Have you got questions about high school, college, living independently, careers and work life? The teenage years are filled with changes, questions and decisions about the future. They can be daunting times for anyone growing into adulthood. But teens who are blind, deaf-blind or visually impaired often face unique circumstances and added challenges, most of which can be overcome with the right guidance, planning and training.
We can help. Apply for our services. The application process is simple: complete a few quick and easy questions on this online form. It is accessible and can be sent in various formats.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Connect with peers from across the state, and build a foundation for your future.
Access the Lighthouse Center for Vision Loss website to find more information about services, including audio-described video, application and flyer.
Start Planning for Summer 2016
Attend our Summer Opportunities Fair for students, families and others.
Join State Services for the Blind to explore the summer programs available to blind, low vision and DeafBlind high school students. Vendors will showcase their activities, programs and services. Parents, teachers and others who have contact with blind, low vision or DeafBlind teenagers are encouraged to attend this event.
November 10, 2015
6 - 8 p.m.
Minnesota Dept. of Education
Roseville Conference Center
1500 Hwy 36 W
Download our flyer, Summer Opportunities Fair, "Fall Back, Look Ahead."
Contact Teen and Transition Coordinator Sheila.Koenig@state.mn.us at 651-539-2361.