ve chosen State Services for the Blind to be a part of it.
On Thursday, November 3 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. we are hosting a "College 101" workshop for you and your parents. Learn about financial aid, types of colleges, connecting with disability offices, strategies for college success, and more. As part of your plan with SSB, we are requiring you to attend this workshop or make alternative arrangements with your counselor.
We will provide a light dinner beginning at 5:00 p.m. and you are welcome to eat during the workshop as well.
The workshop will be held at State Services for the Blind, 2200 University Avenue West, Suite 240, St. Paul, 55114.
Please send a confirmation email to Sheila Koenig at Sheila.Koenig@state.mn.us by Wednesday, October 19. To reserve your attendance.