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We offer tools and training for employment and for helping seniors remain independent and active. As Minnesota’s accessible reading source we also transcribe books and other materials into alternative formats, including audio and braille. We assist Minnesotans who are blind, DeafBlind, losing vision, or who have another disability that makes it difficult to read print.

I hope you find what you need here (view our tips for using our new website).

If you’d like to apply for services, learn more, or have more questions, just give us a call. You’ll find contact information for all of our offices on our contact page, or you can call our main office at 651-539-2300.

Thanks for visiting.
Carol N. Pankow, Director

What's New

Radio Talking Book

As part of his training for new staff members, Radio Talking Book Supervisor Scott McKinney attended a center that teaches nonvisual techniques for adjusting to vision loss. In a piece he wrote for the Kanabec Times, Scott reflects on his experience of wearing sleep shades and learning to navigate by using the skills and resources that many of our customers use every day. Read more.

Success Story

Mankato State Services for the Blind customer Justin Wilson lost his vision six years ago when he was 17 years old. Finishing high school and attending the Academy Plus program at the Minnesota State Academy for the Blind in Faribault. Learning new skills, he is now working a production job he enjoys. Learn more about his story.

Student Appointed to Governor's Young Women's Cabinet

Rakeb Max, a student at South High, has been named to the Governor's Young Women's Cabinet - an advisory group aimed at improving lives of young women. Read more about Rakeb in our Annual Report.

Upcoming Events

State of Minnesota Career Fair

Saturday, October 14 - 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
St. Paul RiverCentre, 175 W Kellogg Blvd, St. Paul, MN 55102

Join us for our second State of Minnesota enterprise-wide career fair. The event will bring together representatives from every state agency to connect Minnesotans with opportunities in state government. Learn more.

Does Your Organization or Faith Community Serve People of Color in Minnesota?

Join us for an Open House and Tour

Tuesday, October 24 - 5:00 - 7:00 p.m.
2200 University Ave W, St. Paul, MN  55114

If you’re a leader in your community, if you’re on staff with an organization serving any of Minnesota’s racially and ethnically diverse communities, we are seeking your help in spreading the word that losing vision doesn’t mean losing hope. Minnesotans who are blind or losing vision are leading active lives: going to work, caring for their families, and giving back to their communities. Still, many Minnesotans don’t know about all we have to offer here at State Services for the Blind. Please join us for this important open-house and tour where you’ll learn about what we offer and the difference it makes. This event is sponsored by the Minority Outreach Committee of the State Rehabilitation Council for the Blind.

State Rehabilitation Council for the Blind Meeting

Thursday, December 7
2200 University Ave. W., St. Paul, MN 55114

Our State Rehabilitation Council for the Blind (SRC-B) guides the work of State Services for the Blind. Meetings are open to the public. Visit the Council page to learn more.

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