A great read for Minnesota employers looking for an edge in a tight labor market, this article in Minnesota Economic Trends, highlights the marketable skills of blind, DeafBlind and low vision job seekers. SSB connects great people with good jobs.
Now accepting applications for State Rehabilitation Council for the Blind Committees. Committee membership applications must be submitted by July 14 to Steve Jacobson.
Please include your first and second committee choice and if you are interested in being the committee chair. Below are the committee opportunities open for your consideration.
We get a lot of questions about driver's licenses from potential clients. Here are the most common:
Is it possible to drive with a vision loss?
Yes. Every applicant for a driver's license must undergo a vision screening with the Division of Motor and Vehicle Services. Those with insufficient vision can take steps with eye-care professionals to achieve the best vision possible. If vision interferes with the safe operation of a motor vehicle, driving privileges are denied.
If I am eligible for a restricted driver's license , can I still receive services from SSB?
Yes. Some clients do have restricted licenses. Our counselors determine eligibility based on visual acuity or visual field, impediments to employment, and functional limitations.
If I receive services from SSB, is that information shared with licensing officials?
Yes. Each quarter, we provide the Department of Public Safety (DPS) with a list of new SSB applicants. DPS contacts the applicants about driving restrictions and qualifications and may request more information (such as a driver's license vision report) or require additional testing to ensure highway and road safety.
Who decides whether I keep my license?
DPS makes the determination.
SSB Resource Guide
SSB's new Resource Guide brings together, in one place, info on all the services and organizations available to support blind, DeafBlind and low vision Minnesotans who are looking to land that next job or build skills for independence.
SSB is on Audioboom
Share! Connect! Succeed!
What's Audioboom, you're wondering?
It's an app and social networking site that connects people through everything audio: podcasts, audio clips, voice messages, personal recordings and more. The content that SSB is putting up on Audioboom is also available as a text transcript.
You can check us out on one of our three channels:
BATeencast is a place where Minnesota young adults who are blind, DeafBlind, or experiencing vision loss can come together to share ideas, tell their stories, and download podcasts on everything from landing that first summer internship to figuring out the world of assistive tech. You'll also find interviews with Minnesotans who are blind, DeafBlind, or who have low vision and how they've managed the world of work or school. It's a place to connect, to learn, and to be heard!
RTB features the podcasts produced by the folks at the Radio Talking Book. It's our curated collection of articles on finding a job, building your career, and navigating the world of work and school with a vision loss. Many of these podcasts share the stories of people who are blind, DeafBlind or visually impaired who are out achieving their goals. You'll also find plenty of podcasts there that speak directly to the experience of being a young adult.
Blind Abilities is an open mic for social and thought provoking conversations by Adults, Teens, and Teachers of the Blind and visually impaired. It is based in Minnesota and has a global reach. Oh, and it's also a place to have a bit of fun along the way.
How Does it Work?
You can download the Audioboom app on your Apple or Android device, or go to the website at Audioboom.com.
From your app, or online, fill out the registration info, and then do a search for BATeencast, RTB, and Blind Abilities. Then select the follow button to keep up-to-date with new content. Direct links to each of these Audioboom channels are below.
The BATeencast Channel is the spot for Minnesota's community of young adults who are blind, DeafBlind, or who are losing vision to make their own voices heard. If you'd like to be a contributor, just send an email to BATeencast@comcast.net letting us know you're interested. We'll help you out from there. All content will be reviewed for posting. We want to make this a safe, exciting, engaging, practical and fun place to figure out the world of school, work and life.
Effective October 1, 2015, SSB Workforce Development Unit is on Order of Selection.
What is Order of Selection (OOS)?
OOS is a method of prioritizing eligible applicants. The federal government requires agencies to use OOS when there are not enough resources to serve everyone who is eligible.
A functional limitation means that a person requires services or accommodations not routinely made for others, due to an impairment, in order to prepare for, enter, engage in, or retain employment. The number of functional limitations identified determines which category applicants are assigned to. Seven areas of functional limitations are reviewed:
Open Category: Can be Served Immediately
Priority Category A: This is a customer who has limitations in five or more functional areas and requires multiple services over an extended period of time of at least 6 months.
Priority Category B: This is a customer who has limitations in three or four functional areas and requires multiple services over an extended period of time of at least 6 months.
Priority Category C: This is a customer who has limitations in zero, one, or two functional areas and requires multiple services over an extended period of time of at least 6 months.
Students through age 21. Students enrolled in educational programs who are waitlisted can receive Pre-Employment Transition Services but only if they received those services prior to application. Students should discuss with their counselor options for receiving Pre-Employment Transition Services.
Job Retention. Services will be provided to all eligible applicants, regardless of their category, that are currently employed and require services to maintain their job.